Friday, July 5, 2024

Inbox | The Week's Whisky News | July 5, 2024

Welcome to Inbox - our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to the WFE email. We started Inbox several years ago as we cannot write full articles or do justice to every piece received. It features items from around the world of whisky and is published by us each Friday. Within Inbox we aim to write a few lines detailing each press release/ piece of news/ PR event that we have received and provide links, where possible, for you to find out further information. 
Here is a round-up of this week's whisky news. 

The blended malt brand of Rock Island, part of independent bottler Douglas Laing & Co's Remarkable Regional Malts range, has revealed its latest limited edition - the Rock Island Tequila Cask Finished. It follows a series of similar releases using unorthodox cask types. As with all Rock Island whiskies, this contains only single malts from the Scottish islands - these include Arran, Islay, Jura and Orkney. they have been married together and then finished in ex-Tequila barrels sourced from Mexico.

The Rock Island Tequila Cask Finished is released at 48% ABV and is both non-chill filtered and of natural colour. It will be available via and selected specialist retailers in the UK. The exact numbers of bottles has not been revealed but each will cost £65.

The Speyside distillery of Glenallachie have announced two limited editions to join their Wood Collection, which highlights some of the best European wine casks. The pair will each be exclusive in different regions - the Glenallachie Wood Collection Sauternes Wine Cask Finish 12 years old (pictured, above right) for the UK market and the Glenallachie Wood Collection Ruby Port Cask Finish 10 years old (pictured, above left) for Europe. Both expressions underwent initial maturation in ex-bourbon casks.

The pair of whiskies have been created by Billy Walker, the co-owner and Master Distiller at Glenallachie, who hand-selected the finishing casks from the Sauternes region of Bordeaux in France and Douro Valley in Portugal. Both are bottled at 48% ABV and are non-chill filtered and of natural colour. The Sauternes Wine Cask Finish 12 years old will be available via specialist whisky retailers in the UK, with the Ruby Port Cask Finish 10 years old likewise in Europe. Both are priced at £62 per bottle.

The Islay distillery of Ardbeg has announced the second bottling in their annual Anthology Series - the Ardbeg Anthology: The Unicorn's Tale 14 years old. It follows the inaugural The Harpy's Tale 13 years old release and the series is designed to celebrate marrying classic Ardbeg with unorthodox flavours. It is the first Ardbeg expression to feature a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Madeira wine barrels, both aged for 14 years, both selected and married by Dr. Bill Lumsden - the Director of Whisky Creation at Ardbeg.
The Ardbeg Anthology: The Unicorn's Tale 14 years old is bottled at 46% ABV and will be available via, Ardbeg Embassies worldwide, the distillery visitor centre on Islay, and selected specialist retailers in selected global markets. A bottle will cost £130.
"At Ardbeg we love to experiment and push our spirit’s smoky balance into new worlds of flavour. Some time ago, we decided to try maturing Ardbeg in unusual cask types to create sweet and smoky ‘hybrids’– and so the Anthology Collection was born. The Unicorn’s Tale is classic Ardbeg matured in bourbon casks with a parcel of whisky wholly matured in sweet Madeira wine casks."
Dr. Bill Lumsden.

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