This year I am going to try something a little different with New Booze. Rather than post a monthly round-up of new products hitting the market, I'll keep a running blog post throughout the year with the newest entries on top. We'll see how it goes.
2/22/17: Old Rip Van Winkle 25 Year Old Bourbon
A one-time bottling of Van Winkle bourbon will soon be released. Only 11 barrels comprise this batch of 710 bottles. The barrels were distilled in the spring and fall of 1989 and stored on the lower levels of a metal clad warehouse built in 1935 at the Van Winkle family distillery in Shively, Ky. In 2002 the barrels were moved to Buffalo Trace Distillery, where they continued to age for another 12 years on the lower floors in Buffalo Trace’s brick warehouses. In 2014 the Buffalo Trace team moved the barrels into stainless steel tanks to halt the aging process.
The 25 year Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon is bottled at 100 proof and will start shipping in April. Suggested retail pricing is $1,800 for a 750 ml bottle.
2/17/17: Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1990
The barley harvest from the previous summer proved problematic for whisky makers in 1990. It was hard to process through Scotland’s distilleries. The Distillery nurtured the spirit’s rare delicacy for 25 years in ex-bourbon casks, with a small parcel in ex-sherry casks.
Chill-filtered and bottled at 43% ABV; $630 U.S.
2/9/17: C3 CARCIOFO artichoke liqueur from DON CICCIO & FIGLI
C3 is a bitter aperitivo based on an infusion of three types of California-grown artichokes, cardoons, grapefruit, and 18 selected botanicals. It is aged in barrel for 12 months, and is 23% ABV. C3 is based on a traditional Italian recipe from 1911, a nod to the original DON CICCIO & FIGLI distillery, which produced liqueurs on Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast for nearly a century. Today, this recipe is being resurrected stateside by fourth generation family owner Francesco Amodeo who opened the Washington, D.C. distillery in 2012.
SRP is $35.99. www.donciccioefigli.com
Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers will release a new seasonal gin on February 6. The gin was crafted from 100% Michigan ingredients, starting with water fresh from Lake Michigan, red winter wheat from Heffron Farms and juniper harvested by hand on Beaver Island. MICHIGIN's base spirit is distilled from red winter wheat from nearby Belding, Michigan, milled on site at the distillery on Grand Rapids' West Side. It was then redistilled with a variety of Michigan botanicals, including lemon verbena and fennel from Visser Farms in Zeeland, lemon balm from Creation Farms in Beulah, and Galena hops from the Michigan Hop Alliance in Northport.
Available in Michigan. longroaddistillers.com
Wyoming Whiskey is releasing a limited edition, sherry-finished bourbon this month. Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask is the first barrel-finished product from the Wyoming-based distiller. Pedro Ximenez barrels were chosen to compliment the flavor profile of five-year-old Wyoming Whiskey bourbon.
A limited release of 110 cases of Double Cask will be available for purchase in Wyoming, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Illinois, Texas and California. Double Cask retails for $59.99 per 750 ml bottle.
A blend of Puerto Rican rums that have been aged for a minimum of three years and up to six years for this expression that differentiate Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum from unaged spiced rums. A blend of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove add flavor to the Oak Barrel Spiced Rum. No artificial flavors or colors are added.
45% ABV, SRP $29.99. www.donq.com
Glenmorangie Bacalta is the first Glenmorangie finished entirely in sun-baked Malmsey Madeira casks. First, Dr Bill Lumsden arranged for bespoke American oak casks to be created and heavily toasted. The casks were then seasoned to his specifications by Malmsey wine – the sweetest and most prized of the Madeira wines – which was baked within to maturity as the casks lay in the heat of Madeira’s sun. Emptied, shipped to Scotland and filled with specially selected spirit – already matured in ex-bourbon barrels.
Non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV; $99.99 US SRP
2/1/17: The Macallan 1991 Fine & Rare vintage
The cask was filled with The Macallan new make spirit on March 28th 1991 and is bottled at a natural cask strength of 49.4% abv, deemed by the Master Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno, to be the ideal strength to fully realise and appreciate the intense yet soft palate of the 25 years old 1991 Fine & Rare vintage.
The 1991 Fine & Rare vintage will retail at approximately $10,000 USD per 750ml bottle.
1/26/17: Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked returns in Kentucky Only
Woodford Reserve announces the re-release of Double Double Oaked in its Distillery Series. Double Double Oaked is the result of finishing fully mature Woodford Reserve Double Oaked for an additional year in its second, heavily toasted, lightly charred, new oak barrel.
Double Double Oaked is available for purchase in limited quantities beginning January 26 at the Woodford Reserve Distillery and select retailers in Kentucky. Double Double Oaked is presented at 90.4 proof with a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 375ml bottle.
1/25/17: Bruichladdich New Releases
Wee Laddie Tasting set $66 at ReserveBar.com
Black Art 5 - Available March 1, The fifth incarnation of this limited (12,000 bottles globally) single malt and the first by head distiller Adam Hannett; as ever, the cask composition remains a mystery. 24 years old, 48.4%
Bruichladdich 10 Year Old's (second edition): The aged editions come in: Classic (unpeated), Port Charlotte (heavily peated) & Octomore (world's most heavily peated) and in a limited quantity of 18,000 individually numbered bottles globally.
These whiskies are hand made and bottled at the distillery using Islay spring water, without the use of chill filtration or the addition of artificial coloring.
Laddie 10: $65.99 Port Charlotte 10: $69.99 Octomore 10: $235.99 Available in select liquor stores and online, starting February 1, 2017.
1/24/17: Diplomatico Rum's Tradition Range
Diplomático Rum launches the new Tradition Range featuring their flagship spirit, Reserva Exclusiva, and two new-to-market expressions, Mantuano and Planas. Mantuano, 40% ABV, is a blended rum aged for up to 8 years. Planas, 47% ABV, aged up to 6 years, is a blended white rum.
The new tradition range will be available in key cities starting in February 2017 with Reserva Exclusiva (SRP $40), Planas (SRP $29). Mantuano (SRP $24). www.rondiplomatico.com
Spytail is based on a 19th Century French recipe of ageing Caribbean Rum with fresh ginger and spices in the barrel. The rum is distilled in the Caribbean and then aged, spiced, and blended at a small family distillery in the Cognac region of France.
Spytail is bottled at 40%-42% alcohol by volume. Retail price varies by market – in the USA, the 750 ml is available for $21.99-$23.99. biggarandleith.com
Matured 18 months in Serbian Juniper wood barrels, the double-distilled Muscat brandy base, non-chill filtered spirit is unadulterated by any post distillation infusion of flavors or essences.
(130 proof/65% ABV) $60 per 750mL bottle
Washington, D.C based distillery, Jos. A. Magnus & Co., is proud to announce the creation of their latest limited edition bourbon, J.A. Magnus Reserve at suggested retail of $1,000 a bottle. Only 192 bottles were made. Once they are gone this product will never exist again.
J.A. Magnus Reserve is a cask strength blend of two rare "honey barrels" comprised of 16 and 18 year straight bourbons which were hand-selected by Master Blender Nancy "The Nose" Fraley.