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.
Highland Park QuercusSomeone at Highland Park mistakenly send out an email with the third release from the Keystone Series. So Highland Park shifted gear and gave its fans what they wanted: the new Highland Park Quercus. If a mutilated body strands on an Orcadian beach, we might suspect it's the guy who handled Highland Park's Mail Marketing stuff...
Douglas Laing Big Peat The Gold Edition 25YOThe people at Douglas Laing are busy bees. After adding a few Remarkable Malts with an age statement (Rock Oyster, Scallywag and Timorous Beastie), they decided to go one step further. Our favourite peat breathing humorous Ileach pal Big Peat is ready to join the British team for the Winter Olympics... and he aims only for gold with this 25YO Vintage Big Peat bottled at cask strength.
Glenglassaugh Wood FinishesGlenglassaugh’s Master Blender Rachel Barrie left her mark on a new chapter for our the distillery. Glenglassaugh features four distinct styles: a Port Wood Finish, a Peated Port Wood Finish, a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish and a Peated Virgin Oak Wood Finish. The labels are inspired by four natural elements: sand, surf, stone and sea.
Lagavulin 8YO becomes part of the core rangeThe people at Diageo decided to make the popular 200th anniversary 8YO limited edition (alright, maybe not that limited...) a permanent expression. Lagavulin's core range now counts three permanent members - the 8YO, the 16YO and the Distiller's Edition - as well as an annual 12YO Special Release and occasional and rather expensive 25YO Lagavulin.
Laphroaig Cairdeas 15YOLaphroaig's Distillery Manager had a well-hidden surprise for us yesterday, namely a 15-year-old Laphroaig Cairdeas. The new 15-year-old malt is a part of the Friends of Laphroaig program. The whisky was distilled in 2001 and matured in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels. You'll have to be a Friend of Laphroaig to purchase one at £90.75.
The Belgian Owl rearranging its rangeThe Owl Distillery in Fexhe-le-Haut-Clocher (a small rural place in Belgium) is going to put some sort of system in its whiskies. From now on the new make will be called 'Origine', the three-year-old single malt bottled at 46% ABV 'Identité', a single cask bottled at 46% ABV nicknamed 'Passion' and another one at cask strength (I have and tasted seen Belgian Owl whiskies well above 70% ABV... ) will be 'Intense'. No pictures yet so you'll have to do it with an older photo.
RumoursErrrr, nothing to report, Sir!
Must reads and must-sees
- Richard Woodard - $10.000 glass of Macallan confirmed as fake (scotchwhisky.com)
- Dave Broom & Richard Woodard - Gartbreck Distillery plans could be revived (scotchwhisky.com)
- Mark Newton - Interview with Allan Logan and Adam Hannett of Bruichladdich (malt-review.com)
- Ralf Mitchell - PewDiePie needs whisky-help! (youtube.com)