Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Brown-Forman, has announced the launch of the 17th Birthday Bourbon release, from its Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky brand.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2017 Edition (47.8% ABV & 48% ABV) was drawn from 12 Year Old barrels from different warehouses and floors on May 27, 2005. 93 barrels were matured together on the 4th floor of G Old Forester’s warehouse. The remaining 27 barrels were matured together on the 5th floor of K warehouse.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2017 Edition

This year’s limited-edition expression in the series which pays homage to Old Forester’s founder George Garvin Brown, is a mixture of art and science. During the transfer of bourbon from the holding tank to the bottling line, alcohol vapours were lost during bottling, causing the proof to drop. As a result, this year’s Birthday Bourbon will be bottled at two different ABV’s.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2017 Edition, is said to deliver notes of sweet toasted oak, black pepper, orange oil and toffee on the nose. Followed by notes of oak spice, charred black pepper, chocolate custard and kola nuts on the palate.

The Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2017 Edition, will be available in the US next month, for a RRP of $79.99. The (47.8% ABV - 95.4 proof) variant will be available in Florida and Georgia. The (48% ABV - 96 proof) variant will be available throughout the rest of the US. Both variants will however be available in Kentucky.

Posted by Steve Rush

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Following the announcement of the first nine bottles in this year’s Special Releases collection back in April, Diageo has today announced the tenth and final bottling in this years outturn.

The COLLECTIVUM XXVIII (57.3% ABV) is a no age statement blended Scotch whisky, comprised with whiskies from all of Diageo’s twenty-eight active distilleries.

This latest release which is the first blend to appear in the collection, is said to be clear amber in appearance, delivering a palate that goes all the way from dry and nutty, to rich and chocolatey, with zestiness and sweetness.

Commenting on the news, Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach said: “The Special Releases range is always a highlight in our calendar year, it reflects the truly extraordinary range of stocks our blenders have available to them. The variety and quality of whiskies in the collection is simply impeccable. We’re looking forward to sharing this year’s collection with the world and in particular keen to see the response to the new COLLECTIVUM XXVIII.”

Each of the whiskies in the 2017 Special Releases range, which includes a 52 Year Old Port Dundas, is a limited edition, rare bottling, with four originating from closed distillery's.

Back in April we announced the first nine bottles in this years Special Releases collection.

All ten bottles in this year’s Diageo Special Releases, will be available in limited quantities from October. RRP’s (tbc).

Posted by Steve Rush

Monday, August 14, 2017


McTear’s auction house in Glasgow, has today announced that a bottle Black Bowmore, sold for £11,450 at auction on Friday.

Setting what is believed to be a record auction price for this particular whisky, the Black Bowmore 1964 1st edition, was matured in sherry casks for 29 years and bottled in 1993.

Black Bowmore 1964 1st Edition

The rare whisky, which attracted significant interest due to the excellent condition of the bottle and packaging, was labelled number 1111 of 2000 and had an estimate of £4,000 to £5,000. 

Commenting on the news, Laurie Black, Whisky Expert at McTear’s, said: “The Black Bowmore has been rising in price at almost every auction, but this latest result is quite an achievement. It is hard to believe that in the 1990s you could buy a bottle of Black Bowmore for £70. With this latest sale we are now seeing bottles change hands for over 150 times that amount.”

In addition to the Black Bowmore, the other highlight from Friday’s Rare and Collectable auction, was the sale of a bottle of Dalmore 1926 50 Years Old, which sold for £14,600.

Posted by Steve Rush