Sunday, January 18, 2015

Heads Up! New offerings from Brown Forman and Barton 1792

For years a regular offering from Brown Forman was their Bottled in Bond; one of my dusty favorites.  It was replaced somewhere in the early 2000's by Old Forester Signature (IIRC), still a 100 proof but without the BIB designation.

A recent submission to the TTB shows BF bringing the BIB back under their new 1897 label.  This means this whiskey will be at least 4 years old, distilled in the same season and bottled at 100 proof.  I'm glad to see the BIB making its way back into their rotation.....now we'll have to wait and see how it tastes.

Another new addition is from Barton 1792.  Kelsey Creek KSBW will be a small batch offering at 90 proof.  The TTB approval came December 19th.  In the past we've seen many labels drop from portfolios so again, nice to see a new addition.  Unknown at this time is whether this bourbon will be high or low rye mashbill.

The back label denotes "Old Tine Company" located in Louisville, KY with no UPC listed as yet.  This looks to be a new trade name under the Barton 1792 umbrella (or maybe Sazerac) as it was submitted for consideration back in June of 2014. 

There's no guarantee that these labels will see market but I'll assume at this point it may be a number of months in the event they do.

Note: Edits made to post based on feedback from Buffalo Trace PR Rep.


6 comments:

  1. KC - Kelsey Creek - Knob Creek. Wasn't it 2004 when Sazerac lost a lawsuit to Brown-Forman over Ridgemont Reserve being too similar to Woodford Reserve?

    -Benny

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    1. I do believe that is correct. There's a Kelsey Creek Brewery out in California so I wonder is that's going to rankle those folks. I also wonder if this is going to be a label for certain retail chains like a Kroger or Costco. This one doesn't appear to have followed the same submission chain as others....e.g. new Company name along with new label.

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  2. While visiting Buffalo Trace late last month, I saw an empty bottle of Kelsey Creek in the Blanton Bottling Hall. Same bottle as Rock Hill Farms (didn't have a cork in it, so I'm not sure if that's the same, too) but with the Kelsey Creek label. I snapped a picture of it as a reminder to look it up later, but this is the first mention of it I've seen online.

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    1. Kyle - thanks for the additional information. What is still unknown is the mashbill. Since this is coming from Barton, I would expect it to be from there but they could very well use high rye or low rye BT distillate.

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  3. Interesting that this name(Kelsey Creek) is registered in Dallas,Tx behind another name also in Dallas,TX

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  4. Was at a Goody-Goody package store looking for some Buffalo Trace; none to be found tried this instead based on an employee's recommendation-----not as good as Buffalo Trace

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