Pernod Ricard is innovating in the domestic vodka category, targeting the segment with a new brand called Smithworks. Made with corn from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, and water from Lake Fort Smith in Arkansas, Smithworks is distilled three times and charcoal filtered. The new product retails at $19.99 a 750-ml., and is also available in 50-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liter sizes.
Louisville, Kentucky-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has released Cr&ftwerk, a new range of small-batch American brandies aged in craft beer barrels. The lineup features four different expressions, each aged for 12 months in ex-beer barrels from a different craft brewery, including 3 Floyds, Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues and Against The Grain. The Cr&ftwerk brandies, which are all bottled at 111 proof, are available on allocation throughout Copper & Kings’ 22-market footprint, priced at $50 a 750-ml. In addition to Cr&ftwerk, the Copper & Kings stable also includes Craft Distilled Brandy ($35), Butchertown Brandy ($60), Immature Brandy ($30), Absinthe Blanche ($55) and Un-Aged Apple Brandy ($30).
Edrington Group has unveiled a new ultra-high-end expression of its Macallan single malt, a 65-year-old Scotch whisky bottled in Lalique crystal. The sixth and final release in the brand’s series of Lalique-bottled whiskies, Macallan’s 65-year-old is its oldest offering to date. Of 450 decanters released globally, 140 have been earmarked for the U.S., retailing at $35,000 apiece.
Campari America has added to Skyy Vodka’s Infusions flavor range with the launch of Honeycrisp Apple and Tropical Mango. The new Skyy flavors will be available beginning this spring in 50-ml. ($1.99), 750-ml. ($13.99), 1-liter ($16.99) and 1.75-ml. ($19.99) formats. Skyy Infusions also include Citrus, Coastal Cranberry, Texas Grapefruit and Pacific Blueberry, among others.
Sonoma’s 3 Badge Beverage Corp. (formerly The Other Guys) is adding to its fast-growing spirits portfolio with a new Tequila brand, Pasote. Including Blanco (retailing at $49), Reposado ($59) and Añejo ($69) Tequilas, Pasote is made from blue agave and distilled in copper pot stills. The brand, which is launching in select markets nationwide, is packaged in custom-made bottles, each of which displays a distinctive wave pattern in the glass.
Ireland’s Teeling Whiskey is launching 12 single barrel bottlings in the U.S. ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. The 12 individual casks of Teeling Irish single malt whiskey—matured in Bourbon barrels and finished in White Port barrels—have been hand-bottled for top American on- and off-premise accounts, including Total Wine, Binny’s, Liquor Barn, Argonaut Wine & Liquor, and the Bellagio and MGM casinos, among others. Teeling’s Single Barrel Series, imported by Young’s Market subsidiary Infinium Spirits, will retail at approximately $85 a bottle.
California-based Graton Distilling Company, part of Purple Wine + Spirits, is introducing its first craft spirits offering, D. George Benham’s Sonoma Dry gin. The new product is created with 12 botanicals including juniper, coriander, citrus and locally grown Meyer Lemon and Buddha’s Hand. Young’s Market Company’s Craft Spirits division will handle Sonoma Dry in California, where it will retail at $40.
New Jersey-based importer Biggar & Leith, recently founded by William Grant and Proximo veteran Elwyn Gladstone, has unveiled its first product, Malfy GQDI Gin. Gladstone, who is developing a portfolio of premium European spirits at Biggar & Leith, says Malfy is the first Italian gin to be imported to the U.S., and is distinctive for its infusion of lemons from the Amalfi Coast. The 41% abv gin, which retails at $30 a 750-ml., will be distributed nationally starting this month. Malfy is distilled in Moncalieri, Italy, by the Vergnano family.
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