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FewIllinois-based Few Spirits is expanding distribution of its namesake 84-proof Breakfast Gin following a successful run in the Chicago area, where the gin launched last summer. Retailing at around $40 a bottle, Few Breakfast Gin—flavored with juniper, lemon peel and Earl Grey tea—is now available in seven states, Washington, D.C., and the U.K., with more markets slated to follow. It’s IMG_1977geared toward brunch cocktails such as the Ramos Gin Fizz and French 75.

E.&J. Gallo has added a new edition to its fast-rising Viniq liqueur range with the launch of Viniq Glow, a blend of vodka and Moscato with hints of peach and apricot. Glow joins the strawberry and red berry-flavored Ruby and the core Original offering in the Viniq line.

BS-Golden-8New York’s Dreyfus Ashby & Co. is launching French pear liqueur Golden Eight in the U.S. Produced by Alsace-based distiller G.E. Massenez, Golden Eight is made with Pear Williams eau-de-vie that has been aged for eight years. The 25%-abv entry is available in a gift-boxed 750-ml. bottle.

timthumbA. Hardy USA has become the exclusive importer for Prince de Polignac Cognac. The Des Plains, Illinois-based importer will be handling the entire Polignac range, which was recently repackaged in a fashion that celebrates the brand’s history.

TrailsEnd_Batch002_bottle_finalOregon-based Hood River Distillers’ Trail’s End Bourbon is set to hit a slew of new markets this year. Trail’s End (90 proof/$50 a bottle) launched last year in an initial batch of 1,400 nine-liter cases that shipped to 20 states. The current 3,000-case run of the product will expand its distribution territory to 30 states. A Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey aged eight years in charred white oak barrels, Trail’s End is steeped with Oregon oak for a few months and infused with ancnoc-blasMt. Hood spring water to create the finished product.

375 Park Avenue Spirits, a division of Sazerac, is releasing a limited edition under its Highland single malt Scotch brand anCnoc. A collaboration with Scottish-born fashion designer Patrick Grant, the new product, anCnoc Blas (108 proof/$75), was matured in half American oak and half first-fill clyde-may_s-conecuh-ridge-alabama-style-whiskey-2Oloroso casks. Blas is the Gaelic word for “taste.”

Clyde May’s Whiskey, named for a notorious Alabama moonshiner who died in 1990, will launch a 92-proof Straight Bourbon ($40) as well as an 8-year-old, 118-proof Cask Strength offering ($100) this July.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily


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