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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.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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

image002Milagro continues their line of ultra-premium tequilas with a second iteration of UNICO.  This is a silver tequila blended with barrel aged reserves, creating a flavor profile that has joven, reposado and anejo characteristics.  By using a special process, Milagro removes all of the color from the blend, thus leaving it crystal clear.  GSN reviewed the first edition here back in 2012.  Read on to see how the latest 2014 version compares.

UNICO, Second Edition (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Floral, sweet agave, high spice notes with a darker and ruminating oak coloration.
Taste: Quite sweet and rich with a lot of vanilla.  I’m reminded of agave sweetened whipped cream.  Very smooth and easy to drink.
Finish: The sweetness fades fairly quickly, leaving some spice notes and a dry mouthfeel.
Overall: A dessert-like tequila which is unusual in that it has both the freshness of a young tequila and the depth of more intriguing aged spirits.
GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Milagro

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.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

Dr.-Adam-Elmegirab-The-Dead-Rabbit-Orinoco-BittersOk, quick.  Raise your hand if you can tell me where the Orinoco is located.  Trick question.  The Orinoco River is in South America, while the Orinico Bitters are behind an Irish bar at the southern tip of Manhattan island in New York City.

Crafted by Scottish bitters whiz Dr. Adam Elmegirab, this cousin to Angostura and Boker’s styles are only available from one of the world’s best neighborhood bars.  The GSN staff has been there and can attest to the accolades.  But, what of the bitters?  Are they worth the $25 price tag?  Read on, lover of all things cocktalian…

The nose is quite evocative, with floral and baking spice elements.  There is a definite bitter, yet almost nutty quality to the flavour.  A more aggressive Boker’s style with the spice driven character of aromatic bitters.  What is most impressive about this product is that it truly is a universal style that will work with virtually any spirit.  Looking for a richer Manhattan, or bespoke tequila based cocktail?  These will do the trick.

Try these in your next hot chocolate or even as a miniscule float on top of your next tiki drink.  You will not be disappointed.  Well done, Adam; and kudos to the prescient minds at Dead Rabbit for adding these to the bartender’s arsenal!

GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Dead Rabbit

These can also be ordered from Kegworks.com & TheBostonShaker.com

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.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

 

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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