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 other country than the US, it is very interesting to look at. We all love rumours, right?
These are some of the most interesting new labels we spotted during the past few weeks:
Well, that sounds interesting. Where most Islay distilleries have added one or more sherried expressions to their product range, this is basically the other way around. It is a NAS Small Batch Release, bottled at 46% abv.
Ardbeg Dark Cove
Just a few months after the release of Perpetuum, Ardbeg is already planning the next one. Dark Cove has been matured in dark sherry casks and will be ‘the darkest Ardbeg ever’.
Balblair’s range of year-based releases will be extended with a 10 year old single malt that was distilled in 2005. The 1st release of this non-chill filtered whisky will probably be bottled later this year and early 2016.
Arran The Bothy QC
The Bothy is a new cask strength release by the Arran Malt. It is limited to 12,000 bottles and, although the name may suggest otherwise, not a 100% quarter cask single malt. The Bothy is matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels first, and spends 18 months in American oak quarter casks later.
The anCnoc Peaty Collection will welcome a new member: anCnoc Rascan. Just like the other peated anCnoc whiskies, it is named after a tool that is used to grow or harvest peat. AnCnoc Rascan is bottled at 46% abv and 11.1 ppm.
Images via TTB Online