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 that may appear in stores in 2020:
Ardbeg 5 Year Old Wee Beastie
It looks like a young, untamed single malt will be joining Ardbeg’s range of heavily peated whiskies. Bottled at 47,4% abv an non-chillfiltered, this youngster will ‘reveal the inner beast of Ardbeg’.
Update: Ardbeg Wee Beastie has been released.
Laphroaig Càirdeas 2020 Port & Wine Casks
The 2020 edition of the annual Càirdeas bottling, which is released by Laphroaig during Feis Ile, is a marriage of fully matured Ruby Port barriques and ex-bourbon barrels, finished in wine casks.
BenRiach The Ten & The Twelve
BenRiach seems to be making some core range adjustments. Labels of BenRiach The Original Ten and The Smoky Ten, as well as The Twelve and The Smoky Twelve have appeared. All whiskies are ‘Three Cask Matured’, mentions of Rum, Port, Sherry and virgin oak casks.
Weller Single Barrel Bourbon
Weller single barrel release will be bottled at 48.5% abv, which is just in between their Special Reserve green label and 12 Year Old black label (both 45% abv), and the 107 proof bottled (53.5% abv) red label Antique.
New Glengoyne labels & Legacy Series Two
New labels for all Glengoyne core range expressions have appeared in the TTB website. The rollout seems to be lined up with the release of the second bottling in their Legacy Series.
Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve
Finished in barrels that once held Caribbean Rum, this Glenlivet single malt is bottled at 40% abv and features sweet and tropical notes.