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New Releases – March thru May 2012

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%
Price: TBD
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
Timeframe: TBD
ABV: 45%
Price: TBD
No details on this one. It was found to be a pending Buffalo Trace release from the COLA online database.

Dalmore Castle Leod
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 46%
Price: $135
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
Timeframe: June
ABV: 67.25%
Price: $69.99
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
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 66%
Price: $75
This will be a distillery only bottling.

Elijah Craig 20 Year Old Single Barrel
Timeframe: Late May/Early June
ABV: 45%
Price: $130
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.

Glenmorangie Artein
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 46%
Price: $75
This is the newest in the series of Private Editions from Glenmorangie. This one is finished in Sassicaia wine barrels.

High West Campfire
Timeframe: TBD
ABV: TBD
Price: TBD
This is the new release from Dave Perkins at High West mixing bourbon, rye, and single malt scotch!

Jeffers Creek Bourbon
Timeframe: TBD
ABV: 40%
Price:TBD
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
ABV: TBD
Two in. Two out. Diageo is pulling Green label and Gold label and replacing them with these two priced around the same.

Jura 1976
Timeframe: TBD
ABV: 46%
Price: TBD
New release coming stateside but light on the details.

Mitcher’s 20 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
Timeframe: TBD
ABV: 55.4%
Price: TBD
Another COLA find.

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel
Timeframe: TBD
ABV: 55%
Price: TBD
No official word. This is another product of COLA trolling.

Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry
Timeframe: June 2012
ABV: 35%
Price: $16.99
The name kind of says it all. SoCo keeps expanding their stable of flavors to compete in the Red Stag environment.

Two Stars Bourbon
Timeframe: TBD
ABV: 45%
Price: TBD
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
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 40.5%
Price: $20
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,

Richard

New U.S. Releases – Nov/Dec 2011

I hate being sick. It seems like my whole family extended out to two removals was sick with one virus or another. My wife, daughter, and I were all sick with different bugs. I was down with a mild head cold that was just annoying enough to not be able to fully enjoy whiskey. So that left me a little behind on several reviews, like the two that were posted yesterday and Sunday. The last thing I needed to get caught up on was the new release roundup. I was out of commission for most of November with my ankle so this edition includes everything from November and December 2011.

Balblair 2001
Release: Now
ABV: 46%
Price: Expect it to be around $50 like the 2000
This is the successor to last year’s 2000 Vintage (review pending along with the 1989). It’s non chill-filtered and includes no artificial coloring. The proof is also a pop from the prior release by 3%.

Balvenie Tun 1401
Release: Now
ABV: 50.6% ABV
Price: $250
This release is a mingling of 10 casks put together in a tun (giant barrel) to marry. The process took three months and casks were from 1967, 1989, and eight from the 70s. Seven are ex- bourbon and three are ex-sherry. It all sounds like a “tun” of Balvenie goodness.

Benriach Solstice & Septendecim
Release: December 2011
ABV: 50%
Price: TBD
This new Solstice release is a 17 year old heavily peated whiskey finished in tawny port casks. It was released December 22, marking the winter solstice. The Setemdecim is another 17 year old peated dram matured only in ex-bourbon casks.

Buffalo Trace Oat & Rice Bourbons
Release: Now
ABV: 45%
Price: $46.35/375ml
These are the latest releases from Buffalo Trace’s Experimental Collection. One of these replaces the typical Buffalo Trace rye content in their bourbon with rice and the other with oats. They are both aged for 9 years, 5 months. The word on the street is to stay away from the oat version but I’ll let you decide for yourselves.

Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1980
Release: Now
ABV: 43.3%
Price: $1,300
There are only 500 bottles of this non chill-filtered release hitting the market. If anyone wants to get me a late Christmas present this would be a good choice.

Grand Traverse Bourbon
Release: Now
ABV:46%
Price: TBD
There was only barrel of this released from the Grand Traverse Distillery because they only made one barrel. The recipe is 70% corn, 20% rye, and 10% barley. By the way, if you contact these folks, they will custom make you a barrel of whiskey.

Johnnie Walker Platinum
Release: Not available in the U.S.
ABV: 43%
Price: $80
Okay, so this new 18 year old blend isn’t available here. It’s actually only for the Indian market but I love that they are going “platinum”. 

Laphroaig Triple Wood
Release: Now
ABV: 48%
Price: $60
This release is finally making it stateside with an allocation of 13,500 bottles. According to Laphroaig: “The newly available expression has enjoyed time in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels, 19th Century style quarter casks and European Oak Oloroso sherry casks, revealing a rich blend of subtle sherry sweetness and hints of sea salt.”

McKenzie Pure Pot Still Whiskey
Release: Now
ABV: 40%
Price: $39
The folks at Finger Lakes went off and made an Irish style pot still whiskey in upstate New York. I’m going to have to get me some of that!

Pritchard’s Rye Whiskey
Release: Now
ABV: TBD
Price: TBD
Phil Prichard continues to add to his stable of whiskey offerings. However, preliminary information makes no claim to actually distilling this in Tennessee so it may be more sourced rye from LDI or others.

Red Stag Honey Tea & Spiced
Release: Now
ABV:40%
Price:$17.99
You know, I woke up on Christmas morning and thought “what the world needs now is more Red Stag.” No, not really but we got it any way. One is honey tea flavored and the other is spiced with cinnamon. I don’t really think I need to say anything more about that.

Stranahan Conundrum Peak Snowflake
Release: Now, Distillery Only
ABV: TBD
Price: $99.99
This is the other version of Stranahan’s. It’s a single barrel expression, hence the name Snowflake because no two are alike. It’s only available at the distillery in Colorado. If you’re out that way maybe a bottle of this will keep you warm on the slopes.

I think I’m all caught up on my delinquent content for Whisk(e)y Apostle. I’ve already got reviews queued up for the first part of 2012. Chatham Imports sent over a few bottles of Michter’s so I plan to start 2012 off with reviews of those. I will follow that with Macallan reviews into February. Stay tuned.

Drink wisely my friends,
Richard