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indexBeam Suntory’s Bowmore single malt Scotch has launched Bowmore Small Batch, a new core offering. Matured in both first- and second-fill Bourbon casks, Bowmore Small Batch offers what the company calls an “accessible embodiment” of the brand’s Islay taste profile, featuring notes of peat smoke, salt, citrus and vanilla. The new addition is currently available nationwide, priced at $39.99 a 750-ml. Bowmore Small Batch joins the Bowmore 12-year-old, 15-year-old, 18-year-old, 25-year-old and Legend labels in the brand’s core lineup.

indexWilliam Grant & Sons USA is unveiling a new limited edition of the Lillet aperitif brand this month, Jean de Lillet 2010. The reserve edition is made from 2010 Sauternes wine blended with Lillet’s house-made citrus liqueur. Best served chilled as an aperitif or in cocktails, Jean de Lillet 2010 will be available at select retailers nationwide at $40 a bottle.

indexDiageo has unveiled a new limited edition luxury variant under its Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brand, John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2014. A blend of 29 casks selected by Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge, Private Collection 2014 is a 46.8% abv whisky packaged in individually numbered decanters retailing at $850 each. 8,888 bottles of the limited-edition offering are being released.

indexWilliam Grant & Sons is releasing three upscale additions to its Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky brand this month: Tun 1509, Single Barrel Traditional Oak Aged 25 Years, and The Balvenie Fifty Cask 4567. Tun 1509 was created from 42 casks selected by Balvenie malt master David Stewart. The resulting blend was bottled at a natural strength of 47.1% abv and is priced at $350. Single Barrel Traditional Oak Aged 25 Years is a limited edtion of 300 hand-numbered bottles, each of which is 47.8% abv and retails at $599. The Balvenie Fifty Cask 4567, meanwhile, is a Sherry oak-aged expression presented in handblown glass, with only 131 bottles produced and 15 headed to the U.S. Cask 4567 carries an abv of 45.4% and a retail price of $38,000.

indexPernod Ricard’s Chivas Brothers has extended its Chivas Regal blended Scotch brand with a new super-premium offshoot. Rolling out this month, Chivas Regal Extra marks the brand’s first global release since the debut of Chivas 25-year-old in 2007. The 40%-abv addition, which is made with a blend of select whiskies and matured in Oloroso Sherry casks. Chivas Regal Extra is the fifth entry in Chivas Regal’s core portfolio, positioned between Chivas 12 and Chivas 18.

indexSan Francisco-based Anchor Distilling Co. is launching Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Blue Hangar 10th Limited Release blended malt whisky exclusively in the U.S. this month. At just 4,398 bottles, Blue Hangar 10th Limited Release is made with whiskies from a variety of distilleries, including Bunnahabhain 1987, Bunna Moine 2007, Mortlach 1997, Bunnahabhain 1988, Westport 1996 and a 2007 blended malt comprised of Bunnahabhain, Glenallachie, Glenfarclas, Glengoyne and Tamdhu. The 45.6%-abv entry, which is priced at $99.99 a bottle, marks the second Blue Hangar edition launched in the the U.S.

indexThe Teeling Whiskey Co. has extended its range of non-age statement Irish whiskies with a new single malt offering. Teeling Single Malt is made with aged malt whiskey matured for up to 23 years in Sherry, Port, Madeira, white Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon casks. The 46%-abv entry marks the third release in Teeling’s lineup, joining its Small Batch and Single Grain labels.

indexNew York City-based vermouth producer Rhys & Rylee has launched a new reserve offering under its core Atsby New York Vermouth lineup. A limited edition, Atsby New York’s 2-Year Aged Reserve Armadillo Cake Vermouth is priced at $45 a 500-ml. bottle and marks the third expression within the Atsby New York portfolio, joining the existing Amberthorn and Armadillo Cake labels.

indexNew Jersey-based marketer Riondo USA has forayed into the spirits category via a new partnership with Dirty Tequila. Created by restaurant and bar owner George Duerr, Dirty Tequila is a blue agave Silver Tequila, infused with cinnamon, pineapple and additional flavors and sweeteners, including agave nectar. The entry is packaged in a 750-ml. beer-style bottle and priced at under $23. Currently available across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Oklahoma, Dirty Tequila is set to enter 20 new markets next year.

indexTexas-based JEM Beverage Co. has added a trio of new craft spirits to its portfolio. Priced between $18.99-$22.99 a bottle, JEM’s Brazos Gin is a 40%-abv entry made with nine botanicals, including juniper, coriander, rosemary and cardamom, among others. Concurrently, JEM has expanded its Red River whiskey lineup with the launch of Red River Single Barrel ($39.99), a new super-premium label, and Red River Texas Bourbon Cream Liqueur ($29.99), a limited edition seasonal infused with pecan and vanilla flavors. JEM Beverage’s portfolio—which also includes the Southern Son vodka, Western Son vodka, South House moonshine and Stingray spiced rum brands—is currently available across Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Nevada and Massachusetts.

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liqueurs2There are more liqueurs out there than you may realize.  A few of them are crucial for classic cocktails (triple sec), many are liquid desserts (Irish creams), and a few are totally unique (coca leaf liqueur).  What exactly is a liqueur, you ask?  Basically take a distilled spirit, add some sugar, and voila.  But that’s only part of the picture.  Often, liqueurs are flavored with fruit, citrus rind, berries, herbs, spices, and particularly in the case of Chartreuse the liqueur takes on the color of the ingredients.

Here are some of the many liqueurs that GSN has reviewed over the past several years.  Everything from ancho chili liqueur to bacon liqueur.  As an added bonus, I’ve included a video by the inestimable Robert “DrinkBoy” Hess which will show you how you can use as many liqueurs as possible in a single classic cocktail .

1921 Tequila Cream Liqueur

300 Joules Cream Liqueurs

Agwa Coca Herbal Liqueur

Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur

Bärenjäger Honey & Bourbon

Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur

Berentzen Liqueurs

Berentzen Bushel & Barrel

The Bitter Truth Liqueurs

The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram

Bols Foam

Caffe Borghetti

Charbay Nostalgie Black Walnut Liqueur

Cointreau

Cointreau Noir

Crave Liqueurs

Crave Chocolate Truffle Liqueur

Domaine de Canton

Galliano L’Autentico

Galliano Ristretto

Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur

Heering Coffee Liqueur

Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur

Hiram Walker Triple Sec

House Spirits Coffee Liqueur

Jaan Liqueur

Kahlua Coffee Cream

The King’s Ginger

Kringle Cream

Licor 43

Love Potion #9

Lovoka Caramel Liqueur

Mama Walker’s Liqueurs

Mandarine Napoleon

Mandarine XO Grande Reserve

Marie Brizard Chocolat Royal

Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur

Original Canton Delicate Ginger Liqueur

Patron XO Cafe Dark

Pierre Ferrand Ancienne Methode Dry Curaçao

Punzoné Lemoncino

Pür Likör Liqueurs

Root

Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur

Sorel Hibiscus Liqueur

St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Liqueur

Xanté

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indexCanadian Club has released an all-rye grain whisky called Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye, according to Whisky Advocate. The whisky is aged for seven years at Alberta Distillers, Beam Suntory’s western Canada distillery at Calgary, and then shipped to Walkerville, Ontario, for bottling at 40% abv. The product is priced about $1.50 higher than Canadian Club Premium at retail. Just 70,000 cases will be made available annually, and only in Canada—which may lead to some cross-border shopping.

Slide13Spirits marketer and distributor Taliera Inc. has launched the super-premium Sugar Skull rum range in the U.S. Made with sugar cane molasses sourced from throughout the Caribbean and South America, Sugar Skull is produced by Caribbean partner distilleries before being brought to the U.S. for filtering, blending and natural flavoring. The brand makes its debut with five entries, including Sugar Skull Tribal Original, Mystic Vanilla, Native Coconut, Madagascar Wild Berry and Hellfire Cinnamon labels. The line-up is priced at around $27.99 a 750-ml.

indexBeam Suntory is introducing a new expression of its Auchentoshan single malt Scotch whisky to the U.S. market ahead of the fall and holiday seasons as a permanent addition to the core Auchentoshan portfolio. Matured exclusively in first fill ex-Bourbon casks, Auchentoshan American Oak features flavors of vanilla, caramelized sugars, coconut and oak spices, the company says. The 40%-abv entry retails for about $39.99 a 750-ml. bottle and is meant to serve as a gateway Scotch whisky for Bourbon drinkers.

indexDiageo’s Baileys liqueur has extended its lineup with the launch of Baileys Chocolate Cherry Irish Cream. Featuring a blend of chocolate and cherry flavors, the female-focused entry is targeted primarily toward the shot occasion. Baileys Chocolate Cherry is currently available nationwide, priced at around $21 a 750-ml.

indexCIL U.S. Wines & Spirits has been named the U.S. importer of Glencadam single malt Scotch whisky. Distilled in the county of Angus in the Highlands region of Scotland, Glencadam’s offerings include 10-year-old ($55), 15-year-old ($85) and 21-year-old ($199) Scotches, all of which are non-chill-filtered and 46% abv. In October, CIL will introduce Glencadam to Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, California, Nevada, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts. New York, Texas and Georgia are slated to come online next year.

indexAveníu Brands is launching Zodiac premium craft potato vodka to the Texas market this month through Glazer’s, with expansion to additional states planned for early next year. The Rigby, Idaho-distilled vodka (40% abv) can be found in retail locations throughout Austin, Dallas and Houston and will soon be joined by the brand’s Black Cherry offering.

indexBowling Green, Kentucky-based Western Spirits Beverage Company has added to its Bird Dog brand of whiskies with a new Peppermint Moonshine. Infused with peppermint flavors, the 80-proof Peppermint Moonshine ($19.99 a 750 ml.) is available in 750-ml., 375-ml. and 50-ml. formats. The Bird Dog line also includes Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey and Blackberry, Peach, Maple and Hot Cinnamon flavored whiskies, offered in 1.75-liter, 750-ml., 375-ml., 200-ml., 100-ml. and 50-ml. bottles.

indexBrown-Forman portfoliomates Woodford Reserve Bourbon and Sonoma-Cutrer wine have partnered to release a new limited edition whiskey blend. Rolling out into select U.S. markets this month, the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish was created by finishing a batch of original Woodford Reserve whiskey in a used Pinot Noir barrel from Sonoma-Cutrer. As a result, the entry is not officially categorized as a Bourbon, which, according to industry standards, must be aged in new, charred oak barrels. Priced at $99.99, the Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish whiskey marks the latest expression in Woodford Reserve’s experimental Master’s Collection, following previous releases such as Double Malt Selection and Four Wood Selection.

indexBrown-Forman has unveiled the latest addition to Tequila Herradura’s small-batch limited edition series—Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2014 Scotch Cask Finish Reposado. The third offering in the collection was created by master distiller Maria Teresa Lara through a double maturation process and rested in American oak and single malt Scotch casks. The end result is a Tequila with taste of vanilla, butter, honey, caramel and soft spices, according to the company. The Scotch Cask Finish Reposado will be available nationwide beginning this month at a suggested retail price of $89.99.

indexGarrison Brothers Distillery has partnered with Republic National Distributing Co. to bring its flagship Texas Straight Bourbon whiskey into the Kentucky market. Previously available only across Texas, Colorado and New York, Garrison Brothers’ Texas Straight Bourbon will make its Kentucky debut with a limited allocation (1,200 bottles) of the label’s fall 2013 and spring 2014 vintages, available both on- and off-premise. The whiskey’s fall 2014 vintage is slated to follow later this year. Garrison Brothers’ Texas Straight Bourbon whiskey retails at between $85-$95 a bottle.

indexBoston-based Bully Boy Distillers is launching a bottled rum punch called the Hub Punch, an homage to an original recipe dating back to the late 1800s in Boston. To create Hub Punch, Bully Boy steeps its own Boston Rum with orange and lemon peel and raspberry, and then infuses the liquid with botanicals and herbs. It’s bottled at 35% abv and is best served on the rocks, neat or mixed with soda water, ginger ale or lemonade. The suggested retail price is $29 a 750-ml. and the release date isOctober 22. Bully Boy will be made in limited-run batches on the company’s 750-gallon copper pot still, with distribution limited to Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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indexGlenmorangie has released a new single malt, Taghta, which it says is the world’s first crowdsourced whisky. Created over the past 18 months with input from whisky enthusiasts in more than 30 countries, Taghta—which is Scots Gaelic for “The Chosen One”—will be available globally in a supply of 12,000 bottles, retailing at £70 ($114) apiece. The new malt was developed by—and will be sold through— Glenmorangie’s Cask Masters program, led by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the brand’s director of distilling and whisky creation. Through the Cask Masters program, consumers helped decide in which casks the spirit was matured and assisted with packaging design and imagery associated with the finished malt.

indexPhillips Distilling’s UV vodka has launched UV Salty Caramel Apple, the brand’s first limited edition seasonal flavor. Featuring notes of apple, caramel and salt, the fall-inspired offering will be available nationwide, retailing for $11.99 a 750-ml. and $12.99 a 1-liter. Salty Caramel Apple joins UV’s existing range of more than 20 flavored vodkas, including its recently released UV Sugar Crush and UV Sriracha entries.

indexThe Edrington Group has officially unveiled Macallan Rare Cask, a new expression within the luxury malt’s core range. Aged in handpicked Spanish oak Sherry seasoned casks, Rare Cask is presented in a sculpted, heavy glass decanter and retails at $300 a 750-ml. The ruby red-hued single malt carries an alcohol-by-volume of 43%.

3-bottle-spirits-landing-pageLouisville, Kentucky’s Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. is releasing a new offering, Absinthe Blanche, a 130-proof clear absinthe that retails at $55 a 750-ml. bottle.

indexBeam Suntory’s Pinnacle vodka has re-introduced its Pumpkin Pie and Peppermint Bark flavors ahead of the holiday season. The pair, which are priced at around $12.99 a 750-ml., will be available nationwide for a limited time. Pumpkin Pie and Peppermint Bark join Pinnacle’s existing 40-plus portfolio.

indexFishbowl Spirits’ Blue Chair Bay rum brand has released Coconut Spiced Rum Cream, a new limited edition extension. Featuring vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes, Coconut Spiced Rum Cream is targeted toward the holiday gift-giving occasion and, according to the company, can serve as a lower-calorie egg nog alternative. The 30%-abv offering joins Blue Chair Bay’s existing White, Coconut, Coconut Spiced and Banana entries. The brand, created and owned by singer Kenny Chesney, retails for around $19 a bottle.

IMG_1823California-based Congenial Spirits is launching a new small-batch whiskey, Twelve Five Rye, to select on- and off-premise outlets in Los Angeles, San Diego and Arizona. Retailing at $50 a 750-ml. bottle, Twelve Five is distilled at Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery in Swisher, Iowa, and aged for a minimum of two years in charred American oak barrels. The mashbill of the 95-proof whiskey—which is named for the day Prohibition was lifted in 1933—is 70% rye, 15% malted barley and 15% corn. Initially, Twelve Five is being released in a limited quantity of 2,500 cases.

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vodka_glass_gl_16dec10_istock_bIn honor of National Vodka Day, Good Spirits News is proud to share some of our many reviews from over the years, plus a few original flavored vodka cocktails created by Blair Frodelius.  Cheers!

Alchemia

Aylesbury Duck

Bak’s Bison Grass

Bengerminz

Bootlegger 21

Boru

Cariel

Chopin

Crystal Head

Deep Eddy

Double Cross

Exclusiv & here

Golia

Karlsson’s Gold

Ketel One

Leaf

Michael Godard

Orange V

Oval

Purity

Rehorst

Reyka

Russian Diamond

Smooth Ambler

Sobieski

Spring 44

Tuthilltown Indigenous

Vesica

Wódka

Orient Express
2 oz citron vodka
1 0z grand marnier
0.5 oz canton ginger liqueur
0.5 oz lime juice
2 dashes Fee’s orange bitters
Shake and strain into cocktail glass.  Spear a piece of pickled ginger on bamboo skewer and lay across top of glass.

Admiral Perry
2 oz absolut pear vodka
1 oz original cinn schnapps
1 oz dry vermouth
0.25 teaspoon white creme de cacao
Add all ingredients to mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled.  Strain into cocktail glass.  Garnish with a thin slice of pear.

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indexVan Gogh Imports is releasing Tap Rye Sherry Finished 8-year-old Canadian whisky to the U.S. market next month. The 8-year-old Canadian rye whisky is blended with Spanish Amontillado Sherry from Spain’s Jerez region in small batches by master blender Michel Marcel in Quebec. It’s then rested in charred white oak Bourbon barrels for more than 60 days. It will be available in U.S. retail accounts beginning mid-October for $39.99 a 750-ml. The Tap Whisky Finished Collection also includes Tap 357 Canadian Maple Rye Whisky and Tap Port Finished Canadian Rye Whisky.

index2Pernod Ricard has unveiled a new range of ultra-luxury 50-year-old single malt Scotch whiskies, The Glenlivet Winchester Collection. Debuting with a Vintage 1964 Glenlivet priced at $25,000 a bottle, the Winchester series—named for Glenlivet master distiller Alan Winchester—will follow with further releases in the years ahead, including a Vintage 1966 that will be the next in the line. 100 bottles of the 1964 vintage are being released worldwide. According to Impact Databank, The Glenlivet grew 8% globally to 1 million cases last year.

indexBacardi Ltd.’s John Dewar & Sons Ltd. is set to introduce its Last Great Malt collection, featuring a range of new, never-before-released single malts. Set to debut this week at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival, the range includes offerings from Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Deveron and Royal Brackla, which are to roll out in phases, available in a complete set of five or a variety of combinations. The collection will initially be available across 10 key global markets, including the U.S. and Canada.

indexPernod Ricard is launching its Wyborowa vodka brand in the U.S. through New Jersey-based Crillon Importers. The brand, which is among the market leaders in its native Poland, will be available stateside in a long-neck bottle and newly designed ripped-paper label in navy blue and silver.

indexDiageo’s Smirnoff vodka has extended its flavor stable with the addition of its new Smirnoff Sours range. The lineup, which features Green Apple, Watermelon and Fruit Punch expressions, is targeted toward the shot occasion and priced at $15.99 a 750-ml.

indexNicaraguan rum brand Flor de Caña, part of the William Grant & Sons USA (WGUSA) portfolio, is launching a new upscale entry, Centenario 25. Meant to be served neat or on the rocks, Centenario 25 is aged in ex-Bourbon barrels and retails at $155 a 750-ml. It joins Centenario 12 and 18 rums in Flor de Caña’s upscale range. The brand portfolio also includes 4-, 5- and 7-year-old premium rums, as well as Gran Reserva 7 and the recently launched Blanco Reserva 7.

indexPernod Ricard’s Martell Cognac has created a new ultra-luxury limited edition, Martell Premier Voyage, to celebrate the brand’s upcoming 300th anniversary, which will be marked next year. The blend for Premier Voyage was made by cellar master Benoît Fil using founder Jean Martell’s original correspondence to seek out the descendants of his key suppliers, some of whom are still winegrowers today. The resulting Cognac is packaged in a teardrop-shaped Sèvres crystal decanter, of which 300 are being released worldwide at €10,000 ($12,800) apiece.

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indexNew York-based Davos Brands, importer and marketer of Ty Ku sake and Zyr vodka, has added a third super-premium brand to its portfolio, The Real McCoy Rum. Davos, which launched in July with Svedka vodka founder Guillaume Cuvelier serving as vice chairman, intends to develop The Real McCoy on a national basis. Produced at the Foursquare distillery in Barbados, The Real McCoy includes 3-year ($20 a 750-ml.), 5-year ($29) and 12-year ($45) aged rums. The brand was founded by filmmaker Bailey Pryor, whose work on a documentary about Prohibition-era rum runner Bill McCoy led him to try to recreate the bootlegger’s original offering.

indexPatrón Spirits Co. is extending its Patrón Citrónge orange liqueur line with the release of Citrónge Lime. The ultra-premium liqueur (35%-abv) is available nationally in 750-ml. and 1-liter cork-finished bottles and is meant to tap into the Margarita occasion. Citrónge Lime is created using Persian limes from the Mexican states of Veracruz, Michoacán and Colima. The original Citrónge was first introduced in 1992 and was up 1% last year in the U.S. market to 134,000 nine-liter cases. Patrón’s other liqueur offering XO Café was down 6% to 150,000 cases.

indexBeam Suntory this fall is releasing a limited edition Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon at its distillery in Loretto, Kentucky and at select on-premise locations across its home state of Kentucky. The uncut, unfiltered offering, which is barreled at about 108-114 proof, will be available for $39.99 a 375 ml.

indexCampari America is bringing back its Bourbon/rye hybrid Wild Turkey Forgiven due to popular demand. Originally released last year as a “happy accident” limited edition that resulted from an unintentional mixing of rye and Bourbon whiskies, Forgiven exceeded expectations in its debut, and is now returning in the same blend of 78% 6-year-old Bourbon and 22% 4-year-old rye whiskey, bottled at 91 proof and retailing at $50 a bottle.

indexBrown-Forman’s Southern Comfort liqueur brand has launched Gingerbread Spice, a new seasonal entry. Featuring a blend of gingerbread, vanilla and cinnamon notes, Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice is intended to be served warm, either neat or in cocktails. The 15%-abv entry will be available nationwide through the holiday season, priced at $11.99 a 750-ml.

indexBeam Suntory has debuted a new flavor extension to its Pinnacle vodka brand, CranApple. A blend of cranberries and green apples, the new entry is 70-proof, geared toward fall cocktails and retails at $12.99 a 750-ml. bottle in line with the core brand.

indexHennessy Cognac has unveiled plans to release its luxury Edition Particuliere label in the U.S. next month. Rolling out stateside on October 15, Edition Particuliere is made with a blend featuring hand-selected eaux-de-vie from more than 100 years ago. The limited edition offering is poured into a Baccarat crystal bottle, then packaged in a hand-made leather gift box. Just 29 bottles of Hennessy Edition Particuliere will be available worldwide, with 11 bottles reserved for the U.S. market, priced at $27,000 each.

indexCampari America’s Espolòn Tequila has extended its super-premium range with the U.S. launch of Espolòn Bourbon Barrel-Finished Añejo. A 100%-agave Tequila aged in white oak, Espolòn Añejo is finished for two to three months in charred American Bourbon barrels. The 40%-abv entry marks the third expression in Espolòn’s U.S. lineup, joining the brand’s Blanco and Reposado entries (both $25.99 a 750-ml). Espolòn Bourbon Barrel-Finished Añejo will be available nationwide, priced at $34.99 a bottle.

indexAnchor Distilling Company is releasing a second edition of The Glenrothes 1992 Vintage Single Malt Whiskey to the U.S. market this October. The latest edition is bottled at 44.3% abv and was aged 10 years longer than the first release of the liquid from 2004, resting in a mixture of refilled Sherry butts and American Bourbon casks. The 1992 vintage will be available through Anchor Distilling at $249.99 a bottle.

indexLouisville-based Michter’s Distillery has debuted a new limited-edition American whiskey, US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon. The new offering, which retails at $48 a 750-ml., first undergoes normal barrel-aging to full maturation before being finished in barrels that have been toasted for a precise length of time—but not charred like typical Bourbon barrels. Like Michter’s original US*1 Bourbon, the limited Toasted Barrel Finish expression is 91.4 proof.

indexFlorida-based craft distiller Cape Spirits Inc. is introducing a new line of spirits under the label Wicked Dolphin’s RumShine. Made with Florida sugar cane, RumShine comes in three flavors—Apple Pie (70 proof), Strawberry (100 proof) and Blueberry (100 proof)—and is available now for about $19.99 through RNDC in its home state, with a national rollout planned for January 2015. Cape Spirits also makes Wicked Dolphin rum, which it extended earlier this year with a spiced offering ($25.99).

indexBrooklyn-based Greenhook Ginsmiths is releasing a new Old Tom gin into select markets this fall. Rolling out across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut this month, with entry into Washington, D.C. and Boston to follow in November, the new offering is inspired by the historic Old Tom gin style popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. Greenhook Ginsmiths’ Old Tom is made with a base of pot-distilled grain, as well as juniper and other spices, and is aged for 12 months in ex-Bourbon casks and finished in Oloroso Sherry barrels. Roughly 1,800 (six-bottle) cases of the 50%-abv offering will initially be available, priced at $29 a 375-ml. and $44.99 a 750-ml. Old Tom is the third gin expression in the Greenhook Ginsmiths portfolio, joining its Beach Plum gin liqueur, English Sloe gin and core American dry expression, the latter of which has grown between 60%-70% this year, to around 7,500 (six-bottle) cases, according to Greenhook Ginsmiths founder Steven DeAngelo.

DoubleDayVodkaUpstate New York’s Cooperstown Distillery has launched a new Classic American Whiskey, retailing at $45.99 and bottled in a baseball-shaped decanter, linking it with Cooperstown’s heritage as site of the baseball Hall of Fame. Distributed throughout the northern tier of New York state, the Classic American Whiskey will be presented in a wooden gift box through the holidays. Cooperstown Distillery’s other labels include Beanball Bourbon, Abner Doubleday’s Double Play Vodka, Glimmerglass vodka, Fenimore Gin, Pinchhitter Rum and Sam Smith’s Boatyard Rum.

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