This week's new whiskey labels, fresh from the federal TTB database:
Woodford Reserve has cleared a label for a straight rye whiskey. It appears to be their regular Distiller's Select label as opposed to the Master's Collection, so it looks like they may be planning the rye as a regular release.
Tomintoul cleared a label for a 37 year old, which I believe is their oldest original bottling. The label shows 43% abv and 600 bottles, but those could be placeholders.
Macallan clears a label for a 1989 whisky bottled in 2010 and something called Reflexion with no details on the label.
Gordon & MacPhail cleared a number of interesting labels, including a 1980 Dallas Dhu and Glen Grants from 1955 and 1965.
The flavored whiskey trend started to permeate premium brands with the Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon, now Sazerac has gotten into the premium flavored market with a vanilla flavored whiskey under the Abraham Bowman label which was previously reserved for premium whiskey from the A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Virginia.
Moonshine, once a term meaning illegal whiskey, has become pretty widely used on legal whiskey, but here's a new one; an outfit out of South Carolina calling themselves a "Bootlegging Company." What are we going to see next, someone calling themselves the Tax Cheaters Whiskey Company?
With all my chatter about sourced bourbon, it's great to see Knotter Bourbon, a sourced MGP bourbon that Blaum Brothers Distillery in Illinois is releasing while they wait for their own whiskey to age. While sourced brands are often shrouded in mystery, Blaum has made it more than clear, as the label states, that this is "the finest straight bourbon whiskey we never distilled." The back label has a statement worth repeating in full:
This is not our bourbon, though we did meticulously select, mature and vat it so that it could be your bourbon. We could have misled you regarding who distilled this bourbon, but we feel that this level of deception is dumber than a bag of hammers. The truth has never tasted so good.Let that be a lesson to bottlers of sourced whiskey everywhere. That is how easy it is to be honest.