After a busy week, I'll try to get you up to speed in less than two minutes on the latest whisky news, rumours and interesting blog posts from the past week.
Press releases and industry news from the past week(s).
SMWS Exotic Cargo Blended MaltThe 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.
|The first blended malt from the SMWS. Sold out already.|
Ardbeg An OaWhen 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's new whisky named after the Mull of Oa peninsula|
Kilchoman 2009 VintageIslay 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.
Great Drams of ScotlandWhisky 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.
|One for the bookshelf|
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?
|Seven casks from 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.|
What's peeping through the barley?
Jura Seven WoodA 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
|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 caskWhen 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
|Permission to drool, Sir?|
Some more interesting reads, hears and sees
- Mark Gillespie - Whiskycast 656: A cask-strength celestial spectacle (whiskycast.com)
- Greg Dillon - A brief history of Scotch (greadrams.com)
- Chris Fox - Drinking your whisky according to science (youtube.com)
That's it. See you next week folks! Enjoy the weekend with a dram or two.