Friday, September 5, 2014
New Whiskey Labels: Jim Beam NAS, Heaven Hill, Compass Box and More
This week's most interesting new labels from the federal TTB database:
Is Jim Beam Black going no age statement? Beam released a label for Jim Beam Black XA (Extra Aged), a no age statement bourbon. Time will tell if this is going to join or replace the current 8 year old iteration of Beam Black. UPDATE: In the comments, Chuck Cowdery reports that he received official confirmation from Beam that this NAS label will replace the current 8 year old Beam Black.
Heaven Hill cleared a 2004 Evan Williams for the tenth anniversary of its Bourbon Heritage Center and a 15 year old cask strength William Heavenhill. In the past, the William Heavenhill bottles have been limited to the distillery gift shop.
Diageo cleared some labels for what appear to be some of their 2014 special releases including Lagavulin 12 and Caol Ila 15 year old unpeated.
Compass Box cleared a label for the Glasgow Blend, a new expression in their Great King Street series of blended Scotch whiskey, which is described as having "smoke and sherry notes."
Smooth Ambler, the West Virginia microdistillery, has previously released its own whiskeys under its own label as well as sourced whiskey from MGP of Indiana under its popular Old Scout label. Now they have cleared a label for Contradiction, a blend of MGP whiskey and their own distillate.
And here's an odd one. Mosswood Distillers, a bottler in Berkeley, California cleared a label for Irish American Brand Whiskey, a blend that is 25% Irish Whisky from the Cooley Distillery and 75% seven year old light whiskey (whiskey distilled to a higher abv and aged in used or uncharred barrels) from MGP in Indiana married in sherry barrels.
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.