Release Radar: hot cross bun wine, GlenAllachie’s new peated whisky brand, & more

March 1, 2024
By Cody Profaca

Meikle Tòir: GlenAllachie’s new Speyside peated whisky brand

GlenAllachie has announced the launch of its new Meikle Tòir (pronounced mee-kuhl tor) brand. The collection features four small-batch SKUs: The Original, The Sherry One, The Chinquapin, and The Turbo. Each of the four is made in Speyside using premium mainland peat, resulting in an oaky, sweet smoke style. 

It is also the first time that the GlenAllachie Distillery has produced a peated single malt whisky under current Master Distiller, BIlly Walker. 

“This is an incredibly exciting milestone for all of us at The GlenAllachie,” said Walker.

“Five years in the making, Meikle Tòir represents our endeavours to perfect a peated whisky and make history at our home in Speyside.”

The four whiskies vary primarily based on the barrels used. The Sherry One and The Chinquapin are both bottled at 48% abv and retail at $135 and The Original and The Turbo are bottled at 50% abv and retail at $145. 

Meikle Tòir will be available in Australia exclusively from March via Vanguard Luxury Brands.

Brown Brothers’ limited edition Cienna Hot Cross Bun Wine

Brown Brothers has partnered with Coles Liquor to launch a limited edition hot cross bun version of its renowned Cienna wine. 

The wine features hints of cinnamon and melted brown sugar atop the fruity red wine base and is best served chilled.

“We know our consumers are driven by taste, and this wine won’t disappoint,” said Tarynn Barrie, Brown Brothers’ Senior Brand Manager.

“It’s bursting with all the flavours we love about hot cross buns, like cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg, which we think will strike a chord with wine lovers looking for something new and exciting.”

The Cienna Hot Cross Bun builds upon previous Brown Brothers limited release flavours such as its Moscato Strawberries & Cream, Moscato White Chocolate & Raspberry Ripple, and Cienna Salted Caramel. 

The current release costs $16 and is exclusive to Liquorland and First Choice Liquor Market nationwide and to the Brown Brothers website

DEWAR’s Double Double 21 Year Old Mizunara Oak Cask Finish

DEWAR’s latest iteration of its esteemed Double Double series captures and blends together the essences and traditions of two of whisky’s most important and distinctive distilling cultures: Japan and Scotland. 

It has achieved this by finishing the 21 year old whisky in Japanese Mizunara oak casks. Unlike American oak, Mizunara requires over 200 years to reach maturity. It also doesn’t grow straight, posing a unique challenge for coopers. For DEWAR’s, however, it was deemed a necessary challenge due to the unique flavour profile of sandalwood and coconut that it tends to impart. 

DEWAR’s Double Double 21 Year Old Mizunara Oak Cask Finish has already received significant accolades such as being ranked seventh in Whisky Advocate’s list of Most Exciting Whiskies of 2023 with a rating of 95.

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Swift + Moore appointed as Shortcross Irish Whiskey Australian importer

While not new products, two Shortcross whiskeys will now have an Australian importer through Swift + Moore. 

Shortcross whiskeys, made at the Rademon Estate Distillery by Fiona and Daid Boyd, are renowned for their meticulous attention to detail and often-experimental approach to fermentation, distillation and maturation. 

The two whiskeys that will be brought into Australia by Swift + Moore are the Shortcross Irish Rye & Malt and the Shortcross The Grafter. 

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to distribute the Armstrong’s Shortcross whiskeys,” said Michael McShane, CEO at Swift + Moore.  

“It is a pivotal time for the company as it branches out with the launch of the Irish Whiskey Bonding Company that both pays homage to the great whiskey bonders and blenders of Belfast’s past while also looking forward and crafting new and exciting expressions of Irish Whiskey, such as The Grafter.” 

More information can be found at the Swift + Moore website.

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