Whisky news: Bimber, Bladnoch, Loch Lomond, Fettercairn…

Bimber Shoulders of Giants

Bimber Shoulders of Giants

London-based Bimber revealed the first releases from Shoulders of Giants. The distillery pays homage to thinkers, innovators and visionaries who have shaped our world. Each release features artwork and biographical details that celebrate the accomplishments of historical figures.

Three of them are exclusive to the UK (sold through the Bimber website from 26 April): Dickens, Newton and Shakespeare. A second set is only available in Poland through Tudor: Copernicus, Chopin and Curie. They all have a price tag of £ 94.



Timorous Beastie Madeira - Cheese Cellar

Timorous Beastie Madeira – Cheese Cellar

Douglas Laing unveiled the second bottling in their Timorous Beastie Cheese Cellar collection, which consists of different cask finishes. This Highland blended malt underwent a finishing in Madeira casks. It comes at 48% ABV with a price tag of £ 60 or € 70, with 4000 bottles available from the Douglas Laing shop or through retailers.

The perfect cheese pairing for this new release is Gruyère due to the complementary flavours, contrasting textures and balanced intensity.



Bladnoch Waterfall 2024 edition

Bladnoch Waterfall – 2024 edition

Bladnoch distillery announced the fifth and final release in the Bladnoch Waterfall series. Released annually since 2020 these expressions build upon the same single malt, further matured creating a waterfall effect. The starting point was a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso casks. For year two, the remaining whisky was placed into Oloroso sherry puncheons, then Port pipes and then Hungarian Tokaji wine casks.

The 2024 Waterfall edition matured further in second-fill Oloroso sherry puncheons to round all flavours. It is limited to 1000 bottles which will be sold from 18 May 2024 at a distillery festival. The RRP is £ 140.



Loch Lomond 25 Year Old

Loch Lomond 25 Year Old

For the new Loch Lomond 25 Year Old, master blender Michael Henry brought together three different spirits with a range of flavour profiles. Each whisky matured for 25 years in first-fill, refill and recharred American oak casks. It showcases the fruity, honeyed and softly smoked signature style of the distillery.

This single malt is bottled at 46% ABV and it is priced £ 390. Now available from the Loch Lomond shop or through select retailers.



Fettercairn 2024 core range + travel retail

Fettercairn: updated core range + travel retail

Fettercairn updated its core range and travel retail range. The ‘domestic range’ now includes these expressions:

  • 12 Years (40%, reviewed in 2018)
  • 16 Years (46.4%, previously a limited annual release, check my review)
  • 24 Years (46.5% ABV, a completely new core range expression)

The 18 Year Old will continue to be available in select markets as an annual release.

In global travel retail you will find the Fettercairn 14 Years, 17 Years and 25 Years. The refreshed ranges will be available from April. They mark the beginning of celebrations for Fettercairn who will celebrate their 200th anniversary throughout 2024.



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