Friday, June 5, 2015
New Whiskey Labels: Diageo Distiller's Editions and More
This week's most interesting new labels from the federal TTB database:
Diageo cleared labels for a number of this year's Distiller's Editions, including Cragganmore (distilled 2003), Dalwhinnie (no dates), Talisker (2005) and Glenkinchie (2003).
Diageo also cleared a label for Johnnie Walker Select Casks, a ten year old blended Scotch finished in rye casks.
A new label cleared for anCnoc Rascan, a no age statement peated whiskey.
A label cleared for Wild Reeds Blue Bourbon Cask Whiskey, a South African whiskey distilled at the Schoonspruit Distillery. The label indicates that it is a three year old corn based whiskey. I would have thought the TTB would have had a problem with this whiskey classing itself as "Bourbon Cask Whiskey." Bourbon must be from the United States. While lots of Scotches and other whiskeys are aged in bourbon casks, they normally are designated as single malt (or blended whiskey, etc.) aged in bourbon casks. This whiskey doesn't do that and seems likely to cause confusion.
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.