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New Releases: WhistlePig, Wolves, Copperworks, & More

New releases in the American whiskey and bourbon market this week include WhistlePig’s oldest whiskey yet, two sporty collaborations, and a wine cask finished single malt. 

WhistlePig The Badönkådonk 25 Year Old 

The New WhistlePig 25 Year Old Badonkadonk
Credit: WhistlePig

WhistlePig Whiskey has unveiled its oldest whiskey to date: the uniquely named The  Badönkådonk 25 Year Old. 

The whiskey is an American single malt that spent 25 years in new American oak barrels before being finished in Silver Oak’s Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. In addition to being single malt, the whiskey is also bottled from a single barrel, making it an extremely limited release. 

Tasting notes for The Badönkådonk 25 Year Old feature figs, plums, and creme brûlée on the nose. On the palate, expect cedar wood and honey, with a toasted almond and leather finish. 

The WhistlePig Badönkådonk 25 Year Old is endorsed by British actor, John Cleese (Fawlty Towers, Monty Python) in a hilarious promo, which you can see below. 

The WhistlePig Badönkådonk 25 Year Old is available via the WhistlePig website in extremely limited quantities for an RRP of $1,999.99. 

Wolves x UNDEFEATED American Single Malt Whiskey 

Credit: Wolves x UNDEFEATED

Californian whiskey brand, Wolves, has partnered with UNDEFEATED, a global sportswear brand, to release a new American Single Malt along with limited-edition lifestyle pieces from UNDEFEATED. The release is “[i]nspired by these iconic underdogs, outsiders and anti-heroes immortalized throughout film and art”. 

Following the success of their 2022 collaboration, the two brands have come together to offer the following: 

  • Wolves x UNDEFEATED American Single Malt Whiskey 6 Year Old 106 Proof 
  • Wolves x UNDEFEATED Post-Work Out Robe 
  • Wolves x UNDEFEATED Cut-Off Raglan Crewneck 
  • Wolves x UNDEFEATED 6-Panel Chino Twill Hat 
  • Wolves x UNDEFEATED Whiskey & Water Bottle 

Partner & Creative at Wolves x UNDEFEATED, James Bond, said “After a successful Wolves x UNDEFEATED collaboration at the end of 2022, we’re excited to partner again on another collection that emulates both brands’ identities. Each piece reflects our shared commitment to quality, craftsmanship and design while also converging to create a lifestyle experience our communities will covet.”

Public release of the whiskey and accompanying lifestyle pieces is scheduled for April 30th. Keep an eye on Wolves’ website for more details. 

Pursuit Distilling Co. x TRUE Dead Golfer Bourbon 

The new Dead Golfer Bourbon
Credit: Pursuit Distilling Co.

In another whiskey x sportswear collaboration, Pursuit Distilling Co. has partnered with golf footwear brand, TRUE, to release the Dead Golfer Bourbon. 

Just two barrels of the whiskey have been bottled, making for a total of 438 bottles for public release. The whiskey was distilled from a mash bill comprising 72% corn, 24% rye, and 4% malted barley. Aged for six years in American white oak, the bourbon was bottled at 100 proof. 

The collaboration between Pursuit Distilling Co. and TRUE was born from a friendship between two PGA TOUR players, Andres Gonzales (co-founder of Pursuit) and Ryan Moore (co-founder of TRUE). The two were college roommates and saw this as a unique opportunity to bring their two brands together. 

The name ‘The Dead Golder’ refers to TRUE’s golfing skeleton that appears on the brand’s footwear and apparel. 

According to Jason Moore, TRUE co-founder and CEO: “Collaboration and camaraderie are fundamental to our brand – and this project was no different. We reached out to our friends at Pursuit and tasted dozens of iterations of whiskey, bourbon and IPA spirits they’ve had aging here in Washington – and we hand selected two barrels that felt just right for our palette. The result is 438 bottles of six-year bourbon, aged in American white oak, wrapped in custom TRUE packaging, featuring our Dead Golfer icon and additional TRUE swag in every package”. 

Tasting notes for The Dead Golfer feature “orange blossom, fresh stonefruit, orange peel” on the nose. A silky smooth palate gives way to a “candied citrus, fruit gummies, buttermint finish”. 

The Pursuit x TRUE Dead Golfer Bourbon is available via Pursuit Distilling’s website for an RRP of $105

Three New Copperworks Whiskeys 

The three new single malts from Copperworks. Credit: Copperworks

Copperworks Distilling Co. has unveiled not one, not two, but three new whiskeys this week. 

The first new whiskey is the Copperworks American Single Malt Whiskey Single Cask No. 22-2 7 Year Old. The whiskey is distilled from a mash bill that combines five different types of malted barley: one pale and four caramelized. This mash bill has long been a staple of Copperworks. 

Single Cask No. 22-2 was then matured for seven years in a refill American single malt whiskey cask. 

Bottled at 60% ABV from a single cask, only 203 bottles are publicly available at an RRP of $89.99

Tasting notes feature “bison grass, burning orange oil, cake batter, and aloe vera on the nose” with “sweet citrus and vanilla custard […] chamomile, shortbread, and Ceylon cinnamon” on the palate. 

The other two new releases from Copperworks are both American single malts. Both use Fritz barley, but the barley for Releases 049 and 050 were subjected to different malting processes. Release 049 “features pale malted Fritz, while Release 050 Vienna malted Fritz”. 

Both releases consist of less than 2,000 bottles and are available for $69.99 each on the Copperworks website

Westward Whiskey Vintner’s Cuvée

Credirt: Westward Whiskey

In its second Whiskey Club offering of 2024, Westward Whiskey has released the Westward Whiskey Vintner’s Cuvée American Single Malt. The new release pays tribute to Westward Whiskey’s success in wine-cask finishing. 

The whiskey is a blend of American single malts aged in casks such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Pinot Noir. 

Bottled a 96 proof, the whiskey features aromas of “strawberry, dried raisins, figs, red orchard fruits, red lace licorice, citrus peel” on the nose. On the palate, expect “black currant, strawberry shortcake, clove, forest floor, flan”. The finish lingers with pine, birch, mint, and cherry jam. 

Westward Whiskey Club members will have exclusive early access to the release, priced at $99.95,  from May 3rd to May 14th. To join the club, click here

Fierce & Kind 110-Proof Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon 

Credit: Fierce & Kind

Fierce & Kind, a San Diego-based spirits brand, has added a 110-proof bourbon to its portfolio. 

The Single Barrel Cask Strength expression is made from locally and sustainably sourced ingredients. In addition to this, Fierce & Kind stays true to its name and donates 25% of the profits from this sale back to the San Diego community through The Fierce & Kind Equity Foundation

Distilled from a mash bill of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley, the whiskey was bottled at 55% ABV and has an RRP of $85. Tasting notes feature “stone fruit, vanilla and caramel flavors and a balanced heat”. 

Fierce & Kind is a minority and women-led brand, steadfast in its effort to give back to the community through “building economic opportunities and entrepreneurship in underserved communities”. 

Founder and CEO of Fierce & Kind, Basem Harb, said: “We are thrilled to introduce this Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon as a permanent part of Fierce & Kind’s product portfolio. Our goal was to create a high-proof spirit that appeals to bourbon hunters and beginners alike. We’re proud to share this spirit that speaks to both palates, honoring the depth and complexity of flavors while remaining approachable.”

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Beth Squires

Beth joined Mark Littler Ltd full-time in October 2020 following the completion of her university degree. Since then she has gained wide-ranging knowledge of all things whisk(e)y, and has written extensively for both company and external publications. Beth is passionate about industry innovation, marketing, and sustainability. With a particular affinity for independently bottled rare scotch, Beth is also a whisky bottle investment specialist.

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