The ceiling for American whiskey has been raised yet again in the form of Michter's Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey. The new release is the first Celebration in three years, and is the final one blended by Master Distiller Willie Pratt before his upcoming retirement. The whiskey comes from only six barrels, with ages ranging from a decade old to nearly 33 years aging. It arrives at a robust 116.8 proof with a yield of only 258 highly sought after bottles.
The liquid used to create Black Bowmore is so special, it's been slowly trickling out to market since 1993. Distilled in 1964, this release of Black Bowmore 50 Year Old Whisky is the final drops of a legendary dram. It was first bottled in 1993 and most recently in 2007, and now, for its final curtain call 159 bottles are available internationally. Each one is presented in a case made of Scottish oak, featuring silver inlays modelled on tree rings.
Named after a mythical hellhound that has stalked residents of the Highland village of Tomatin, Cù Bòcan 1989 is a special release from the Tomatin distillery. This sweet and smoky single malt is non-chill filtered and was matured in 1st fill ex-Bourbon casks before being bottled at cask strength. This rare edition of Cù Bòcan delivers light smoke combined with citrus and spice for a dark dram worth tracking down.
The Glenfiddich Distillery was founded all the way back in 1886, but the brand continues to experiment and innovate. The Speyside distiller's latest experiment is Glenfiddich India Pale Ale Cask Finished Whisky, which began in collaboration with a local brewer who whipped up a fresh IPA to permeate their oak casks with hoppy flavors. The casks where then re-filled with whisky to pick up the citrus and hop notes. The finished product is the first single malt Scotch whisky ever finished in IPA casks and is something every fan of scotch and hops should track down.
In the whiskey business, demand continues to grow for extra-aged whiskies. And it's not very often that you see one as old as Orphan Barrel Whoop & Holler Whiskey. Whoop & Holler was distilled and bottled at George Dickel Distillery in Tennessee, and spent a whopping 28 years in barrels. Made using Cascade Spring water and charcoal mellowed using Tennessee sugar maple charcoal, it's likely to be the oldest American whiskey you'll ever see, and it won't be around for long.