As the saying goes, good things come in threes, and there’s been a trio of whisky launches in recent days. Here’s all you need to know about them…
Laphroaig Book Two: Building an Icon
Islay distillery Laphroaig has launched the latest iteration of its Ian Hunter Story, a series of five annual releases that celebrate the distillery’s last founding member, who joined the business in 1908.
Following on from Book One: Unique Character, Book Two, which is called Building an Icon, focuses on the work Hunter did to build the distillery’s profile and double its output. The whisky itself is a 30-year-old sherry cask-matured whisky.
Four hundred cases of Book Two have been made of the expression, which the distillery describes as ‘beautifully rounded, with a combination of sweet, spiced and medicinal notes’.
‘You cannot enjoy Laphroaig’s exquisitely smokey and complex liquid, without paying homage to the legendary Ian Hunter. His influence in our whisky production techniques and our iconic brand as a whole is undeniable,’ said John Campbell, Laphroaig distillery manager.
48.2% abv, RRP £760/700ml, Edrington-Beam Suntory, edrington-beamsuntory.com
Diageo is in the process of creating a big visitor experience for Johnnie Walker across Scotland, with a flagship centre in Edinburgh, and further visitor attractions at four distilleries in the ‘corners’ of the country. Each distillery is to have a whisky released under the ‘Four Corners’ label, and the first release is Glenkinchie 16 Year Old.
The distillery is set to be its Lowland home, and this whisky has been chosen as a representation of this region’s style. Matured in refill and freshly charred hogshead casks, the whisky is described as having ‘baked apple with subtle creamy traces of mossy aromas’.
A limited number of 2,502 bottles have been made.
50.6% abv, RRP £150/700ml, Diageo, diageo.com
Bowsaw Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Across the Pond, Bowsaw has created a Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a high rye mash bill. With a split of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% barley, the liquid is aged for three years in a new #4 char barrel.
The liquid is contact distilled in the north of Kentucky, and joins a Straight Corn Whiskey in the Bowsaw portfolio. ‘We are delighted to extend our Bowsaw range with this brilliant bold bourbon which really packs a punch with incredibly rich flavours - a sweet toasted oak aroma with mellow flavours of vanilla with honey and a spicy rye backbone to finish,’ said Steven Pattison, CEO of Kirker Greer Spirits, the company that has launched the product.
43% abv, RRP £35.95/700ml, Kirker Greer, kirkergreer.com