Before our official reviews arrive, we wanted to give you a sneak preview of the new products hitting shelves soon. Michter’s is releasing a 25-year-old bourbon, something they haven’t done for nine years. Redemption has a trio of barrel proof whiskeys available this month. The Balvenie has their latest batch from Tun 1509 ready. And for you Irish whiskey fans, there are a couple releases for you, each with a unique barrel finish. All this and more in the booze news for the week of October 9, 2017!
Announced in October 2017, this bottling is the first 25 year-old bourbon release for Michter’s since 2008 and the first one approved by Michter’s Master Distiller, Pam Heilmann. Bottled at 58.65% ABV (117.3 proof).
“I take the Michter’s ‘Dr. No’ position as the gatekeeper for releasing whiskey very seriously,” said Heilmann. “When I tasted this 25 year bourbon, I knew immediately it was perfectly aged.”
Michter’s 25 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon has very limited availability. Suggested retail price of $800.
REDEMPTION BARREL PROOF SELECTIONS FOR 2017
Redemption’s Barrel Proof Collection first started in late 2015. These limited edition whiskeys have the same mashbills as their standard bottlings, but are cask strength releases. Each year’s batch will vary slightly.
2017 marks a new look for the Barrel Proof Collection with wider, squat bottles. Distilled in Indiana, each bottle displays the batch and bottle number. Available in select retail markets each with a suggested retail price of $99.99.
Redemption Barrel Proof Collection / Photo Credit: Redemption Whiskey
This straight bourbon has a mashbill of 76% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley. Bottled at 54.1% ABV, it aged in new, charred American oak for 9 years.
This high-rye bourbon has a mashbill of 60% corn, 36% rye, and 4% malted barley. Bottled at 57.4% ABV, it matured for 10 years in new, charred American oak.
This straight rye has a mashbill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. Bottled at 58.1% ABV, the whiskey aged for 10 years in new charred American oak. Minimally filtered.
Released in the US in the fall of 2017, this is the fourth batch of Tun 1509. It is comprised of 23 casks of single malt in total: 13 traditional ex-bourbon casks and 10 sherry butts. These single malt whiskies were dumped in a tun to marry for several months. 3,480 bottles will be available in the US. Bottled at 51.7% ABV.
This isn’t a new release per se, but new to the US as of fall 2017. Part of The Macallan’s Fine Oak series, this single malt Scotch whisky matures for 18 years in three types of specially selected oak casks: European sherry, American sherry, and American bourbon. Bottled at 43% ABV it has a suggested retail price of $250.
Released in the fall of 2017, this is a limited edition bottling. It is a no-age statement release which aged in oloroso sherry seasoned European and American oak casks. Bottled at 58.4% ABV with all natural color. Suggested retail price $90.
The Macallan Classic Cut / Photo Credit: scotch_doc
This bottling marks the second release in the Wine Geese series following their Château Léoville Barton bottling in 2015. This single pot still whiskey matures initially in ex-bourbon and sherry casks. The whiskey finishes its maturation in former zinfandel wine barrels from Chateau Montelena located in Napa Valley, California. Non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.
Available beginning October 2017 is this rum finished Irish blended whiskey. This triple-distilled, triple blend, and triple wood whiskey finishes its maturation in first-fill Caribbean rum barrels which held Demerara rum. Bottled at 43% ABV.