The fad for distilleries releasing their new make spirit continues, this time in the form of Buffalo Trace's 'White Dog', the affectionate name given to unaged whiskey. Competitively-priced and attractively packaged, we reckon that Buffalo Trace's extra style credentials could well see this becoming a hit cocktail ingredient. Please note that this is a 37.5cl bottle
A young bourbon from Arkansas' first legal distillery since prohibition, Rock Town, based in Little Rock. Aged in small, new charred oak barrel for a rich and complex bourbon, the corn and wheat comes from local Arkansas farmers.
Seagram's 7 Dark Honey is a liqueur from Seagrams made from their 7 Crown whiskey and, as the name suggests, dosed with honey, as well as spices and other sekrit ingredients. It's bottled at a hefty, for a liqueur, 35.5% and is a subtly flavoured addition to the Seagram's range.
A rye heavy white dog spirit from Wasmund's - two thirds rye grain and one third malted barley, lightly smoked using apple and cherry wood. It's unaged and perfect for cocktails or as a refill for one of their barrel kits.
A hefty American single malt spirit aged less than 30 days, Wasmund's is double-distilled at the Copper Fox distillery in Virginia from 100% hand-malted barley in small copper potstills. The malting notes for this are 'Light Smoke. 60% Applewood, 40% Cherrywood'.
Rock Town was founded by Phil Brandon in 2010, becoming Arkansas' first legal distillery since Prohibition. Made from rye grown in north-east Arkansas, this spicy rye whiskey has a complexity that belies its age.
A corn whiskey from Montana's Roughstock that's a bit different from the others. Made using a sweet yellow corn mash, fermented in their Oregon fir tanks and distilled in copper pot stills before mellowing for a few weeks and bottling.
Another bottling by High West while their own spirit matures, showing off their ability to select great whiskeys. This is a blend of 6 and 10 year old bourbon produced in honour of the nascent American Prairie Reserve, an area the size of Connecticut that will hopefully one day be the largest grassland wildlife reserve in the USA.
Smooth Ambler's 7 year old Old Scout Bourbon is a mixture of 60% corn, 36% rye and 4% malt. The distillery was only founded in 2009, so this whiskey is blended from casks distilled elsewhere and chosen by Smooth Ambler. It has sweet and spicy notes including apple, cherry and tobacco.
Wasmund's is an American single malt whiskey, made at the Copper Fox Distillery in Virginia, the malt for which is dried at the distillery using applewood and cherrywood. This has been aged for 42 months using a secret 'chip and barrel ageing' process, which has certainly added plenty of colour to the final product..
A rye spirit from the folks behind Wasmund's single malt. It's not allowed to be called whiskey in the EU as it's under 3 years old or in the USA as it's not been in a new charred American oak cask. Instead the rye heavy spirit has been matured in first and second fill bourbon casks along with new and used apple wood and oak chips to give a surprising amount of development in just 12 months.
A 35cl bottle of the splendidly-named Hudson Baby Bourbon - the first legal aged grain spirit to be produced in New York since Prohibition ended over 75 years ago. Unusually for bourbon, Hudson's spirit is pot-distilled and is aged in small new oak casks. Please note that this is a 35cl bottle
Smooth Ambler's distillery was built in 2009, so this bottling was blended from barrels chosen by the owners, rather than their own spirit. Made from 60% corn, 36% rye and 4% malted barley, this has spicy notes, both woody and almost chilli-like.
A small batch single malt whiskey from Nashville's Corsair distillery, using malted barley smoked using cherry wood, peat and beechwood to create richly flavoured and complex spirit. Malt Advocate 19th Annual Awards: Artisan Whiskey of the Year