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Jack Daniel's Twice Barreled American Single Malt, Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 19 year old & More [New Releases]

Jack Daniel's Twice Barreled American Single Malt, Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 19 year old & More [New Releases]

November 11, 2022 –––––– Whisky Advocate, , , ,

Our sister publication Wine Spectator is celebrating the year in wine with its annual Top 100 list, counting down its Top 10 this week to this morning's announcement of Wine of the Year. The full Top 100 list goes live on Monday, November 14th. You can check out Wine Spectator's Top 10 now at WineSpectator.com. Next up is Whisky Advocate, as our Top 20 list of the most exciting whiskies of the year will be announced early next month.

This week's new whiskies run the gamut in terms of style and origin. Heaven Hill is releasing its oldest Old Fitzgerald to date, a 19 year old bottled in bond bourbon. Crown Royal introduces a 29 year old blend, that could be considered a rye whiskey. And Jack Daniel's announces its first-ever American single malt, which was finished in oloroso sherry casks. Read on for full details.

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Jack Daniel’s Twice Barreled Special Release Oloroso Sherry Cask Finished

Style: American single malt
Origin: Tennessee
Age: 6 year old
ABV: Varies (53.05%-53.9%)
Price: $70/ 700 ml
Release: November 2022
Availability: Limited

Need to know:

This American single malt starts with 100% malted barley that’s ground, fermented, and distilled in Lynchburg, Tennessee. The whiskey is charcoal mellowed and matured in American oak for at least four years, then finished in oloroso sherry casks from Antonio Páez Lobato Cooperage for another two years. It’s bottled at barrel proof.

Whisky Advocate says:

This single malt is a first for Jack Daniel’s It’s a fully Jack spin on the style too, given that it undergoes the traditional charcoal mellowing process. This long-whispered move is yet another creative departure for Jack Daniel, which is increasingly spreading its wings and moving into style variations. It’s a big step for American single malt too, as this major player joins a space once occupied by smaller craft distillers.

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Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 19 year old

Style: Straight bourbon
Origin: Kentucky
Age: 19 year old
ABV: 50%
Price: $240
Release: November 2022
Availability: Limited

Need to know:

At 19 years old, the Fall 2022 release of Old Fitzgerald is the oldest ever in the series. The whiskey was produced in September 2003 and bottled in October 2022. The liquid comes from barrels pulled from three floors of rickhouse F and one floor of rickhouse X at Heaven Hill’s main distillery campus.

Whisky Advocate says:

Old Fitzgerald has long represented the pinnacle of bottled in bond bourbon, and its spring and fall annual releases are a highly anticipated event for bourbon aficionados. That’s for good reason: in recent years Old Fitzgerald has scored between 90 and 94 points with our tasting panel, with the Fall 2021 release earning the No. 16 spot on the 2021 Top 20.

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Crown Royal 29 year old Extra Rare

Style: Blended
Origin: Canada
Age: 29 year old
ABV: 46%
Price: $400
Release: November 2022
Availability: Limited; Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas

Need to know:

This new whiskey isn’t a standard Crown Royal blend, but rather a single component whisky made with a mashbill of 96% rye and 4% barley. Crown Royal released a similar whisky a few years back with its Noble Collection 16 year old Rye (92 points), which likewise was labeled a blend.

Whisky Advocate says:

This 29 year old release comes less than a year after Crown Royal introduced an 18 year old expression (89 points), though that whisky was a true blend. Canadian whisky doesn’t always get the acclaim of bourbon or scotch, meaning you can often grab aged releases like this at relatively low prices. It’s a savvy way to add a super-premium whisky to your collection for birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions. Considering the high-rye mashbill, we’d expect it to taste pretty good, too.

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Broken Barrel Americana

Style: American
Origin: Kentucky
Age: Not stated
ABV: 50%
Price: $35
Release: November 2022
Availability: Nationwide

Need to know:

The fifth flagship expression in Broken Barrel’s portfolio, this whiskey blends 4 year old corn whiskey with younger bourbon. As with all Broken Barrel whiskeys, the blend is then placed into a tank, with a custom “Oak Bill” or finishing stave combination added, which for Americana was 40% charred American oak, 40% toasted American oak, and 20% American apple brandy casks. The distillery had previously offered versions of the whiskey as part of its single barrel program, but will make this iteration more widely available.

Whisky Advocate says:

Americana joins a lineup that includes Small Batch, California Oak, Heresy Rye, and Cask Strength whiskeys. In September, Broken Barrel announced a limited edition American single malt, Luciferous, that was finished with 80% amaro barrel staves and 20% French oak staves. You can expect to find a review of the Heresy rye in our upcoming Winter issue.

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Sagamore Spirit Reserve Series Bottled In Bond

Style: Rye
Origin: Maryland
Age: 5 year old
ABV: 50%
Price: $60
Release: November 12
Availability: At the distillery, then in select markets nationwide

Need to know:

This is the second Bottled In Bond (BIB) from Sagamore, coming on the heels of its first-ever BIB release this time last year. This expression blends two straight rye whiskeys—one having a high-rye mashbill and the other a low-rye. That’s the same recipe used by Sagamore since it started distilling in 2016.

Whisky Advocate Says:

Last November’s BIB release was a big moment in Sagamore’s young history, as it was the distillery’s first release made entirely from its own whiskey. Since its founding, Sagamore Spirit has been on a mission to reestablish Maryland’s storied rye whiskey culture, which vanished after Prohibition. Owned by Kevin Plank, best known as the founder and creator of sports apparel company Under Armour, Sagamore operates from a state of the art distillery on Baltimore’s waterfront, which opened to the public in 2017.

Hard Truth Kentucky Sweet Mash (BW-1)

Style: Bourbon
Origin: Kentucky
Age: 5 year old
ABV: 55.1%
Price: $70
Release: November 2022
Availability: Limited; Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee

Need to know:

Just 12 barrels of this whiskey, which has a classic bourbon mashbill containing 73% corn, 19% rye, and 8% malted barley, are available.

Hard Truth Kentucky Sweet Mash Wheated (BW-2)

Style: Bourbon
Origin: Kentucky
Age: 5 year old
ABV: 55.9%
Price: $70
Release: November 2022
Availability: Limited; Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee

Need to know:

Only 12 barrels of this wheated bourbon are available; it’s mashbill is 69% corn, 19% wheat, and 12% malted barley.

Hard Truth Kentucky Sweet Mash (RW-1)

Style: Rye
Origin: Kentucky
Age: 5 year old
ABV: 55.2%
Price: $70
Release: November 2022
Availability: Limited; Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee

Need to know:

This rye’s mashbill (94% rye and 6% malted barley) is the predecessor to Hard Truth’s Indiana Sweet Mash Rye, mashbill #1.

Whisky Advocate says:

These three whiskeys are collectively part of Hard Truth’s Origin Series, which showcases mashbills created during the distillery’s early years of development. There are only 35 barrels total, available across six states. Each whiskey is bottled at barrel proof.

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Woodinville 2022 Harvest Release (2022)

Style: Finished rye
Origin: Washington
Age: Not stated
ABV: 45%
Price: $70
Release: November 12, 2022
Availability: Limited; distillery exclusive

Need to know:

Woodinville’s flagship 5 year old pot-distilled rye is finished for 4 months in ruby port casks from Portugal for this year’s Harvest Release. Previous releases have included a moscatel-finished bourbon and a toasted applewood-finished bourbon and rye. The first 500 bottles are signed by founders Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of one bottle per person. There is no purchase limit on the non-numbered bottles.

Whisky Advocate says:

Sorensen and Carlile founded Woodinville Whiskey in 2010. The distillery was acquired in 2017 by Moet Hennessy, which also owns scotch whiskies Ardbeg and Glenmorangie in addition to having an investment in WhistlePig. But the two founders continue to run the operation. The grains for the distillery are supplied by the Omlin family farm in the eastern Washington town of Quincy. Woodinville built its reputation on distillery exclusives and a local Washington fan base, and despite its recent fame and fortune, that part of the equation has not changed. So it’s likely that fans will be lining up for a bottle of this one tomorrow morning, long before the distillery doors are open.