GSN: Backbar Review – December 9-13, 2013

irish_iri2Walsh Whiskey Distillery’s The Irishman this month will release its limited 2013 Cask Strength expression—the first since Italian drinks firm Illva Saronno bought a 50% stake in the distillery earlier this year. Available globally, the whiskey will retail at $250 a bottle and is limited to 2,160 bottles worldwide. American Oak Bourbon casks are used for the triple-distilled whiskey, and it’s bottled straight out of the barrel at natural strength, non-chill filtered and non-colored. This year’s expression is 54% alcohol-by-volume.

imagesNew York’s Riviera Imports has partnered with Celebrity Cellars International to launch Ron Burgundy Blended Scotch in select U.S. markets. Named for the main character in the popular “Anchorman” film franchise, the new offering is produced by Scotland’s St. Andrews Distillery. Initially limited to 72,000 bottles (6,000 cases) and currently available in more than 20 states, Ron Burgundy Blended Scotch is priced at $25 a 750-ml.

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indexCampari America has expanded its Skyy vodka brand with a pair of new flavors, Skyy Infusions Vanilla Bean and Skyy Infusions Georgia Peach. Priced at around $19 a 750-ml., both offerings will be available in 50-ml., 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liter formats, while Georgia Peach will also be offered in a 375-ml. package. Vanilla Bean and Georgia Peach mark the 12th and 13th entries in Skyy’s flavored Infusions lineup.

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indexPernod Ricard USA has introduced J.P.Wiser’s Canadian whisky to the U.S. market. Pernod announced earlier today that Wiser’s range—including Wiser’s Rye, Wiser’s Spiced, Wiser’s Deluxe and Wiser’s 18 Year Old—has begun arriving at retail and on-premise outlets across the U.S. Wiser’s, which was founded in 1857, has long been Canada’s best-selling whisky brand.

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indexThe Glenlivet has unveiled its latest limited edition—The Guardians’ Chapter—following a global campaign that saw thousands of the brand’s fans participate in its selection. Tasting events were held around the world in which fans were asked to sample three potential expressions and name their favorite. The winner, an exotic whisky sourced from a mix of casks including Hogshead and American oak barrels as well as Spanish ex-Sherry butts, is non-chill filtered and at 48.7% abv. The Guardians’ Chapter—named in honor of the Glenlivet fan base—will be bottled in limited quantities and distributed globally beginning March 2014, at a suggested retail price of $85.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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