GSN Backbar Review: January 18-22, 2016

download (2)Domaine Select Wine & Spirits (DSWS) has added France’s Suze Bitters to its national import portfolio. Suze Bitters’ offerings include Aromatic Bitters, Red Aromatic Bitters and Orange Bitters (all 40% abv and $30 a 200-ml.). Concurrently, DSWS’s DSMerchants distribution unit will begin handling products from New Mexico’s KGB Spirits, including Brim Stone Absinthe ($70 a 750-ml.) and three whiskies: Governor’s Reserve 4 Year, John David Albert 5 Year Single Barrel and Turley Mill Rye Whiskey Cask Strength ($45-$85). Also joining DSMerchants is Bowen’s American Whiskey ($50) from California, J.P. Trodden Small Batch Bourbon ($70) from Washington and Rebellious Rye Whiskey ($45) from California’s Twisted Manzanita Brewery and Distillery.

download (3)Heaven Hill Brands is introducing Christian Brothers Apple, a new flavored extension to the brandy label. Building off of the success of Christian Brothers Honey and Peach, Christian Brothers Apple is 35% abv and retails around $11 a 750-ml.

download (4)William Grant & Sons has unveiled Tullamore D.E.W. Trilogy, the oldest expression to date in the Irish whiskey franchise. The new permanent addition to the brand’s lineup is a 15-year-old blend of three whiskies distilled three times and matured in three cask types—Bourbon barrels, Oloroso Sherry butts and rum casks. Tullamore D.E.W. Trilogy will be available in the U.S. next month at a suggested retail price of $79.99 a 750-ml.

download (5)Moët Hennessy’s Glenmorangie single malt has introduced a new Scotch whisky under its annual Private Edition collection. The new offering, Glenmorangie Milsean, is a no-age-statement whisky that was first matured in ex-Bourbon casks before spending a number of years of extra aging in heavily toasted Portuguese wine casks. The 46% abv entry is launching worldwide. 1,500 cases have been imported to the U.S., where Milsean will retail at $99 a bottle.

download (6)Lucas Bols USA is adding a new flavor, Parfait Amour, to its Bols liqueur line. Retailing at around $18 a 750-ml., Parfait Amour is a dark purple liqueur “with an aromatic floral taste that comes from rose and violet petals, enhanced by vanilla, orange peel and almonds,” says Lucas Bols, which suggests adding half an ounce of Parfait Amour to a glass of Champagne.

imagesWinemaker Rajat Parr and Ascendant Spirits master distiller Stephen Gertman have collaborated on a new gin brand, Calyx. The inaugural edition of Calyx (47.5% abv), which retails at $50 a 750-ml., has launched in a run of 3,500 six-pack cases. A new “vintage” will follow in October with production boosted to 5,000 six-pack cases. Produced from a mix of organic botanicals including angelica, coriander, elderflower, ginger, honeysuckle and locally-sourced grapefruit peel and mint, Calyx will be released in a new vintage each year.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily


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