Catching up on Friday (18 August 2017)


After a busy week, I'll try to get you up to speed in less then two minutes on the latest whisky news, rumours and interesting blog posts from the past week.

News

Collectivum XXVIII

When Diageo confirmed this years Special Releases they also trickled our interest another whisky hidden in their sleeve. Earlier this week Donald Colville shared a picture of the last unknown whisky: a blended whisky containing whisky from all the 28 active Diageo Scotch whisky distilleries. The whisky is bottled at 57.3% ABV and matured in a combination of refill American oak hogsheads, refill European oak butts, ex-bodega European oak and first-fill Bourbon casks. No word on pricing yet.

Collectivum XXVIII
Picture: Donald Colville (Diageo Global Malts ambassador)

Highland Park Dragon Legend / Highland Park Voyage of the Raven

We’ll start the whisky news with two new releases from Highland Park. The Voyage of the Raven is a travel retail edition bottled at 41.3% ABV. The other Highland Park called Dragon Legend is bottled at 43.1% ABV and already available at Tesco for around £40 . After a complete rebrand, the launch of Valkyrie and Shiel, the marketing dept. is definitely doing overtime.


Highland Park Voyage of the Raven
Highland Park Voyage of the Raven
Highland Park Dragon Legend
Highland Park Dragon Legend (Picture: Ian Moir)

Bunnahabhain An Cladach

Islay distillery Bunnahabhain revealed a new Travel Retail expression with "a rich sherry influence". The new An Cladach - Gaelic for The Shore - is bottled at 50% ABV which in my opinion could be a very good move. The packaging follows the maritime theme and sports the new Helmsman.

Bunnahabhain An Cladach
Bunnahabhain An Cladach

Wemyss Family Collection

The new Wemyss Family Collection release will focus specific influences that impacts whisky, be it regional, malt style or cask effect. The first two releases of the Wemyss Family Collection represent two opposite whisky styles; that of bourbon cask matured and sherry cask matured whisky. Vanilla Burst and Treacle Chest are bottled at 46% ABV. Suggested retail prices will be respectively £43 and £47.

Wemyss Family Collection Vanilla Burst and Treacle Chest
Wemyss Family Collection: Vanilla Burst and Treacle Chest

Rumours

Highland Park The Dark & The Light

The collectible whisky series from Highland Park are yet another worst kept secret. In less then a few weeks two new labels. It’s quite clear that The Light and The Dark will succeed previous collectible whiskies like the Walhalla series and the Fire and Ice whisky couple. Source: Colas Online

Highland Park The Dark

Highland Park The Light

Glen Grant 15YO Batch Strength

Glen Grant prepares a series of higher ABV whiskies. Batch Strength could mean just about everything. The most common interpretation could be that either they decided to bottle this particular batch at 50% ABV or that the calculated ABV of different casks for this particular batch was around 50% ABV. The 1st Edition will be 15 years old.


Glen Grant 15YO Batch strength

Some more interesting reads and hears



That's it. See you next week folks! Enjoy the weekend with a dram or two.