GSN: Backbar Review – November 18-22, 2013

indexEdrington Group’s Cutty Sark brand is planning to release Cutty Sark Tam o’Shanter, a new, limited edition Scotch whisky. Made from a blend of 25-year-old stocks, the luxury offering is packaged in an oak gift box, alongside a book of illustrations by the Scottish painter Alexander Goudie. Just 5,000 bottles of Tam o’Shanter are being produced, priced at around $300 a bottle.

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indexCampari America’s Wild Turkey is re-releasing its Wild Turkey 101 Rye expression in key U.S. markets following a one-year absence. The 101-proof offering will be available in 1-liter bottles across 21 markets, in the on-premise only. Although availability of 101 Rye will remain limited, Campari’s Wild Turkey 81 Rye ($22.99 a 750-ml.)—which is made with four- to five-year-old rye whiskey—will continue to be available nationwide.

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indexBeam Inc. has linked up with Cinnabon to create a new Cinnamon roll-flavored Pinnacle vodka. The new product will hit select markets on December 1, with a nationwide rollout slated for January 1. The launch will be backed by a sampling tour targeting brunch and happy hour soirees. Pinnacle Cinnabon is 70-proof and will retail at $12.99 a 750-ml.

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indexSuntory Ltd. has launched a new artisanal vodka brand, Ao, in the United States. The 40%-abv offering, made with Japanese rice, is produced via a proprietary pot still method at a small distillery in Osumi, Kyushu. Currently available exclusively in the New York metro market—where it’s imported by by Suntory USA and distributed by Southern Wine & Spirits—Ao is priced at $50 a 750-ml.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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