Friday, April 24, 2015
New Whiskey Labels: Four Roses Small Batch, Brora and More
This week's most interesting new labels from the federal TTB database:
Four Roses cleared a label for this year's Limited Edition Small Batch. This year's Small Batch will be a blend of 16 year old OBSK, 15 year old OESK, 14 year old OESK and 11 year old OBSV. That makes its components quite a bit older than last year's release.
Brown Forman cleared a label for this year's Woodford Reserve Master's Collection, a bourbon called "1838 Style White Corn." There are no further details on the label.
You don't see many independently bottled Broras these days, but this week, a label cleared for a 35 year old Brora from Gordon & MacPhail.
Three labels cleared for Japanese whiskey but not from any of the usual suspects. They are from distilleries that make shochu, an unaged rice spirit. Apparently, they are barrel aging their shochu to make rice whiskey. Two are from the Ohishi Distillery, distilled from malted and unmalted rice. The labels include a brandy cask and a sherry cask with no age statements. A third, is from the Fukano Distillery and is made from malted rice. None of them have age statements. Hmm, perhaps Japanese rice whiskey is the next big thing.
Old Pulteney cleared a label for a 26 year old lightly peated whiskey distilled in 1989.
Lastly, it's always good to see a label honoring one of our great American presidents so thanks to California based Alambic Inc. for Millard Fillmore brandy, a blend of pot distilled brandy from Germain-Robin and a column distilled California brandy. Now I'm looking forward to Franklin Pierce Rum!
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.