Friday, April 14, 2017

Inbox - The Week's Whisky News (April 14, 2017)

Welcome to Inbox.  For those new to WFE, Inbox is our weekly round up of whisky news and PR material that has found its way in to our email inbox. It was created 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.  This is the news that has grabbed our attention this week ...


Basil Hayden's
Basil Hayden's, the premium bourbon brand, has announced has launched a limited edition rye expression.  The Basil Hayden's Rye Whiskey has undergone a 'unique re-barreling process' that has seen the rye whiskey matured in traditional casks for four years before some was transferred to newly charred quarter casks for further maturation, including a small pocket that was matured for seven years.  The new expression is available now in limited quantities across the USA and is bottled at 40% ABV (80 proof). A 750ml bottle will cost $45 each.


Bowmore, the oldest distillery on Islay, has announced a new range of age statement whiskies that are exclusive for the travel retail market.  The three whiskies in the range sees a return to age statements in this sector for the brand - the 10 years old Dark & Intense, the 15 years old Golden & Elegant and the 18 years old Deep & Complex. The range is inspired by the legendary No.1 Vaults warehouse at the distillery.

The 10 years old is a marriage of Spanish oak ex-sherry casks and hogsheads and is bottled at 40% ABV, the 15 years old is matured exclusively in first-fill ex-bourbon casks and is bottled at 43% ABV, and the 18 years old is matured in ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenex sherry casks and is bottled at 43% ABV. The prices were not disclosed in the press release.

Highland Park
The Orcadian single malt brand of Highland Park have announced a special limited edition whisky to celebrate one of crime fictions leading figures. The Rebus30 is a 10 years old single malt that has been created in collaboration with leading author Ian Rankin, who first created his renowned character John Rebus 30 years ago, and Gordon Motion, the Master Whisky Maker for Highland Park. It is released at 40% ABV and will only be available to the brand's Inner circle members from June and will cost just £30 each. For further details, please visit the special website here.

Lord Calvert 
The Canadian whisky brand of Lord Calvert have announced a new expression to join their core range - the Lord Calvert Black. The whisky is distilled in the heart of Canada using a mash bill containing barley, corn, rye and wheat and then matured for a minimum of three years. The black combines whiskies matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, and is bottled at 40% ABV (80 proof). The Black is joined by a flavoured whisky, the Lord Calvert Spiced Peach, bottled at 35% ABV (75 proof). No indication of price was given in the press release for either product.

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