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. And by the way: Happy Star Wars Day for those fellow geeky whisky nerds out there!
NewsA brief summary of press releases and industry news from the world of whisky.
Douglas Laing Big Peat Feis Ile 2018Douglas Laing's headquarters seems to be a busy beehive these days. Big Peat returns to Feis Ile with his annual limited edition. His fans will find a sheet of stickers in the tube. Their mission: to decorate the tube and bottle and post the creative feat on social media using the hashtag #MyBigPeat.
Tamdhu Dalbeallie DramSpeyside distillery Tamdhu - who will be hosting a Whisky Wire Tweet Tasting tomorrow - unveiled their Spirit of Speyside festival whisky: Dalbeallie Dram. It is a cask strength single malt exclusively matured in oloroso sherry casks. Only available at the distillery. (I have a feeling the lucky #TamdhuWhisky bastards will have a sip of it too).
Source: Tamdhu Distillery Latest News
Glenfarclas displays a 1920's bottleSpeyside distillery Glenfarclas obtained an unopened Glenfarclas-Glenlivet Pure Malt whisky from the 1920's. The bottle will be on display at the distillery during the Spirit of Speyside festival.
Source: Instagram Glenfarclas
The Singleton Malt Master's SelectionThe Singleton of Dufftown distillery introduced a new No Age Statement single malt this week. It is a slightly sweeter take on the Singleton of Dufftown 12YO and introduces a new packaging. The new layout is an evolution of the current design. Priced at £30 it is an affordable entry-level malt.
RumoursSome exciting whispers we heard through the barley. True or not...
Aberfeldy 16YO Madeira finishAberfeldy (Bacardi) is working on a limited edition of a Madeira cask finished single malt. The new Aberfeldy will be 16 years old and bottled at 40% ABV, standard Aberfeldy bottling strength. And since it is a label for a 1-litre bottle, I'm guessing it's a travel retail only expression.
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…