New Whiskies headed your wayAugust 20th, 2007
We might be in the heat of summer, but this is the time of year when I start getting information from the various whisky companies around the world about the new whiskies they will be releasing in the fall for the holidays. Here’s a short overview of some of the more interesting ones. These are mostly US releases.
Highland Parks, Highland Parks and more Highland Parks
As you know, specialty retailers, bars, and restaurants can buy an entire cask of HP whisky. I am lucky enough to have samples of all the 2007 releases, more than a dozen. I am in the process of reviewing them for the next issue of Malt Advocate. Stay tuned.
There are now several new releases. Mostly finishes, like Port, Malaga, Rum, PX Sherry, etc., but there are also some new sherried and peated expressions, along with a new 40 year old.
To honor Distillery Manager Jim Rutledge’s 40 years of service, he has produced a limited edition 13 year old, cask strength, single barrel expression. Only 1,700 bottles will be produced.
Wine finished bourbons
Buffalo Trace is introducing two new bourbons under their experimental collection rubric. Both are finished in zinfandel wine barrels–one for six years, the other for ten years.
Woodford Reserve is introducing a new Master’s Collection bourbon. This one is finished in Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay wine casks.
The 10 year old Black Bottle has been available here in the US for a few years now. Now, the Black Bottle without the age statement is coming to the US. Some people like this one better than the ten year old.
The Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1969
Yep, we got a new one. This one is from 1969. Only 800 bottles for the US, at a price of $750
Knappogue Castle 1995
We have a new vintage of Knappogue Castle Irish whiskey. This one’s a 1995 vintage.
The Balvenie 1974
Finally, there’s a new Balvenie vintage coming to the US. This one is from 1974 and should retail for about $600.
There’s no doubt there will be more new whisky announcements in the near future. I’ll let you know as soon as I know.