Islay single malt producer Kilchoman Distillery has released the 2021 edition of Kilchoman Loch Gorm, its Oloroso Sherry cask-aged expression. The 2021 Loch Gorm is a vatting of 24 Oloroso Sherry butts that were filled with Kilchoman whisky in 2011. It’s at 46% abv and retail-priced at $125, the same as last year’s release. Some 17,000 bottles of the 2021 Loch Gorm have been released worldwide, with 2,040 bottles for the U.S. That’s up slightly from last year, when 15,000 bottles were released worldwide and 1,920 bottles went the U.S. Kilchoman has also unveiled Kilchoman PX Sherry Matured, a vatting of 33 casks—nine fully matured in PX casks and 24 finished in PX casks for 12-18 months. Kilchoman PX Sherry Matured is at 47.3% abv and retails at $125. Some 12,000 bottles were released worldwide, with 1,500 bottles for the U.S.
Welsh distiller Penderyn has released Penderyn 10-Year-Old Ruby Port U.S. Exclusive Single Cask (PT 178). This whisky was casked in an ex-Bourbon barrel in November 2010, then transferred to an ex-Ruby Port cask in May 2013, and disgorged for bottling this past January. It’s at 61.1% abv and retail-priced at $150, with 231 bottles available. A second Penderyn Ruby Port finish, a 12-year old, will follow in the coming weeks.
Heaven Hill Brands has revamped the packaging and upped the proof for Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon. The refreshed packaging includes a taller bottle shape with tapered sides and “1783” embossed above the label. The whiskey’s abv has been bumped up from 43% abv to 45%, bringing it back to its original proof. The whiskey will retain its small batch designation, with 300 or fewer barrels blended together for each batch. Evan Williams 1793, with its raised proof and new bottle, is rolling out now across the U.S. for around $20 a 750-ml.
Philadelphia Distilling has announced a new offshoot in the Bluecoat gin family: Bluecoat Gin for Seltzer. The 47% abv spirit is made with yuzu and black limes, among more traditional gin botanicals, and is designed to pair with seltzer for easy-to-make cocktails. The company is positioning the gin as an upscale alternative or additive to hard seltzer. Bluecoat Gin for Seltzer will launch in July in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. for around $31 a 750-ml.
Glenmorangie is launching Grand Vintage Malt 1997, a new limited-edition offering. After aging for almost a decade in Bourbon casks, a parcel of the whisky was transferred to Château Montrose red wine casks from the Saint-Estèphe appellation of Bordeaux, while another portion was finished in Oloroso Sherry casks. The seventh offering in the single malt Scotch brand’s Bond House No. 1 series, Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1997 will debut on ReserveBar on June 1, retailing at $900 a bottle.
Sarasota, Florida’s Bushwacker Spirits has launched its namesake pre-mixed cocktail in Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee. The 17% abv liqueur is made with rum, coconut, cream, coffee, and chocolate, and is intended to be served on its own and as a base for other cocktails. The company is planning further expansion this year, targeting the South and Midwest.
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