Friday, July 17, 2015

New Whiskey (and Brandy) Labels

This week's most interesting new labels from the federal TTB database:

MGP of Indiana, the only major distillery that doesn't have any of its own brands, has a new label for a limited release, which would be the second they have done. Metze's Select, named for MGP Master Distiller Greg Metze is a blend of three MGP bourbons: 59% is 2008 low rye (21%) bourbon, 38% 2006 low rye bourbon and 3% 2006 high rye (36%) bourbon. MGP doesn't have its own bottling facility so it is being bottled by an Ohio bottler.

Remy Cointreau cleared a label for Octomore Edition 07.3. It's five years old and 169 ppm.

Edrington cleared a label for The Famous Grouse Smoky Black featuring "rare peated Glenturret."

Pernod Ricard cleared a label for Longmorn Distiller's Choice, a no age statement Longmorn.

Kilchoman cleared a label for a 10th Anniversary release, and while there are a lot of 10s and years on the label, it appears to be NAS.

Duncan Taylor cleared labels for a number of old grain whiskeys including a 42 year old Port Dundas, a 40 year old Girvan, a 27 year old Invergordon and a 23 year old North British.

For all you brandy fans, there have been a lot of interesting new labels lately from Charles Neal, the dean of brandy importers. Neal cleared a range of labels for two Armagnacs I've never seen in the US: Domaine de Jean Bon (five vintages ranging from 1979 to 1999) and Domaine de Maouhum (an XO, 1983 and 1987).  He also cleared a label for a 1964 Leon Beyries Armagnac. UPDATE: According to David Driscoll from K&L, the Jean Bon and Maouhum are K&L exclusives.

Also in the world of brandy, a label cleared for a new Navazos Palazzi expression, a Spanish brandy aged in Amontillado sherry casks. Palazzi's import company also cleared a label for an 18 year old, cask strength Calvados selected by cider baron Eric Bordelet.

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.


Anonymous said...

Since MGP is so ubiquitous, yet never sells under their own brands except, apparently, for this new offering, I will definitely look for it and grab it if the price is right.

WhiskeyBoro said...

What a surprise. A couple of new NAS Scotches.

tanstaafl2 said...

Just received a Palazzi 2013 Fino Cask Brandy today but haven't had a chance to try it yet. If I like it then I might need to be on the lookout for this one as well!

Anonymous said...

Are the Jean Bon and Maouhum labels just the K&L Exclusives or are they for greater distribution?

sku said...

Anon, I'm assuming broader as there was no indication on the label that these were for K&L, but I don't know for sure.

Anonymous said...

In looking at my bottles of Pouchegu '86, Ladeveze Plaint des grasse, Ragnaud Sabourin #35, and Vallein Tercinier Lot 65 -- none of them mention K&L on the labels and all (I think) were K&L exclusives in the US, though only a couple bottled exclusively for K&L (if that makes sense).

I'd also like to mention that all are terrific, and you have my gratitude for your reviews thereof (where applicable) and I also quite agree that we may well be in a golden age of brandy!


sku said...

You're right Nate, David Driscoll confirms that the Charles Neal selections are for K&L.

sku said...

...or at least some of them are.