It’s been another action-packed week in the whiskey world. Jefferson’s just released a brand spanking new Presidential Select bottling—this one double aged in American oak. Launching this month, Laphroaig has a new limited edition 27-year-old whisky for those looking for an older Islay release. Also, Kilchoman has a pair of single malts for you, both available for a limited time. All this and more in the booze news for the week of October 30, 2017!
Jefferson’s sourced this Kentucky straight bourbon from an undisclosed distillery. The whiskey is aged initially in new, charred American oak before being re-barreled into new, charred American oak barrels for its last five years of aging. Aged a total of 16 years, this bourbon is 94 proof. Only 10,000 bottles produced. Available beginning early November 2017. Suggested retail price $199.99.
This limited edition release hits shelves beginning mid-November 2017. The straight bourbon’s name refers to George Remus, the “king of bootleggers”. The whiskey will launch with a series of events leading up to Repeal Day on December 5th.
It is a blend of high-rye bourbons all distilled at MGP in Indiana. These bourbons are as follows: 50% 2005 bourbon with 21% rye; 15% 2006 bourbon with 36% rye; and 35% 2006 bourbon with 21% rye. Bottled at 47% ABV.
“Remus Repeal Reserve is our most complex release to-date, and you can taste it in the glass,” says Andrew Mansinne, Vice President of Brands, MGP Ingredients. “It starts out on the palate with sweet, buttery toffee, and gives way to spicier rye, raisin and fig, and then comes back full circle. That layering of flavors stems from the talent of our distillery team to weave multiple mash bills into a beautifully smooth style intended for sipping and pure pleasure.”
Suggested retail price $74.99.
This fall 2017 limited edition release from Laphroaig is first matured in refill hogsheads. Laphroaig rebarreled the whisky, some in refill quarter casks, with the remainder going into first-fill bourbon barrels. Aged a total of 27 years, the single malt whisky comes in at 41.7% ABV. Suggested retail price $750.
This release from Knockdu Distillery’s anCnoc brand is from their heavily-peated Peaty Collection. It is their first permanent release for this collection. They used barley peated to a level of 40ppm for this release. The single malt aged in ex-bourbon for “over a decade”. This no-age statement release is 92 proof. Suggested retail price £52 ($67 USD).
This is the fourth vintage release from Kilchoman, which began with their 2006 vintage. The previous three vintages were aged exclusively in ex-bourbon, but this bottling—distilled in 2008 and 2009—aged in a combination of oloroso butts and ex-bourbon barrels. Matured over 8 years, this comes in at 92 proof. Suggested retail price $99.99.
Available beginning in October 2017, this limited edition peated single malt was distilled in 2012. It was aged entirely in red wine casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal. It is non chill-filtered and bottled at 50% ABV. Only 10,000 bottles available worldwide. Suggested retail price $124.99.