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Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series FAE-01, Barrel-Proof Michter's & More Whisky [NEW RELEASES]

Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series FAE-01, Barrel-Proof Michter's & More Whisky [NEW RELEASES]

February 26, 2021 –––––– Susannah Skiver Barton, , , ,

After decades of ambiguity, Japanese whisky is finally getting a definition—though it's not quite as clear-cut as it might appear. Catch up on the situation, then keep reading for this week's new whisky releases.

First up, Maker's Mark is rolling out the first of two 2021 limited editions in its Wood Finishing Series. FAE-01 is named for the stave used to finish the bourbon, which is priced at $60.

Michter's is releasing a new batch of its Barrel-Strength rye. The suggested price is $100, with limited amounts available.

Islay's Bowmore Distillery has debuted the Timeless Series with a 27 year old ($1,525) and a 31 year old ($2,100). There are just 3,000 bottles of each single malt, with the 31 year old for sale only at Travel Retail.

The studio behind the film Archenemy is launching a bourbon, sourced from MGP. Archenemy straight bourbon is available online, priced around $49.

Finally, M&H Distillery is Israel has bottled an Islay cask-matured single malt for the U.S. There are just 229 bottles available, priced at $90.

Read on for full details.

Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series 2021 Limited Release: FAE-01

Style: Finished bourbon

Origin: Kentucky

Age: Not stated

Proof: Varies (55.15%-55.3% ABV)

Price: $60

Release: March 2021

Availability: Limited edition

Need to know:

The first of two Wood Finishing Series bourbons that the distillery will release this year, this whiskey is core cask-strength Maker's Mark bourbon finished on American oak staves that are seared on one side and raw on the other. The two sides of the FAE-01 stave yield different notes—leather and tobacco from the charred side, and fruit from the raw side.

Whisky Advocate says:

Maker's Mark director of innovation Jane Bowie oversees the stave program and, with master distiller Denny Potter, puts together each Wood Finishing Series bourbon. She joinedWhisky Advocateon Instagram Live last year to talk about the 2020 Limited Editionand the particulars of her very fun job.

In 2021, there will be two Wood Finishing Series releases; the fall one, FAE-02, will offer complementary flavors to FAE-01.

Michter's US*1 Barrel-Strength Straight Rye (2021 Release)

Style: Straight rye

Origin: Kentucky

Age: Not stated

Proof: 55.15% ABV

Price: $100

Release: February 2021

Availability: Limited edition

Need to know:

This is Michter's standard US*1 straight rye, offered at barrel proof rather than the standard 42.4% ABV.

Whisky Advocate says:

Michter's last released a batch of Barrel-Strength rye in April 2019; that edition scored 92 points in the Whisky Advocate Buying Guide.

Bowmore 27 year old Timeless Series

Style: Single malt

Origin: Scotland (Islay)

Age: 27 years old

Proof: 52.7% ABV

Price: $1,525

Release: February 2021

Availability: 3,000 bottles

Need to know:

Initially matured for 15 years in a combination of sherry and bourbon casks, this whisky was transferred to first-fill oloroso sherry butts for another 12 years.

Bowmore 31 year old Timeless Series

Style: Single malt

Origin: Scotland (Islay)

Age: 31 years old

Proof: 45.4% ABV

Price: $2,100

Release: February 2021

Availability: 3,000 bottles; for sale at Travel Retail only

Need to know:

After maturing for 29 years in bourbon casks, this whisky underwent a 2-year finish in Spanish oak matusalem sherry-seasoned butts.

Whisky Advocate says:

Both of these whiskies come packaged in an hourglass-shaped box, which includes an actual hourglass inside. The buyer is encouraged to use it to measure out three full minutes for nosing the whisky in the glass.

To celebrate the release of these whiskies, Bowmore collaborated with filmmaker and artist Thomas Vanz on a short film about the power of time.

Archenemy Space Bourbon

Style: Straight bourbon

Origin: Indiana

Age: Not stated

Proof: 45% ABV

Price: $49

Release: February 2021

Availability: For sale online

Need to know:

A combination of 8 year old and 5 year old bourbons distilled at MGP, this bottling comes from entertainment company Legion M and is inspired by its movie "Archenemy," which debuted in December 2020. It's for sale online only.

Whisky Advocate says:

Whisky tie-ins with movies and TV shows aren't new: We've seen Game of Thrones scotch, Walking Dead bourbon, and even Ray Donovan whiskey. This isn't even the first interstellar-entertainment bourbon! That honor goes to James T. Kirk bourbon., followed by Montgomery Scott scotch, and even Predator bourbon. Oddly, the most whiskey-centric show hasn't done its own bottling—though you'll still want to pour a few fingers of something strong when you sit down to watch it.

M&H ImpEx Single Cask (Cask No. 2017-0267)

Style: Single malt

Origin: Israel

Age: 3 years old

Proof: 57.8% ABV

Price: $90

Release: Spring 2021

Availability: 229 bottles for the U.S. only

Need to know:

Made by Israel's M&H Distillery, this whisky was fully matured in an Islay scotch cask.

Whisky Advocate says:

M&H debuted its first fully mature single malt in the U.S. in 2020 and it has come out strong. That whisky, M&H Classic, made the 2020 Top 20 list, and subsequent releases have scored well too. We recently spoke with Tal Chotiner, M&H's international head of sales, on #TasteWithSpace about how the Tel Aviv distillery has made such big strides in a short time.