Frederick Wildman & Sons’ specialty spirits division is expanding its presence in blended Scotch with two new products slated for release by October. One is The Feathery, a blended malt aged entirely in sherry casks and priced for retail at $58 a 750-ml bottle. The other is Sheep Dip Islay Blended Malt, a blend of casks obtained from all eight distilleries in Islay and featuring the island’s distinctive peat flavors. It will retail at $56. Wildman also hopes to release an Edinburgh branded gin in an elderflower flavor by year-end. Produced by its U.K. partner Spencerfield Spirit Co., the gin will be at approximately 30% abv and will retail at around $35.
San Luis Spirits, based in the Texas town of Dripping Springs, is set to launch its first artisanal gin. Rolling out next month, Dripping Springs gin is billed as a “reinvention” of the traditional London dry style, featuring floral, spice and citrus notes. The 42.5%-abv entry, which is distilled in small 40-gallon batches, will be available at retail and the distillery. The new gin joins San Luis Spirits’ existing stable of craft brands, which include the Dripping Springs, Dripping Springs Texas Orange and 1876 vodkas.
The Edrington Group has revealed that a new Highland Park single malt Scotch expression, Dark Origins, will roll out in September, retailing at $80 a bottle. Dark Origins, at 46.8% abv, is a no-age statement, non-chill filtered malt that sees about twice as many first-fill Sherry casks as does Highland Park 12-year-old, resulting in a darker, richer flavor. Also in September, a new Macallan expression called Rare Cask, retailing at $300, will debut in limited distribution.
Italian fine wine importer Vias Imports is debuting a new line of artisanal spirits from Sibona Antica Distilleria in the U.S. market. Located in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, family-owned Sibona Antica is working with Vias to bring its line of grappas and liqueurs to the U.S. The initial introduction will include 1-liter offerings of aperitif Amaro Sibona ($29.99, 28%-abv), Chamomile Grappa-Infused Liqueur ($35.99, 32%-abv), Tennessee Wood Aged Grappa Riserva ($69.99, 44%-abv) and Uve di Langa Grappa Brandy ($62.99, 40%-abv). Plans are in place to extend the line in 2015. New York-based Vias Imports has a portfolio with more than 60 products, including Produttori del Barbaresco and Damilano.
Bacardi USA will extend Grey Goose with the launch of a new Cognac-laced vodka called VX beginning September 1. Meant to be enjoyed chilled on the rocks in a Cognac glass, the 40%-abv VX will roll out to “an exclusive, select group of high-end bars and nightclubs,” Bacardi says. The new label will be produced in limited supply each year, carrying a retail price of $74.99 a 750-ml.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily