Catching up on Friday (29 September 2017)

Catching up on Friday (29 September 2017)

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).

Douglas Laing Yula Chapter 3

Douglas Laing concludes the Yula trilogy with its final chapter. The final part of the blended malt reached the end of its journey after two years. The first and second edition were bottled at 20 and 21 years old. The final chapter of the story is 22 years old. Yula has a distinctly maritime and gently smoked character bottled at natural cask strength of 51.2%, and without colouring nor chill-filtration.

Douglas Laing Yula Chapter 3

Dewar's 25 Royal Brackla finish

Bacardi presented a 25-year-old Dewar"s blended whisky with a particular finish. Dewar's Master Blender Stephanie Macleod selected freshly disgorged casks from Royal Brackla distillery for an additional finish. Is this another layer of transparency or just marketing BS? I'll leave that up to you.
Dewars 25 Royal Brackla finish

Tomatin Cù Bòcan 2006 Vintage

Tomatin distillery added a new Vintage to its lightly peated Cù Bòcan single malt. The whisky named after a mythical Highland hellhound is bottled at a strength of 50%, the whisky is matured in first fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks. Boasting warm, festive flavours with a gentle touch of peat smoke.

Cu Bocan 2006 Vintage

Tomatin Five Virtues Earth

Tomatin's marketing and logistics department have been busy this week. Earlier this week, they launched the third instalment in the Five Virtues Series: Earth. The Earth single malt has a distinct character, as a consequence of having been distilled with peat-dried malted barley; giving it richly intense and, unusually for Tomatin, peaty flavours. Available as of tomorrow, September 30.

Tomatin Five Virtues Earth


What's peeping through the barley?

Johnnie Walker 15YO Green Label

This is not a new release, but the updated package contains a small update that's worth mentioning. The label now contains some of the backbone malts. When this kind of information was previously only revealed by brand ambassadors, the distillery names now adorn the diagonal label on the bottle.
Johnnie Walker Green Label 15YO

Some interesting reads and sees

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