American Whiskey nerds are always looking a new expression. This week they got a twofer, with a pair of release from two major players. Meet Wild Turkey Bottled In Bond and Weller Single Barrel.
Wild Turkey Bottled In Bond
The Russell family is not known to rush new products to market. Their new release, only their second bottled-in-bond expression took 17 years to create, but Wild Turkey Master’s Keep series – Master’s Keep Bottled in Bond is now official.
“With our own Master’s Keep Bottled In Bond, we took the historic process and protocol of aging for four years to the next level and allowed the liquid to rest for 17 years,” said Eddie Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey, in a statement. “We aged and perfected this rare, 17-year-old bourbon in Wild Turkey’s Camp Nelson rickhouses. This expression is a nod to the past, both our own heritage and the heritage of American whiskey-making as a craft.”
According to a release, the 100 proof juice holds the “enticing taste and aroma of toasted oak, apple and dark cherry highlighted by the sweet confectionary flavors of vanilla, brown sugar and toffee. At 100 proof (50% alc. by volume), the enjoyable, lingering finish is complete with dark notes of mocha, smoke and spice.”
Wild Turkey’s previous bottled-in-bond release was 2003’s American Spirit. To carry the designation, a spirit must be the product of one single distilling season from one distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse and bottled at 100 proof.
The new, limited release will carry an MSRP of $175.
Weller Single Barrel
Buffalo Trace is continuing their relentless campaign to release more and more expressions. The American Whiskey powerhouse just released a new expression, Weller Single Barrel.
“Many of our Weller fans have been asking for a single barrel bourbon for quite a while and we’ve planned for this addition for a number of years, so we’re excited to be able to make this happen,” said BuffTrace Marketing Manager Joshua Steely in a statement. “Our rye bourbon mash bill has a variety of options, like Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Stagg Jr. George T. Stagg and E.H. Taylor, Jr. bourbons, so it’s nice to be able to offer some variety in our wheated bourbon mash bill as well.”
Yes, the latest offering is onboard the increasingly popular wheated whiskey train. The ABV will clock in at a reasonable 97% according to the distiller.
The official tasting notes (for whatever they’re worth) describe “a nose of cherry and mint, fading to vanilla. Caramel and baking spices with hints of cocoa explode on the palate, with a finish of cinnamon, coffee, and a hint of pepper.”
Whiskey-heads will be happy to know that bottle have a reasonable MSRP of $50—if you can find them.