Summer is coming to an end, and as some markets return to normalcy, many of the world’s largest whiskey brands are moving forward with new product releases, some destined for bars and others for the luxury store. From 80-year-old releases to expressions completely out of character for certain distilleries, here are some of the most anticipated whiskeys to be launched in the coming months.
Dalmore six decades – September 2021
Whyte & Mackay have announced an exciting new range of six carafes from the Dalmore distillery, each dedicated to a decade in the distillery’s rich history.
Richard Paterson, Dalmore’s master distillery, carefully selected each dish from the distillery’s warehouses; after spending five decades with the distillery itself, he is obviously the man for the job.
The ‘Dalmore Decades are a unique moment for us to celebrate our history and the key moments that have marked the last six decades. Each bottle tells a distinctive part of The Dalmore’s story: from 1951, the last whiskey created in the Mackenzie era, the family that owned the distillery for over a century, and whose legacy allows us to showcase the 12-point royal deer on each bottle, through to the first Scotch whiskey created in the new millennium. ‘
The series features a 60-year-old taken from two double sherry barrels, a 53-year-old and a 40-year-old expression. A complete set of decanters will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in October, followed by the sale of 15 sets of the five decanters (minus 1951) on select retail channels in the US, UK, France and certain Asian markets. Good luck grabbing a set of these as it is definitely one of the most limited and highly anticipated Scotch whiskey releases in 2021.
Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2021 – Autumn 2021
Across the United States, few collections are as coveted as Sazerac’s annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. The announcement of the new collection usually falls in September, with a release date scheduled shortly after. There is not much information on this at the moment, but the Antique Collection deserves a place on the list regardless as one of the most hunted annual collections in American whiskey.
Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement next month, and act fast!
Diageo Special Releases 2021: “Legends Untold” Collection – Autumn 2021
The 2021 edition of Diageo’s hugely popular “Special Releases” is coming, and this year’s art and branding looks great – in fact, the labels are my favorite of Diageo’s special releases to date.
So far, we only have the teaser video to go after and some posts from the Diageo team, but it looks like every release in the series will be depicted with a legendary creature; hence the name of the collection. The artwork looks breathtaking and seems to fit perfectly with each made brand.
‘Legendary tales speak of eight mythological creatures roaming the land and controlling the waters hidden from the eyes of the lakes and rugged highlands and known only to a privileged few,’ says Ewan Gunn, Diageo’s global fire ambassador. ‘Whiskey’s barrel strength collection includes unique bottlings from Oban, Talisker, Lagavulin, The Singleton of Dufftown, Mortlach, Cardhu and, for the first time in over a decade, Royal Lochnagar.’
Excited? I’m determined.
Glenlivet 80-year-old Gordon MacPhail- October 2021
Gordon MacPhail pushes boundaries with their upcoming 80-year-old single cask release to be released in October 2021 with the auction of the first vessel to be filled, carafe number 1. Distilled at Glenlivet Distillery in 1940, this will be one of the oldest Scotch whiskeys ever bottled. The carafe and case for the release will be designed by the famous architect, Sir David Adjaye. The design will be unveiled in September, before release.
‘When I work together, I look for like-minded partners in terms of their craftsmanship, beliefs and traditions,’ said David. ‘I loved Gordon & MacPhail’s rigor and obsession with their products and craftsmanship – a romantic commitment that allows one to do unusual things. Our partnership felt so organic. ‘
The dish will yield 250 carafe bottles with 44.9% ABV.
Nikka Discovery Series: Yoichi Non-Peated & Miyagikyo Peated- September 28thth
Across Japan, Asahi has announced two new releases that fall into a unique category – contrary to what each of their distilleries is famous for! From the world-famous Yoichi distillery known for powerful, peat, smoked whiskey, fans will be able to enjoy the Yoichi Non-Peated expression. From Miyagikyo, the distillery known for its fruity, floral whiskey, we receive Miyagikyo Peated. From two distilleries that have clearly defined their style over the decades, these two terms are extremely intriguing additions.
Now for the bad news – These two terms will only be released in Japan, at least in the beginning. But if the past is an indicator, an allocation should make it overseas to a market near you.
Launch September 28thth, the terms will only be sold to trading venues aimed at drinking fans instead of collectors and bottled flippers. This is a sales strategy that more and more distilleries in Japan seem to be taking.
There you have it- Whether you are a drinker, a collector or an insane fan, these sets and collections are some of the most exciting to be launched in up to New Year. Have a good hunt!