Drinkhacker Reads – 03.11.2013 – New Whisk(e)y Release News

Drinkhacker Reads – 03.11.2013 – New Whisk(e)y Release News

Plenty of new product information going around this week, so let’s just get right down to it:

JeffPresSelect21-BOURBONThe folks over at Jefferson’s have been keeping busy with a steady stream of new releases over the past year, and its latest edition promises to keep the momentum going. Bourbon and Banter gets the lowdown via Jefferson’s head honcho, Trey Zoeller. The deal: a 21 year expression with no wheat in the mashbill, and which does not use any bourbon distilled at from the infamous the Stitzel-Weller distillery. It’ll be priced at $120 and will be available nationally starting April 1st . [Bourbon and Banter]

JOHNNIE WALKER UNVEILS THE GOLD ROUTEThe second edition of Johnnie Walker’s Explorers Club series is on its way to duty free shelves around the globe. This particular expression, “The Gold Route,” is the second in a planned trilogy of blends inspired by the trade routes of yesteryear. It’s currently shipping and can be found sporting a suggested price tag of $95.  [Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Collection]

ElijahCraigBarrelProofFurther down the Kentucky road a bit, Heaven Hill announced via press release it will be releasing a special limited edition run its Elijah Craig brand: a barrel proof, small batch version of its 12-year bottling. It’ll be shipping to stores this week and will retail for $40. [Elijah Craig]

Pernod Ricard is tapping into the rising interest in Canadian whisky and plans to release its Pike Creek expression in key states across the U.S. later next month. In the press release, Pernod Ricard executives allude to the possibility of this being the first of many new “initiatives” in the near future, but of course stop short of saying anything of substance. It will retail for $32. [Pernod Ricard]

And finally today, in a move that could have long-term ramifications for the Scotch industry, the BBC reports that Scottish Parliament has passed a limit on how much water distilleries may use on a daily basis. With the demand for Scotch reaching record levels globally, this could potentially hinder expansion and growth for some of the larger distilleries. [BBC]

Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

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