Lenexa, Kansas’ Union Horse Distilling Company, formerly known as Dark Horse Distillery, is launching a Reunion Straight Rye Whiskey and Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The small-batch, copper pot-distilled offerings are aged up to five years. Reunion (93 proof) is a 100% rye whiskey, while the Bourbon (92 proof) is distilled from a sour mash recipe. The newcomers join Long Shot White Whiskey and Rider Vodka in Union Horse’s craft spirits portfolio. Union Horse’s offerings are available in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
Single malt Scotch brands Highland Park and Laphroaig each have new whiskies coming to market. Available at specialty retailers, Highland Park’s newest release is the Ice Edition 17-year-old (53.9% abv). The global release is limited to 30,000 bottles and carries a suggested retail price of £190 ($268). Highland Park Ice Edition was aged predominantly in Bourbon casks. Laphroaig’s new entry is Lore, bottled from a selection of casks including Bourbon, first-fill Sherry butts and smaller quarter casks. It is bottled at 48% abv and will be available globally, hitting the U.S. in May at around $125.
Stoli Group USA is rolling out a new gluten-free vodka extension for its Stolichnaya vodka brand, in line with consumer trends toward gluten-free products. Made from 88% corn and 12% buckwheat, Stoli Gluten Free will retail for about $20 a 750-ml. The bottle features TTB-classified gluten-free messaging as well as a unique batch number and the signature of Rolands Zarinovs, who oversees Stoli vodka products. It will also be available in 50-ml. and 1-liter formats. Stoli Gluten Free will be available nationwide beginning in April.
All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily