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Lochlea Our Barley, New Stellum releases, Jack Daniel's Distillery Series #10 & More [New Releases]

Lochlea Our Barley, New Stellum releases, Jack Daniel's Distillery Series #10 & More [New Releases]

November 25, 2022 –––––– David Fleming, Ted Simmons, Julia Higgins, ,

We cover new releases here every week, but we also like to ask distillers and blenders what they're working on that's yet to be announced. Case in point, we recently spoke to Owen Martin, the new master distiller at Angel's Envy, about what cask finishes excite him as he settles into his new role with the Louisville distiller.

As for this week's new releases, we have a debut scotch and a number of American whiskeys. Lochlea Our Barley, the new flagship single malt scotch from Lochlea Distillery, hits shelves in the U.S., albeit in limited quantities. Lochlea, a Lowlands distillery that has been producing since only 2018, is run by former Laphroaig distillery manager John Campbell, who moved from Laphroaig last November after a 25 year career there. Barrell Craft Spirits announces the latest additions to Stellum Black, its line of specialty blends, Jack Daniel adds a whiskey finished with toasted pecan wood chips to its Distillery Series, and Rabbit Hole returns with the latest iteration of its Raceking bourbon. Read on for full details.

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Lochlea Our Barley
Style: Single malt
Origin: Scotland (Lowlands)
Age: Not stated
ABV: 46%
Price: $70/700 ml
Release: November
Availability: Limited

Lochlea Harvest Edition
Style: Single malt
Origin: Scotland (Lowlands)
Age: Not stated
ABV: 46%
Price: $75/700 ml
Release: November
Availability: Limited

Need to know:

Scottish Lowlands whisky maker Lochlea Distillery, which is located in Ayrshire, began distilling in 2018 using a mashbill of barley grown on this farm estate. Lochlea Our Barley is the distillery’s core label, matured in a combination of bourbon, sherry, and STR barriques. Lochlea Harvest Edition is a limited seasonal edition that aims to capture the feel of late summer and harvest time.

Whisky Advocate says:

Lochlea Distillery is run by former Laphroaig Distillery manager John Campbell, who made a surprise departure from the famed Islay distillery last November to take up this new post. These are Lochlea's inaugural whiskies in the U.S., and have been eagerly anticipated. Both releases are small, at 3,360 bottles for Our Barley and 900 bottles for Harvest Edition.

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Stellum Black Hunter’s Moon
Style: Blend of straight bourbons
Origin: Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee
Age: Not stated
ABV: 57.76%
Price: $99
Release: November 2022
Availability: Limited; 10,296 bottles

Need to know:

Inspired by the full moon, often referred to as the Hunter’s Moon of October, this oak-driven high rye bourbon was made in preparation for winter, and meant for the time of year when the days get shorter and the nights get longer.

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Stellum Black The Lone Cypress
Style: Blend of straight ryes
Origin: Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee
Age: Not stated
ABV: 57.67%
Price: $99
Release: November 2022
Availability: Limited; 10,632 bottles

Need to know:

With a taste profile that includes notes of pine and sea air salinity, this whiskey was named after the cypress trees found on Monterey Pennisula on California's central coast.

Whisky Advocate says:

Barrell Craft Spirits (BCS) launched its Stellum line in April 2021 as a way to offer whiskey drinkers more consistent and affordable blends beyond its ever-changing batched bourbons. From there, they extended the line with Stellum Black in December 2021, using the same blends but with older reserve barrels. Then, in July of this year, Barrell introduced the first in a series of rare and themed blends under the Stellum Black name with Equinox Blend No. 1 bourbon (91 points) and Fibonacci Blend No. 1 rye (90 points). Like all BCS releases, these new whiskeys are bottled at cask strength.

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Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series Selection #10
Style: Straight Tennessee whiskey
Origin: Tennessee
Age: Not stated
ABV: 60%
Price: $42/375 ml
Release: November 2022
Availability: Jack Daniel Distillery and select Tennessee retailers

Need to know:

The tenth release in the Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series, this one is finished with toasted pecan woodchips. The liquid was selected by longtime Jack Daniel employee Randy “Goose” Baxter, who is retiring this year after 40 years at the company. Baxter has served in a number of different roles at Jack Daniel over his career, most recently as brand ambassador and head of the Tennessee Squire Association, an exclusive club for Jack Daniel’s fans.

Whisky Advocate says:

The Distillery Series, formerly known as the Tennessee Taster’s Selection, is a line of experimental whiskeys that launched in 2018, all sold in 375-ml bottles. The most recent releases prior to this one, #8 and #9, were the Toasted and Barrel Finished and Toasted Maple Barrel rye expressions, with liquid selected by Jack Daniel assistant distiller Lexie Phillips and her husband, taster Josh Phillips. The Distillery Series releases are available only at the White Rabbit Bottle Shop at the Jack Daniel visitor center and in select Tennessee stores.

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Rabbit Hole Raceking
Style: Straight bourbon
Origin: Kentucky
Age: Not stated
ABV: 54.9%
Price: $395
Release: December 2022
Availability: Limited; 1,335 bottles

Need to know:

Raceking has a mashbill of 70% corn, 13% rye, 10% malted rye, 4% chocolate malted wheat, and 3% chocolate malted barley. It was then aged in wood-fired, toasted, and charred new oak barrels and bottled at cask strength. This is a re-release of the whiskey, which first debuted in September 2021. Moving forward, it’ll be available on an annual basis each fall. For now, it's available only at Rabbit Hole’s distillery in Louisville, but early next year will be released nationwide.

Whisky Advocate says:

The third expression in the Rabbit Hole Founder’s Collection—which distillery founder Kaveh Zamanian uses as a platform to highlight creativity and special whiskey-making processes—Raceking is named in honor of Kentucky’s long ties to horse racing. The whiskey is an exploration into just how malting expands flavors, with proprietary malting processes used on chocolate wheat malt from Germany and chocolate barley malt from the UK.

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Frey Ranch Quad Malt
Style: Bourbon
Origin: Nevada
Age: 5 years and 10 months
ABV: 45%
Price: $59/375 ml
Release: November 19th
Availability: Distillery only

Frey Ranch 100% Malted Corn
Style: Bourbon
Origin: Nevada
Age: 5 years and 10 months
ABV: 55%
Price: $59/375 ml
Release: November 19th
Availability: Distillery only

Need to know:

All grains for these whiskeys were grown, harvested, milled, distilled, and in the case of the Quad Malt, also malted at Frey Ranch. For the Quad Malt, Frey Ranch uses the same mashbill as Frey Ranch’s bourbon—100% non-GMO corn, winter rye, winter wheat, and two-row barley all grown on-site. The difference with Quad Malt is that all four of the grains are malted on-site for this one, whereas the barley is the only malted grain in the bourbon.

Whisky Advocate says:

Frey Ranch’s experiments with its corn, wheat, barley, and rye have become the distillery's signature. In addition, co-founder Colby Frey is inspired by the malting process, and the distillery has long been malting its grains on-site in a custom-made steep tank and germination/kilning drum, before milling them for distillation.

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Single Malts of Scotland Reserve Cask
Style: Single malt
Origin: Scotland
Age: Varies
ABV: Varies
Price: Varies
Release: November
Availability: Limited

Need to know:

This release of the Single Malts of Scotland from ImpEx Beverages is a collection that includes the following whiskies:

  • Bunnahabhain 2010 11 year old, 58.1%, $165, 606 bottles (pictured)
  • Orkney 2009 12 year old, 56.4%, $110, 624 bottles
  • Clynelish 10 year old, 48%, $75, 720 bottles
  • Laphroaig 7 year old, 48%, $90, 894 bottles
  • Linkwood 13 year old, 48% $85, 912 bottles

Whisky Advocate says:

Single Malts of Scotland is part of UK-based Elixir Distillers, whose other core franchises are Port Askaig, Elements of Islay, Black Tot Rum, and Highland Nectar. While scotch whisky is its primary specialty, the company also focuses on Japanese whisky as well as rum and tequila.

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New Liberty 100% Pennsylvania Bloody Butcher
Style: Straight bourbon
Origin: Pennsylvania
Age: Not stated
ABV: 47.5%-55.25%
Price: $25-$70
Release: November 2022
Availability: Pennsylvania

Need to know:

This new whiskey from Philadelphia’s New Liberty Distillery is made from 100% Pennsylvania-grown heritage grans with a mashbill of 70%, Bloody Butcher corn from Castle Valley Mill in Doylestown, and 27% malted rye and 3% malted barley from Deer Creek Malthouse. It was then aged for 2 years in Pennsylvania white oak barrels from Tonnellerie Nadalie Cooperage. The distillery is releasing two versions of the whiskey: a 200 ml bottle (47.5% ABV/$25) and a 750 ml (55.25% ABV/$70).

Whisky Advocate says:

We're seeing more whiskeys being made from heirloom or heritage grain, including Jeptha Creed Red, White, and Blue bourbon, announced just a few weeks ago. This new whiskey from New Liberty goes a step further though, keeping all resources sourced from within the state in order to capture a better sense of terroir and honor historic Pennsylvania distilling traditions. New Liberty also released Bloody Butcher Sour Mash earlier this year.

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