GSN Spirited News: July 27th 2021 Edition

A new upscale Tequila brand, Calirosa, has aligned nationally with Southern Glazer’s and rolled out to an initial 14 states. The brand debuts with a Rosa Blanco finished for 30 days in California red wine barrels and an Anejo aged in red wine barrels for 18 months, with retail pricing ranging from $49-$74. Calirosa is made in Jalisco, Mexico by the Real family. Calirosa partners Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo have invested in the family-owned distillery. The brand is slated for wider distribution both in the U.S. and Mexico later in the year.

Minnesota’s Phillips Distilling Company has launched a new vodka brand, Cubist, amid a host of brand updates aimed at boosting UV Vodka and Revel Stoke whiskey. The new brand—dubbed “The World’s Most Refreshing Vodka” and packaged in a bottle that turns blue when the vodka is properly chilled—will launch in August in Minnesota and Arizona for around $25 a 750-ml. The company has also redesigned the bottle for UV Vodka, packing the spirit in bottles featuring photosensitive ink that appears in sunlight. 

Luxury Tequila brand Clase Azul is adding its former limited edition Gold bottling to its permanent lineup starting next month. Clase Azul Gold combines Clase Azul Plata with Clase Azul Reposado matured in French oak casks and an eight-year-old Extra Añejo aged in ex-Bourbon casks and finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. It’s housed in a decanter fusing glass and ceramic elements, with the ceramic base bound with two handcrafted 24 karat gold ribbons. Clase Azul Gold is bottled at 40% abv and retail priced at $300 a 750-ml.

Beam Suntory has relaunched Yamazaki 25 with a new blend of Japanese whiskies. The 43% abv bottling is now blended from spirits matured for 25 years or longer in American, Spanish, and Mizunara Oak casks bringing it in line with its younger siblings, the Yamazaki 12- and 18-year-old releases. Yamazaki 25 is now available across the U.S. for a suggested price of $2,000 a 750-ml. The relaunched Yamazaki 25 joins Hakushu, Hibiki, and Toki in Beam Suntory’s Japanese whisky portfolio.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Brews News: July 27th 2021 Edition

Paso Robles, California’s Firestone Walker has launched Strata Hazy IPA, the latest single hop IPA from the brewery, available exclusively in the brand’s “Crafted Thru Hops” 12-pack. The new brew is made with its namesake hop and comes in at 5.6% abv. The new 12-pack also contains Mind Haze, Union Jack, and Luponic Distortion. “Crafted Thru Hops” is now available across the brewery’s U.S. distribution footprint as well as at Firestone Walker’s Venice, Paso Robles, and Buellton, California locations.

St. Petersburg, Florida-based BarBox has added two new flavors—Margarita and Gin Lemonade—to its portfolio of spirits-based RTD cocktails. The two new additions both come in 1.75-liter boxes, with each containing 14 servings. The Margarita is at 21% abv and BarBox’s Gin Lemonade is at 20% abv. Both retail for around $25 a box and are available in select markets across the U.S. and online. These releases bring BarBox’s portfolio to five entries, also including Negroni, Vodka Sour, and Cosmopolitan.

Tampa, Florida-based Cigar City Brewing is expanding its seltzer lineup with new limeade offerings. The company launched Cigar City Seltzer in January with a variety pack featuring four flavors: Florida Orange, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Meyer Lemonade, and Key Lime, all at 5% abv and 100 calories. They are now joined by Coconut Limeade, Mango Limeade, Cherry Limeade, and Peach Limeade, also all 5% abv and 100 calories. They will be available in a mixed 12-pack of 12-ounce cans beginning this fall across Cigar City’s national distribution footprint.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Alert: July 27th – National Scotch Day

Observed each year on July 27, National Scotch Day celebrates the iconic whisky. In order to be considered scotch, this classy and distinctive spirit must be made in Scotland. It must be fermented from malted barley, aged in oak barrels for at least three years and have an ABV or alcohol content of less than 94.8%. While most scotch is made with barley, water and yeast; other grains can be included.  All fermentation additives are excluded, per law. There are five distinct classifications of Scotch whisky including single malt scotch, single grain scotch, blended malt scotch, blended grain scotch and blended scotch. Scotch is often identified by the region where it was produced and each region has its own characteristics that influence taste. Despite scotch being made in Scotland,  you can enjoy the spirit anywhere. Kilt not required.

Courtesy of NationalToday.com

GSN Review: Cask & Kettle Hot Coffee Cocktails

Cask & Kettle is the only Keurig-style pod alcoholic coffee cocktail on the market making it a simple one step process. Pop a single serve cup into your brewing system or pour hot water to a mug and add the contents of a pod and stir. Flavors include Irish Coffee, Mint Patty, Mexican Coffee, and Hot Blonde Coffee. They also make a Spiked Dry Cider, which we were not sent for review.
 
Cask & Kettle is Woman-owned and operated, and certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise. The spirits are distilled in Temperance, Michigan. (Oh, the irony!) Best of all, all of the cocktails are decaffeinated, gluten-free and the pods are made with 100% recyclable material.

Irish Coffee – GSN’s Remarks: Vodka and Irish Whiskey. This actually works to its advantage, toning down the sweet, malty notes of the whiskey. Of the four, this is our favorite. GSN Rating: B+

Mint Patty – GSN’s Remarks: We were expecting a heavy mint flavor, but happily that wasn’t the case. This is just right, with a mild mintiness that doesn’t overwhelm the coffee. GSN Rating: B

Mexican Coffee – GSN’s Remarks: This one has vodka and tequila. The tequila flavor is mild, but noticable. It does work. GSN Rating: B

Hot Blonde Coffee – GSN’s Remarks: A straightforward coffee with vodka. The flavor is good and natural. GSN Rating: B

Overall, these are an easy and quick way to make some boozy, after dinner coffee libations. What we appreciate about these is that you don’t need a machine to use them. Plus, it saves having to buy bottles of vodka, tequila, Irish whiskey and cart them around if you are camping. 

For more information go to: Cask and Kettle USA

GSN Alert: July 24th – National Tequila Day

July 24th means National Tequila Day, and National Tequila Day means twenty four consecutive hours, 1440 consecutive minutes, and 86,400 consecutive seconds of honoring good times had with your favorite liquor over salt & lime. Just enjoy those good times responsibly, don’t swig that beautiful blue agave elixir behind the wheel, and do read up on its storied history in Mexico, the broader American Southwest, and beyond.

Tequila’s precursor, a milky, frothy agave drink known as pulque, dates all the way back to Mesoamerican times circa 1000 B.C., when indigenous Mexican tribes would commonly harvest and ferment it. It wouldn’t be until 16th Century A.D., however, that the contemporary tequila we know and love would be first produced, around a territory of land that wouldn’t officially become known as Tequila until 1666.

That wouldn’t stop Spanish aristocrat Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle from opening the world’s first tequila factory 66 years prior in Jalisco, the Mexican state where the modern city of Tequila is located. It definitely wouldn’t stop Don Jose Antonio de Cuervo from founding the first Vino Mezcal de Tequila de Jose Cuervo in Tequila over a century later in 1795, birthing the world’s most successful tequila brand to this day.

The origins of Tequila are fairly well documented, but unfortunately, the history of National Tequila Day’s origins are a little murkier. Not much can be found on who originated the holiday, what originated the holiday, and why it takes place on the dates it does. Perhaps the originators imbibed a little too much on their own supply to remember. Regardless, common zeitgeist rules that National Tequila Day takes place on July 24th in the United States, and the Mexican Senate just ruled in 2018 that their own occurs on the third Saturday of every March.

Courtesy of National Today

GSN Review: Alize Triple Melon

Alizé Triple Melon is a tropical infusion of ripe watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and passion fruit blended with premium French vodka. Alizé Triple Melon is a full bodied liqueur that is smooth and sweet on the palate. In 1984 Alizé was introduced by the Kobrand Corporation at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America convention in New Orleans.

GSN’s Remarks: Liqueur-like sweetness with a bright melon flavor. The fruit flavor reminds us of Jolly Ranchers, and in a good way. This is a welcome addition to the Alizé portfolio, and a perfect summer libation to use in punches, highballs and Champagne cocktails. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Kobrand Wine and Spirits

GSN Review: Three Spirit Drinks

Three Spirit, the world’s first plant-powered social elixir, brings its non-alcoholic spirit range to the US. Within their first six months of launching in the UK in 2018, Three Spirit was listed in some of the world’s best bars, including Connaught, Nightjar, and Soho House, as well as in luxury retailers such as Harvey Nichols and Burford Garden Centre.

Developed by co-founders Tatiana Mercer (BarChick), Meeta Gournay and Lilley, Three Spirit was created in response to the growing trend of the semi-sober consumer who is looking for social alternatives. Together, they worked with a team of some of the best bartenders, herbalists and plant scientists, combining eleven herbs and plants with naturally blissful qualities. Three Spirit’s world class team of bartenders, including Robin Honhold (formerly of Mr Lyan, Dandelyan), and award-winning Tristan Stephenson and Thomas Aske from Fluid Movement (Black Rock, Worship Street), alongside Michael Heinrich, Head of the Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy at UCL School of Pharmacy, have created these drinks that bring function, flavor, and a unique drinking experience to the rapidly growing non-alcoholic drinks sector.

“Our mission is pure pleasure innovation. This is not an imitation of an alcoholic drink. It is something that stands out on its own, enhances cocktails and creates a new option.” explains co-founder Dash Lilley, Head Alchemist. “We achieve this through an obsessive focus on maximizing the functional potency of our drinks, carefully extracting the active compounds from the highest-grade, ethically-sourced plants we can get our hands on. Our process, Botanical Alchemy, is complex, delicate and takes time – maceration, fermentation, distillation, reverse osmosis, freeze-drying, ultrasonic extraction – you name it, we’re pioneering it.”

The vegan, gluten-free social elixirs are hand-crafted with high-grade extracts, active plants and adaptogens grown by cultivators who respect nature. Made with zero-plastic recyclable packaging, Three Spirit takes drinkers from the start to the end of their evening, with active ingredients and serves to help them feel good through the power of plants. 

The Three Spirits portfolio includes:

  • Livener is designed to liven the senses and perk you up. It contains a natural, friendly caffeine found in guayusa, along with L-Theanine from green tea and ginseng and tannic touches from guayusa and guava leaf. GSN’s Remarks: Spicy, peppery heat on the palate with a fruity, berry-like brightness. This one will wake you up for sure. As the flavor progresses, there are notes of vanilla bean, cinnamon and the slight bitterness of green tea. Perfect as a shot to get you going in the morning, this also is excellent when used in rum, tequila or bourbon cocktails. GSN Rating: A
  • Social Elixir is a mood elevator with lion’s mane mushroom, yerba mate, tulsi, cacao and damiana. GSN’s Remarks: The flavor is curious and somewhat muddled. Think autumnal herbs and spices with mulled apples. The mushroom flavor comes through about halfway into the tasting, while the cacao is quite light and only apparent towards the very end. This is best used with darker spirits like bourbon, black rum, and peaty Scotches. GSN Rating: B
  • Nightcap is designed to calm the senses, soothing the body after a long day (or night!), with notes of oak, citrus and freshly cut grass to complement the natural bitterness from Hüll hops and lemon balm. It contains restorative plants and herbs that have been used for centuries to induce calming feelings, including turmeric, ashwagandha, and lemon balm. GSN’s Remarks: Of the three spirits, this one is our clear favorite. Quite balanced, with a warming gingery spice and a familiar oak cask patina. The herbal blend is somewhat reminiscent of an amaro or digestif. If you are a Jager fan this is a perfect non-alcoholic alternative. We like this one on its own with a large rock of ice. But, if you’re feeling the urge to try it with booze, consider adding it to an anjeo tequila, mezcal or mixed into a Moscow Mule. GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Three Spirit Drinks Continue reading

GSN Spirited News: July 20th 2021 Edition

Limestone Branch Distillery is releasing its 2021 Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The 50.5% abv whiskey is a blend of 7-year-old and 15-year-old Bourbons, with select barrels of 7-year-old finished in Amarone wine casks. It’s debuting this month, retailing at $100 a bottle. Kentucky-based Limestone Branch was founded by master distiller Stephen Beam and his brother Paul in 2011.

Vermont-based WhistlePig has unveiled a new RoadStock Rye whiskey in collaboration with Jordan Winery and Firestone Walker Brewery. The 43% abv rye retails at $73 a 750-ml. and is launching at select liquor stores. Half of the whiskey was finished in Bordeaux blend casks from Jordan Winery in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley. The balance was finished in Firestone Walker’s Imperial Stout, Imperial Blonde Ale, and Experimental Ale barrels. The whiskies were finished in a specially commissioned 18-wheeler “Rolling Rickhouse” commissioned by WhistlePig, which traveled 6,000 miles across the country from the distiller’s Vermont farm and back to complete the finishing process.

Smooth Ambler, part of the Pernod Ricard portfolio, is launching a new Contradiction Rye whiskey as well as new packaging on the Contradiction brand. Contradiction’s new offering features four rye whiskies in its blend: two from Tennessee (51% rye and 70% rye), one from MGP (95% rye), and one (88% rye) from the Smooth Ambler distillery in West Virginia. The 52.5% abv bottling retails at $40 a 750-ml. Concurrently, Contradiction is shifting to a new bottle and label on both the rye and its existing Bourbon. Both are non-chill-filtered and produced in small, numbered batches.

Finlandia vodka is introducing a new Botanical range of 30% abv bottlings in Cucumber & Mint and Wildberry & Rose flavors. Retailing at $16 a 750-ml., the newcomers have no artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, or added sugars, and are gluten-free, with 73 calories a serving. Recommended with sparkling water, tonic, or lemonade, they’re currently available now in Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Texas, and Washington, ahead of a larger rollout.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Brews News: July 20th 2021 Edition

Monaco Cocktails has added Tequila Sun Crush, the newest spirits-based RTD in the company’s portfolio. Like the other Monaco Cocktails, the newest addition is canned at 9% abv and is made with two shots of Tequila, orange liqueur, and orange flavoring. Tequila Sun Crush is now available across the U.S. in 12-ounce cans retail priced between $2.50 and $3. The new release joins Citrus Rush, Tequila Lime Crush, Blue Crush, Cranberry, and Mango Peach, among many other flavors, in the Monaco Cocktails portfolio.

California-based Twisted Roots hard cider is relaunching with new packaging. Formerly presented in capped 750-ml. bottles, the European-style cider, made with a blend of five apple varieties, will now be sold in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. Its new logo displays a red, cross-sectioned apple on the tall black cans. Each can is at 6% abv and has 100 calories. Located in Carmel Valley, Twisted Roots is best known for Old Vine Zinfandel and Petite Sirah wines.

Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing is partnering with Ojai, California-based kombucha producer Flying Embers on a new release. The two beverage makers collaborated on Oh, Hi!, a limited-edition session sour beer made by blending Flying Embers’ Original Essence Kombucha with sour beer produced by New Belgium and then finished with pixie tangerines and sage. Both companies support wildfire relief efforts and will together donate $10,000 to the Embers foundation to benefit the California Fire Foundation and other organizations. Oh, Hi! is at 6.5% abv and will be available in select premium retailers in California and Colorado.

Vermont-based Stowe Cider is expanding its non-alcoholic options with Fresh Squeeze. It’s an off-shoot of Fresh Press, Stowe’s apple cider and sparkling water RTD. Rather than apple cider, Fresh Squeeze is made with lemonade and sparkling water and is also at 0% abv. Available now in Stowe’s taproom and from its website, Fresh Squeeze will be available in Vermont retailers in the coming weeks, priced at $9 a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans.

Pacific City, Oregon-based Pelican Brewing is releasing Head Out Hefeweizen to celebrate a summer spent outdoors exploring nature. The 4.8% abv wheat ale is made with white wheat malt and contains aromas of melon and flowers. As part of the beer’s outdoorsy message, Pelican is sponsoring a number of events for Trailkeepers of Oregon this summer to support the maintenance of coastal trails, including two of the organization’s new Volunteer Vacations in August. Head Out Hefe is available now in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles and select Pelican variety 12-packs.

Atlanta, Georgia’s Sweetwater Brewing Company has launched 420 Imperial IPA, the first line extension for the brewery’s flagship label. The 9.1% abv ale is brewed with nine varieties of hops during the wet and dry hopping phases of production, and is available in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and 19.2-ounce cans as well as on draft across Sweetwater’s distribution footprint. The brewery has also launched a new limited-edition beer: 710 Hazy Double IPA. The 7.5% abv ale is part of the Dank Tank series of brews.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Alert: July 19th – National Daiquiri Day

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Ernest Hemingway with his namesake Daiquiri

National Daiquiri Day happens each year on July 19, when people fill their glasses with this rum-based cocktail. Did you know the daiquiri was likely invented by Cuban miners? An engineer named Jennings Cox supervised a mine in a village named Daiquiri in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. After work, Cox and his colleagues would gather at the local bar. One day Cox mixed Bacardi, sugar, and lime into a glass of ice. Named after the Daiquiri mines, the drink became a popular staple in Havana.

Below are three versions of the Daiquiri worth trying today in honor of the holiday.  Each has its own character and flavor.  All are lovely on a hot summer’s day.

Daiquiri
1.5 oz White rum
0.5 oz Simple syrup
1 oz Fresh Lime juice
Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain in chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with half a lime slice.

Floridita
2 ounces White rum
0.75 ounce Fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon Sugar or simple syrup (or less, to taste)
1 teaspoon Maraschino liqueur
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker (if using granulated sugar, stir to dissolve it in the lime juice before adding the other ingredients) and fill with ice. Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin slice of lime.

Hemingway
2 oz Light rum
0.75 oz Fresh lime juice
0.5 oz Fresh pink grapefruit juice
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Maraschino liqueur
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

GSN’s Summer Recipes with Jeptha Creed

Looking for some fun and tasty recipes featuring spirits? Good Spirits News has partnered with Jeptha Creed to create some easy summertime treats!

We have recipes to craft a Blueberry Shrub for cocktails, prepare an Eggs Benedict Bourbon Hollandaise creation for your next brunch, and wrap up with a spicy passionfruit sauce to liven up a cheesecake. Enjoy!

Blueberry Shrub Cocktail

Ingredients
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup Jeptha Creed Blueberry Vodka
1 cup white balsamic vinegar

Directions

Combine blueberries and sugar in large Mason jar. Muddle to crush blueberries. Add balsamic vinegar and Jeptha Creed Blueberry Vodka. Close lid and let marinate unrefrigerated for at least 12 hours.

Pour contents of jar into a saucepan and heat over medium heat until almost boiling. Turn off heat and cool. Double strain to remove solids. Store liquid shrub in a resealable bottle in the refrigerator.

To make cocktail: Measure ½ oz of shrub and add 2 oz of sweet vermouth or dry sherry to a Collins glass. Fill with ice and top off with seltzer water. Add straw and serve.


Eggs Benedict with Bourbon Hollandaise

Poached Eggs

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then turn off heat.

Crack an egg and gently place into a small ramekin or bowl.

Add one tablespoon of white vinegar to the pot or water and stir to create a vortex.

Gently pour the egg into the middle of the vortex and set a timer for 3 minutes.

Once egg has cooked, use a slotted spoon to remove and place on paper towel to absorb excess water. Serve on a plate with Hollandaise sauce.

Bourbon Hollandaise Sauce

Ingredients
4oz unsalted French or Irish butter
3 organic egg yolks
2 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon Jeptha Creed Straight Bourbon
Salt, pepper to taste

Directions

Melt butter in glass measuring cup in microwave, then let cool to room temperature

Prepare base of double boiler with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low to keep water hot. Combine egg yolks, lemon juice and bourbon in top of double boiler and whisk constantly until smooth. Add melted butter very gradually, continuing to whisk. If the sauce curdles or separates, add an ice cube and re-whisk until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pour sauce over poached eggs and serve.


Hot Pepper Passionfruit Cheesecake Sauce

Ingredients
1 cup white sugar
¾ cup water
¼ cup Jeptha Creed Hot Pepper Vodka
½ cup passionfruit puree

Directions

Pour all ingredients into saucepan and continually stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool to room temperature (30-45 minutes). Double strain to remove solids. Pour into resealable bottle and keep in refrigerator until ready to use.

Pour over plated plain cheesecake and serve with fork.

Jeptha Creed sponsored this post.

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GSN Brews News: July 13th 2021 Edition

Waitsfield, Vermont-based Lawson’s Finest Liquids is launching two limited-edition beers. The first is Hopcelot IPA, a 7% abv offering brewed with eight hop varieties spanning the Pacific Northwest, Australia, and New Zealand. Its name is a reference to “Ocelot” by Vermont band Phish. The second release is Super Session #8, returning to the market as part of Lawson’s Super Session single hop IPA series; it’s made with Mosaic hops and is at 4.8% abv. Both will be available through the end of August across Lawson’s Finest’s nine-state distribution area in the northeast.

Jack Daniel’s is adding Tennessee Apple Fizz to its line of Jack Daniel’s Canned Cocktails. Made with the brand’s eponymous whiskey, the new RTD is at 7% abv and joins Tennessee Whiskey & Cola and Tennessee Whiskey, Honey & Lemonade in the lineup. It’s priced at $13 a 4-pack and is available now in 16 U.S. states including California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas, among others.

Deep Eddy vodka is debuting new RTD vodka sodas. Including lemon and ruby red flavors, the newcomers are at 4.5% abv and retail at $12 a four-pack of cans. They’re launching initially across Texas, Colorado, South Carolina, and Maryland.

Texas-based Austin Eastciders is bringing back their Maker’s Stash series with a new limited-edition release. The new addition to the cidery’s lineup is Lemon Ginger, a 6.5% abv offering made with bittersweet apples alongside lemons and ginger. The brand also brought in fellow Texan and illustrator Lauren Dickens to provide the art for Lemon Ginger’s can. It will be available for $14 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans at retail locations in Austin Eastciders’ 20-state distribution footprint.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Spirited News: July 13th 2021 Edition

Houston, Texas-based Yellow Rose Distilling has launched Harris County High Rye Bourbon. The 46% abv whiskey is distilled from a mash that includes 25% rye and matured for 30 months before bottling. All grains used in Harris County’s production are sourced from Texas. The new whiskey joins Premium American, Rye, and Outlaw Bourbon, alongside limited releases, in the distillery’s portfolio. Yellow Rose Harris County is rolling out this month in Texas, California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Florida through Southern Glazer’s and will retail for around $45 a 750-ml.

Bacardi rum is launching Bacardi Tropical, a limited-edition flavored expression. The new white rum boasts a flavor profile of pineapple, coconut, and guava. It’s made from a base of Bacardi white rum and infused with natural fruit flavors, ending up at 100 calories per ounce. Bacardi Tropical is at 35% abv and is available now for $13 a 750-ml on Drizly and at select retail locations nationwide for a limited time through the end of summer. It’s the eighth installment in Bacardi’s flavored lineup, which also includes Lime, Dragonberry, Raspberry, and Mango, among others.

Kentucky’s Blue Run Spirits has launched its 14-year-old Small Batch Bourbon in select retailers across the U.S. The whiskey (retailing at $200) is bottled at 56.5% abv and was approved by Jim Rutledge, Blue Run’s liquid advisor and former Four Roses distiller. Looking ahead, Blue Run is planning to launch a rye in September and a high-rye Bourbon in October as well as lay down their own Rutledge-distilled whiskey at Bardstown Bourbon Company.

Atlanta-based Blue Ridge Spirits & Wine Marketing has unveiled Fleur Charmante, a new French liqueur. Produced in the Saint Sauvant in the Saintonge area of France, Fleur Charmante is made with a maceration of blackcurrant, raspberry, and cherry fruits followed by a petite bouquet of natural violet, lavender, and jasmine essence. Currently distributed in Florida, Georgia, and New York with more states on the way, Fleur Charmante is 23% abv and retails at $37 off-premise and for $40 online.

Sonoma-based 3 Badge Beverage Corp has introduced Benjamin Chapman 4-Year Corn Whiskey. With a mashbill of 80% corn, 11% rye, and 9% malt, Chapman 4-year is an American whiskey bottled at 45% abv and retails at $36 a 750-ml. Aged four years in Bourbon-seasoned barrels, the new bottling joins a 7-year-old Canadian whiskey in the Benjamin Chapman portfolio.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Review: Løs Sundays Tequila

Established in September 2017, Løs Sundays is crafted from a unique blend of sustainably farmed highland and lowland, 100% Blue Weber Agave, and distilled in a family-owned, female run distillery in the heart of Jalisco, Mexico. With a product portfolio currently consisting of three expressions including Blanco, Reposado, and a Coconut-infused Blanco, these tequilas are an innovative newcomer in the rapidly growing tequila category. 

Blanco – GSN’s Remarks: A clean, slightly sweet, mineral forward tequila with much of the agave flavor shyly off in a corner. There’s nothing wrong with this, but there just isn’t a lot of vegetal going on here. Perfectly serviceable as in a Margarita or Paloma. GSN Rating: B

Reposado – GSN’s Remarks: Now here the agave has been coaxed to come out and play for a bit. The wood aging adds a touch of caramel and vanilla to the affair, offering some soft complexity. This will up your mixed drinks, but also makes for a decent shot. GSN Rating: B+

Coconut-infused Blanco – GSN’s Remarks: Surprisingly, this one grabbed our taste buds and wouldn’t let go. The coconut flavor is well balanced with the tequila, neither being sweet in any way, but also not too intense. This is a fun, flavorful party tequila that would make a very interesting twist on a Pina Colada, or try it with cola. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Løs Sundays