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.
NewsA brief summary of press releases and industry news from the world of whisky.
Douglas Laing The Epicurean Cask Strength Glasgow editionDouglas Laing's Lowlands blended malt The Epicurean now has a cask strength version. 8 mixologists experimented during a one-off event with some Lowlands single malts. Fred Laing judged them and picked the best entry. The winning recipe is now bottled as a cask strength blended malt. The traffic cone is a wink to the statue of the Duke of Wellington in Glasgow. A statue that is rarely seen without his typical 'hat'.
Benromach 20th-anniversary bottlingBenromach Distillery celebrated its 20th anniversary since Gordon & Macphail took over in 1998. On 23 April Benromach launched a special anniversary bottling distilled in the first year of production. 3.000 bottled will be released. Price: £299. Happy Birthday, Benromach!
Source: Benromach Distillery Latest News
Talisker Bodega SeriesTalisker owner Diageo unveiled a 40-year-old Talisker single malt to celebrate a long-term relationship with sherry bodega Delgado Zuleda. To be expected in stores late June. Only 2.000 will be marketed worldwide. This must be the oldest Talisker ever released.
Source: Diageo press release
Jameson Bow Street 18YOIrish Distillers launched its very first cask strength Jameson whiskey this week. The liquid is an 18-year-old whiskey and a reinterpretation of the classic Jameson 18 Years. The whiskey finished its maturation in the 'Live Maturation House' in Bow Street. The first batch is bottled at 55.3% ABV and will cost around €240.
Source: Irish Distillers press release
Yet another Islay distillery in the makingElixir Distillers announced its plans to open a distillery on the Isle of Islay. If the name Elixir Distillers doesn't ring a bell, it is a company owned by Sukhinder Singh and owns the brands Port Askaig and Elements of Islay. It wasn't exactly a secret that Sukhinder had the ambition to start his own distillery on the magical whisky island.
Source: Scotchwhisky.com News
Quite a few Feis Ile whiskies have been unveiledThe festival bottlings from Bunnahabhain, Bowmore and Bruichladdich have been added to the Big Fat List of Feis Ile 2018!
RumoursSome exciting whispers we heard through the barley. True or not...
Ardbeg Twenty-something 22-years-oldThe famous Colas Online database spawned a label for a 22YO Ardbeg Twenty Something. A respectable Ardbeg from 1994 has been bottled at 46.4% ABV.
Source: Colas Online Public Registry
Entries from the TTB Public Registry (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) are a fairly reliable source for upcoming new whiskies. Although not all entries make it to the market. There’s always the possibility a brand decides not to launch a whisky, even if the label has been approved. Until the distillery sends out a press release, this whisky should be considered a rumour…