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A hard to find 100% rye whisky created by Maker's Mark's former master distiller, Dave Pickerell. Confusingly, this is actually a Canadian rye, bought in and blended by Dave while his own whiskey ages on the company's farm in Vermont, and it's been winning awards since it appeared in mid-2010.
The fourth in Woodford Reserve's Masters Collection, Seasoned Oak Finish has been finished in barrels that have been seasoned (ie left outside) for three to five years (rather than the usual three to five months). This process of seasoning changes the wood by reducing tannins and ultimately creates a new range of flavour compounds, and the resulting whisky is proclaimed by Woodford to be their 'most robust whiskey yet'.
The Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project is one of the most ambitious releases of whiskey that we've ever seen. 192 different whiskies each made by varying 7 of the elements of the recipe to give a range that shows the effect of each factor: Where in the tree the barrel wood comes from; thickness of wood grain; stave seasoning time; level of char; mash bill; barrel filling proof; and position in the warehouse.
A limited edition of Jack Daniel's bottled in honour of the birthday of Angelo Lucchesi, the first JD salesman. He started back with the company in 1953 and turned 90 on Christmas Eve 2010 - top work, sir.
A slightly different addition to the Woodford Reserve Masters Collection - a pair of rye whiskies, one aged in a new American cask (like almost all other American whiskies) and the other in a refill cask that once held bourbon. The former shows off the casks flavours and the latter those of the spirit - an interesting examination of maturation process.
The 2010 edition of Woodford Reserve's highly-sought-after Masters Collection limited batch is the fruit of an experiment with Maple Wood finishing. We're looking forward to this and congratulations to Woodford for continuing to push the envelope.
Another experiment in the Woodford Reserve Masters Collection, this 1838 Sweet Mash expression is made with entirely fresh ingredients - eschewing the addition of 'Sour' mash from the previous fermentation (as is standard practice across the industry).
A great idea from the folks at Wasmund's - a 2 litre new charred oak cask, two 70cl bottles of their single malt spirit and the challenge of maturing your own 'whisky'. It'll pick up flavour quickly in a barrel this small so it's perfect for experimentation.
A 'mature your own' kit from the experimenters at Wasmund's. A new charred 2 litre American white oak barrel and two 70cl bottles of their rye spirit to fill it with. The barrel's reuseable (and we recommend that you do) and is perfect for a bit of wood aging for any spirit you want to play with.