Friday, January 16, 2015
New Whiskey Lables: WhistlePig goes MGP and Gordon & MacPhail Goes Back to the '50s
This week's most interesting new labels from the federal TTB database:
Gordon & MacPhail reaches back to the '50s clearing labels for a 1951 Mortlach, a 1952 Glenlivet, a 1953 Linkwood and a 1957 Strathisla.
WhistlePig cleared a label for Old World, a 12 year old rye aged in Sauternes, Madeira and Port casks. There are a number of interesting things about this label, which is sort of a mess. First, it states "distilled in Indiana," which almost certainly indicates MGP, while WhistlePig's previous releases had been sourced from Canada. Second, it says it was "exclusively matured" in the wine casks. If that's true, it shouldn't be labeled "rye whiskey" since rye whiskey must be aged in new, charred oak. Rather, it should be "whiskey distilled from rye mash." And why do they call it "double barrel" if it was aged in three different casks? Of course, this would all make more sense if it were finished in the wine casks, but that's not what the label says.
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.