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indexFrederick 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.

indexSan 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.

indexThe 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.

indexItalian 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.

indexBacardi 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

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indexBrazil’s Avuá Cachaça has released a new offering in its line of single-sourced, artisanal cachaça to the U.S. market, Avuá Cachaça Oak. Beginning in October, the pale yellow cachaça, aged for up to two years in French oak casks, will be available for about $49.99. Avuá Cachaça Oak, at 40%-abv, features vanilla and banana notes with floral flavors, the company says. Avuá Cachaça’s other products include the unaged Avuá Cachaça Prata and Avuá Cachaça Amburana, aged in Amburana wood. Avuá Cachaça launched in the U.S. in 2013 and is self-imported by Avuá Imports based in New York.

indexFlorida-based importer and marketer Imperial Brands has partnered with the Irish Dairy Board’s Kerrygold brand to launch a new Irish cream liqueur. Featuring a blend of Irish cream, aged Irish whiskey and chocolate, Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur will initially be available in Illinois and Florida, priced at $19.99 a 750-ml.

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indexHeaven Hill Distilleries’ Christian Brothers Brandy has unveiled a new peach-flavored expression. A 35%-abv blend of Christian Brothers VS Brandy and peach flavors, CB Peach is currently available in 50-ml., 375-ml. and 750-ml. formats, priced at around $10.99 a 750-ml. The entry marks Christian Brothers’ second flavored offering, following the brand’s launch of CB Honey in 2011.

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indexConsumer products company ROK Stars and its ROK Drinks division have partnered with the Humphrey Bogart Estate to launch Bogart’s Real English Gin. Produced in Cambridgeshire, England in copper pot stills, the new super-premium entry is billed as a small-batch, hand-crafted gin, and will feature a quote from the film icon on every bottle.

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indexBeam Suntory’s Pinnacle vodka brand has extended its 40-plus flavor lineup with the launch of a new Amaretto expression. Featuring notes of almond, cherry and cocoa, Pinnacle Amaretto is currently available nationwide, priced at around $12.99 a 750-ml.

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indexHeaven Hill Distilleries will release a third bottling of Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Barrel Proof Bourbon this year and three more bottlings next year. Debuting last year as a limited release version of Elijah Craig Small Batch 12-Year-Old, the series is drawn from the company’s inventory of aging barrels and each release reflects the proof of the batch, made of 100 or fewer barrels. A batch of 134.2 proof was released in March 2014 and a 137-proof was released in May, with the third 133.2-proof batch expected in September. In January next year, Heaven Hill will debut the first edition of the 2015 installment of the series. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is available nationwide in 750-ml. bottles retailing at $44.99.

indexAnchor Distilling Company has been named the importer for Tempus Fugit Spirits’ portfolio of small-batch absinthes, vintage-style liqueurs and bitters. Tempus Fugit was founded in 2006 and specializes in historic spirits and liqueurs popular in pre-Prohibition cocktails. The range includes a 28%-abv Gran Classico Bitter (retailing at $32.99), 44%-abv Fernet del Frate Angelico ($59.99), 24%-abv Crème de Cacao ($32.99), 18%-abv Kina L’Aéro d’Or ($27.99), 22%-abv Liqueur de Violettes ($29.99) and 65%-abv Vieux Pontarlier Absinthe Français Supérieure ($64.99), among others.

indexWest Park, New York-based Coppersea Distilling has partnered with New York State’s U.S. Barrel Company to create what the company calls the first 100% New York-made Bourbon and rye whiskey made since Prohibition. Both whiskies, which are produced with Hudson Valley-sourced grains and traditional distilling methods, will be aged in New York State-grown white oak from U.S. Barrel Co. The two inaugural barrels of Coppersea’s New York Bourbon and rye have been filled, with the pair expected to hit the market by late 2015.

indexDiageo is extending Smirnoff Sorbet Light with two new offerings, Summer Strawberry and White Peach. Both have 78 calories per 1.5-ounce serving, which Diageo asserts is 25% less than leading dessert-flavored vodkas. Other flavors in the Smirnoff Sorbet Light line, which retails at $16 a 750-ml., include Pineapple Coconut, Raspberry Pomegranate, Lemon and Mango Passion Fruit.

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756Scotch is a whisky that has a wide variety of styles and flavors, which I unfortunately don’t have the time to get into here.  But, this is what you need to know.  There are five regions in Scotland which produce whiskies: Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside; and there are five styles of Scotch: blended grain, blended malt, blended Scotch, single grain and single malt.

GSN has reviewed several Scotches over the years including: Aberlour, AuchentoshanBenRiach, BowmoreCutty SarkGlendronachGlenrothes, Glen Garioch, LaphroaigMonkey Shoulder, Pig’s Nose and Sheep Dip.

If you’re looking to try a Scotch cocktail, GSN recommends the classic, Blood and Sand.

Sláinte!

 

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indexTrinidad’s House of Angostura is commemorating its 190th anniversary with the launch of a new signature amaro in the U.S. Unveiled at last week’s Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans, Amaro di Angostura marks Angostura’s first foray into the amaro category. The 35%-abv liqueur is made with a base of Angostura’s flagship aromatic bitters, as well as additional spices and neutral alcohol. Imported in the U.S. by International Beverage Co., Amaro di Angostura will be available nationwide this fall, priced at $24.99 a 750-ml.

indexLiqs Cocktail Shots is expanding its distribution footprint to Texas and Massachusetts after its debut in southern Florida last November. The brand has also recently expanded statewide in Florida with Southern Wine & Spirits and secured its first major chain account with Winn-Dixie. Beginning August 1, Glazer’s will distribute the ready-to-drink shot beverage in Texas and United Liquors will bring it to Massachusetts. The Liqs line includes four flavors—Tequila Cinnamon Orange, Vodka Cucumber Lime, Vodka Lychee Grapefruit and Vodka Kamikaze—and is sold in three-packs of 50-ml. plastic shot glasses with a suggested retail price of $7.99. The company is planning on releasing two new flavors later this year.

indexFattoria di Limone has launched a premium U.S.-made limoncello in the New York, Connecticut and New Jersey markets. Fattoria di Limone Limoncello Original Liqueur is made in small batches from ingredients mostly sourced from New York state and follows a classic Italian recipe. KyMar Distillers in Charlotteville, New York produces the brand in 375-ml. and 750-ml. bottles. Fattoria di Limone (“lemon farm” in Italian) is led by entrepreneurs Dawn Jacksland and Erik Christman. The company plans to expand the product line this year and next with products featuring Meyer lemons as well as a salted caramel cream-based offering.

indexBeam Suntory’s Laphroaig single malt Scotch has unveiled Laphroaig Select, a new entry composed of whiskies with a variety of maturation styles and wood profiles. Featuring a selection of different Laphroaig styles—including Quarter Cask, PX Cask, Triple Wood and Ten-Year-Old—the 80-proof entry is matured in new American oak casks, resulting in a blend of “peat, oak and sweetness.” Laphroaig Select is currently available in select markets, priced at $55 a 750-ml. The new addition joins Laphroaig 10-Year-Old, 10-Year-Old Cask Strength, Quarter Cask, 18-Year-Old, 25-Year-Old, QA Cask, Triple Wood and Cairdeas 2014 Amontillado Edition in the brand’s existing portfolio.

indexAnchor Distilling is launching five new Scotch whiskies from BenRiach Whisky Co.’s Glenglassaugh Distillery in the U.S. market. They include whiskies from both before Glenglassaugh was mothballed in 1986 and from since its reopening in 2008. Glenglassaugh’s new lineup includes Revival ($65), a 46%-abv offering billed as the first single malt from the reborn distillery; Evolution ($80), an exclusive series from single-variety oak casks (the first of which is 50% abv and was matured in George Dickel Tennessee whisky barrels); Torfa ($75), a peated Highland malt at 50% abv; Glenglassaugh 30-year-old ($500), a 44.8%-abv whisky matured in refill Oloroso Sherry butts; and Glenglassaugh 40-year-old ($3,000), which was bottled at 42.5% abv and was matured in a mix of ex-Bourbon barrels, European oak hogsheads, Pedro Ximenez Sherry puncheons and Oloroso Sherry butts. Each of the newcomers is non-chill filtered and retains its natural color.

indexBrown-Forman’s El Jimador has made its foray into the flavored Tequila segment with the launch of two new expressions. Rolling out this week, El Jimador Mango Mango and Mexican Lime will be available at chain liquor and grocery stores throughout California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. Both are priced at $19.99 a 750-ml. Mango Mango and Mexican Lime join El Jimador’s existing Blanco, Reposado and Añejo offerings.

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indexBarrio Spirits has launched a new super-premium rum, Copacabana 1940, in the New York market. Inspired by 1940s New York—the era that gave rise to the iconic Copacabana nightclub—the new entry is a seven-year-old Añejo that retails at $34.99. Made in Herrera, Panama’s Las Cabras distillery, Copacabana 1940 is aged in white oak and bottled at 80 proof. Celebrity chef Alex Garcia and restaurateur Spencer Rothschild are the partners behind Barrio Spirits.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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tequila-bottlesTequila has gotten itself a bad reputation over the years, being associated with hangovers, wild shot parties, and a myriad of fruity blenderized “margaritas”.  But, tequila is actually a fine spirit with a long heritage of high quality distillation.  Some might even say that it is the epitome of the craft as it takes 12 years for the Blue Weber agave plant to mature, and many small distilleries do much of the work by hand.  The best (and in my opinion) only tequilas worth drinking are made from 100% Blue Weber agave.  If you don’t see this on the bottle’s label, give it a pass.  Otherwise, you just may end up with a hangover.

Good Spirits News has reviewed many tequilas over the years.  Here are some for you to consider today, along with a few tequila related liqueurs.

1800 Milenio

1921 Tequila Cream

ArteNOM Seleccion

Avion

Casa Noble

Casamigos

CRUZ

Don Julio

Dulce Vida

Kah

Mariposa Agave Nectar

Milagro Unico

Olmeca Altos

Piedra Azul

Suerte

Tanteo

Tapatio

Tequila Ocho

Tres Agaves

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indexSheffield, Massachusetts-based Berkshire Mountain Distillers is introducing Greylock Gin & Tonic, a new ready-to-drink gin and tonic cocktail. The 13.3%-abv small-batch RTD is made with a base of Berkshire Mountain’s Greylock gin, which features a blend of seven botanicals, and a house tonic, produced using cinchona bark and various spices. Rolling out on August 1 across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia and Massachusetts, Greylock Gin & Tonic is available in four-packs of 200-ml. bottles, priced at $15. Additional markets are slated to be added in the coming months.

indexSet to debut in the U.S. this summer, Roca Patrón marks Patrón’s first range created entirely using the traditional, labor-intensive “tahona process.” The new release includes Roca Patrón Silver (90 proof), Roca Patrón Reposado (84 proof) and Roca Patrón Añejo (88 proof) labels, retailing at between $69.99-$89.99 a 750-ml. bottle.

launch2-140325202755-phpapp01-thumbnail-2Veev 2.0, is launching as a 70-proof neutral spirit infused with açaí berries from Brazil, and is intended to compete with the vodka segment. The original Veev açai liqueur launched at 60-proof five years ago. Veev 2.0 is packaged in a redesigned bottle featuring a new logo meant to relay the brand’s organic, all-natural messaging. It’s being supported by a campaign asking consumers to “Cheat On Vodka,” debuting this week with digital videos and display ads, outdoor advertising and other activities. The reformulated Veev will maintain its original retail price of $29.99.

indexPernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers unit has debuted the 2014 edition of its Midleton Very Rare whiskey. This year’s edition—the first from master blender Brian Nation, who recently took over for longtime Midleton master distiller Barry Crockett—is blended from single pot still and grain whiskies, which have been matured in specially-selected, ex-Bourbon casks that have been lightly charred on the inside for a complex taste profile. The whiskies in the blend have been aged for up to 22 years. Midleton Very Rare 2014 will hit U.S. store shelves in August, retailing around $125.

indexBrazil’s Yaguara Cachaça has made its debut in the U.S. market in select on- and off-premise locations in New York. A blended white organic cachaça distilled in traditional alembic copper stills, Yaguara is produced in small batches by renowned Brazilian master blender Erwin Weimann using a century-old family recipe from brothers Thyrso and Thiago Camargo, who co-founded the company with fellow entrepreneur Hamilton Lowe. Yaguara, at 41.5%-abv, will available in select U.S. markets at a suggest retail price of $44.90 a 750-ml.

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Daiquiri by Dave Stolte

Daiquiri by Dave Stolte

Ah, the Daiquiri!  One of the simplest, yet most delicious cocktails for summer imbibing.  Daiquiri is a Taino word for a beach and oddly enough, an iron mine near Santiago, Cuba.  (I think of beaches, not mines when I’m drinking one).  The drink itself on the other hand was created roughly around the turn of the century (20th, not 21st) at a bar named Venus in Santiago.  As with most cocktails, no one knows for sure who came up with the drink, but it most likely was an American named Jennings Cox.  It quickly made the move from Cuba to the U.S. and became a standard drink within a decade, first in Washington DC and then New York.

Surprisingly, it was not a shaken cocktail at first, but rather a long drink prepared similarly to a julep.  A tall glass was filled with cracked ice, sugar was added along with a hefty dose of lime juice.  White rum topped it off, and then it was all stirred until the glass became frosted.

Other drinks which are similar to the Daiquiri are the Navy Grog, the Bacardi Cocktail, The Floridita, and the Papa Doble, named after Ernest Hemingway who created his own frozen drink several decades ahead of the blender daiquiri craze of the 1970’s.

Here’s are a few versions for you to try today:

Daiquiri
2 ounces light rum
3/4 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
Garnish: Slice of lime.
Gently shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Bacardi Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces light rum (must use Bacardi)
3/4 ounce lime juice
2 dashes grenadine
Shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Floridita
1 1/2 ounces light rum
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/8 ounce white crème de cacao
1/8 ounce grenadine
Garnish: Lime twist
Shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Papa Doble
3 ounces Bacardi or Havana Club light rum
Juice of 2 limes
Juice of 1/2 grapefruit
6 drops of maraschino liqueur (Luxardo is my favorite)

Fill a blender one-quarter full of ice, preferably shaved or cracked. Add the rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice and maraschino. Blend on high until the mixture turns cloudy and light-colored. ( See Hemingway’s book, Islands in the Stream, page 281.) Serve immediately in large, conical goblets.

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J.Labanda-2It feels as if Grand Marnier has been around for at least a few centuries.  But, this quintessential spirit only dates back to 1880.  The recipe was created by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle who worked at a fruit liqueur distillery owned by his wife’s grandfather.  He sourced Citrus Bagaradia oranges grown in the West Indies, which are still used in the production today.  The Cognac base is made from the Ugni Blanc grape grown in the Cognac region of France.  Sugar syrup is added, and then everything is aged in oak casks and filtered before bottling.

Here are a few classic cocktails for you to try that call for Grand Marnier:

Leap Year
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1 dash lemon juice
Shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Satan’s Whiskers
3/4 ounce gin
3/4 ounce dry vermouth
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce orange juice
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
1 dash orange bitters
Shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

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indexWilliam Grant & Sons’ Milagro Tequila has released the second edition of its ultra-premium Unico expression. Rolling out in September, the limited edition offering is a joven blend, made with a mix of aged silver Tequila and barrel-aged reposado and añejo reserves. After blending, the liquid is filtered and oxygenated to remove color, then packaged in a handcrafted bottle. Just 1,500 bottles of Unico’s second iteration will be available at select retailers, bars and restaurants, priced at $300 each.

indexLucas Bols USA has launched its Bols Watermelon liqueur in the U.S. Previously available in Europe, the extension is targeted largely toward the cocktail occasion, for use in watermelon Spritzers and Martinis, among other drinks. Bols Watermelon is currently available across U.S. trade channels in a 1-liter format. The liqueur’s U.S. debut comes on the heels of Lucas Bols USA’s launch of Bols Elderflower in February, and brings the brand’s lineup to around 35 flavored liqueurs.

indexMoët Hennessy is debuting Glenmorangie Pride 1978, which the company hails as Glenmorangie’s rarest whisky to date. The luxury single malt—sourced from five casks in the distiller’s archives—was bottled in 2012 following 15 years of extra-maturation in Bordeaux Premier Grand Cru Classé casks, the longest extra-maturation of any of Glenmorangie offering thus far. Retailing at around $5,000 a bottle, Glenmorangie Pride 1978 is rolling out in a limited edition of 700 decanters worldwide.

indexGonzález Byass has unveiled Nomad Outland Whisky, a new Scotch whisky finished in Jerez, Spain. Created by González Byass master blender Antonio Flores in collaboration with whisky distiller Richard Paterson, Nomad Outland is a blend featuring more than 30 whiskies aged five to eight years, sourced primarily from Speyside. The blend was matured in Sherry butts in Scotland for three years before being brought to Jerez to mature in Pedro Ximénez barrels for a minimum of 12 months. Nomad Outland is entering the U.S. in limited supply, imported by Vin Divino, González Byass’ wholly-owned U.S. import and distribution arm.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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320px-Piña_ColadaThe earliest known reference to a piña colada is from TRAVEL magazine, December 1922: “But best of all is a piña colada, the juice of a perfectly ripe pineapple—a delicious drink in itself—rapidly shaken up with ice, sugar, lime and Bacardi rum in delicate proportions. What could be more luscious, more mellow and more fragrant?”

Re-read that last quote again, and see if you can tell what is missing.  Yep.  Coconut cream.  It was the addition of this quintessential ingredient that makes the piña colada what it is today.  Interestingly, 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the creation of this drink.  But, it wasn’t on July 10th.  Instead, it was August 15th, 1954 when a bartender named Ramón ‘Monchito’ Marrero Pérez first crafted this rum cocktail at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Anyway, here is the original recipe for you to consider:

Piña Colada
2oz white Puerto Rican rum
1oz Coco López coconut cream
1oz heavy cream
6oz unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 cup crushed ice

Put everything in a blender.  Blend for 15 seconds.  Pour unstrained into a tall glass.

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indexBeam Suntory is planning the launch of a host of new whiskies under its Jim Beam Signature Craft brand. In September, the Signature Craft line will add a “Harvest Bourbon Collection,” including Soft Red Wheat and Brown Rice Bourbons, both at 45% abv and retailing around $50 a 375-ml. bottle. The Harvest Bourbon Collection will continue to be expanded through next year with upcoming Rolled Oat, Triticale, High Rye and Six Row Barley whiskies. The Jim Beam stable is also set to gain a Signature Craft Quarter Cask limited edition in September, which is at 43% abv and retails at $40 a 750-ml.

indexOle Smoky Tennessee Moonshine has unveiled a new trio of 80-proof flavored moonshines. Rolling out this month, the Ole Smoky Lightnin’ Line will launch with higher-proof versions of Ole Smoky’s original 40-proof Strawberry, Lemon Drop and Hunch Punch moonshines—Strawberry Lightnin’, Lemon Drop Lightnin’ and Hunch Punch Lightnin’. All three will be available across 49 states and Canada, priced at around $24.95 a 750-ml.

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indexNashville, Tennessee’s American Born Moonshine has expanded distribution to California, marking the brand’s first market on the West Coast. The company is eyeing further expansion in the region after successful launches throughout southeastern states. The unaged corn whiskey is available in Original, Apple Pie and Dixie flavors and is made from corn, sugar and water at a suggested retail price of about $24.99 a 750-ml. jar. The Original is 103 proof, while Apple Pie and Dixie, a sweet-tea flavored moonshine, are both 83 proof.

indexSeattle’s Westland Distillery has partnered with Anchor Distilling to introduce its flagship Westland American single malt whiskey nationwide. Produced using Scotch-style methods, Westland American single malt is made with Pacific Northwest barley and matured in new American oak casks. The 46%-abv entry, which has a production of 1,500 casks annually, is priced at around $79.99 a 750-ml.

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Anise

Really?  National Anisette Day?  Ok…

Anise (an herb) actually has a fairly storied history with liquor as it is used as a flavoring agent in absinthe, aguardiente, arak, Jagermiester, ouzo, pastis, raki, and most likely Chartreuse.  Be that as it may, anisette as a solo liquor is fairly obscure in 21st century mixology.  The GSN offices only have one old dusty bottle that is pulled out for obscure cocktails that no has imbibed in decades.  Thus, I have relatively little to say on the subject other than to recommend a few brands that you can probably find at your local liquor store.

Try looking for Anís del Mono, Marie Brizard, Pernod, or if all else fails, Sambuca.  These are best served watered down with a bit of ice-cold water until the liqueur becomes cloudy, known as louching.  A glass of this can be quite refreshing as an after dinner beverage.

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indexA. Hardy USA, Ltd. has partnered with Hawaiian-based Kai Vodka LLC for distribution of the company’s six rice-based spirits in the U.S. market. The importer, sales and marketing agency will handle Kai’s portfolio, which includes Kai Vodka (40% abv), Kai Lychee, Kai Lemongrass, Kai Coconut Pandan (all 35% abv), Kai Lemongrass Ginger Shochu-Soju and Kai Young Coconut Shochu-Soju (both 24% abv). Harvested from rice from Vietnam, Kai Vodka’s line retails for about $24.99.

indexProximo Spirits has extended its super-premium Three Olives vodka range with a new Jacked Apple flavor. Combining the flavors of red apple and cinnamon, the new offering joins the English vodka brand’s 24 flavor extensions, which include Chocolate, Grape and Root Beer. Three Olives Jacked Apple will be available nationwide beginning in June in 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liter bottles, at a suggested retail price of $21 a 750-ml.

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indexMaui-based Ocean Vodka has appointed Bill Scott master distiller. An 18-year spirits industry veteran, Scott has previously worked with vodka brands such as Blue Ice Vodka, American Harvest Organic Spirit, Square One and 44 Degrees North. His appointment follows Ocean Vodka’s recent expansion into three additional U.S. markets, bringing its total U.S. footprint to 35 states and Washington, D.C. Retailing at $32.99 a 750-ml., Ocean Vodka’s flagship brand is a certified USDA organic vodka made with sugar cane and ocean mineral water.

indexAgave Underground Tequila is extending with this month’s release of Sabroso, a prickly pear infused Tequila retailing at $24.99. The Orange County, California-based company has also expanded its distribution network to Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi and Iowa, bringing its total to 22 states and two Canadian provinces. In addition to Sabroso, Agave Underground’s range includes Silver, Reposado and Anejo expressions.

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indexNew York-based Blackheath Beverage Group has added Fernet Vittone, Amaro Del Sole and Vittone vermouth to its portfolio through a new national sales and marketing agreement with the brands’ importer, Un Sogno, LLC. All three brands are produced by Italy’s Polini Distillates and Beverages.

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