Whisky Rumours: Summer 2020 Edition

In the United States, all alcoholic beverage manufacturers must submit the labels of their products to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for approval. These labels are published on the TTB website under the Freedom of Information Act, which means that they’re available to see before the whiskies are released.

Although it’s definitely not a guarantee that the submitted labels will actually end up on whisky bottles, or that these bottles will be released in any country other than the US, it is very interesting to look at. We all love rumours, right?

These are some of the most interesting new whiskies (in alphabetical order) that may appear in stores in the next few months:

Amrut Triparva & Bagheera

According to the bottle labels, Amrut Triparva is the first ever triple distilled Indian single malt whisky, while Bagheera is a sherry cask finished whisky. Just like with many other Amrut whiskies, age details aren’t listed on either labels.

Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg

With no less than 7 r’s, Ardbeg is honoring their Distillery Manager, Mickey Heads, who will be retiring in September after 13 years at Ardbeg. This ‘Pirate of the Hebridean’ whisky is wholly matured in former rye casks, and bottled at a strength of 51.8% abv.

BenRiach Smoke Season

Labels appeared of a new whisky that will be BenRiach’s ‘most heavily peated single malt’. Matured in both virgin American oak and ex-bourbon casks, and bottled at cask strength, this will be an intense whisky that’s enjoyed best during the colder days of the year.

Benromach 21 Year Old

Following their recent rebranding, Benromach has been preparing some new expressions at their Speyside distillery. An exclusively first-fill cask matured, 21 year old single malt seems to be one of the first upcoming range expansions.

Bushmills 28 Year Old

The Rare Casks will be a new series of exclusive Irish whiskeys by Bushmills. The first release is a cognac cask finished single malt, after an initial maturation in both ex-bourbon and sherry casks, bottled at 46.7% abv.

Four Gate Ruby Rye Springs

Following a maturation period of 7 years in American Oak, Four Gate transferred their straight rye into Ruby Port – Rum casks for 42 days. Whether it’s a combination of both Ruby Port and Rum casks, or Ruby Port casks that once contained rum (or vice versa) is unclear.

Glenmorangie Malaga Cask Finish

The earlier-rumoured, Tokaji wine finished ‘A Tale of Cake’ hasn’t even reached the stores yet, but the next Glenmorangie has already surfaced in the TTB database. A 12 year old, sweet Malaga wine cask expression appears to be ready to bottle.

JP Wiser’s 22 Year Old

Following the success of their 23 Year Old cask strength blend, which was JP Wiser’s first cask strength release, a new well-aged Canadian blend is nearing the end of its maturation. A finish in ruby port casks makes this one extra interesting.

Kilchoman Fino Sherry Matured

As far as we can tell, Kilchoman is releasing their first official Fino Sherry matured single malt, in a batch of 10,500 bottles. According to the label, it offers ripe bananas, bitter chocolate, nuts and plenty of heavy peat.

Milk & Honey Elements Peated & Red Wine

M&H Distillery will be adding a Islay cask finished and a red wine finished whisky to their Elements range, which already contains a Sherried and Classic single malt. Both whiskies will be bottled in Israel without chill filtration, at 46% abv.

Tomintoul Cigar Malt

Created to perfectly compliment a fine cigar, this Oloroso sherry cask matured Speysider is supposed to deliver notes of pecan pie, mocha, chocolate raisins and subtle peat smoke.

Yellow Rose 10th Anniversary

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Texas based Yellow Rose Distilling seems to be working on their first barrel strength bourbon. Ten barrels of two year old bourbon are about to be bottled at around 116 proof (58% abv).

WhistlePig Boss Hog VII Magellan’s Atlantic

Aged for 17 years in a combination of American oak, Spanish oak and South American teak wood, the 7th edition of WhistlePig Boss Hog rye whiskeys is named Magellan’s Atlantic.

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