GSN Backbar Review: April 11-15, 2016

1Napa winery Ca’ Momi has forayed into spirits with the launch of a new Ca’ Momi vodka. Made from premium Napa wine grapes, Ca’ Momi vodka is triple distilled and minimally filtered. The small-batch offering is priced at $50 a 750-ml. The upscale vodka will be distributed nationally alongside its wines.

Barrel-Strength-Bulleit-Bulleit-Bourbon-bottleHigh-flying Bulleit Bourbon is being extended with a Barrel Strength edition. The first 3,000 cases of the new offering, which retails at around $50 a bottle, are debuting in Kentucky this week, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. Bulleit Barrel Strength joins the original Bourbon, as well as Rye and 10-year-old variants in the brand line.

t6800440be_1Newport, Oregon-based Rogue Ales & Spirits has unveiled its first straight whiskey. Made with Rogue Farms-sourced malt, Rogue Spirits’ Oregon Single Malt Whiskey is aged for at least two years in American oak. The 40%-abv expression is available at select retail accounts throughout the U.S. Oregon Single Malt Whiskey joins Chipotle Whiskey, Oregon Rye Whiskey and Dead Guy Whiskey in Rogue’s craft spirits portfolio.

Coopers-CraftBrown-Forman is launching a new whiskey brand, Coopers’ Craft, its first new Bourbon label in two decades. Coopers’ Craft, whose name is a nod to the barrel-making process and its importance to Bourbon production, is an 82.2 proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon. It will debut this summer across eight southeastern markets—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee—retailing at around $29 a 750-ml.

2016 TLD 50YO Double Matured bottle & miniU.K.–based luxury independent bottler The Last Drop Distillers has released its sixth offering. With only 898 bottles available, the 50-year-old Double Matured blended Scotch whisky ($4,500) was originally created in 1995 as a 30-year-old premium blend and then matured for an additional 20 years in ex-Sherry casks. Like all The Last Drop spirits, the 51.8% abv whisky is packaged with a 750-ml. bottle and 50-ml. miniature bottle for the U.S. market.

Porton-Acholado-PiscoPisco Portón LLC is extending its namesake brand with a new variant, Portón Acholado. An acholado pisco is an expression of the Peruvian spirit made with a blend of two or more of the eight allowed grape varietals. Portón’s acholado is a mix of estate-grown Quebranta, Italia and Torontel grapes. The newcomer is hitting key U.S. markets this month, retailing at around $35 a 750-ml.

565c927cef8a99b2f077c0824cc39b15Kicking off a new “Noble Collection” of limited-edition whiskies under its Crown Royal brand, Diageo has introduced Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend. The new luxury Crown Royal edition is a 40.3%-abv blend of three whiskies: a Bourbon-style Canadian whisky, a spicy Canadian rye and Crown Royal’s Coffey Rye whisky. Retailing at $59.99 a 750-ml., Cornerstone is rolling out nationwide, limited to around 10,000 cases. Diageo plans to release a new specialty Canadian whisky under Crown Royal’s Noble Collection annually.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily


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