New Spirits Roundup – November 5, 2021By Amanda Schuster
Remember, remember the fifth of November.
Whether or not you have a bonfire nearby to celebrate this Guy Fawkes Day, there are plenty of new spirits releases this week to keep us toasty and excite our taste buds.
We begin this week with Jack Daniel’s 2021 Single Barrel Special Release, Jack Daniel’s Coy Hill High Proof. Significantly, this release is the highest ever proof whiskey released from the distillery. Another first, FEW Bottled in Bond Straight Bourbon marks the brand’s foray into more mature expressions. Meanwhile, Johnnie Walker has ventured into the rye zone with Johnnie Walker High Rye Blended Scotch Whisky.
All this and more explosive flavors to announce this Friday. Let’s get to the booze!
Jack Daniel’s Unveils 2021 Single Barrel Special Release: Coy Hill High Proof
Jack Daniel’s has unveiled its 2021 Single Barrel Special Release, Coy Hill High Proof. This high-proof Tennessee whiskey was aged on the topmost levels of the oldest barrel houses on Coy Hill, the highest hill on the Jack Daniel Distillery property in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
Fun fact: this limited expression marks the highest ever proof release from Jack Daniel’s. Specifically, the whiskey is bottled at varying proof points ranging from 137.4 up to 148.3! Of course the Tennessee whiskey begins with Jack Daniel’s signature 80% corn, 12% malted barley and 8% rye grain bill. Also, as with other releases, the distillate is mellowed through 10-feet of sugar maple charcoal before entering barrels. After maturation, it is bottled uncut from select single barrels from Coy Hill rickhouses #8 and #13.
“The Coy Hill High Proof is all about pushing the limit for single barrel maturation to create one of our boldest, most innovative whiskeys we have ever released,” says Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Chris Fletcher. “It highlights one of the unique attributes of the Jack Daniel Distillery — the dry air of the highest floors of the barrel houses — and the amazing impact it has on whiskey making.”
The limited-edition Jack Daniel’s Coy Hill High Proof Single Barrel hits shelves this month with a SRP of $70.00.
Jack Daniel’s Coy Hill High /Photo Credit: Jack Daniel’s
FEW Spirits Announces Its First Bottled In Bond Straight Bourbon
This week FEW Spirits has introduced FEW Bottled In Bond Straight Bourbon. This 4-year-old bourbon was produced in accordance with the standards of the Bottled In Bond Act of 1897. Not only is the product intended as a celebration of the brand’s 10th anniversary, but it also leads up to the 125th anniversary of the passage of the Bottled In Bond Act.
“Moving into 2022, all FEW Whiskey that comes to market will be aged at least four years and the distillery will continue to release bottled in bond products as well as new, innovative, and sometimes quirky releases that reflect the DNA of FEW Spirits,” says FEW Spirits Founder Paul Hletko. “We will continue to focus first and foremost on releasing the highest caliber whiskeys with world-class credentials that our consumers expect from us.”
FEW Bottled In Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from 70% corn, 20% rye and 10% malted barley. It’s aged in Minnesota oak barrels for a minimum of 4 years and is bottled at 100 proof. The product will initially be limited to 2000 cases, released in select markets in NY, IL, CA, FL and CO. Furthermore, it will also be available through a direct-to-consumer channel in November with plans to expand in 2022 and beyond. The SRP is $50.00.
FEW Bottled In Bond Straight Bourbon
Johnnie Walker Introduces High Rye Blended Scotch Whisky
The new offering from Johnnie Walker explores the possibilities of the rye trend through Scotch whisky. Johnnie Walker High Rye features a whisky with a mash bill of 60% rye aged in American oak barrels. But the blended Scotch whisky also includes the single malts that are fixtures in the Johnnie Walker Black Label blend. This latest innovation was conceived by Johnnie Walker Master Blender, Jim Beveridge, and Johnnie Walker Whisky Specialist, George Harper.
The whisky includes single malts from Cardhu, Glenkinchie and Caol Ila. Additionally, rye and grain whiskies distilled at the Cameronbridge and Teaninich distilleries are also in the blend. According to the press release, it was produced with the intention of both neat sipping and mixing into classic rye cocktails, such as Manhattans.
“Johnnie Walker High Rye Blended Scotch Whisky continues our tradition of pushing the boundaries for what a Scotch whisky can do,” said Beveridge. “Our journey towards crafting something truly unique and fantastic was guided by Johnnie Walker Black Label and how flavors from rye whiskies present nicely in classic whisky cocktails. The tasting experience features familiar Johnnie Walker notes that are expressed and emphasized like nothing we’ve crafted before, perfectly complementing our existing portfolio of products.”
Bottled at 45% ABV, Johnnie Walker High Rye will be available beginning this month with an SRP of $34.99.
Johnnie Walker High Rye /Photo Credit: Johnnie Walker
More New Releases
Let’s take a quick look to see what else what is hitting shelves this month.
Announcing the Release of Aberfeldy 18 Year Finished in French Red Wine Casks (2021 Côte Rôtie Edition)
This Aberfeldy 18 Year limited edition spent 18 years of its maturation in a combination of first-fill bourbon, re-char and refill casks. Then the whisky spent an unspecified bit of time in French wine casks from the Côte Rôtie region of Rhône. During this period, Malt Master Stephanie Macleod monitored the flavor development in the casks until the whisky reached the desired flavor profile.
Aberfeldy 18 Year French Red Wine Cask 2021 Côte Rôtie Edition is bottled at ABV 43%. Available this month, it has an SRP of $119.99.
Bladnoch Releases New Collection of Whiskies to the US
Bladnoch, a 204-year-old Lowland distillery, has announced the US release of three new single malt Scotch whiskies: Vinaya, 11 Year and 14 Year. These whiskies join a new core range that was created by Master Distiller Nick Savage as part of Bladnoch’s permanent portfolio.
“Vinaya” is a Sanskrit word meaning “respect” and “gratitude” and pays homage to the original founders and the distillery’s heritage. Matured in a combination of first-fill ex-bourbon and first-fill ex-sherry casks, it’s bottled at 46.7% ABV. The SRP is $54.99
The 11 Year is a 100% ex-bourbon cask matured expression bottled at 46.7% ABV with an SRP of $64.99
The 14 Year is matured in ex-oloroso sherry casks and is bottled at 46.7% AVB with an SRP of $109.99.
All three releases are non-chill-filtered and natural in color with water sourced from the River Bladnoch that flows alongside the distillery. They are available for purchase at select retailers in the US.
Buffalo Trace Releases French Oak Bourbon as Part of Its Old Charter Oak Brand
Buffalo Trace Distillery is continuing its exploration of oak tree varieties with their latest release, Old Charter Oak French Oak.
The Old Charter Oak series was first launched in 2018 to distinguish the diverse taste profiles of barrels made from trees grown in different countries, climates and soil types. The acquired woods can vary by country of origin, species or US state, as well as age — some from between 100 to 300-year-old trees.
For the latest release, Buffalo Trace is revisiting its French Oak series for the third time. In 2013, Buffalo Trace obtained barrels from France and filled them with its Mash #1 grain recipe. Notably, this recipe is also used for Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare as well as other bourbons from the distillery. Incidentally, while bourbon has to be matured initially in new oak, there is no specification that has to come from the US.
Old Charter French Oak Bourbon is bottled at 92 proof with an SRP of $69.99 and is available in limited quantities.
Wyoming Whiskey Releases Fifth Outryder Expression
This week Wyoming Whiskey announced the release of the fifth expression of its rye-forward Outryder Straight American Whiskey.
Wyoming Whiskey has combined its 10-year-old whiskeys the brand refers to as “almost rye” (48% rye, 40% corn, 12% malt) and bourbon (68% corn, 20% rye, 12% malt), with two rye whiskeys distilled in early 2017 (51% rye, 37% corn, 12% malt) and bourbon (68% corn, 20% rye, 12% malt). These are all made from non-GMO grains and the whiskey is proofed with Wyoming-sourced water.
A total of 11,520 bottles of Outryder will be available via ReserveBar, Caskers and throughout the US with an SRP of $74.99.
Balcones Distilling Announces Collaboration with ZZ Top
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, ZZ Top, and Balcones Distilling have announced a unique collaboration that combines a mutual Texas heritage and love of whisky, with a grain-to-glass approach. The expression is called Tres Hombres after the band’s first top 10 chart album released in 1973. The theme of threes is also reflected in its mash bill, using roasted blue corn, barley, and rye.
Tres Hombres will be available nationally for pre-order at balconesdistilling.com/treshombres and at Keg N Bottle. It is bottled at 50% ABV with an SRP of $59.99.
Alfred Giraud French Malt Whisky Releases New Voyage Expression To The US, Marking Debut of “Exploratory Blends” Range
Alfred Giraud French Malt Whisky has released Voyage, the first of the brand’s new “Exploratory Range”, to the US market.
Cellar Masters Georges Clot and Gaetan Mariolle created Voyage by marrying two French single malts. One has a fruitier character and the other has a with more pronounced cereal notes. Each is matured in new French Robinia casks and Sauternes wine casks sourced from nearby French producers. The whisky undergoes final maturation in ex-cognac casks before bottling.
Alfred Giraud Voyage is bottled at 48% ABV with an SRP of $180. Available in select markets, only 5 casks were released worldwide.
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