Premium whiskeys sales continue to skyrocket, the demand for ever more exclusive bottlings continues to grow. Today, Design Limited Edition tell you everything about this expensive and charming world, and how it is changing the limited edition bottlings market.
According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), revenue and volume are both up, between 2014 and 2015, for super premium bottlings of Scotch whiskey, Irish whiskey, Canadian whisky, and Tennessee whisky and Bourbon. In fact, those categories have overall seen an upward trend for years now, which seems to reflect the maturing American market for high-end brown spirits.
Depending on the goals of the producer, limited edition whiskeys can either be set apart from the core bottlings of the brand by an unusual age statement, a special mash bill, or barrel aging that is in some way different from the more classic bottlings it produces. Whatever differentiates it, the market seems to be thirsty for more and more each year.
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Ardbeg, which crafts excellent single malt Scotch whiskey on Islay, released in October a highly limited edition of 100 cases of 21 Year Old whiskey. It is a delicious dram bursting with notes of smoke, black pepper, and cream in the nose and orange clotted cream, cigar tobacco, and a hint of iodine on the palate.
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