GSN Backbar Review: May 25-29, 2015

indexSanta Cruz, California-based Venus Spirits is launching a rye extension to its Wayward Whiskey brand. With a 60% rye mash bill, the whiskey also includes organic corn, malted barley and malted wheat. Wayward Rye’s spicy character is balanced by corn sweetness and grain notes, the company says. It was double distilled in a copper Alembic still and aged in charred new American oak barrels for seven months. Wayward Whiskey Rye (92 proof) will be available in limited quantities in the Bay Area through Southern Wine & Spirits beginning this week for a suggested retail price of $52 a 750-ml. bottle.

indexDenison, Texas-based distiller IronRoot Republic has debuted its first two craft spirits entries—Blue Norther vodka and Carpenter’s Bluff moonshine. Made with hand-selected Texas grains, Blue Norther is an 80-proof, non-chill filtered vodka, while Carpenter’s Bluff is billed as a 90-proof Texas corn whiskey produced using heirloom red corn. Both offerings are priced around $25 a 750-ml. and are currently distributed by Glazer’s throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth and Denison markets. Along with Blue Norther and Carpenter’s Bluff, IronRoot—which specializes in spirits made with local, non-GMO ingredients—plans to launch its Texas Drought gin later this spring, with a Texas whiskey and Texas Orange Muscat brandy also in the pipeline.

indexMassachusetts-based Blue Vase Marketing has partnered with New York artist Blake Emory to develop a new spirits brand, Emory Vodka. The super-premium, 100% corn-based spirit is aligned with Emory’s Zebra Love design concept, with the limited edition bottle featuring artwork and a trademarked red stiletto icon on frosted glass. The newly formed Zebra Love LLC imports Emory from South Africa and bottles the product, while drinks marketing firm Pearson & Pearson is teaming with Blue Vase to handle the brand’s strategic marketing efforts throughout the year. Emory Vodka will retail at $29.99 a 750 ml., taking an off-premise focus this spring in key cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

00-00-07-57-16-69-7571669_2474354Seattle’s Batch 206 Distillery has linked with craft spirits distributor Legacy Spirits (part of Heritage Wine Cellars) to debut its lineup in Illinois. On June 5, Legacy Spirits will officially launch Batch 206’s Barrel Raider Bourbon, Counter gin, Barrel Aged ‘Old Tom’ Counter gin and Batch 206 Mad Mint vodka into the market, with Old Log Cabin Bourbon to follow later this summer. Illinois marks the 20th state in Batch 206’s footprint.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily


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