Glenmorangie Astar in, Ardbeg Renaissance out
This posting is mainly for my U.S. audience. As it often goes with whisky and distribution, I was informed from my Moet contact that the new Glenmorangie Astar will be coming to the U.S. sometime in 2009 (no firm date set yet), but that the new Ardbeg Renaissance will not be imported to the U.S.
You may remember I blogged about Renaissance earlier this year. It’s the first Ardbeg release distilled and bottled by the current owners of the distillery. I like it a lot. I still haven’t tried the Astar. My sample got lost in transit to me (bummer!) so I won’t have it for another week or two. Astar translates to “Journey” and is part of Dr. Bill Lumsden’s “artisan cask” experiments.
I was also informed by the wizards behind Glenmorangie that they are working on a “top secret” Glenmorangie. No, I don’t know anything about it yet. That sample broke in transit (even more of a bummer!). So, it’s still top secret (to me, anyway). But, I should find out more about it in a week or two. And I wouldn’t be surprised if it is leaked out and posted somewhere on the internet in the interim. But, when I find out something, I’ll pass it on to you ASAP.