Friday, August 8, 2014
New Whiskey Labels: New Glenfiddich, Port Ellen and More
This week's most interesting new labels from the federal TTB database:
Glenfiddich Original is a no age statement whiskey "inspired by 1963 straight malt," an attempt to recreate 1963 Glenfiddich that the label claims was "the first ever single malt beyond Scotland, effectively establishing the entire single malt category."
It's pretty rare to find a new Port Ellen label, but this week we have one from First Editions, a bottler I'm not very familiar with. It's a 31 year old distilled in 1982 and only 60 bottles came out of the cask.
Diageo cleared a label for Oban Little Bay, a non age statement release aged in their "smallest casks."
Forty Creek cleared a label for their 2014 special release Evolution. Details about the bottling are available on the Forty Creek website.
In the Sucker Born Every Minute category, we bring you MacAlbert Whisky. Wow, that looks like Scotch with it's Macallan like name and fancy coat of arms. Plus, according to the label, it's "Old & Rare!" But it's no single malt (it doesn't describe what type of whiskey it is) and it's made in the Dominican Republic. Now, there may well be great whiskey being produced in the Dominican Republic, but I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that this ain't it.
Note: The fact that a label appears on the TTB database does not necessarily mean it will be produced. In addition, some details on the label, such as proof, can change in the final product.