Friday, October 31, 2014
New Whiskey Labels: New Ardbegs, an MGP Label and More
This week's most interesting new labels from the federal TTB database:
Ardbeg released a number of new labels for committee bottlings: Continuum, Bicentennial, Atmosphere and Anniversary. These are all NAS and appear to be the same whiskey (they all have the same tasting notes listed on the back label).
William Grant cleared a label for Ghosted Reserve, a 26 year old blend of whiskies from the closed Ladyburn and Inverleven distilleries (hopefully they will correct the misspelling of Inverleven before it comes out).
Dewar's cleared a label for something called Scratched Cask. A variant on their White Label, it was apparently finished in "charred & scratched American oak casks." No telling if this scratching was intentional or if this was one of those disaster whiskeys resulting from a cat that got loose in the warehouse.
Is MGP planning its own label? The Indiana distilling giant has previously only done contract work, but this week a label cleared for Metze's Medley, an MGP bourbon named for MGP Master Distiller Greg Metze. It's bottled by Distilled Spirits Epicenter in Kentucky. It could, of course, be a limited release for employees or customers, but it's interesting.
And barbecue and bourbon are a traditional combination, but barbecue flavored bourbon may be taking it too far. Bar-B-Q Bourbon is "infused with natural flavors, colored with caramel and paprika."
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.