Friday, June 13, 2014
New Whiskey Labels: Four Roses Limited Small Batch, Cask Strength Maker's, Willett's Own Rye, and More
Starting this week, the title New Whiskey Labels replaces the geeky This Week in COLAs. Same information, more understandable name...and we had a lot of interesting new labels this week.
Four Roses revealed its 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch, a blend of 9 year old OBSK, 13 year old OBSV, 12 year old OESV and 11 year old OBSF.
Maker's Mark cleared a label for a cask strength expression. Interesting stuff coming from a brand that only last year was trying to drop proof. According to the an email sent to members of Maker's ambassador program, this will be a limited release for bars and possibly, the distillery gift shop. The proof will range from 108 to 114. (Ignore the 100 proof notation on the label. Proof is one of the label elements that can be modified, so it's common to use a placeholder for the COLA).
Willett's own rye. Since KBD opened the Willett Distillery in 2012, whiskey geeks have been waiting for the first Willett release from thenew distillery (as opposed to the traditional Willett bottlings of sourced whiskey). It looks like that moment is growing nearer as Kentucky Bourbon Distillers has released a label for a Willett Straight Rye that is "distilled, aged and bottled" by the Willett Distillery. The whiskey is two years old and bottled at cask strength.
Alberta Rye Dark Batch. Numerous independent bottlers have been doing good business bottling rye from Alberta Distillers and selling it in the US. Given that Beam owns the distillery, it makes sense that they would finally get in on the action with a rye, but unlike the straight ryes bottled by companies like WhistlePig and Masterson's, this rye is blended with "high-rye bourbon & a touch of sherry."
In the world of Scotch, William Grant cleared a label for a Ladyburn 40 year old. Malt from the long closed Ladyburn Distillery is some of the rarest whiskey out there so expect this to cost a pretty penny.