Whether it’s New Year, the Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day or just another day ending in “y,” January and February bring plenty of reasons to toast your glass with something new. In this gallery, we highlight some of the notable new whiskey and gin releases from the first months of 2020, including a special gift box from The Macallan, the first single estate whiskey from Glenmorangie and a “Gentlemen”-inspired expression from Flaviar’s Dear, Bear and Moose.
Earlier this month, the Whistler Irish Whiskey introduced its full range of expressions to the U.S. market. This includes the brand’s newest products, called The Whistler Trilogy, which includes Whistler Double Oaked, Irish Honey and Irish Cream.
For the latest release in its annual Master’s Collection high-proof expression series, Woodford Reserve has debuted Woodford Reserve Batch Proof, bottled at 123.6 proof. This limited-time release is available in select U.S. markets and has suggested retail price of $129.99 for a 750ml bottle.
Last month, Colorado-based distillery introduced its first rye whiskey. The product features notes of sweet vanilla and fresh tobacco, 45% ABV (90 proof) and will be available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99 for a 750ml bottle.
As its first ever single estate whisky, Glenmorangie has introduced The Cardboll Estate, a bourbon cask single malt that has been aged for 15 years in the Scottish Highlands. Bottled at 43% ABV, The Cadboll Estate has a suggested retail price of $85 for a 750 mL bottle.
Powers Irish Whiskey
Starting in March, Powers will feature a new label design for its Gold Label expression. New labels for Powers Three Swallow and Powers John’s Lane are set to roll out later this year.
To celebrate the Lunar New Year (and the Year of the Rat), The Macallan has released a special limited edition gift set featuring two bottles of Double Cask 12 Years Old. The suggested retail price is $140.
Produced in Owensboro, Kentucky, Wheel Horse Rye Whiskey is the first aged rye whiskey to be produced at the historic O.Z. Tyler distillery since it was reopened in 2016. The expression is aged between two and three years in new American Oak barrels and has a suggested retail price of $27.99 for a 750 mL bottle.
James Bay Distillers
Along with Cadboro chocolate whiskey, James Bay also recently debuted Lochside Summer Gin No. 5, a citrus-forward sipping gin that is bottled at 80 proof. Lochside is the first release in a series of new gins from James Bay, to be followed by a barrel-aged gin later this spring.
For the third release in its Rare Collection, Glenfiddich has released 1975 Vintage Cask 4706 and Cask 5114. The two expressions, limited to just 100 bottles each in the U.S., have been aged for 44 years and carry a suggested retail price of $8,999.99 each.
To celebrate the release of the movie “The Gentlemen,” Flaviar has debuted this special expression from Dear, Bear and Moose, a 23-year old Speyside Scotch distilled in 1996. Only 420 bottles have been produced. Bottled at 47.2% ABV, the suggested retail price is $220.