GSN Backbar Review: August 25-29, 2014

indexMissouri’s St. Louis Distillery has extended its Cardinal Sin vodka brand with the launch of Cardinal Sin Starka. A traditional Eastern European spirit, starka is an aged vodka style native to Poland, Russia and Lithuania. Cardinal Sin Starka is made with two-row malted barley and corn and matured in new Missouri white oak barrels for six months. According to St. Louis Distillery, the new entry, which will be available in early September, marks the first starka available at retail in the U.S. St. Louis Distillery’s flagship Cardinal Sin vodka, launched in 2012, is currently available across Missouri, Illinois and Georgia.

indexMaui’s Hawaii Sea Spirits will add a new rum to its portfolio next month, Deep Island Hawaiian Rum “Wave”, produced at its organic farm and distillery in Kula. The ultra-premium clear organic rum will be available for distribution throughout Hawaii beginning in October, with full release in U.S. mainland markets planned for next year. Made from organic sugar cane and ocean mineral water, Deep Island is sweet with hints of florals and molasses, the company says. Sea Spirits’ core offering is organic Ocean vodka ($32). Last year the company announced plans to expand its craft spirits portfolio with rums, a line of American whiskies and Hawaii-inspired liqueurs.

imagesHeaven Hill Distilleries has introduced Elijah Craig 23-Year-Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, a new limited edition offering. Rolling out into select markets nationwide this month, the 45%-abv entry, which features a prominent 23-year age statement on its label, is priced at $199.99 a 750-ml. Elijah Craig 23-Year-Old’s launch comes on the heels of 2012 release Elijah Craig 20-Year-Old, which has since sold out, and last year’s debut of Elijah Craig 21-Year-Old. In addition to the brand’s limited edition extra-aged offerings, the Elijah Craig stable includes the Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old and Elijah Craig Barrel Proof labels.

indexLouisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has launched its flagship brandy range into four new markets. The craft brewer’s Copper & Kings Immature Brandy ($29.99 a 750-ml.) and Copper & Kings Craft Distilled Brandy ($34.99) will both be available across select Tennessee markets, via a new partnership with Lipman Brothers; Illinois, via Heritage Wine Cellars; Indiana, via Glazers; and Minnesota, via Johnson Brothers. Previously, Copper & King Brandy had only been available in its home market of Kentucky via River City Distributing. Established in April, Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. specializes in non-chill filtered, copper pot-distilled American brandy aged in Bourbon barrels.

indexPremixed shot brand Liqs is moving into new markets after a successful test run in its home state of Florida. The Miami-based Liqs Cocktail Shots, which retail in three-packs of 50-ml. plastic shot glasses for $7.99, entered Texas (via Glazer’s) and Massachusetts (via United Liquors) this month. In Florida, Liqs is distributed by Southern Wine & Spirits. Additionally, Liqs has aligned with its first major chain account, Winn-Dixie. The RTD label currently includes four flavors—Tequila Cinnamon Orange, Vodka Cucumber Lime, Vodka Lychee Grapefruit and Vodka Kamikaze—with two new offerings slated to launch later this year.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily



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