Friday, March 11, 2016

New Whiskey Labels: Balvenie, Old Forester and More

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

William Grant cleared a label for Batch 3 of Balvenie Tun 1509.

Brown Forman cleared a label for Old Forester 1920, an NAS "prohibition style" bourbon bottled at 115 proof.

New Riff Distillery cleared a label for a new expression of their MGP distilled O.K.I. bourbon. The O.K.I. Antique Barrel Finish is a 9 year old bourbon finished in a new barrel made "according to circa-1900 coopering techniques."

New Calvados. Nicolas Palazzi is bringing in two Calvados from Domaine du Tertre, a 1998 and a 2000. Charles Neal is bringing in a series of Chateau de Breuil Calvados, including a VSOP, a 15 year old and a 20 year old.

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...

"Painstakingly charred"??? You mean you let the fire inside the thing burn for another 26 seconds before throwing a pail of well water over it? Cause that's how I'd imagine fellers in 1900 did it.

Carlton W said...

My cynical side tells me that Brown-Forman is having a big laugh putting regular Old Forester into fancy Whiskey Row Series bottles and selling it for more than double the price.

Mark said...

@Carlton - I think you're right, but I like the 1897 pretty well. Better than Bday Bourbon if you ask me, but Bday is waaaay overrated.

Steve said...

While not completely discounting Carlton's gut feeling about B-F, I agree with Mark about 1897. Pretty good stuff. And I think some Old Forester fans will be pretty excited about finally getting a near cask strength version. I am.