News: October 2015 whisky releases
With the September release schedule already very busy I have bumped some of the late September releases into our October news item; here are the following new drams to look out for:
AD Rattray Cask Collection
Benromach Hermitage Wood Finish
The Hermitage Wood Finish was matured in first fill bourbon casks before being finished for 27 months in hand-selected Hermitage wine casks from the northern Rhône region of France.
Benromach Chateau Cissac Wood Finish
The Château Cissac Wood Finish was also matured in first fill bourbon casks prior to being finished for 20 months, again in hand-selected wine casks, this time from the Haut-Médoc near Bordeaux in south-western France.
Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection (US release)
Distilled in May 2002, the Bourbons were made using Buffalo Trace’s proprietary mash, which was cooked and cooled as usual. The mash was then soured before yeast was added to start the fermentation process, a method not usually used in modern distilling due to its more laborious process. After the sour mash was distilled, it was entered into barrels at two different entry proofs, 105 and 125 (52.5% abv and 62.5% abv), and left to age for 13 years on the seventh floor of Warehouse I. The 105 entry proof bottling is described as having a light body, with notes of vanilla and fruit, while the 125 entry proof whiskey offers a medium flavored body, with spicy flavours and notes of caramel. The Experimental Collection is packaged in 375ml bottles (both 45% abv), with two bottles from each entry proof in a case. Each retail for US$46.35 each and will be available in late September, 2015.
Douglas Laing – Old Particular
Duncan Taylor – The Single
Mellow Gold is a 2015 addition to the Famous Grouse blended Scotch whisky range which leans a little more on the Sherried side of things than their classic expression. Created by Master Blender Gordon Motion, this is made using both bourbon and sherry seasoned-casks. Lots of creamy vanilla and orange zest, with touches of dark chocolate and sultana.
Matured initially in a mixture of ex-Oloroso Sherry, fresh American oak and ex-bourbon barrels, this Green Spot whiskey is then finished in the ex-Château Léoville Barton Bordeaux wine casks for 12 to 24 months. 70cl, 46% ABV.
That Boutique-y Whisky Company continues to explore the wonderful world of American whiskey with their first batch of independently bottled bourbon from Heaven Hill! Top stuff from a legendary family-owned and operated company that was founded in 1935, shortly after the repeal of Prohibition. The label takes a peek inside one of their whiskey ageing warehouses, featuring the sprinkler system they installed following a fire in 1996.
a 41 year old single malt from a closed distillery that shut its doors back in 1975, having only been founded in 1966! Yes, this is William Grant & Sons 2014 release of Ladyburn.
A hugely exciting release from That Boutique-y Whisky Company – this is their first batch of independently bottled Lagavulin single malt Scotch whisky. Not only is this some excellent whisky from a legendary Islay distillery, it also features a fantastic label packed full of pirates! This is of course because pirates used to hide in Lagavulin Bay back in the day. Batch 1 is a release of 101 bottles. 50cl, 54.5% ABV.
Michters Toasted Barrel Finish (US release)
The variant made its debut in Autumn 2014, and is made by ageing Michter’s existing US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon for an additional period in a second custom-made barrel. The second barrel is assembled from 18-month air-dried wood, and then toasted rather than charred. Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon is bottled at 45.7% abv, and will be available in the US at an RRP of of US$53 per 750ml bottle.
The whisky is matured in hand-selected, American oak ex-bourbon barrels, which previously held a peated malt. Given tasting notes suggest a peaty palate with a spicy underpinning, vanilla, coconut, and oranges.Each bottle is natural colour and non chill-filtered at 46% abv with the expression described as “the embodiment” of the distillery’s craftsmanship.
Give a warm welcome to the first batch of Port Charlotte single malt Scotch whisky bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company! A massively impressive expression with a very scientific label. You see those 5 molecules, yeah? They are Phenol, O-Cresol, M-Cresol, P-Cresol and Guaiacol. You may not have heard of them all before, but those little beauties go into producing the phenolic compounds in peated whisky! Port Charlotte Batch 1 is a release of 183 bottles.
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