Distiller’s Friday Roundup – October 23, 2020By Stephanie Moreno
This week brings us a slew of new whiskey announcements. Several of them have limited availability in the US, but one American whiskey isn’t available at US retailers at all. In order to purchase Jim Beam Lineage, you’ll have to pick up a plane ticket as well. Like the Suntory World Whiskey AO we mentioned last week, it will be limited to Global Travel Retail shoppers. On the positive side, Jim Beam Lineage isn’t expected until in early 2021. So if travel plans aren’t in your immediate future, your FOMO for this whiskey shouldn’t kick in for awhile.
As for other new releases, we’ve got the details on a new limited edition cognac from HINE. It’s set to hit shelves this month in the US; just in time to get a head’s start on your holiday shopping. Speaking of gifts, if you’re looking for a whisky for that special someone, The Macallan has a Fine (& Rare) bottling that is sure to make a lasting impression — if not with the recipient then certainly with your pocketbook.
If you’d like to find out more, don’t worry. We’ve got all the details on these bottles and more in Distiller’s Friday Roundup for October 23, 2020!
Jim Beam Lineage, First Collaboration Between Fred and Freddie Noe Announced
Jim Beam Bourbon announced a new release this week: Jim Beam Lineage, a Kentucky straight bourbon created by Master Distiller Fred Noe and his son Freddie Noe. This whiskey is the first collaboration between Jim Beam’s 7th and 8th generation family distillers. It was aged in Warehouse K in charred white oak barrels and bottled after 15 years at 111 proof. Jim Beam Lineage is expected to launch in Global Travel Retail in early 2021.
“Having spent a lot of time exploring travel retail outlets in my time, it was important to me to offer something special to travelers — especially during these trying times,” said Fred Noe. “Launching a product exclusively to travel retail is not something we often do, so we are excited to bring such a unique expression to our friends in airports across the world.”
Freddie Noe added, “I really enjoy breaking the rules and creating new and exciting expressions, so it was an honor to create this unique whiskey with my dad — one that’s different from anything out there in the bourbon world.”
Jim Beam Lineage is expected to launch in Global Travel Retail in early 2021 with an SRP of $250.
Hine Debuts Limited Edition Antique XO in the US
Hine Antique XO 100th Anniversary 1920-2020 Cognac was released to commemorate the brand’s first blend of Antique XO released in 1920 by George Hine. This anniversary edition was crafted by cellar master Eric Forget and contains an eau-de-vie from the 1920 vintage which had been housed in glass demi-johns in their Réserve du Paradis cellars. Other cuvees in the blend include 40 different eaux-de-vie, all aged at least 20 years and all from the Grande Champagne region including the 1920 vintage.
Only 1920 decanters were produced with 270 earmarked for the US. It’s available this month with a SRP of $300.
Ian Macleod Distillers Announces Rosebank 30 Year Limited Edition
Rosebank 30 Year (Release One) is the first of an expected annual limited edition series to be released by the brand. Rosebank Distillery closed its doors in 1993, but Ian Macleod Distillers, which acquired the brand and its remaining stocks in 2017, has begun construction to revive the Lowlands distillery. This 30-year-old single malt was triple-distilled in 1990. It aged in a combination of refill sherry butts and refill bourbon hogsheads. It’s bottled without chill filtration at 48.6% ABV.
Released in October 2020 with just 4,350 bottles produced it has an SRP of £1,600/$2092.
The Macallan Announces Latest Addition to its Fine & Rare Collection
The Macallan Fine & Rare collection, which first debuted 20 years ago, contains 57 vintages ranging from the 1920s through the 1990s. This 1993 Vintage matured in a single sherry-seasoned American oak hogshead for 27 years. It was bottled in 2020 at 50.2% ABV. It’s available globally as of October 21, 2020, but only 256 bottles were produced. It has an SRP of $18,000.
TIDBITS FROM AROUND THE SPIRITS WORLD
It’s time to take a quick look at what else is going on around the world this week …
Blue Run 13 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon is the first release for Blue Run Spirits which was founded in 2019. The brand hired Jim Rutledge, former master distiller for Four Roses, as its liquid director. He selected the bourbon for this bottling. After 13 years of aging, the bourbon bottled at 56.5% ABV.
Only 2,600 bottles of this first run are available. It has an SRP of $169.99 and is available in Kentucky and Georgia as well as through the brand’s website.
Widow Jane Decadence 10 Year is made from a blend of straight bourbons. The bourbon blend is then finished in barrels which formerly held maple syrup from Crown Maple, based in the Hudson Valley, New York. Each batch yields around 3,300 bottles (550 cases) which will designate the batch and year on each label. It is bottled at 91 proof.
This product was initially released in April 2020 and quickly sold out. The fall and winter 2020 batches will be available in AZ, CA, CO, FL, MA, NJ, NY, SC, TX beginning in October 2020. It has a SRP of $79.99.
Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. Releases Two New Bourbon Whiskeys
This week, Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. announced two new additions to its portfolio. Each release has an SRP of $64.99 and is available in Texas retailers and at the distillery in Fort Worth.
This bottling begins with 4-year-old TX Straight Bourbon made from a mash of corn, wheat and malted barley all grown in Texas. The bourbon is then finished in 10-year-old tawny port casks — made from European oak — for six months. It is bottled at 101.6 proof.
This release also begins with 4-year-old TX Straight Bourbon. The bourbon is then finished in 20-year-old Pedro Ximenez sherry casks — made from American oak — for eight months. It is bottled at 101.6 proof.
Smirnoff Spicy Tamarind is a flavored vodka featuring flavors of tamarind, lime and chilies. This flavor had been available to purchase in Mexico and other markets, but as of October 2020, the bottle will feature glow-in-the-dark packaging. The label displays Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) imagery on the bottle including a calavera (skull) and cempasúchiles (marigolds). It is bottled at 35% ABV.
Starting this month, it will be available as a permanent release in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois and New Mexico. Additionally, it has a limited availability in Alaska, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Louisiana, Maryland, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Vermont, Georgia and Nevada. It has an SRP of $12.99.
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