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.
NewsPress releases and industry news from the past week(s).
Douglas Laing Yula Chapter 3Douglas 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.
Dewar's 25 Royal Brackla finishBacardi 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.
Tomatin Cù Bòcan 2006 VintageTomatin 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.
Tomatin Five Virtues EarthTomatin'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.
RumoursWhat's peeping through the barley?
Johnnie Walker 15YO Green LabelThis 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.
Some interesting reads and sees
- Whiskysponge - Whisky Show ‘Art Of Whisky’ Competition Winners Revealed (whiskysponge.com)
- Becky Paskin - Bowmore Vitners Trilogy celebrates wine (scotchwhisky.com)
- Dave Alcock - Remembering Joe Brandie, Innkeeper at the Fiddichside
That's it. See you next week folks! Enjoy the weekend with a dram or two.