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More Diageo whisky releases for the holidays

August 27th, 2007

Crown Royal Cask No. 16
This is a Cognac-finished Crown Royal whisky. The press release describes it as such:

“This blend is a perfect balance of the grain characters of whisky and the fruity oakiness found in Cognac.” Each bottle is adorned in a faceted 750ml decanter-style bottle, which is wrapped in a black velvet bag with gold stitching. The bottle is then encased in a black and gold gift tube. Beginning in October, it will be available in liquor outlets nationwide for $100.00 (suggested retail price).

Crown Royal Cask No. 16 begins with a unique blend of more than 50 different and individually aged whiskies. When prepared, the new creation is then placed in authentic French oak casks, born from the lush Limousin forest in France. Each exceedingly rare cask is marked with the number “16” to represent its place of origin. The Cognac finish combines with the Crown Royal blend to form a flavorful and lingering liquid that has a balanced yet complex taste of initial smokiness ending with subtle hints of rich dried fruit.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Edition
There’s also a new Johnnie Walker Blue extension being released. Excerpts from the press release are below. As always, for both this whisky, and the Crown Royal Cask No. 16, the proof will be in the pudding (or should I say, “in the glass”).

“Johnnie Walker announced today the latest addition to the award-winning family of Scotch whiskies, Johnnie Walker® Blue Label® King George VT Edition. The special blend celebrates the first Royal Warrant granted to John Walker and Sons Ltd. to supply Scotch whisky to the British Royal Household in 1934, in recognition of the quality and appeal of its whisky.

True to its heritage, the exquisite blend is handcrafted using the original techniques practiced during the reign of King George V (1910-1936) and only whiskies from distilleries operating during that era have been used. The special King George V Edition features some of the world’s rarest and most valuable whiskies, among those the highly prized Port EllenT Islay Single Malt. The Port Ellen distillery is no longer in existence and the scarce remaining stock is carefully preserved.

A small quantity of the King George V Edition will be available in September in top spirit stores throughout the United States. The 750 ml bottle will retail for $600.”

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