Until recently, the only method of making aged spirits was to mature them in barrels for years, but new technology is dramatically shortening the process. Start-up player Lost Spirits Distillery has developed a reactor that can replicate up to 20 years of maturation in just six to eight days. This week, the company is unveiling four new spirits brands—two rums and two whiskies—that were made with this new technology. The 46-percent abv Santeria rum ($35 a 750-ml. bottle) is made with molasses-based distillate using classic Jamaican-style “dunder” techniques and virgin American oak in the reactor. The 70.5-percent abv Cuban Inspired rum ($42) is distilled from molasses and uses virgin American oak, aiming to emulate the heavy pot-still rums of pre-Revolution Cuba. The 61.2-percent abv Rattleback rye whiskey ($43) is distilled from rye and barley and uses Sherry-seasoned American oak. The 57-percent abv Abomination ($47) is a heavily peated malt whisky made in Scotland and aged in the reactor with new American oak that’s been seasoned with late-harvest Riesling.
Bacardi Ltd.’s John Dewar & Sons unit will release two new single malt expressions, Aberfeldy 16-year-old and Craigellachie 17-year-old, this fall. Retail pricing hasn’t been determined, the company said. Previous releases for those brands include Craigellachie 13-year-old ($55) and 23-year-old ($280), and Aberfeldy 12-year-old ($45) and 21-year-old ($195). According to Impact Databank, Aberfeldy sold about 7,000 cases in the U.S. last year, while Craigellachie was at 2,000 cases.
Prestige Beverage Group’s Kinky brand has extended its RTD cocktail range with the launch of Extra Kinky Red. The new 8%-abv addition features a blend of watermelon and strawberry flavors and is available in 16- and 23.5-ounce cans. Slated to roll out by Labor Day, Extra Kinky Red joins Kinky’s existing cocktail range, which includes the core Pink, Blue, Red and Gold expressions, as well as the higher-alcohol Extra Kinky Pink, Blue and Gold labels.
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