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Rumour: Ardbeg Supernova 2019

Ardbeg Supernova returns to planet Earth in 2019 with a Committee Release to "transport your tastebuds to peaty parts unknown".


Ardbeg Supernova
Discover thick clouds of aniseed, menthol and soot. Travel further and marvel in fierce explosions of fennel, charred oak and birch before your voyage culminates in an almost eclipsing wave of peat and smoke.

Identity Card Ardbeg Supernova 2019

  • Official bottling from Ardbeg Distillery
  • NAS single malt Scotch whisky
  • Matured in American oak and oloroso sherry casks
  • Alcohol: 53.8% ABV
Ardbeg Supernova 2019 back label

    The back label reads:
    SN2019 probes the palate - revealing smoky malt stimuli you never knew you had. Enter into realms of sweet treacle toffee, aniseed, eucalyptus and intense oak bonfires - finally re-emerging through a dense nebular of peat and smoke. Whisky will never be the same again.

    Embark on a journey like no other with Ardbeg Supernova and unveil your own account of events. Or just keep it to yourself. It's not like anybody will believe you anyway.

    Source: Colas Public Registry


    Entries from the TTB Public Registry (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) are a fairly reliable source for upcoming new whiskies. Although not all entries make it to the market. There’s always the possibility a brand decides not to launch a whisky, even if the label has been approved. Until the distillery sends out a press release, this whisky should be considered a rumour…
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    Tuesday, 26 March 2019

    Rumour: Glenfiddich Grand Cru

    William Grant & Sons prepares a 23YO wine cask finish. Nicknamed Grand Cru, it hints at the use of wine casks from a reputable vineyard. Grand Cru is a regional wine classification and the top appelation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) in wine regions such as Burgundy and Alsace.

    Glenfiddich Grand Cru

    Identity Card Glenfiddich 23YO Grand Cru

    • Official bottling from Glenfiddich Distillery
    • 23-year-old single malt Scotch whisky
    • Cuvée cask finish
    • Alcohol: 40% ABV

    Neither one of the labels hints at the origin of the casks. So we'll have to wait for the full story behind this whisky.

    Source: Colas Public Registry

    Entries from the TTB Public Registry (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) are a fairly reliable source for upcoming new whiskies. Although not all entries make it to the market. There’s always the possibility a brand decides not to launch a whisky, even if the label has been approved. Until the distillery sends out a press release, this whisky should be considered a rumour…
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    Thursday, 7 March 2019

    9 Irish whiskeys for Saint Patrick's Day 2019

    Saint Patrick depicted in a stained glass window
    Saint Patrick depicted in a stained glass window at Saint Benin's Church, Ireland
    Picture: Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

    The Emerald Ile's National Holiday is approaching fast. Saint Patrick's Day is a celebration of the heritage and culture of the Irish people who spread across the globe. 17 March is the death date of the Christian missionary Saint Patrick who converted the Irish pagans to Christianity. One of the symbols he used to explain the Holy Trinity to them was the shamrock. The shamrock (and everything green) became the symbol of Saint Paddy's Day and by extension of Ireland itself.

    I selected 10 Irish whiskeys, pot stills, single malts, blends and single grains, to make the most out of Saint Patrick's Day. Let's pour a whiskey. With an e!

    1. Jameson Irish Whiskey

    Jameson Irish Whiskey
    Picture: The Whisky Exchange

    I usually kick off this list with the special edition from Jameson for Saint Patrick's Day. It's is the classic Jameson with an haute-couture jacket. Alas, after the 2019 redesign by the people from Pond Design, there does not seem to be a special edition. So it's just the usual triple distilled blend of pot still and grain whiskey with no fancy frills. Price: €28

    2. Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey

    Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey
    Picture: The Whisky Exchange
    The Sexton Irish Single Malt is one of these brands that's profiting from the current Irish whiskey boom. It is a sourced whisky (from Bushmills?) packed in a fancy bottle with a goth-style logo. The whisky matured in ex-Oloroso sherry casks. Price: €37

    3. JJ Corry The Flintlock Irish Whiskey 16YO

    JJ Corry The Flintlock 16YO
    Picture: The Whisky Exchange

    This small batch whiskey takes his name from JJ Corry, an Irish whiskey bonder from Kilrush. Chapel Gate Whiskey calls it their first true Bonder's Blend. This 16YO whiskey was drawn from three ex-bourbon casks. Price: €116


    4. Red Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 15YO

    Red Spot 15YO
    Picture: Mitchell & Son

    2018 marked the revival of one of Ireland's legendary whiskey brands: Red Spot. After reviving Green Spot and Yellow Spot, Mitchell & Son brought back Red Spot, a 15YO single pot still whiskey. The names originated from the practice of marking casks with a certain colour to identify its ageing potential. Price: €115.


    5. Lambay Blended Irish Whiskey

    Lambay Blended Irish Whiskey
    Picture: The Whisky Exchange

    This brand of Irish whiskey matures on the privately-owned Lambay Island, a few miles off the Dublin coast, and this blended whiskey was finished in casks from Cyril Camus, owner of the cognac house Maison Camus. Price: €42.


    6. Method & Madness Virgin Hungarian Oak Finish

    Method & Madness Virgin Hungarian Oak Finish
    Picture: The Whisky Exchange

    The micro-distillery from Midleton released this peculiar cask finish in 2018. The single pot still whiskey matured in ex-bourbon casks en was finished for 11 months in Hungarian (Quercus petraea) Virgin Oak casks. Price: €89.


    7. The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey

    The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey
    Picture: The Whisky Exchange

    The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey is a creation by the Dublin Liberties distillery and the New York Dead Rabbit Saloon cocktail bar. This 5YO blend of malt and grain whiskies matured in ex-bourbon casks and was finished in virgin oak casks. Price: €48.


    8. Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition

    Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition
    Picture: The Whisky Exchange

    Jameson Caskmates is a collaboration between the Irish whiskey brand and the Franciscan Well brewery. The brewery could use some casks to mature stout beer before returning them to Jameson who used it in the Caskmates project. There is also an IPA edition. Price: €32.


    9. Proper No. Twelve

    Proper Twelve
    Picture: The Whisky Exchange

    Another new Irish whiskey brand and one that has been promoted by MMA fighter Conor McGregor. Some claim it was co-created by him. I'd say he tied his name to it to drive sales of a basic blended whiskey. You want a real season to buy a bottle? $5 of each case sold goes to first responders organisations. Price: €34.

    What's your preferred Irish tipple for Saint Paddy's Day (or any random tasty dram day)? Let me know in the comments!


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    Friday, 22 February 2019

    Rumour: Ardbeg Traigh Bhan

    Ardbeg Distillery is planning a new (pricey?) release with an age statement called Ardbeg Traigh Bhan. It is a small batch 19-year-old single malt matured in American oak and oloroso sherry casks.

    The whisky is named after Traigh Bhan beach, also known as the Singing Sands of Islay.


    Ardbeg Traigh Bhan


    Identity Card Ardbeg Traigh Bhan

    • Official bottling from Ardbeg Distillery
    • 19-year-old single malt Scotch whisky
    • Matured in American oak and oloroso sherry casks
    • Alcohol: 46.2% ABV
    Ardbeg Traigh Bhan back label

    The back label reads:
    The Singing Sands is the local name for Islay's beautiful Traigh Bhan beach. For this captivating place has white soft sands that sing beneath your feet, a hum that ebbs and flows with Islay's winds and tides.

    This rare, small batch 19 Year Old Ardbeg has tantalising notes of PINEAPPLE, gentle TOFFEE and LIME SHERBET on the nose, with a sweet and sour mouthfeel of smoked CHILLI CHOCOLATE, PAPRIKA and chocolate cream. Aromatic WOOD SMOKE resonates through the long finish.


    Source: Colas Public Registry

    Entries from the TTB Public Registry (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) are a fairly reliable source for upcoming new whiskies. Although not all entries make it to the market. There’s always the possibility a brand decides not to launch a whisky, even if the label has been approved. Until the distillery sends out a press release, this whisky should be considered a rumour…
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