New Booze News: Old Fitzgerald, Paul John Kanya, Glendalough and More!

February 23, 2018

This month may be near its end, but new whiskey releases are still rolling in. Bourbon lovers have spring to look forward to with the new Heaven Hill release. They’ve got a new bottled-in-bond bourbon for their Old Fitzgerald brand. Also of note is a new single malt from the Indian distillery, Paul John. This one features the first in a limited edition collection. For Irish whiskey fans, Glendalough has a trio of releases, all with unique finishing barrels. Find all the details on these bottles and more in the booze news for the week of February 19, 2018!

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 11 Year (Spring 2018)

Announced in early 2018, this series from Heaven Hill Distillery features bottled-in-bond, Kentucky straight bourbon under the Old Fitzgerald label, a wheated bourbon brand. This will be a biannual release with the bottles featuring a green label for spring and a black label for the fall editions. The age will vary with each edition.

The first release for 2018 was comprised of barrels produced between February and May 2006. Aged 11 years and bottled in April 2018 at 100 proof, the proof requirement for bottled in bond whiskeys. The packaging for this bottle was inspired by an original 1950’s Old Fitzgerald diamond decanter. These releases are to be allocated so availability will be limited. Expect to see this first release beginning April 2018.

Suggested retail price $110.

Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 11 Year (Spring 2018) / Photo Credit: Heaven Hill

Glen Grant 15 Year

Aged for 15 years in first-fill bourbon barrels, this Speyside single malt is bottled at 50% ABV and is un-chillfiltered. This bottling from Glen Grant is a U.S. exclusive release. Only 10,680 bottles will be available beginning January 2018.

Suggested retail price $77.

Glen Grant 15 Year / Photo Credit: Glen Grant

Paul John Kanya

This single malt release from Paul John, an Indian distillery located in Goa, is an unpeated bottling. Aged for 7 years in first-fill bourbon casks, it is bottled at 50% ABV. Only 1,500 bottles produced with 432 available to the US as of February 2018.

Kanya is the Hindu counterpart to the 6th zodiac sign, Virgo. This is the first in an expected limited edition series of zodiac releases.

Suggested retail price $250-$300.

Paul John Kanya / Photo Credit: Paul John


These three whiskey releases were all aged initially in ex-bourbon barrels. They were then finished in Mizunara oak, Irish porter and oloroso sherry casks, respectively. These whiskeys from Glendalough also feature new packaging for their portfolio which will extend to their gin and poitín labels as well.

Kevin Keenan, founder and creative director at Glendalough Distillery, said: “Our new look and bespoke bottle really brings the range together as a family, while the new cask finishes set the whiskey apart from anything else being done in Irish whiskey.”

Glendalough 13 Year Mizunara Finish

Type: Single Malt

Age: 13 Years

Barrels: Ex-bourbon barrels, finished maturation in Japanese Mizunara oak barrels

Bottled at: 46% ABV.

Suggested retail price: $120/£85.

Glendalough 13 Year Mizunara Finish
/ Photo Credit:Glendalough

Glendalough 7 Year Black Pitts

Type: Single Malt

Aged: 7 years

Barrels: Ex-bourbon, finished in Blackpitts Porter barrels from The 5 Lamps Brewery based in Dublin.

Bottled at: 46% ABV.

Suggested retail price: $70/£50.

Glendalough 7 Year Black Pitts
/ Photo Credit: Glendalough

Glendalough Double Barrel Single Grain

Type: Single Grain

Aged: NAS, but brand claims 3 years

Barrels: Ex-bourbon, finished in 500-liter ex-oloroso casks for up to a year.

Bottled at: 42% ABV.

Suggested retail price $48/£34.

Glendalough Double Barrel Single Grain
/ Photo Credit: Glendalough

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