GSN: Backbar Review – June 17-21, 2013

indexSmoke Ventures has launched Smoke Liqueur, a new RTD cocktail-inspired offering made with vodka, Moscato and pineapple and coconut flavors. The 26%-abv entry, which is priced at $29.99 a 750-ml., is packaged in a frosted Champagne-style bottle and targeted toward the luxury on-premise. Smoke initially launched earlier this year in New York (where it’s distributed by Southern Wine & Spirits), and will rollout across the the tri-state area this month, both on- and off-premise. Expansion into additional states is slated for the fall.h

indexJohnnie Walker Scotch whisky has partnered with British luxury goods player Alfred Dunhill on a new limited edition range that has three products. Available at select retail outlets globally, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Limited Edition Collection includes a Limited Edition Giftpack that features a map-inspired bottle designed by Alfred Dunhill. Also in the range is a Travel Retail Exclusive Giftpack, which features a crafted 1-liter bottle designed by Dunhill and decorated with copper finishing. At the collection’s highest end, a Limited Edition Travelers’ Trunk features a vintage-inspired trunk packed with a limited edition bottle, crystal glasses, a whisky funnel, ice tongs and a Dunhill flask. Only 500 Travelers’ Trunks will be available globally.  For more information go to: Dunhill

indexPhilippine rum Tanduay, the world’s second-largest rum brand by volume, is entering the U.S. market. And, unlike in its native Philippines, where it sells as a commodity brand (with an average retail price of less than $3 a 750-ml.), Tanuday will be priced squarely at the premium end in the U.S, the world’s largest premium rum market. Rolling out into select markets this summer, Tanduay’s U.S. portfolio will initially include its Silver Tanduay and Gold Tanduay expressions, both of which are priced at $19.99 a 750-ml.blah

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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