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Maker’s Mark – Loretto, Ky

It’s a big week for bourbon lovers. Four Roses announced a new, permanently available bourbon that’s non-chill filtered and bottled at a solid 52% ABV. Four Roses Small Batch Select is made with six of the distillery’s recipes and is the first core bourbon to prominently feature the F yeast strain. Priced around $ 55-$ 60, it will eventually be available nationwide, but is starting off in five states: California, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, and Texas. Whisky Advocate spoke with master distiller Brent Elliott to get more details about the whiskey; keep reading to find out how he developed the formula, and which specific recipes he used.

Meanwhile, Buffalo Trace has debuted a 20 year old version of Eagle Rare. Double Eagle Very Rare is packaged in a crystal decanter and fancy box, and has a recommended price of $ 1,999. Just 299 bottles are available.

The Whiskey Barons collection, which is made at Wild Turkey Distillery, has unveiled its latest bourbon, W.B. Saffell, as well as the second release of Bond & Lillard. The limited-edition bourbons are both priced at $ 50 per 375-ml. bottle, and are available nationwide.

There’s a new whiskey from Writers’ Tears, a blend of Irish single pot still and single malt that’s then finished in Cognac casks. Writers’ Tears Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish is available in limited amounts for $ 60.

France’s Warenghem Distillery—whose Armorik Double Maturation was number 6 in the 2018 Top 20—has unveiled its first age-statement single malt. Armorik 10 year old is being released in limited amounts to start, with additional releases planned for the future. The U.S. price is $ 80.

Three new whiskies from Japan are coming out, all exclusively available in the U.S. from Aiko Importers. Meiyo 17 year old is a single grain whisky distilled and matured entirely in Japan. There are 3,600 bottles available, priced at $ 300 each.

Sensei combines 3 year old Japanese grain whisky with 3 year old malt whisky from Scotland, finishing the blend in mizunara oak casks. There’s plenty of it available, priced at $ 45, in 15 states.

Yamato is a blend of 3 year old Japanese grain whisky with 8 year old malt whisky from Scotland that’s then finished in mizunara oak casks. The whisky is for sale in 14 states for $ 55.

Finally, Macallan has released its special double-bottle package for the Lunar New Year. The Year of the Pig package costs $ 120 and is available for a limited time.

Read on for full details.

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