GSN Backbar Review: April 13-17, 2015

indexHeaven Hill Brands is debuting Raven’s Lace PeachBerry Whiskey, geared toward female whiskey drinkers, this June. The 60-proof offering combines peach and strawberry flavors with whiskey and is described as a shift away from flavored whiskies the company says are geared toward male audiences. Raven’s Lace PeachBerry Whiskey is available in 50-ml. and 750-ml. formats, retailing at $14.99 a 750-ml. Initial launch markets include Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee.

indexFlorida-based importer and marketer Imperial Brands has added Tromba Tequila and Cedar Ridge Whiskey to its stable. Founded by former Don Julio master distiller Marco Cedano, the Tromba Tequila range features Silver, Reposado and Añejo entries ($39-$47 a 750-ml.) and is currently available in New York and Illinois. Also joining the portfolio is Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery’s handcrafted whiskey collection, which will be distributed in New York and New Jersey and includes the brand’s Iowa Bourbon, Malted Rye, Wheat and Single Malt expressions ($36-$48).

imagesPhillips Distilling’s UV vodka brand is extending its flavor lineup with the launch of UV Sangria. Rolling out next month, the red sangria-flavored expression is targeted toward the cocktail occasion and priced at around $11.99 a 750-ml.

indexNew York-based Domaine Select Wine Estates (DSWE) has added French vermouth brand La Quintinye to its Classic & Vintage artisanal spirits portfolio. Produced by EuroWineGate Spirits & Wine, La Quintinye Vermouth Royal is made with a blend of white wines from southwestern France, fortified wine and a variety of botanicals. The range features three expressions, including Vermouth Royal Rouge, Vermouth Royal Blanc and Vermouth Royal Extra-Dry, and is available in 350-ml. and 750-ml. formats, priced at $21.99 a 750-ml.

indexSt. Louis-based The Legendary Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand LLC has launched a new American whiskey in key U.S. markets. Produced and bottled by Charleston distiller Local Choice Spirits, The Legendary Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand Whiskey is made with a blend of corn, barley malt, yeast and natural flavors and aged in oak. The 80-proof offering is currently available on- and off-premise across 12 markets, priced at around $39.99 a 750-ml. Expansion into nine additional markets is set to follow this summer.

indexDallas, Texas-based Zodiac vodka has entered California via a new partnership with Young’s Market Company. The move, which marks the brand’s first launch outside of Texas, leads the first phase of Zodiac’s national expansion plan, with distribution to Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina to follow shortly. For its second phase, Zodiac plans to enter Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Washington D.C. and other markets by the end of 2015. Launched in 2014, Zodiac vodka is a gluten-free potato vodka produced in Rigby, Idaho. The brand features both Original and Black Cherry expressions priced at $24.99 a 750-ml.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily


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