It seems like this move to Columbia is taking up a lot more of my time than I thought it would. I’m so far behind on Whisk(e)y Apostle content that it’s kind of sad. Well, I’m three months delinquent on new release updates so this will be covering everything I’ve heard about in March, April, and May.
Angel’s Envy Cask Strength
Timeframe: Q4 2012
ABV: 122% to 123%
This new release from Louisville Distilling will be finished in port pipes just like regular Angel’s Envy but it will be finished for a good bit longer. Typically Angel’s Envy is 3 to 6 months of finishing but the Cask Strength will be soaking up that port goodness for around 22 months. It will be 6 to 8 years old after finishing.
Black Ridge Small Batch
No details on this one. It was found to be a pending Buffalo Trace release from the COLA online database.
Dalmore Castle Leod
This limited edition bottling celebrates the ancient and historic seat of Clan Mackenzie and is the second in a series crafted by Master Distiller Richard Paterson in homage to Clan Mackenzie. The Vintage 1995 expression was matured initially in American white oak and Spanish sherry wood, before being transferred for a final 18 months to barriques from a 1st cru classe Bordeaux chateau.
E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof
This barrel proof, uncut, unfiltered rye recipe bourbon was aged for seven years on the sixth floor of Buffalo Trace’s Warehouse C, built by Colonel Taylor in 1881. This release is fourth in the line of E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection of whiskeys.
Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Cask Strength
This will be a distillery only bottling.
Elijah Craig 20 Year Old Single Barrel
Timeframe: Late May/Early June
This release will be replacing the standard 18 Year Old for a limited time. Apparently Heaven Hill has just too darn much 20 year old bourbon. More likely they had a good portion of the existing 18 that was actually close to 20 years old and they decided they could make a lot more money if they showed the real age on the bottle. Trolling the COLA online database also uncovered labels for 21, 22, and 23 year old one off bottlings that may be in the pipeline.
This is the newest in the series of Private Editions from Glenmorangie. This one is finished in Sassicaia wine barrels.
High West Campfire
This is the new release from Dave Perkins at High West mixing bourbon, rye, and single malt scotch!
Jeffers Creek Bourbon
6 year old release coming out from Buffalo Trace. This one also came out of the COLA online database.
Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve and Platinum
Timeframe: Summer 2012
Two in. Two out. Diageo is pulling Green label and Gold label and replacing them with these two priced around the same.
New release coming stateside but light on the details.
Mitcher’s 20 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
Another COLA find.
Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel
No official word. This is another product of COLA trolling.
Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry
Timeframe: June 2012
The name kind of says it all. SoCo keeps expanding their stable of flavors to compete in the Red Stag environment.
Two Stars Bourbon
Another pending Buffalo Trace release. This one is coming out under the Clear Springs Distilling Co. label which is a label that they use for wholesale releases like Costco, etc.
Wild Turkey 81 Rye
Wild Turkey rolled this out earlier this year. It’s in the same vein as the previous 81 bourbon.
That sums it up. As always, if I missed anything please let me know. I’ll also try to get caught up with all the stuff I want to share the whiskey apostles out there.
Drink wisely my friends,