Catching up on Friday (1 September 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

Press releases and industry news from the past week(s).

SMWS Exotic Cargo Blended Malt

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society launched its very first blended malt today. A 10 year old whisky composed of casks distilled prior to June 2006 and matured in first fill sherry hogsheads made from Spanish oak. Bottled at 50% ABV.

SMWS Exotic Cargo Blended Malt
The first blended malt from the SMWS. Sold out already.

Ardbeg An Oa

When Ardbeg tries to release a new whisky, it's hardly a secret. Bill Lumsden had been hinting at a new core range Ardbeg to stand next to the 10YO, Uigedail and Corryvreckan for several months. As I understand from the press release it is a vatting of ex-bourbon and Pedro Ximenez casks and the whole was put together in a marrying tun from French oak. Price: £49.

Ardbeg An Oa
Ardbeg's new whisky named after the Mull of Oa peninsula
Read the full press release on my Tumblr microblog

Kilchoman 2009 Vintage

Islay distillery Kilchoman will present its annual Vintage expression next week. Kilchoman 2009 matured over 8 years (as it proudly states on the cardboard box) and is a combination of fresh and refill bourbon barrels plus three Oloroso sherry butts from 2008. Price: £67.50.

Kilchoman 2009 Vintage
Kilchoman's annual Vintage whisky
Read the full press release on my Tumblr microblog

Great Drams of Scotland

Whisky blogger at Great Drams and writer Greg Dillon is putting the last hand to his first book: Great Drams of Scotland. The book weaves  together anecdotes and historical distillery facts from over 40 distilleries. Price: £19.99.

Great Drams of Scotland
One for the book shelf


BenRiach single casks

BenRiach released another batch - the fourteenth - of single casks. This release consists of 7 casks distilled between 2005 and 2009. A deliberate decision to only bottle whiskies from the 2000's? 

Benriach single casks batch 14
Seven casks from 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.


Rumours

What's peeping through the barley?

Jura Seven Wood

A new whisky from the Isle of Jura distillery came up on my weekly stroll through Colas. The new NAS whisky will be a vatting of seven French and American oak casks. Bottled at 42% ABV. Source: Colas Online

Jura Seven Wood
A new NAS whisky from Richard Paterson and his gang at Jura.

Oh yeah, it looks like they are preparing an 18YO single malt too.

Bowmore 1966 single cask

When I do see the name of Bowmore popping up, I'm always a little bit excited. Apparently they are planning a 50yo single cask bourbon hogshead from 1966. Expect a special decanter and go see your bank for a small mortgage if you want one. Source: Colas Online

Bowmore 1966 single cask
Permission to drool, Sir?

Some more interesting reads, hears and sees




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