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Coalition Rye, Torabhaig Single Malt & More [NEW RELEASES]

Coalition Rye, Torabhaig Single Malt & More [NEW RELEASES]

January 15, 2021 –––––– Susannah Skiver Barton, , , ,

In case you missed Whisky Advocate's exclusive reports: New whiskeys are on the way from the likes of country star Lee Greenwood, Brough Brothers, and Kentucky's most mysterious producer. Though we'll have to wait a bit for those, there are new whiskies available now.

First up, a new 100% rye made at Kentucky Artisan Distillery is launching. Coalition rye includes three wine cask-finished variants (all $90) and a barrel-proof straight rye ($130). The whiskeys are available in several states.

The Isle of Skye's second distillery, Torabhaig, is making its debut with Legacy Series 2017 single malt. The scotch whisky is priced at $60, with 6,000 bottles available in the U.S.

Lock, Stock & Barrel rye is back with a 20 year old offering, its oldest yet. There are 3,000 bottles available, priced at $389.

The Family Jones in Colorado is set to offer a bottled in bond rye whose distillation and bottling dates are exactly four years apart—Jan. 20, Inauguration Day. There are just 380 bottles of the whiskey, priced at $80 each.

Westland Distillery has bottled two single casks for its annual Peat Week. Both single malt whiskies are priced at $100 and available in Washington only.

E-commerce site Flaviar is releasing the third iteration of its peated blended malt scotch. Son of a Peat The Redeemer is priced at $80, available only on the website.

Finally, Johnnie Walker is rolling out its Lunar New Year packaging for Blue Label. The limited-edition Year of the Ox is priced at $230.

Read on for full details.

Coalition Barrel-Finished Ryes

Style: Finished rye

Origin: Kentucky

Age: Not stated

Proof: Varies

Price: $90

Release: January 2021

Availability: CA, CO, FL, KY, IL, NJ, and NY

Need to know:

Made from 100% rye at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, this new brand has three core whiskeys, all finished in wine barriques from three areas of Bordeaux: Margaux (45.5% ABV), Pauillac (46.3% ABV), and Sauternes (47.1% ABV).

Coalition Barrel-Proof Straight Rye

Style: Straight rye

Origin: Kentucky

Age: Not stated

Proof: 54.4% ABV

Price: $130

Release: January 2021

Availability: CA, CO, FL, KY, IL, NJ, and NY

Need to know:

This is the base whiskey, made from 100% rye at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, used for Coalition's barrel-finished offerings, and bottled at barrel proof.

Whisky Advocate says:

The name Coalition refers to this brand's ownership: ex-Russian Standard vodka CEO Leonid Yangarber, Kentucky Artisan Distillery owner Steve Thompson, and winemaker and consultant Ludwig Vanneron.

Torabhaig Legacy Series 2017

Style: Single malt

Origin: Scotland (Islands)

Age: 3 years old

Proof: 46% ABV

Price: $60

Release: January 2021

Availability: 6,000 bottles for the U.S.

Need to know:

Distilled from heavily peated barley on the Isle of Skye, this is the first whisky from Torabhaig—barely legal at 3 years old.

Whisky Advocate says:

Scotland's Isle of Skye is 639 square miles—far larger than the 239-square-mile Islay, which has nine whisky distilleries. But up until a few years ago, Skye had just one: Talisker. Torabhaig became the island's second distillery, dedicated to making a variety of single malt profiles using variations in malt, yeast, and other factors. And more whisky from Skye's environs is on the way, as the Isle of Raasay Distillery—located on a smaller island, just off Skye—is also filling casks.

Lock, Stock & Barrel 20 year old Straight Rye

Style: Straight rye

Origin: Canada

Age: 20 years old

Proof: 56% ABV

Price: $389

Release: January 2021

Availability: 3,000 bottles

Need to know:

Made at Alberta Distillers from 100% rye, this whiskey follows Lock, Stock & Barrel's previous releases, stepping up in age from 13 to 16 to 18 and now 20 years old.

Whisky Advocate says:

Past reviews for this whisky in the Buying Guide are positive: 91 points for the 13 year old, and 92 points for the 16 year old. More age doesn't necessarily mean the whisky has gotten better (especially for bourbon), but here, concerns about too much wood extraction are tempered by the fact that the liquid matured in a place that's very cold in winter and moderate in summer—meaning there was less intense interaction with the barrel.

The Family Jones Inauguration Bottled in Bond Rye

Style: Straight rye

Origin: Colorado

Age: 4 years old

Proof: 50% ABV

Price: $80

Release: January 2021

Availability: 380 bottles

Need to know:

This whiskey was distilled on Jan. 20, 2017 and will be bottled on Jan. 20, 2021—both dates being an Inauguration Day. The rye meets all the standards for being bottled in bond.

Whisky Advocate says:

Political-themed whiskeys abound: Rodham rye from Republic Restoratives, and Proof and Wood Ventures'The Senator, The Ambassador, and The Presidential Dram. But this is the only whiskey distilled on the day of one inauguration and bottled on another, four years later. Any whiskey can be a great pour to toast the democratic process, but this one is extra special.

Westland Peat Week 2021 Releases

Style: Single malt

Origin: Washington

Age: 7 years, 5 months old

Proof: Varies

Price: $100

Release: January 2021

Availability: For sale at the distillery only

Need to know:

This year Westland Distillery is releasing two single cask single malts—both made from Baird's heavily peated malt with Belgian saison brewer's yeast—for its annual Peat Week celebration:

Cask No. 428—61.4% ABV. Matured in a first-fill Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel.

Cask No. 6732—60.8% ABV. Matured in a first-fill Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel and finished in a Mount Gay rum cask.

Whisky Advocate says:

Peat Week takes place at the Seattle distillery every winter, but this year—like so many events—it's going online. The sample kit for the symposium event is already sold out, but Washington residents can participate in the cocktail competition, or just buy a bottle or two of the single malts, and Westland will ship it to them.

Son of a Peat The Redeemer

Style: Blended malt

Origin: Scotland

Age: Not stated

Proof: 53.8% ABV

Price: $80

Release: January 2021

Availability: For sale on Flaviar

Need to know:

Combining 12 whiskies from Speyside, the Highlands and islands, and Islay, this blended malt is the third Son of a Peat release from spirits club Flaviar and is available to members only.

Whisky Advocate says:

Although it's primarily a members-only club that delivers whisky and other spirits, Flaviar has moved into the producer space lately. Besides Son of a Peat, the company released a blend of straight bourbons called Corn Trooper, and also partnered with WhistlePig on the creation of HomeStock.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Ox

Style: Blended whisky

Origin: Scotland

Age: Not stated

Proof: 40% ABV

Price: $230

Release: January 2021

Availability: Limited edition

Need to know:

This is the regular Johnnie Walker Blue Label in a special-edition package designed by artist Shirley Gong to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Whisky Advocate says:

Johnnie Walker releases a Lunar New Year edition of Blue Label annually, as do other brands like Glenfiddich. The whisky inside doesn't change, but the beautifully designed packaging can offer a special touch for celebrations.