GSN Backbar Review: February 8-12, 2016

distilleries-greenbar-craft-distillery-greenbar-slow-hand-whiskey.600x800Los Angeles-based Greenbar Distillery has launched its Slow Hand Six Woods whiskey nationwide. Matured in French white oak, hickory, maple, mulberry, red oak and grape woods, Slow Hand comes in two variants: Six Woods Malt, which is 84 proof and retails at $45 a 750-ml.; and Six Woods Cask, which is 115 proof and retails at $38 a 375-ml.

Loch_Lomond_A. Hardy USA has formed an alliance with Scotland’s Loch Lomond distillery for U.S. distribution of its Scotch whisky lineup. Distribution of Loch Lomond’s whiskies to select U.S. markets is set to begin in March. The independent Scottish distiller and blender owns one of six grain distilleries in Scotland, in addition to the Glen Scotia distillery in Campbeltown and Loch Lomond distillery located near the Scottish Highlands.

SH_Liquor.com_2.5.16Los Angeles-based Stillhouse Spirits is relaunching its American corn whiskey brand exclusively in 750-ml. proprietary stainless steel cans. The range—which includes Original, Apple Crisp, Peach Tea, Coconut, Mint Chip and Red Hot—is produced with estate-grown corn at Virginia and Kentucky distilleries. Stillhouse Original is 40% abv, while the flavors are at 34.5% abv and all retail for $27.99.

4-Bottles-Shot1Diageo is debuting a special edition of Johnnie Walker Blue Label to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Launching nationwide in limited release, Johnnie Walker Blue Label 2016 Year of the Monkey marks the third annual Lunar New Year edition for the brand. Packaged in a commemorative bottle, the special offering is 43% abv and retails at $258 a 750-ml.

392168In March, Louisville’s Michter’s Distillery will launch a new bottling of its 10-year Single Barrel Rye, the product’s first release since 2014. Master distiller Willie Pratt opted not to bottle any of his older rye stocks in 2015, despite the fact that they were already more than 10 years old, as he felt they required another year of maturation. Michter’s 10-year Single Barrel Rye is rolling out at a suggested retail price of $150 a 750-ml.

rye_1xBrown-Forman is introducing a new Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye whiskey into national distribution this month. The third offering in the brand’s Single Barrel series—joining Single Barrel Select and Barrel Proof—the rye has a grain bill of 70% rye, 18% corn and 12% malted barley. Single Barrel Rye is 94 proof and will retail at around $50 a 750-ml. bottle.

lejay-logoLejay, the small artisanal crème de cassis brand that has been available in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts since 2013, will see its distribution extended to California in March. The liqueur, made in Dijon, France, and bottled at 18% abv, will be distributed by Southern Wine & Spirits, which already distributes Lejay in New York. The brand retails at $30 a 750-ml. Arnaud Brachet, who heads up Lejay’s U.S. importing, said he hopes to expand its presence further to Illinois and other states in the near future. With a history dating back to 1841, Lejay is widely considered the original French cassis liqueur, though it was little known outside western Europe as recently as five years ago.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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