New Booze News: Old Forester, Wild Turkey, and MoreBy Stephanie Moreno
It seems like every day we find press releases about new spirits about to hit the market. Before our official reviews for these bottles arrive, we wanted to give you a sneak peak about what’s coming soon to stores near you. Here’s the New Booze News for the week of May 8th, 2017!
OLD FORESTER STATESMAN
Created as a tie-in with the upcoming (Sept 2017) movie sequel, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”, Old Forester is releasing Old Forester Statesman. In the film, The Statesman are a spy organization who are bourbon master distillers by day and spies at night with headquarters based inside the fictional Statesman Distillery. The bourbon, using their typical mash-bill of 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% barley, is made with whiskey taken from the warmest places in the warehouse. This no-age statement bourbon will hit shelves in August 2017 and is bottled at 95 proof. It has a suggested retail price of $54.99.
FOUR ROSES LIMITED EDITION 50TH ANNIVERSARY SMALL BATCH BOURBON 2017
Created by Master Distiller Brent Elliott and Al Young, Four Roses’ Sr. Brand Ambassador to honor Young’s 50 years with the company. Young, a Kentucky Distillers Association Bourbon Hall of Fame inductee, became Four Roses’ Distillery Manager in 1990 and took on his current position in 2007.
The bourbon recipe for this Limited Edition Bourbon is as follows: 5% 23 year-old OBSV, 25% 15 year-old OBSK, 50% 13 year-old OESV, and 20% 12 year-old OBSF. The bottle’s retro design harkens Four Roses’ 1967 design, the year Young started with the company. Bottled at cask-strength, 10,000 bottles will be available and it debuts at this year’s Whisky Live Louisville in June 2017. Suggested retail price $150.
WILD TURKEY RARE BREED 116.8 (2017 Batch)
This 2017 batch is the latest in the Rare Breed lineup. As is always the case, the Kentucky straight bourbon sells at cask-strength which varies from batch to batch. This one is offered at 116.8 proof. This batch release also comes with a cosmetic change with new labels and different bottle shape than their previous releases.
CROWN ROYAL NOBLE COLLECTION WINE BARREL FINISH
This bottling from Crown Royal is the second in their Noble Collection following their widely successful Cornerstone Release in 2016. This limited edition Canadian whisky uses Crown Royal’s De Luxe Whisky as the base. They whisky finishes the aging process in former Californian Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Bottled at 40.5% ABV and available now in the US and Canada at a suggested retail price of $59.99.
JURA 10 YEAR
Jura Whisky has released a new core bottling to the US. This Scottish island whisky is a 10 year single malt bottling which uses a combination of peated and unpeated barley in the makeup of the whisky. Jura 10 Year matures in used American bourbon barrels initially before transferring to oloroso sherry butts. Bottled at 40% ABV, this whisky is produced for the U.S. market and has a suggested retail price of $54.99. Available now.
Can’t wait until these hit stores? Start hunting for your next bottle now!