Masterson’s Barrel-Finished Ryes and The Glover

Now hitting shelves: three different barrel-finished 10 year old Masterson’s ryes, plus the fourth edition of the engimatic scotch-Japanese fusion whisky The Glover.

Masterson's Barrel-Finished Ryes

Style: Rye
Origin: Canada
Proof: 45% ABV
Price: $79
Release: Spring 2017
Availability: Permanent, but limited—1,200 bottles of each are available in select markets

Need to know:

This is regular 10 year old Masterson’s that has undergone a finishing period in one of three different barrel types: American, French, or Hungarian oak. The finishing period varies depending on how new the barrels are to start, ranging from a month to several months. The whiskies will be consistently available as part of the Masterson’s range, though limited in quantity.

Whisky Advocate says:

Davin de Kergommeaux loved two of these single barrel ryes, giving 93 points to batch PSF3 (French oak) and 95 points to batch PSA3 (American oak) in our Spring Buying Guide.

The Glover 18 year old Fourth Edition

Style: Blended malt
Origin: Scotland and Japan
Proof: 49.2% ABV
Price: £145 (around $186)
Release: Spring 2017
Availability: 1,406 bottles for the world

Need to know:

The world’s first Japanese-Scotch fusion whisky—named for 19th-century merchant Thomas Blake Glover, the so-called “Scottish Samurai”—is back for its fourth round, combining a blend of Speyside scotches and malt whisky from Japan’s shuttered Hanyu Distillery.

Whisky Advocate says:

Previous releases of The Glover, which is blended by Adelphi Selection, included a 22 year old and a 14 year old, launched in 2015, and another 18 year old, launched last year. The blends have varied, but all have contained Hanyu. Adelphi plans to continue releasing new fusions of scotch and Japanese whisky.

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