Illinois-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 geared 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.
New 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.
A. 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.
Oregon-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 Mt. 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 Oloroso 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