GSN Backbar Review: October 5-9, 2015

downloadNorthern California’s Timberlane LLC is releasing a very limited Twenty-One Year Straight Applejack this fall. The long-aged 92 proof California applejack will retail for about $125 a 750-ml. bottle, and will be distributed through Southern Wine and Spirits’ Artisanal Group in Northern and Southern California. Only 600 cases will be released. Both Arkansas Black Straight Applejack expressions contain 100% apples, and do not contain grain spirits.

download (1)Serrallés USA is releasing a high-end limited edition bottling, Gran Reserva de la Familia Serrallés, in celebration of the Puerto Rico-based company’s 150th anniversary. The luxury offering, which includes 20-year-old rums hand-selected by sixth-generation distiller Roberto Serrallés, is hitting the market in a rollout of only 1,865 bottles, which retail at $1,865 apiece.

download (2)Campari America has extended its Cynar liqueur brand for the first time with the launch of Cynar 70, a higher-proof offering. At 70 proof, the new entry features double the alcohol content of Cynar’s original artichoke-based Italian liqueur. Cynar 70 will be available nationwide in a 1-liter format, priced at around $34.99 a bottle. According to Campari, the offering is designed to meet a growing demand for higher alcohol content spirits, and is intended to be consumed chilled, on the rocks or as a shot.

download (3)Diageo is debuting a new line of 60-proof bottled whisky cocktails under the Studebaker brand name. Made with Canadian whisky, Studebaker’s cocktail lineup includes a Manhattan—featuring sweet vermouth and bitters with maraschino cherry—and Old Fashioned, blended with cherry, orange and bitters. Studebaker’s bottled cocktails will retail at $24.99 a 750-ml. bottle.

download (4)New York-based Riviera Imports has launched a new mezcal brand, Tres Papalote, in the U.S. market. Debuting in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Miami and Chicago this month, Tres Papalote is being offered initially in two expressions—one 40% abv ($45-$48 retail) and one 46% abv ($60). A 50% mezcal retailing at $85-$100 will follow next year.

download (5)Beam Suntory is rolling out a new edition of its Laphroaig Cairdeas single malt. Laphroaig Cairdeas 2015 was made by master distiller John Campbell to commemorate the distillery’s 200th anniversary, with its style designed to mirror the whiskies produced by Laphroaig when it first opened in the early 1800s. The new special edition of Cairdeas is 51.5% abv and available nationwide, retailing at $75 a 750-ml. bottle.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

 

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