More new releases
Bunnahabhain is smokin’!
International Beverage Company is importing Bunnahabhain Toiteach, the first owner-bottled heavily peated version of this whisky to be imported to the U.S. Over the past several years, I’ve tried some from the independent bottlers and was not very impressed, largely because they were so young and raw. This one is much better. It’s still youthful, but also enjoyable. I also like the fact that it’s bottled at 46% and not chill-filtered. (The NAS releases continue. And will continue to do so.)
New WhistlePig is the one (x3)
The brand owners will be introducing a new WhistlePig “Triple One” this fall: 11 years old, 111 proof, for $111. (I guess no one wants to wait for it to reach 111 years of age.). It’s only going to be on the market for 111 days and in 111 retail outlets, where they can only sell it for 111 minutes each day. (Okay, I made that last sentence up.) I’m told it’s from the same source as previous WhistlePig releases.
Gordon & MacPhail gets naked…
And stronger too! All future bottlings of the “Connoisseurs Choice” line will now be bottled at 46%, with no chill-filtering and no artificial coloring. Kudos to G&M for making this move. My only gripe with the CC line in the past was that so many were bottled at 40%, chill-filtered, and (I assume by the appearance of some of the whiskies over the years) caramel colored. (Update: See Michael Urquhart’s note about caramel coloring below in comment #6.)
…While Kilchoman gets sherried
A new limited release Kilchoman Sherry Cask is coming to the U.S. The Sherry Cask release is Kilchoman’s first fully matured sherry release and matured for a full five years. (That may not be a long time for most single malts, but it is for Kilchoman.)
This release is a limited bottling of 6,000 bottles, with 600 coming to the U.S. Like previous releases, it’s bottled at 46%. ($75)