Woodford Reserve releases Double Oaked

WoodfordKentucky whiskey brand, Woodford Reserve has announced its latest expression in Australia, the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, which was released by owner Brown-Forman last week.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, which originally launched in the US in 2012, has an ABV of 43.2 per cent for the Australian market and retails for $75. It is available now through selected on-premise accounts and Dan Murphy’s stores, and will roll out through all major retailers in early 2016.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is matured in two handcrafted barrels, created at Woodford Reserve’s own cooperage, which are toasted and charred to create the ample flavour and colour characteristics.

The first barrel is crafted from oak that has seasoned outdoors for nine months and is completely toasted and charred on the inside, while the second barrel has been toasted for more than twice as long and is charred lightly. A custom crafted barrel with a heftier toast lets flavours of honey, cream and vanilla be exaggerated and a light char gives refined sweet aromatic notes.

Woodford Reserve master distiller Chris Morris said: “The double barrelling of mature Woodford Reserve in the second barrel allows the spirit to extract an additional amount of soft, sweet oak character.”

Tim Ryder, brand manager, North American Whiskeys at Brown-Forman told TheShout: “Woodford Reserve isn’t manufactured, it’s crafted. It’s this process that sets us apart, including the way that we are able to bring this through, via our brand stories, to our consumers.

“We at Brown-Forman are incredibly proud of our American Whiskey heritage and looking forward to sharing Woodford Reserve and now Old Forester with our Australian consumers.”



Diageo has uJohnnie-Walker-Select-Casks-Rye-whiskynveiled a new limited edition Johnnie Walker Select Casks series that will launch in September starting with Rye Cask Finish.

Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish is the first in a series of annual limited edition launches
The inaugural expression will form part of a collection of limited edition blends that will be released over the next few years, with each variant featuring a different wood finish.

The Rye Cask Finish starts with Cardhu Single Malt and several grain whiskies that form the core of the blend.

It has been aged for 10 years in first-fill American oak casks that previously aged Bourbon, before finishing for six months in American rye casks to give “rich layers of flavour with hints of spice and vanilla”.

“From the early days when John Walker first blended whiskies in 1820 to the unique blends created today, Johnnie Walker has always thrived on experimentation,” commented master blender Jim Beveridge. “I believe that whisky is ever evolving and experimental in nature and I am pleased to present the first rye cask finished blended Scotch whisky.

“Johnnie Walker Select Casks is a unique style of Scotch that blends the flavour of characteristics of Bourbon and rye with some of the classic signature notes and smoothness of Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky.”

Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Cask Finish is bottled at 46% abv and will be available from September 2015 in fine wine and spirit stores and bars throughout the US at an RRP of US$45 per 750ml bottle.

In other Johnnie Walker news, earlier this week Johnnie Walker Red Label launched three moustache waxes to “intensify” the flavour of its Johnnie and ginger serve.

Beam Suntory releases Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky

albertaryedarkbatchBeam Suntory is challenging bartenders to “give cocktails a new interpretation” with its new Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky.

The new super-premium whisky from Canada’s Alberta Distillers, owned by Beam Suntory, features a blend of 91% rye whisky, 8% Bourbon and 1% Sherry, and is aged in both new charred American white oak and once-used American Bourbon barrels.

The latest offering is designed to be served in a variety of whisky cocktails with the intention of “challenging bartenders and consumers to rethink their rye and give cocktails a new interpretation”.

Dan Tullio, Canadian whisky master ambassador at Beam Suntory, said: “As the rye whisky category continues to grow, we’re thrilled to be able to introduce a new product to US whisky lovers.”

“With Alberta Distillers’ rich heritage producing superior rye whisky, Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky combines contemporary flavor trends with classic notes of premium rye whisky, offering mixologists, spirits connoisseurs and whisky enthusiasts a one-of-a-kind whisky with a robust, sophisticated flavour.”

The new rye whisky has “flavours of honey and oak”, leaving “hints of vanilla, smoke, sweet oak and savoury dried fruit” on the palate.

Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky is bottled at 45% abv and is available across the US at an RRP of US$29.99 for a 750ml bottle.

Pernod Ricard announce the US launch of its Yellow Spot single pot still Irish Whiskey

Yellow SpotPernod Ricard has announced the official US release of its award-winning Yellow Spot 12 Year Old single pot still Irish whiskey.

Since its launch in 2012, Yellow Spot has been exclusively available in the UK and other select European countries. It will now join two of Pernod Ricard’s other renowned single pot still whiskies, Redbreast and Green Spot, which entered the US market last year.

Each batch of Yellow Spot is made from a mash of malted and un-malted barley, which is then triple distilled in traditional copper stills. It is then matured in a combination of American bourbon, Spanish sherry and Spanish Malaga casks.

Yellow Spot was created and sold by Mitchell & Son Wine and Spirit Merchants in Dublin. The Mitchell family was in the whiskey bonding business and sent empty wine, sherry and port casks to the local Jameson distillery, which were filled and returned to the Mitchell’s cellar warehouse.

Commenting on the launch, Paul Di Vito, Vice President of Irish and North American Whiskey at Pernod Ricard, said: “Single Pot Still Irish Whiskies are the quintessential style of Irish whiskey and are characterized by full complex flavours. We are thrilled to bring Yellow Spot to American whiskey lovers as Single Pot Stills have become highly desired.”

Yellow Spot 12 Year Old single pot still Irish whiskey, will be available across the US during February for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Balblair Single Malt Whisky To Kick Off 2015 With Four New Vintage Whiskies

New Balblair releasesHighland Single Malt Scotch Whisky distillery, Balblair, is announcing the release of four new vintage expressions in the U.S. market this month. The newly released whiskies include the Balblair 2003, 1999, 1990 and 1983 vintages, which were each distilled on the idyllic coast of the Dornoch Firth.

This is the first time that Balblair, which was recently awarded Highland Distillery of the Year by the New York International Spirits Competition, has ever launched a four product vintage range simultaneously in the US.

Balblair, which rolled its first barrels in 1790, is the only distillery in Scotland to release exclusively vintages. Distillery Manager John MacDonald hand-selects each cask and only releases whiskies that have reached their exact point of ‘optimum maturation.’ Given this natural philosophy, bottles of Balblair are not marked with an age statement, but instead with the year that the whisky was laid down.

“We are extremely excited about the latest vintage releases from Balblair. Each vintage tells a story—capturing the unique essence of that year in a bottle,” says Balblair Distillery Manager, John MacDonald. “Each of these whiskies has its own unique nuances and offer exceptional options for whisky fans across the spectrum.”

To round out the flavor profile, the 2003 and 1983 vintages were aged in American oak, ex-bourbon barrels, which lend citrus fruits, apricots and honey to the nose. On the palate, both vintages are also full bodied with notes of orange, lemon, honey and spice, followed by a long lasting finish.

For additional complexity, the 1999 and 1990 vintages were aged in American oak, ex-bourbon barrels with the addition of Spanish oak sherry butts, which impart the signature Balblair aromas of honey and green apple. On the palate, these vintages are spicy and sweet.

Each of the four new Balblair vintages were bottled at 46% ABV without chill filtering. Balblair 2003, 1999, 1990 and 1983 vintages will be available in major markets nationally this month, at a suggested retail price of $70, $90, $140 and $330respectively. For more information, visit www.balblair.com.