South Africa’s Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, part of the Distell portfolio, is set to enter the U.S. market for the first time this month. Produced by Wellington, South Africa-based James Sedgwick Distillery, Bain’s is a 100% single-grain whisky, made with corn and aged using first-fill Bourbon casks. The premium offering, which retails at around $29.95, will initially be available in Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri, with further U.S. expansion slated for the fall. Bain’s Cape will be imported by Distell Imports.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Griffon Brands LLC has launched a new premium boxed vodka brand, Griffon Vault, to a handful of U.S. markets, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The brand is packaged in 1-liter boxes, which are made from 100% recycled materials and have a 70% smaller carbon footprint than glass vodka bottles. Griffon Vault is produced in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and is currently available in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa and Minnesota. The company expects to reach 17 states within the next year. Griffon Vault vodka retails at about $15 a 1-liter.
Trinchero Family Estates has bolstered its spirits portfolio with the national launch of Amador Whiskey Co. Double Barrel Bourbon. An 86.8-proof offering, the whiskey was crafted from 280 barrels of Kentucky Bourbon aged from three to 10 years in charred new American oak, which was then finished in wine barrels from Trinchero’s Napa Valley estate. Double Barrel retails at $40 a 750-ml. The Amador portfolio also includes a limited edition luxury whiskey, Ten Barrels ($100), of which only 686 six-pack cases are produced annually.
Texas-based Garrison Brothers Distillery is re-releasing its Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon (TM) in limited quantities this summer. First produced in 2013, the 67.5%-abv entry is made with organic corn, winter wheat and two-row malted barley, and was originally aged in white oak barrels for two years and packaged in 375-ml. bottles. This year’s release, however, has been aged for four years in white oak and packaged in a 750-ml. format. Limited to 5,200 bottles, the Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon (TM) 2015 edition will be available at select accounts nationwide, priced in line with the 2013 version at roughly $159.99-$169.99 a bottle.
Diageo will debut a new limited edition Johnnie Walker Select Casks series of special wood-finished whiskies this fall, beginning with Johnnie Walker Select Casks: Rye Cask Finish. Rolling out October 1, the first whisky under the Select Casks umbrella is a 10-year-old, 46%-abv blend retailing at $45 a bottle. While a limited edition, Select Casks: Rye Cask Finish will be available in significant quantities in all U.S. markets.
Hood River Distillers is extending its Pendleton Whisky brand with a higher-proof offering, Pendleton Midnight. The Oregon-based company will introduce Pendleton Midnight—a 90-proof Canadian whisky, compared with the core brand’s 80-proof level—in select markets this September. Midnight, a portion of which is aged in American brandy barrels, is retail-positioned around $35 a 750-ml., while the core Pendleton Whisky is at about $25. Hood River says the newcomer is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks, and is also well-suited to classic cocktails. Pendleton sells more than 150,000 cases annually in the U.S.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily