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New U.S. Releases – November ’09

After being inundated with new releases the last few month, especially in the bourbon category, November was pretty sad. Really the only news I have was the announcement that Glen Grant will be shipping to the U.S. beginning in January 2010. I don’t have the details on which bottlings or suggested prices but the current range consists of a single malt with no age statement, a 10 year old, and a 15 year old so hopefully we will see all of those in the new year. What I’ve heard so far is that initially they will be focusing on New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, and California.

If anyone has heard about anything that I may have missed then let me know.

Drink wisely my friends,


New U.S. Releases – October ‘09

I’m a couple of days late this month. Sorry about that. Here’s our monthly round up of new releases.

Ballechin The Discovery Series #4: The Oloroso Sherry Casks
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 46%
Price: TBD
This is the fourth in a series of heavily peated releases from Edradour. Those guys are always doing interesting stuff. I haven’t tried any of the Ballechin releases but I’m intrigued.

Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection: Seasoned Oak
Timeframe: November
ABV: 50.2%
Price: $89.99
This year’s release from Woodford is finished in barrels that are made of staves left out to season for several years. These releases have been kind of hit or miss recently but I’m anxious to try it.

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2000 Vintage
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 43.3%
Price: $25.99
It’s that time of year again for this annual release. Between this and Old Forrester Birthday Bourbon there’s always a new bourbon or two to try every year.

Old Rip Van Winkle Family Selection 23 year Old
Timeframe: Late November
ABV: 57%
Price: $350
Not a bourbon for the light of wallet. This special release comes in a Glencairn decanter with two special glasses to match.

Wild Turkey Tradition
Timeframe: November
ABV: 50.5%
Price: $100
This is a 14 year old limited edition coming from Wild Turkey. Previous limited editions included Tribute (which I didn’t get to try) in 2004 and American Spirit in 2007.

Sheep Dip Old Hebridean 1990 Vintage
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 40%
Price: $70
I met the guys behind Sheep Dip back in 2007. I was pleasantly surprised by their offerings and I’m looking forward to this one too.

Isle of Jura Prophecy
Timeframe: TBD
ABV: 46%
Price: TBD
Not much information on this one yet. I’ll keep you posted.

Glengoyne 12 Year Old
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 43%
Price: $56
Glengoyne already has a cask strength 12 year old on the market but if you’re not a fan of cask strength bottlings then here’s something for you too.

That’s it for October!

Knob Creek is back!

As some of you may or may not know, there was a shortage of Knob Creek bourbon. Recently, Beam Global was so successful at marketing and selling Knob Creek that they ran out this summer! This particular bourbon is a nine years old so they couldn’t just whip up a few more barrels. It’s not an exact science in predicting what demand for a product will be nine years out.

Today I got word that Knob Creek flows again. They are bottling more as we speak and it should be shipping out soon to a retailer near you.

Personally, I like Knob Creek. We haven’t formally reviewed Jim Beam’s Small Batch Collection yet but I find this one to be most in the spirit of traditional Jim Beam. If you don’t care for it then the news of it’s return won’t affect you unless everyone’s been buying your favorite bourbond during the drought. If you’ve never heard of Knob Creek then grab a bottle the next time you see it. It’s a solid bourbon in the traditional style.

Drink wisely my friends,


Where are the Apostles?

Wow, I just realized the last post was almost two weeks ago. What have we been doing? Well, Matt and I developed Whisk(e)yApostle as a labor of love and unfortunately we don’t get paid to do it. We have day jobs that are a lot less exciting than the world of whiskey we write about. However, Matt’s day job is more exciting than mine. We also buy most of our whiskey that we review so that takes some outside financing too. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for both of us and I’m gearing up to fly to NYC to meet Matt for WhiskyFest New York on November 10th. We’ll try to post a few more updates before then and hopefully a couple of reviews too. We should be wrapping up the Gateway Series after a couple more reviews. We will definitely have a lot to talk about after WhiskyFest. Hopefully we will see a bunch of you there too.

Drink wisely my friends,


Chivas & Tapas

This past Sunday I was fortunate enough to take my lovely wife to a scotch tasting at Sugo in Roswell, Georgia. The tasting was conducted by Michael McLaren, Ambassador for Chivas Regal. This whole event was a real treat. We don’t have nearly the whiskey related events in Atlanta that Matt sees in New York. Add to this the fantastic food tasting menu Sugo provided and the great presentation that Michael had to offer and it was a great event. Here’s what we had:

Chivas Regal 12 Year Old
Chivas Regal 18 Year Old
Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak
Glenlivet 16 Year Old Nadurra
Glenlivet 18 Year Old

To go with this lovely list of scotch we had Toasted Ravioli, Stuffed Piquant Peppers, Brick Oven Braised Pork, and Bacon Wrapped Dates.

My favorites of the evening were the Glenlivet 15 Year French Oak, which has always been a personal favorite and the Bacon Wrapped Dates, which were truely amazing and went perfectly with the Nadurra.

I’ve been very familiar with The Glenlivet and Chivas product ranges for some time and I always enjoy them. It was also great for my wife to get to experience them and give me her input. She was also a big fan for the French Oak. We really need to have more events like this so take notes if you’re a restaurant owner. Kudos to Sugo for such a wonderful event and a big thank you to Michael McLaren for his time, expertise, and humor.

Drink wisely my friends,