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.