WRFFWThe Woodford Reserve Distillery in Kentucky, has announced the launch of latest release in its innovative Distillery Series.

Woodford Reserve Frosty Four Wood (45.2% ABV) is a unique batching of mature Woodford Reserve bourbon, aged in American Oak and finished in barrels made from maple wood, sherry wood and port wood.

Commenting on the new release, Chris Morris, said: “Frosty Four Wood is the last of a historic whiskey specialty, as the original Four Wood was the first of its kind to touch four different barrels. It represents a rare moment that extends beyond bourbon and amplifies current flavours found in Woodford Reserve.”
Developed by Master Distiller Chris Morris, the Distillery Series which launched in 2015 with the Double Double Oaked and Sweet Mash Redux expressions, is said to showcase Woodford Reserve’s continued commitment to providing an unmatched whiskey experience and leading the spirits industry through innovation and craftsmanship.

The original Four Wood whiskey, in the 2012 Master’s Collection, was exposed to record-low temperatures during the 2013 Polar Vortex, resulting in flocking, or mineral precipitation. Filtration techniques produced a more fruit-forward whiskey with maple hints.

Woodford Reserve Frosty Four Wood, is now available from the distillery and specialist retailers for a RRP of $49.99 for a 375ml bottle.

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1792 SWSazerac, the American drinks producer and owner of brands including Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, George T Stagg and Old Rip Van Winkle, has announced the launch of a new expression to its 1792 bourbon brand; Sweet Wheat.

1792 Sweet Wheat (49.6% ABV) was distilled back in 2007 and made with a recipe of corn, wheat, malted barley and a yeast strain specific to Barton 1792 Distillery. Wheat is used as the secondary grain, rather than traditional rye.

This new expression which was distilled and aged for eight years in the warehouses at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, is said to deliver notes of caramel, vanilla, ripe fruits, deep oak tannins and tobacco.

Commenting on the new release, Ken Pierce, Director of Distillation and Quality Assurance at the Sazerac Company, said: “Using wheat instead of rye gives the taste profile a softer and more delicate flavour,” said Ken Pierce, director of distillation and quality assurance. “The soft flavour is balanced by rich oak tannins extracted by the bourbon while aging in the charred oak barrels.”

1792 Sweet Wheat bourbon whiskey, will be available across the US later this summer for a RRP of $32.99. The distillery also plans to release more new 1792 expressions over the next few years.

New Bourbons From Jim Beam & Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Project

JimBeamBonded_bs-200x300Jim Beam is returning to a place in Bourbon history with the release of Jim Beam Bonded, a 4-year-old Bourbon that takes some of its heritage from the US Government’s “Bottled in Bond Act of 1897.”

That law reserves the labeling of “Bottled in Bond” for whiskies at least four years old, bottled at 50% ABV (100 proof) and produced at a single distillery in a single distilling season. It’s not one of the more widely-known facts about American whiskeys, but distillers work with a two-season year: Spring season is January 31 through June 30, and Fall season runs from July 1 through December 31.

Jim Beam Bonded made its debut Monday night with a launch party at Bourbons Bistro in Louisville, Kentucky. It will be available at selected US retailers starting this month in 750ml and 1-liter sizes with a recommended retail price of $22.99 USD (750ml).

In addition, Beam is kicking off a special series of limited edition Booker’s Bourbon releases featuring labels inspired by the late Booker Noe. The year’s first batch of Booker’s has a label showing Noe sipping Bourbon in his famous rocking chair with his dog Dot at his feet. The scene is similar to Booker Noe’s memorial statue at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, Kentucky, and carries the name “Big Man, Small Batch.” Batch 2015-1 follows the Booker’s tradition of being uncut and unfiltered, and the 7-year-old batch is bottled at 64.35% ABV (128.7 proof).

ForgedOak_bs-200x300Meanwhile, Diageo is releasing Forged Oak, the fifth edition in its Orphan Barrel series of Bourbons.  As with the previous four editions, the 15-year-old Forged Oak was matured primarily in the warehouses at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, and was distilled at the nearby New Bernheim Distillery in 1997 and 1998 from a mashbill of 86% corn, 8% rye, and 6% malted barley.

Forged Oak will be a limited release, though there are plans to release future editions as more whiskey reaches maturation. It is being bottled at 45.25% ABV (90.5 proof), and will carry a recommended retail price of $65 (750ml bottle).

Bookers unveils first batch of new limited edition releases

bookersBooker’s Bourbon has unveiled the inaugural batch of its limited-edition collection celebrating founding distiller Booker Noe’s legacy as the father of small batch bourbon.

One of the few bourbons available today bottled straight from the barrel, Booker’s will now feature limited-edition labels inspired by Booker Noe’s love of bourbon, family and the spirit of experimentation.

Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2015-1 (64.4% ABV) named “Big Man, Small Batch” and aged for 7 years, 2 months and 16 days, features a custom label inspired by the iconic visual of Booker sipping bourbon in his rocking chair with his dog Dot by his side. The batch’s name honours Booker’s role in the creation of small batch bourbons and the larger-than-life personality for which he was known.

Commenting on the collection, Fred Noe, Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller, said: “Booker’s was founded on my dad’s dedication to making the very best bourbon there is, and I’m proud to honour him with this limited-edition collection. The ‘Big Man, Small Batch’ is the first batch to feature these new labels, giving our fans a little more insight into who my dad was and his love for creating great bourbon!”

Each batch of Booker’s Bourbon is hand-selected by Fred Noe, to ensure every bottle contains a robust, full-bodied whiskey that matches Booker’s whiskey preference. Noe also calls on the expertise of the “Booker’s Bourbon Roundtable”, an exclusive group of panellists consisting of top whiskey experts, enthusiasts and writers, to help select batches throughout the year – a tradition that will continue for the limited-edition collection.

Booker’s Bourbon Batch commemorative releases will be available in limited quantities throughout the year.

Beam Suntory launches Kilbeggan 8yo in European travel retail

kilbeggan 8yrBeam Suntory has announced the launch of Kilbeggan 8 Year Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey (40% ABV) across European Travel Retail.

Following in the footsteps of the recently launched Kilbeggan 21 Year Old, this latest release further taps into the category’s continued strong growth in Travel Retail.

Kilbeggan 8 Year Old, which is a rebranding of Greenore 8 Year Old, is a premium expression made from 100% corn, making it a versatile, soft and subtly sweet expression, appealing to aficionados of single malts, aged blends and bourbon.

Distilled in column stills, Kilbeggan 8 Year Old is then matured for eight years in ex-bourbon barrels in the distillery’s 250 Year Old warehouses.

Commenting on the launch, Beam Suntory, Global Travel Retail Marketing Director, Michael Cockram said: “Kilbeggan 8 Year Old Single Grain is a valuable and unique addition to the range and follows the successful release of Kilbeggan 21 Year Old. Given the strong and continued growth in Irish whiskey, the launch allows retailers to broaden their offering within the category and capitalise on the demand amongst travellers, giving them the opportunity to experience a premium expression within this acclaimed portfolio.”

Kilbeggan 8 Year Old will be available later this month across European Travel Retail and also through specialist retailers for a RRP of £29.99.