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Novo-Fogo-CachacaBrazilian cachaça brand Novo Fogo has unveiled a new single-barrel lineup. Featuring four expressions aged in oak, the range includes the 1-year-old Barrel 86 ($49.99 a 750-ml.), 3-year-old Barrel 33 ($69.99) and Barrel 152 ($69.99), and 5-year-old Barrel 87 ($99.99) entries. The four expressions are limited to between 204-372 bottles each. They join Novo Fogo’s existing stable of organic, small-batch cachaças, which includes the brand’s Silver ($29.99), Chameleon ($32.99), Barrel-Aged ($34.99) and Tanager ($34.99) offerings.

blood-oath-pact-no-2Luxco is launching a second edition of its super-premium Bourbon brand, Blood Oath. The limited release Pact No. 2 is a blend of three Bourbons ranging in aging from seven to 11 years—the first of which is a seven-year rye finished in port barrels, the second is an 11-year wheated Bourbon and the last is an 11-year rye. Blood Oath Pact No. 2 (98.6 proof) is available in limited quantities—7,500 three-packs—for a suggested retail price of $100 a 750-ml. Each bottle is sold in a commemorative fire-branded wooden box. The Pact collection debuted last year, with each subsequent annual release highlighting a different variant.

St-George-Baller-Whiskey_0099THUMBAlameda, California-based St. George Spirits has debuted two new craft offerings. Set to launch this April in California, St. George’s Baller single malt whiskey ($65 a 750-ml.) is made with 100% American barley. The 47%-abv California whiskey is aged three to four years in Bourbon and French oak wine barrels, then filtered before being finished in ex-umeshu (Japanese plum liqueur) casks. Concurrently, St. George has unveiled Bruto Americano ($30), a bitter aperitivo liqueur made with a proprietary blend of herbs, roots and botanicals. Bruto Americano will initially roll out in California this May, with expansion into additional states slated for later this summer.

Till-American-Wheat-Vodka.MGP Ingredients is launching a new premium vodka brand, Till American Wheat. Distilled from Kansas wheat, Till (80 proof) is debuting first in Kansas and Missouri in both 750-ml. and 1-liter sizes, with the 750-ml. retailing at $25. MGP was named Whisky Advocate’s Distillery of the Year for 2015. Known primarily for contract production, MGP also introduced its own Metze’s Select Indiana Bourbon last fall, sold and marketed through Anchor Distilling.

7975German spirits producer Berentzen has extended its fruit liqueur range with a new Peach entry. Made with 100% single-grain wheat and natural juice and fruit, Berentzen Peach liqueur retails at $19.99 a 750-ml. and joins existing Apple, Pear and Wild Cherry offerings in the brand’s fruit liqueur lineup. The Berentzen portfolio is handled in the U.S. by New Jersey-based Vision Wine & Spirits.

Kikori_2up_BottleLos Angeles-based Soh Spirits has introduced a new Japanese whisky brand, Kikori, in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii, distributed by Southern Wine & Spirits. The 41%-abv offering, which retails at $50 a 750-ml., is distilled from rice and matured in a combination of American, French and Sherry oak for 3-10 years. Billed as a lighter style than most Japanese whiskies, Kikori is slated to expand to more markets over the course of this year.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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