Friday, August 21, 2015

New Whiskey Labels: New Orphan Barrels, Maker's Mark and More

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

Diageo cleared two new labels in their Orphan Barrel series. The Gifted Horse 4 year old is another "mistake" whiskey in which they somehow accidentally blended whiskey.  The label describes it as containing "roughly 39% 17-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and 61% younger corn whiskey and Indiana Bourbon Whiskey." They second label they cleared was for Whoop & Holler, a 28 year old whiskey distilled at George Dickel.

Maker's Mark cleared a label for a cask strength version of Maker's 46.

American whiskey bottler Frank-Lin cleared a label for Medley's Private Stock, a ten year old Kentucky bourbon.

Last week I wrote about new labels for the Diageo 2015 special releases.  Add to that another for Dailuaine 34 year old.

Gordon & MacPhail cleared labels for Glenlivets from 1961, 1966 and 1977.

Balblair cleared labels for a number of their vintage malts ranging from 1969 to 2003.

Brandy fans will be happy to see a label for a new version of Gourry de Chadeville Cognac.  Last year's Gourry de Chadeville was one of my favorite spirits of the year.

What kind of whiskey are you department: Here's a new label from the Panther Distillery in Minnesota for a...well, I'm not sure. It's labeled Saint Paul Rye Whiskey but the description says it's "Three-year-old cold weather aged rye corn whiskey bourbon."  What is "rye corn whiskey bourbon"?  I don't know, and the back label just furthers the confusion referring to it as a rye whiskey and then stating "Distilled from a Bourbon Mash."  What is this stuff?  How did it get approved by the TTB? Does anyone out there know what they're doing?

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.


Funky Tape said...

Not sure what they're doing as Panther is not located in St Paul, but 11 Wells is. Maybe they're combining drinkable forces? Watch out!

The first batch Panther put out last year was so bad a few stores returned their 'barrels' which really weren't barrel buys, they made them go cases deep into it to print the store's name on the label to look like they selected it. It tastes like diesel fuel.

Sam Komlenic said...

That distillery moniker begs one to conjure up a much more colorful nickname, now doesn't it? Think about what the Three Stooges tried to convey with a brewery of the same name!

Patrick said...

Yeah, Osakis is nowhere near St. Paul. Doesn't really have the same name recognition though! They are generally pretty good about labeling, especially after specifically waiting 2 years so that they could label their Pike Street bourbon "straight". Not sure what the screw up was on that, but clearly it's a doozy.

tanstaafl2 said...

SKU said: How did it get approved by the TTB? Does anyone out there know what they're doing?

To which I say: Did you really need to ask??? I think the answer is pretty self evident!

My Annoying Opinions said...

"Panther Distillery: 60% of the time our labeling is right every time."

Carlton said...

I would be anxious to try the Whoop & Holler. The label states it's charcoal-mellowed, so this is just a 28-year-old George Dickel. Of course, the price will be high enough that I won't be rushing out to buy a bottle.