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 labels we spotted during the first few months of 2019:
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 14 Year Old
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban is a 12 year old, port cask finished Highland single malt. But, according to this label, it will soon be a 14 year old, port cask finished Highland single malt. With a green label in stead of a black one.
Lagavulin Nick Offerman Edition
American actor Nick Offerman is most famous for his role as Ron Swanson in the sitcom Parks & Recreation, but he also starred a Lagavulin commercial. Now, Nick Offerman is getting his own, 11 year old Lagavulin expression.
Ardbeg Traigh Bhan
According to Ardbeg‘s label info, this 19 year old, small batch release was bottled during a storm, and aged in American Oak and Oloroso Sherry Casks.
Estate seems to be a new non-age statement release from The Macallan. Perhaps an entry-level version of the Macallan Estate Reserve, bottled at 43% abv?
Highland Park Valfather
The third expression in Highland Park’s Viking Legends series will be named Valfather, following Valkyrie and Valknut. Apart from the abv (47%), the label does not reveal much about the whisky itself.
Glenlivet White Oak Reserve
This new Glenlivet single malt does not have an age statement, but its triple cask maturation surely includes some time in first fill American White Oak casks. Since it’s a one litre bottle, this will probably be a travel retail expression.
Ardbeg Supernova 2019
Between 2009 and 2015, Ardbeg has released multiple Supernova bottlings. But after Supernova 2015, it became Supersilent. But that might change, since a label of SN2019 has surfaced, indicating that a Supernova-revival might be coming.