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.
Big Peat Christmas Edition 2018Douglas Laing announced Big Peat Christmas 2018, its annual cask strength limited edition release. The annual festive bottling this year shows Big Peat dressed in Santa Claus livery, delivering goodwill and gifts down a chimney on “his” island home of Islay.
Source: Douglas Laing
Benromach Cask n° 1.Benromach Cask No 1 is an incredibly rare and limited-edition expression taken from the first cask that was laid down when the distillery reopened after many years of closure. The cask itself was signed by HRH The Duke of Rothesay, Prince Charles, during the distillery’s official reopening ceremony on 15th October 1998.
The GlenDronach Revival 15YOThe 15-year-old Glendronach was discontinued in 2015 due to supply constraints. Following a three year wait, The GlenDronach Revival Aged 15 Years now returns, at 46% ABV, non-chill filtered and of natural cask colour. Exclusively available at The GlenDronach Distillery for four weeks, it will be released globally thereafter.
A first "unconventional" official release from Allt-a-BhainneChivas Brothers launches a first official bottling from Allt-a-Bhainne. The Allt-A-Bhainne distillery is based in Speyside and began distilling whisky in 1975. Liquid from the distillery has been used to produce the Chivas Regal blend. The new whisky aims to “push conventional boundaries" by being smoky. It seems like Chivas overlooked Benriach, the peated Balvenie single malt and Benromach for a moment.
Source: The Spirits Business
Glenmorangie Grand Vintage 1993Glenmorangie has announced the third whisky in its Bond House No 1 Collection: Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1993, a 25-year-old whisky ‘finished’ in ex-Madeira casks for 15 years.
Source: Scotch Whisky
Interesting reads, sees and hears
- Richard Woodard - Five minutes with ... Kelsey Mckechnie from The Balvenie (scotchwhisky.com)
- Annie Hayes - Kanpai! 10 things you should know about sake (masterofmalt.com)
- Adam Wells - Terroir Distilled: Somerset Cider Brandy Co. (malt-review.com)
- Aaron Goldfarb - 6 Whiskies You Didn’t Know Were Named After People (whiskyadvocate.com)
- Mark Gillespie - Whiskycast Episode 722: Virginia, a place for whiskey lovers (whiskycast.com)
- Highland Park - The Light & The Dark (youtube.com)
That's it for this week, folks!