Van 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.
Pernod 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.
Bacardi 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.
Pernod 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.
Diageo’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.
Nicaraguan 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.
Pernod 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.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily.