BUFFALO TRACE LAUNCHES 2020 ANTIQUE COLLECTION Into The Mix

BUFFALO TRACE LAUNCHES 2020 ANTIQUE COLLECTION

September 10,2020

20 years after the series made its debut, Kentucky distillery Buffalo Trace has unveiled the five limited-edition whiskeys in its 2020 Antique Collection, available in limited quantities starting in late September or early October.

This year’s whiskeys include a George T Stagg release, which is bottled at 65.2% ABV and is said to have flavours of “creamy vanilla with lightly smoked oak on the palate”.

The 2020 William Larue Weller bottling is an uncut, unfiltered, wheated Bourbon, bottled at 67.25% ABV. The whiskey was distilled in the winter of 2008 and boasts flavours of a soft caramel chew, spearmint and cinnamon.

This year’s Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye whiskey is uncut and unfiltered and comprises spirit distilled in the spring of 2014. Aged in warehouses K, M, and N, the 64.5% ABV whiskey offers notes of cinnamon, anise and honey.

The latest Eagle Rare 17-Year-Old release is bottled at 50.5% ABV has a nose of ripe cherries, vanilla cream and oak, followed by a taste of caramel and coffee and a long finish of oak, pepper and fresh herbs.

Finally, the 2020 Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old bottling at 45% ABV has flavours of oak, caramel and dark chocolate, with a finish of coffee, black pepper and cherries.

For more information, go to buffalotrace.com

BUFFALO TRACE LAUNCHES 2020 ANTIQUE COLLECTION Into The Mix

LAGAVULIN LAUNCHES ISLAY JAZZ 2020 WHISKY

September 19,2020

Scotch Whisky brand Lagavulin has released a limited edition 22-year-old single malt whisky to mark this year’s Islay Jazz Festival.

Celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the Festival, which will be held in an online format from 7pm BST on 3 October, on the Lagavulin and Friends of the Classic Malts Facebook pages in partnership with Jazz Scotland.

The expression was matured in refill American and European Oak casks, some of which have been seasoned with wine. There are 2,004 bottles available which carry an ABV of 52.6%.

New Lagavulin Distillery manager, Pierrick Guillaume, will host the digital festival, alongside Ewan Gunn, Diageo’s global whisky master.

“This year’s 22-year-old bottle is a glorious and unique Lagavulin from an interesting mix of casks that have given an extra twist of rich, smooth and sweet fruitiness to the palate and finish.”

This is the ninth year that the distillery has released an expression for the festival which is held on its island home of Islay. The event will feature musical performances, an exploration of the connection between jazz and whisky, and a showcase of whisky-based cocktails.

BUFFALO TRACE LAUNCHES 2020 ANTIQUE COLLECTION Into The Mix

OCTOMORE UNVEILS NEW SERIES OF PEATED WHISKIES

September 15,2020

Islay-based distillery Bruichladdich has unveiled a new series of heavily peated Octomore Scotch whiskies – Octomore 11s.

Set to launch on 1 October, the Octomore 11s range includes three expressions that will be available to purchase from specialist retailers and online via bruichladdich.com.

Single malt Octomore 11.1 was matured for five years in first-fill ex-American whiskey casks from Jim Beam, Heaven Hill and Jack Daniel’s. Malted to 139.6 PPM (phenol parts per million), Octomore 11.1 has been bottled at 59.4% ABV without chill-filtration or caramel colouring.

Malted to 139.6 PPM, Octomore 11.2 was matured in two separate casks: 25% of the whisky was aged in Pauillac ex-wine casks, while the remaining 75% was aged in ex-American whiskey casks before being transferred into St Julien wine casks for 18 months. All in all, the whisky was aged for five years on Islay before being bottled at 58.6% ABV without added colouring or chill-filtration.

The third whisky in the new series will be Octomore 11.3 (malted to 194 PPM), which was matured for five years in first-fill American whiskey casks from Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace and Jack Daniel’s. The whisky was bottled at 61.7% ABV without caramel colouring or chill-filtration.

For more information on Octmore 11, go to bruichladdich.com

BUFFALO TRACE LAUNCHES 2020 ANTIQUE COLLECTION Into The Mix

BELVEDERE CREATES MALTED RYE SPIRIT DRINK

September 14,2020

Vodka producer Belvedere is expanding its portfolio with the launch of Belvedere Heritage 176, a new malted rye spirit that is technically not Vodka.

Due to European law, Heritage 176 cannot be called ‘vodka’ because the malted rye spirit was distilled to 92% rather than the required 96% for vodka.

The new release aims to challenge neutrality in vodka and celebrate the technique of malting rye that was widely used by Polish rye vodka makers until the 1890s.

The brand’s master rye distillers experimented with different levels of malted rye in the final spirit and concluded that 2% delivered the ‘most complex flavour profile’.

Rodney Williams, president and CEO of Belvedere Vodka, said: “Belvedere remains committed to showcasing that rye can impart unexpected, authentic and nuanced taste.

“In 2018, our release of two different single estate rye vodkas based on the same strain of rye demonstrated that terroir plays a significant role in shaping rye flavours.

“Now with Heritage 176 we are continuing to display rye’s enormous potential for rich and bold flavours, this time by malting rye to bring out its depth of flavour. Heritage 176 is a new sipping vodka-based [on] an old production technique.”

For more info on Heritage 176, go to belvederevodka.com

BUFFALO TRACE LAUNCHES 2020 ANTIQUE COLLECTION Into The Mix

CAPTAIN MORGAN SLICED APPLE RUM HITS US

September 11,2020

The new Captain Morgan Sliced Apple Spiced Rum is a blend of the brand’s signature Original Spiced Rum, a subtle hint of ginger and fresh-cut apples. The apples are said to be “sweet, yet tart” and full of flavour.

Bottled at 35% ABV, the expression is said to “shake up the rum category” and is recommended served neat, as a chilled shot or over ice. It can also be added to cocktails like an Apple Mule, which combines the rum with ginger beer.

“Captain Morgan has always been about uniting the crew and creating lasting memories,” said Sam Salameh, vice-president of Diageo-owned Captain Morgan.

“These days, we all could benefit from a little more fun in our lives – there’s always more fun to be had with Captain Morgan, and the crisp, fall-inspired flavour of Captain Morgan Sliced Apple is the latest proof of just that.”

The product is not the first apple-flavoured variant from Captain Morgan. In August 2018, the brand expanded its shot-inspired range with the launch of Apple Smash.

For more information, go to captainmorgan.com

BUFFALO TRACE LAUNCHES 2020 ANTIQUE COLLECTION Into The Mix

ST-RÉMY RELEASES SHERRY CASK-FINISHED BRANDY

September 10,2020

Created by Cécile Roudaut, St-Rémy master blender, each expression in the Cask Finish Collection is a “distinctive exploration into the encounter between French brandies and wood”.

Bottled at 40%ABV, Roudaut selected 10 casks that previously held Oloroso Sherry, from the Spanish city of Jerez. The casks brought notes of red fruits, cherry, fig, dates, fresh butter, ginger and liquorice to the brandy.

Roudaut said: “The dance between brandy and Sherry wood is like an expressive tango. The oloroso Sherry casks create incredibly rich notes of red fruits, figs, dates, and cooked and candied fruits to St-Rémy brandy.”

Roudaut’s time working in the wine industry inspired her cask selection. Prior to working in spirits, she learned about the winemaking process and grape varieties and explored the influences of casks.

The new expression will launch this month in Canada, Mexico, Norway, Finland, UAE, Taiwan, Russia and China. From 2021, the product will be available in global travel retail markets such as UAE, Australia, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Singapore.

For more information, go to st-remy.com

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