GSN On the Road: Rose Tavern & Red Newt Cellars Wine Pairing Dinner

GSN was recently invited to attend the first of a new series of pairing dinners in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The night’s wines were provided by Red Newt Cellars, located in nearby Hector, NY, while the dinner was held inside the Lake House on Canandaigua in the Rose Tavern. Our evening began with a seating arrangement that allowed guests to view the chefs working the kitchen, while enjoying conversation with other diners at our table. I started with a glass of Louis de Sacy brut, while my partner enjoyed the house cocktail “St Tropez Snowbird”. 

After a brief introduction from the hosts, we started the dinner with a crispy oyster appetizer paired with a 2018 Pinot Gris. The oyster was a perfect starter, light but with some depth of flavor, just like the wine pairing. 

The next course was a rich mafaldine pasta and duck ragu paired with a 2015 Lahoma Riesling as well as a 2015 Tango Oaks Riesling. The difference between the Rieslings was quite surprising, and I found myself enjoying the Tango Oaks more with the second course. While the Lahoma Riesling was sweet and crisp, it overpowered the richness of the ragu. The Tango Oaks Riesling was mellow and light enough to blend well with the foie gras and black truffle in the dish. 

The third course included a Pennsylvania lamb with vegetables, paired with a 2013 Merlot. The lead winemaker for Red Newt, Kelby Russell, mentioned that they are not well known for their reds amongst the Finger Lakes region. However, the glass was delightful and had notes of peppercorn and plum which paired nicely with the roasted lamb and seasonal vegetables.

The final dish was a chocolate intemperance cake with hazelnut praline and a caramel made from a reduction of the paired wine, a 2017 Late Harvest Riesling. This wine had quite a bit of citrus which was a nice contrast to the rich chocolate of the dessert. The caramel reduction had quite a bit of intensity which brightened both the cake and the wine itself. 

Overall the event was a wonderful way to spend an evening. I enjoyed discussing the wines with the hosts and getting to know our neighbours at the table. I would recommend an evening like this to anyone who wants to dabble in trying wines and enjoying quality food and conversation. 

For more information about Rose Tavern click here

For more information about Red Newt Cellars click here

Cocktails:

  • Louis de Sacy Brut: A+
  • St Tropez Snowbird: B

Food:

  • Crispy Oyster – Lovely cornbread coated oyster with a well-balanced caviar and poached egg yolk. A perfect starter: A
  • Mafaldine Pasta – Very well balanced, perhaps a touch too much black truffle, pairs well with the Lahoma but not the Tango. Perfect portion : A
  • Pennsylvania Lamb – Large portion, carrots were superb, potatoes were delightful : A-
  • Chocolate Intemperance Cake – Praline was delightful, chocolate was nice, caramel was a reduction of the Riesling : A-

Wine pairings:

  • 2018 Pinot Gris : A- (pear)
  • 2015 Lahoma Riesling : B (sweet)
  • 2015 Tango Oaks Riesling : A (light) 
  • 2013 Glacier Ridge Merlot : B+ (peppercorn)
  • 2017 Late Harvest Riesling : B+ (citrus)

Review written by Autumn Ellen Rose for Good Spirits News

GSN Alert: Tiki By The Sea Applications Are Live

Tiki by the Sea is a 3-day invite-only bartender experience in Wildwood, NJ, held at the Barcelona Hotel. We will have two separate waves of Tiki By The Sea. Each weekend will be very similar in experiences so you should indicate if you are able to attend both or indicate a particular weekend if you have a preference. The dates are June 12-14, 2022, and June 19-21, 2022. Tiki By The Sea will include extensive seminars on Tropical culture and sugar cane distillates, tastings, and hands-on workshops. There will also be great food, time on the beach, and explorations of the 50’s era town that is Wildwood, NJ. Each presenter is carefully chosen based on their knowledge of not only overall drinking culture and spirits, but specifically Sugar Cane based spirits and Tropical culture. We have had speakers such as Sasha Petraske, Brother Cleve, Shannon Mustipher, Martin Cate, and many other renowned experts on drinks and Tropical life. We are looking to bring an interesting mix of people who are both influencers and future influencers in this industry.

We take the health and wellness of our attendees as well as our staff very seriously. YOU MUST BE VACCINATED TO ATTEND.

All applications are reviewed blind, so please answer as thoroughly as possible. We are looking to build a group of diverse people from all over the country to attend this highly informative and FUN event. We hope to have you join us!

We will meet in New York City and take a bus down to the shore together where we will stay for two nights. You will be responsible for your travel to and from New York.

Tiki By The Sea is a three day invite-only experience for bar professionals. Our focus is to build the community through education on sugar cane spirits, Tiki culture and tropical drinks. Education is our focal point sprinkled in summer fun in Wildwood, NJ and Fregene, Italy with a diverse set of 50 attendees per weekend in June (NJ) and September (EU).

To apply, click here

GSN Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A122

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof releases, the first release of 2022 delivers on the consistency of quality and heritage the series is known for. A122 kicks off at 120.8 proof and retains the qualities the small batch is known for – 12 years old and non-chill filtered.

Barrel Proof enjoys acclaim as Whisky Advocate’s 2017 Whisky of the Year, received Double Gold and “Best Small Batch Bourbon – 11 Years and Older” at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC); 95 Points at F. Paul Pacult’s 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge, Wine Enthusiast’s #2 American Whiskey in 2019, Double Gold from the 2020 SIP Awards, and Best Small Batch Bourbon 11Y+ from the 2021 ASCOT Awards.

GSN’s Remarks: Another fantastic release. This one has a BBQ smokiness to it that just begs for a plate of pulled pork and baked beans to enjoy between sips. The nose is full of high notes with a mouthwatering maple, brown bread, pecan pie essence. The flavor is intensely compact poured straight, with a spectrum of notes from deep woody bass rumblings to high keening sweet corn. With a bit of water to bring the proof down, things open into a wider vista, with each element playing a significant role. The finish is long, sweet and leaves you thinking once again of BBQ. A fun and impressive whiskey that hits all the right marks. GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Elijah Craig

#ElijahCraigBarrelProof #ElijahCraigA122

GSN Spirited News: January 18th 2022 Edition

Appleton Estate, part of the Campari Group portfolio, is introducing Ruby Anniversary Edition, a limited release celebrating Master Blender Joy Spence’s 40 years at the Jamaican rum distillery. The liquid is a blend of five rare Jamaican rums, aged for a minimum of 35 years, and including rums as old as 45 years. A total of 500 bottles are being released, available at the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Retail Rum Experience in Jamaica and at select retailers starting this month.

Pernod Ricard has extended Jameson Irish whiskey with Jameson Orange, a new addition to the core range. The 30% abv offering is made with Jameson and natural orange flavor and is suggested to be consumed neat, on-the-rocks, or in a range of mixed drinks. The new line extension is debuting nationwide. 

Proximo Spirits’ Bushmills has announced a new 12-year-old single malt as the latest permanent addition to the brand’s lineup, set to hit shelves next month. The whiskey is a blend of Sherry- and Bourbon-cask-aged malts that are finished in Marsala wine casks. This release is the first to be stewarded by Alex Thomas, the brand’s newest master blender, and also marks the debut of new upscaling labeling for Bushmills’ single malts. Over time, the new bottle and label will come to all of Bushmills’ single malts and special releases. Bushmills 12-year-old will be available across the U.S. beginning in February 2022 for a suggested price of $60 a bottle.

Louisville, Kentucky’s Barrell Craft Spirits has launched Gray Label Seagrass, a limited edition, luxury-priced Canadian whisky. The new whisky is bottled at 65.41% abv, matured for 16 years, and was finished in Martinique rhum, Madeira, and apricot brandy barrels before bottling. The release is a more limited take on Barrell’s Seagrass, which blended American and Canadian rye whiskies. Barrell’s Gray Label Seagrass is now available in select locations across the U.S. and online for a suggested price of $250 a 750-ml.

Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Whiskey Co. has released Muckety-Muck 25 Year Old, a single grain Scotch whisky. The 45.5% abv whisky was distilled at Port Dundas distillery and follows last year’s release of a 24-year-old bottling of the same name. The whisky is named for a prized pig who lived at the distillery’s pig farm. There are six variants of whisky’s label, with all featuring the Muckety-Muck pig but wearing different colored sashes. Muckety-Muck 25 Year Old is now available in limited quantities in select locations across the U.S. for a suggested price of $250 a 750-ml.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Brews News: January 18th 2022 Edition

Milton, Delaware-based Dogfish Head is launching Where the Wild Hops Are, the first installment of 2022 in its Off-Centered Art Series of beers. Each year the series features label designs from a different artist and this year that role will be filled by Max Mah, a printmaker and illustrator based in Montana. Where the Wild Hops are is an unfiltered IPA brewed with four wild-derived hop varieties. Mahn’s packaging artwork depicts a box trap baited with a large hop amid an overgrown forest. The beer is at 6.5% and was blended with a small quantity of wild ale aged four years in French oak barrels. It’s available now nationwide in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles. 

MPL Brands has expanded its Rancho La Gloria wine-based RTDs with AgaVida, a new agave-based RTD. The new line comes in four flavors—strawberry, mango, peach, and green apple—with all made from blue agave nectar and sweetened with agave syrup. The line comes in at 5% abv and 80 calories per serving. Rancho La Gloria AgaVida is now available at Walmart across the U.S., with wider distribution coming soon, for a suggested price of $13 a bottle. 

Merchant du Vin is debuting Rochefort Triple Extra, the first new beer from Rochefort since the 1950s, in the U.S. market. The 8.1% abv brew is billed as a reinterpretation of the Belgian tripel style, made with barley malt, wheat malt, hops, yeast, spices, and orange peel. It commemorates “Forte Bière Blonde Extra,” a similar beer brewed at Rochefort from 1920 to about 1923. Rochefort Triple Extra is available now in the eastern U.S. and will reach western markets in the next few weeks.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Review: Fresh Victor Cold-Pressed Juice Mixers

Founded by spirits industry entrepreneur Ken MacKenzie with award-winning mixologist and bar industry veteran H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir, San Francisco), Fresh Victor is a line of fresh, clean-label, cold-pressed juice-based mixers for making high quality, easy and versatile craft cocktails and mocktails. Made in Northern California, Fresh Victor utilizes several fair trade-sourced ingredients. Sold in 16 and 64 ounce sizes, Fresh Victor is currently available direct to consumer in 48 states via their website.  A pint bottle of Fresh Victor makes about 5-8 craft cocktails or mocktails – $2 a drink. You have to squeeze a lot of limes, prickly pears, peel pomegranates, find organic agave and organic cane sugar, and more to do better than that. And who has the time or wants to wait? 

There are seven different flavors, each one crafted to work with a specific spirit, whether it be vodka, rum, whiskey, tequila or mezcal.

  • Cactus Pear & Pomegranate is made with filtered water, fresh lime juice, organic cane sugar, fresh prickly pear puree, fresh pomegranate juice, organic agave nectar. GSN’s Remarks: Sweet, with a slightly tart edge. Try this with blnaco tequila or vodka. GSN Rating: B+
  • Cucumber & Lime is made with filtered water, cucumber juice, lime juice, organic agave nectar. GSN’s Remarks: Really nice. The cuke comes through just enough to balance the lime with some cooling flavor. Perfect for gin and vodka. GSN Rating: A
  • Jalapeño & Lime is made with filtered water, organic cane sugar, fresh jalapeño puree, (natural pepper extract), organic agave nectar. GSN’s Remarks: My goodness, this one has some heat. A bit much for my taste, but I know that a lot of our readers love the burn. A good one for a spicy Daiquiri, or add some to your next Bloody Mary or Margarita. GSN Rating: B+
  • Lemon Sour is made with lemon juice, filtered water, and organic cane sugar. GSN’s Remarks: Not much to say here, other than it is rock solid. Good for just about any unaged spirit, but also works well with bourbon. GSN Rating: B
  • Mexican Lime & Agave is made with filtered water, fresh lime juice, organic cane sugar, organic agave nectar. GSN’s Remarks: Another solid performer designed for Margaritas. A bit on the sweet side, but not overly so. GSN Rating: B+
  • Pineapple & Ginger Root is made with filtered water, organic cane sugar, fresh pineapple juice, fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger juice, organic agave nectar. GSN’s Remarks: This is excellent! Our personal favorite. This works exceptionally well with tequila, rum, vodka and brandy. Hits the spot with a great balance of fruit and heat. GSN Rating: A+
  • Three Citrus & Mint Leaf is made with filtered water, organic cane sugar, fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice, organic agave nectar, fresh mint leaves. GSN’s Remarks: Mint is so hard to pull off in a mixer. Here it works better than many we’ve tried. There’s a slightly bitter edge that can draw attention away from the liquor, but overall, it mostly succeeds. GSN Rating: B

Note: If you won’t be using the whole bottle within two weeks, fill some ice trays with it and pull cubes as needed.

For more information go to: Shop Fresh Victor

#freshvictor

GSN Review: Lardera Smart Electric Kettle

Lardera Coffee Roasters recently launched its new electric water kettle that will not only accelerate your morning brew routine but will add enjoyment to the entire experience through form and function. 

The fastest, most accurate electric coffee kettle on the market, capable of boiling 16oz of water in under 100 seconds. But speed is just one of its many desirable features. The others are an insulated stainless steel body, no-drip gooseneck spout, easy-grip handle, anti-scalding lid, and touch-sensitive controls. Simply slide your finger to select the desired temperature and the kettle will stop automatically when ready, or if you desire, maintain it for 30 minutes. 

GSN’s Remarks: This kettle looks as if it belongs in a modern art museum. Very eye catching and sleek. We like the balance in our hand and the handle is comfortable when pouring. The touchpad is easy to use and unobtrusive. As for speed, we put it to the test, and yes, it heats water to boiling extremely quickly. If you’re in a rush, this will trim a few minutes off of your morning cup each day. About our only critique is the pour spout. It allows less water to flow than a typical kettle, thereby adding a few seconds to your pour. Plus, there is a chance that it could break off if accidentally dropped. But, these caveats aside, the Lardera is a gorgeous kettle that looks great on the counter. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Lardera

#LarderaSmartElectricKettle

GSN Review: Proclamation Blended Irish Whiskey

Proclamation Whiskey honors both the history and the people behind the birth of the Irish Proclamation and the pivotal role they played at the turn of the 20th century, coupled with their enduring importance in the 21st. This Irish whiskey is a blend of grain whiskies from across Ireland, crafted in small individual batches. The liquid is triple-distilled and aged in new American Oak, then matured in bourbon casks and blended with a touch of sherry-finished malt.

GSN’s Remarks: The nose has a buttery, creamy character, reminding me of steel cut oatmeal with a dollop of salted butter. Whiskey for breakfast? In the glass, notes of toasted pecan, graham cracker, and even a peculiar touch of pineapple mingle together, while a hint of sherry gives the liquid a sweet tinge on the palate. All ends with a medium-long finish fading into a dry and slightly tannic note. Overall, this is a well made whiskey that holds its own against some of the venerable brands from the Emerald Isle. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Proclamation Whiskey

#ProclamationIrishWhiskey

GSN Review: Village Bourbon

One wintery Vermont Christmas Eve a few years ago, Village Garage founders Glen Sauer and Matt Cushman shared their dream of opening a craft distillery in their hometown of Bennington, Vermont. Glen knew the perfect spot – the historic “Village Garage” near the four corners of downtown Bennington. Originally a tractor dealership that had served the local farm community, in recent decades it had been used to house the town’s old highway equipment. It might have become yet another empty building in the heart of an American town, but Glen and Matt had another idea. Instead, the Village Garage Distillery was born.

Head Distiller Ryan Scheswohl is redefining Green Mountain-made spirits by using local grains and water to produce the distillery’s first releases, Village Bourbon and Village Vodka .The stars on the label come from the flag the Green Mountain Boys flew when fighting for our nation’s independence. They also represent the sky over the lands their families farmed for over eight generations in Bennington, Vermont.

Note: We were a bottle from Batch #2 for review

GSN’s Remarks: Beautiful copper coloration. The nose is somewhat fruity and has a bright oaky character. Some notes of tobacco leaf, malt, sweet corn and burnt caramel on the nose. In the glass, the flavors are compact, slightly spicy and rich with a full range of tastes, from the deep malt and barrel char to the high notes of baking spice and black pepper. The finish is quite long and has a dry, slightly chalky ending. We really enjoyed this bourbon and look forward to more from VGD in the future. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Village Garage

#VillageBourbon #VillageGarageDistillery

GSN Review: Cascade Moon 13 Year Old Rye

Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. General Manager and Distiller Nicole Austin recently released Cascade Moon 13 Year Old Rye, an extremely rare release, available in select U.S. markets. Hand-selected by Austin, this Cascade Moon release complements the series by offering a rye addition to the lineup. The barrels containing aging rye arrived at Cascade Hollow in 2012, where they spent nearly a decade in Cascade Hollow’s single-story rickhouses.

The debut of Cascade Moon 13 Year Old Rye comes off the heels of two award-winning Cascade Moon variants released at the end of 2020 in celebration of the 150-year anniversary of George A. Dickel & Co.

GSN’s Remarks: The nose effuses fresh baked rye bread married to a sweet, yet char driven element. Wonderfully evocative and luscious. On the tongue, the spirit is sweeter than expectations, giving notes of toffee, vanilla and caramel creams all patinaed by a slight burnt toast edge. The bitterness of the grain and the barrel keeps the focus on the peppery rye. Rye whiskey is always a treat, but when it deleivers as well as this one does, it becomes an experience. Grab a bottle if you can. Highly recommended. GSN Rating: A++

For more information go to: George Dickel

#cascademoon

GSN Review: Knob Creek 15 Year Old

Jim Beam’s Knob Creek whiskey brand recently announced the 2021 return of its limited-edition Knob Creek 15 Year Old. Originally released in 2020, barrels were pulled from locations within Knob Creek’s Kentucky warehouses that allow for advanced aging.

Knob Creek started with the introduction of its Straight Rye Whiskey in 2012. In recent years, Knob Creek expanded its rye portfolio with a Single Barrel Select Rye Whiskey, a limited Cask Strength Rye and Knob Creek’s Twice Barreled Rye. In 2020, Knob Creek expanded its bourbon line with a 12 Year Old Bourbon and the 15 Year Old Bourbon.

GSN’s Remarks: Quite oak forward on the nose. A darker tangent of stewed prune adds more balance, lendng a sweet fruit aroma. A first pour gives sparkling rye spice wrapped in a coat of aged cask. A second reveals sweet breakfasty flavors of raisin bread and sugared toast. The finish is long and ends on a tannic and crisp rye note. Overall, things are held together by the wood and are just on the edge of being aggressive. But, poured over ice, it becomes a mellow and friendly bourbon. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Knob Creek

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GSN Review: The Busker Irish Whiskies

The Busker collection includes all four types of Irish whiskeys (Single Grain, Single Pot Still, Single Malt and Blend), each produced at the Royal Oak Distillery, in County Carlow Ireland, located on an 18th century estate in Ireland’s Ancient East region. The Busker uses different casks during the maturation process of their whiskeys including Bourbon casks, Sherry casks, and Marsala casks.

“We aim to disrupt the Irish Whiskey category by attracting new and authenticity-seeking consumers to the brand”, says Ray Stoughton, Executive Vice President of Disaronno International LLC, The Busker’s parent company. “While we honor the rich Irish heritage and whiskey-making traditions to produce superb liquid, we go beyond the limitations and lines of history to create our own story.”

A major point of differentiation for The Busker takes place during the aging process where the blend Triple Cask Triple Smooth and Single Grain expressions mature in authentic, Cantine Florio (1833) Sicilian Marsala wine casks.


The Busker Single Grain – GSN’s Remarks: Intriguing nose that has elements of fresh corn, vanilla, and a touch of citrus. In other words, sweet. And the flavor gives you even more of a sugar rush. this is kept in check somewhat by the oaky edge, but still a malt bomb. Short, sweet finish with a baked good essence. It’s a perfect introduction to a novice drinker, but overall, not what we’d expect from an Irish. GSN Rating: C+

The Busker Single Malt – GSN’s Remarks: Breakfast greets the nose with a malty, honeyed, lightly fruited scent. Upon the first taste, the fruit definitely comes through, reminiscent of apple pie. The finish relatively long with a slightly tannic note, and the apple pie sensibility lingering. Very drinkable and a solid performer. GSN Rating: B+

The Busker Single Pot Still – GSN’s Remarks: A warm entry on the nose with notes of vanilla pecan and honey lemon. The initial flavor is quite easy going and approachable with a smooth maltiness and touches of s’mores, albeit not as sweet. A fine and friendly Irish which is great as a shot, or used in an Irish Coffee. GSN Rating: B+

The Busker Triple Cask Triple SmoothGSN’s Remarks: More of what we now expect from The Busker. Maltiness, grainy, and a touch of sweet citrus. On the palate, there is a nutty sweetness, cinnamon cracker and a well-rounded viscosity. The finish is medium-long with a cooling effect at the end. Overall, of the four whiskies, this one gets our vote for best expression. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: The Busker

#thebusker

GSN Brews News: January 11th 2022 Edition

Topo Chico Hard Seltzer is debuting a Ranch Water line extension. Inspired by the Texas cocktail, the lime-based addition to the Topo Chico lineup comes in dedicated 12-packs of 12-ounce slim cans. Available now in 12 states across the South and West including Texas, Arizona, California, and Georgia, it’s at 4.7% abv. The launch coincides with the nationwide expansion of the Topo Chico variety pack, which includes Topo Chico’s four other flavor options. The expansion is being supported with a robust marketing push on television and online that triples the investment behind the brand’s regional launch last year. Topo Chico hard seltzer is produced, distributed, and marketed by Molson Coors as part of an agreement with brand owner Coca-Cola.

NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman is launching a new beer brand aimed at health-conscious consumers. Simply called Eight after Aikman’s number as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, it’s brewed with Hallertau Taurus hops and no sugar to finish at 90 calories a can. The venture is co-founded by Doug Campbell, formerly president of Brewery Ommegang, and the beer was developed in part by brewmaster Phil Leinhart, previously of Anheuser-Busch, Harpoon Brewery, and Ommegang. Eight launches on draft in Texas next month with cans hitting retail shelves across the state in 6-packs, 12-packs, and 19-ounce singles in March.

Boston Beer Company’s Truly Hard Seltzer has launched a new variety 12-pack, featuring four Margarita-inspired flavors. The new flavors—Classic Lime, Strawberry Hibiscus, Watermelon Cucumber, and Mango Chili—are all made with lime juice concentrate, agave nectar, and sea salt, and come in at 5.3% abv and 110 calories per 12-ounce can. Truly’s Margarita Style Mix Pack is rolling out now across the U.S.

Pop star Katy Perry has partnered with non-alcoholic spirits producer Amass to create De Soi, a new line of 0% abv sparkling aperitifs. The new line is vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and is priced at $25 for a 750-ml. bottle or four 8-ounce cans. All three expressions—Golden Hour, Champignon Dreams, and Purple Lune—are made with blends of botanicals and without artificial colors or flavors.

Middlebury, Vermont-based Vermont Cider Company is getting into the canned cocktail game with a new RTD lineup called Day Chaser. The new label is launching with an initial two vodka sodas: Vodka Lime and Vodka Cranberry. More options are in the pipeline, with Vodka Buda Berry and Vodka Cucumber slated to arrive ahead of spring along with various Tequila and sparkling water mixes including Tequila Lime, Tequila Grapefruit, Tequila Pineapple, and Tequila Spicy Mango. The full Day Chaser lineup is certified gluten free with 100 calories, 2g of carbs and 1g of sugar per can. The initial two expressions are at 4.7% abv and are available now across New England as well as in Iowa, Colorado, and Arizona in 4-packs of 12-ounce slim cans for $10. The company is eyeing quick expansion into Florida, California, Virginia, and elsewhere with national availability to follow.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Spirited News: January 11th 2022 Edition

Dallas, Texas-based New Artisan Spirits has launched Roxor Botanical Bourbon, a new flavored whiskey infused with 20 botanicals. The base whiskey is a 2-year-old Bourbon made by MGP before New Artisan takes over the infusion process. While the company has not disclosed its full list of botanicals, founder Don Short said that the whiskey did not include juniper or any added sugar. Roxor Botanical Bourbon is now available from the company’s tasting room with retail expansion to follow once the company has built up enough inventory.

Tennessee-based O.H. Ingram has introduced Ingram River Aged Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The 105 proof offering has launched in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Louisiana and is also available online across 14 states. The release of the Straight Bourbon Whiskey comes on the heels of Ingram River Aged’s market expansion into Louisiana and the launch of the Ingram River Aged Flagship Bourbon in August. O.H. Ingram’s whiskies are matured on a patent-pending floating rickhouse moored on the banks of the Mississippi River in Ballard County, Kentucky.

Knob Creek is re-releasing its 15 Year Bourbon for a limited time. Originally released in 2020, Knob Creek 15 Year Old Bourbon is the brand’s longest-aged liquid and was bottled at 50% abv. Like all Knob Creek Bourbons and ryes, it was aged in new, maximum charred American oak barrels in prime locations within Knob Creek’s Kentucky warehouses that cater to maturation of this scale. It’s available now nationwide for $100 a 750-ml.

Kentucky’s Limestone Branch Distillery has launched the Yellowstone Select Landmark Edition Bottle series, a new set of limited editions commemorating the 150th anniversary of the brand. The first whiskey is a 46.5% abv bottling of the company’s flagship Bourbon, with this release featuring six national park-themed labels including Lower Yellowstone Falls, Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, Minerva Terrace, Roosevelt Arch, and Lamar Valley. Alongside the new bottling, the company will donate $1.50 for every bottle sold, up to $30,000, to the National Parks Conservation Association. The newcomer is available across the U.S., retailing at $40. 

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily