MGP (Nasdaq: MGPI) will release Remus Repeal Reserve Series III Straight Bourbon Whiskey this November 2019. Produced to commemorate Prohibition Repeal Day, Series III is a limited bottling that debuts annually on November 13, the birthdate of brand namesake George Remus. This release is accompanied with a tasting series that leads up to December 5, National Prohibition Repeal Day. MGP is also planning a holiday release of Remus Volstead Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, a bottled-in-bond, 14-year aged Bourbon timed with the 100th Anniversary of the start of Prohibition – under the Volstead Act.
They named Penelope bourbon after the new born daughter of one of the co-founders, Mike Paladini. He along with his life-long friend, Danny Polise, both from Basking Ridge, NJ, formed Penelope bourbon bottling Company. The description of the mash bill is a little puzzling. They indicate that it is a blend of three bourbons: Corn, Wheat, and Rye, all containing Malted Barley for the fourth grain component. In addition, they decline to disclose the actual mash bills of these three components. Their ages are stated as 3, 3, and 2 years, respectively. All that being said, Penelope is a sweet young bourbon that is very approachable, while not deep in flavor or complexity.
Like the Bourbon, this is just not enough proof to get me excited. It’s especially disappointing knowing first-hand what the 4-5 year old Rye from Wilderness Trail (who contract distills this) can be at cask strength. At 110-115 proof (I’ve tried several batches in that range) they fight far outside of their weight class; at 83 proof this just misses everything. I feel like I can taste the water in the bottle which is a first for me. I appreciate their desire to be more moderately priced but if it sacrifices the overall experience it isn’t worth the savings.
I’m a fan of the folks who are currently making this on contract at Wilderness Trail. Unfortunately, what started as good bourbon has been watered down to 83 proof and all the character went with it. Knowing what is possible with the distillate I’d be happy to try it if/when they release a higher proof version.
The Maker’s Mark Private Select program is one of the most impressive private selection programs in the country. As such, it’s always enjoyable trying a new release because you get to taste a very specific combination of staves as selected by the group leading the pick (in this case Randall’s Wines & Spirits).
This release has a beautiful nose that invites you in to sniff around and stay awhile. I could have easily spent 30 minutes nosing it and pulling out new aromas as it continued to open up. The promise of layered dried fruit, spice cake, caramel, and cocoa was hypnotizing and required me to cut my nosing session short.
Louisville, Ky – In September 2019, Michter’s Distillery will release its US*1 Toasted Barrel Sour Mash Whiskey for sale to U.S. and export markets. While Michter’s has released US*1 Toasted Barrel Bourbon and US*1 Toasted Barrel Strength Rye in the past, this will mark the first ever release of Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Sour Mash Whiskey.
When Michter’s US*1 Sour Mash was selected by The Whisky Exchange as “Whisky of the Year” for 2019, it marked the first time that any whiskey from the United States had ever achieved this honor. This award winning whiskey is at the heart of Michter’s US*1 Toasted Barrel Sour Mash Whiskey. To make this special Toasted release, Michter’s starts with fully matured barrels of its US*1 Sour Mash Whiskey and transfers the whiskey into specially toasted barrels for additional aging. “We’ve been very happy with how our Toasted Barrel Bourbon and Toasted Barrel Strength Rye releases have come out, and we discovered that our Sour Mash Whiskey is also wonderful for toasted barrel finishing,” commented Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco.
Elmer T. Lee Commemorative Bottle AnnouncedView Post
There is a great story behind this whiskey. The US responded to 9/11 attacks with insertions of small teams of Green Berets mounted on horseback, called the Horse Soldiers and are honored at Ground Zero by the America’s Response Monument. Some of these men got together to make Horse Soldier Bourbon Whiskey.