GSN Spirited News: May 3rd 2022 Edition

San Antonio-based Maverick Spirits is introducing Samuel Maverick Agave Blanco, a Texas-made take on Tequila. It is distilled from 100% Blue Agave nectar using a hybrid still (pot and column) and bottled in-house. Maverick Spirit’s Agave Blanco is available in 750-ml. bottles for a suggested retail price of $40 online and at the distillery in San Antonio. It is distributed by Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) in Texas.

Mijenta Tequila has launched a new añejo expression, the first from the luxury-priced brand. The Tequila matured for 18 months in a combination of four different barrel types—American white oak, French oak, French acacia casks, and cherry barrels—before bottling at 40% abv. Mijenta Gran Añejo, created by author and Tequila Maestra Ana Maria Romero, is available in limited quantities, with only 2,160 bottles available for a suggested price of $199 a 750-ml.

Seattle, Washington’s Westland Distillery, part of the Rémy Cointreau portfolio, has announced Colere Edition 2 American Single Malt Whiskey, the latest addition to the distillery’s Outpost Range of whiskies. The 50% abv whiskey is distilled from Talisman barley and matures in used oak casks, a decision the distillery made to highlight the grain over barrel influence. For the second edition of Colere, Westland has released 3,000 bottles to select retailers for a suggested price of $150 a 700-ml. bottle.

Cardenxe is a new sotol brand launching this week. Sotol is a Mexican spirit native to the Chihuahua region distilled from the dasylirion plant, a member of the asparagaceae family. Cardenxe, whose name references both a historical music genre from the region and a cactus that often grows along with the sotol plant, is launching with two varieties: Sotol De La Sierra (40% abv, $90 a 750-ml) and Sotol De Desierto (45% abv, $60). It is available online and at select retail locations in New York City.

Brown-Forman has announced two new permanent extensions in the Jack Daniel’s family of whiskies, kicking off the company’s series of bonded releases. Jack Daniel’s Bonded is a higher abv version of the company’s flagship Tennessee whiskey bottled in accordance with the Bottled in Bond act. The second whiskey, Triple Mash, is a blend of bonded Tennessee whiskey, rye, and American malt whiskey. Both whiskies are at 50% abv with the Bonded Tennessee whiskey retailing for $30 a bottle and the Triple Mash going for $33. Both are packaged in 700-ml. bottles.

Georgetown, Kentucky’s Blue Run Spirits has launched Reflection I, the company’s second whiskey release this year. The whiskey was distilled by Jim Rutledge at Castle & Key in 2018, and just 200 barrels were blended for the new release, which is bottled at 47.5% abv. Reflection I is now available in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas through RNDC; Georgia via Savannah; South Carolina and Tennessee through Advintage; Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Delaware from Prestige-Ledroit; California, Colorado, Illinois, and Florida via Breakthru; and New Jersey from Fedway Associates for a suggested price of $90 a 750-ml.

Luxco has launched Alias Straight Rye Whiskey. Distilled at Luxco’s Ross & Squibb Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Alias is bottled at 45% abv and is available starting this month. Alias Straight Rye Whiskey features a mashbill that is 51% rye, 45% corn, and 4% barley malt. The brand’s name pays tribute to American early female distilling pioneers, many of whom used their initials to hide their gender in order to own and operate distilleries.

Scottish gin Caorunn has launched its Highland Strength gin in the U.S. The 54% abv gin is made using a blend of Scottish botanicals—rowan berry, bog myrtle, heather, dandelion, and Coul Blush apple—and traditional gin aromatics, and is produced in a Copper Berry Chamber, an essential oil extractor originally designed for making perfume. Caorunn Highland Strength is now available across the U.S. for a suggested price of $40 a bottle.

Louisville, Kentucky-based Buzzard’s Roost is relaunching its inaugural whiskey under a new name. Char 1 Rye, formerly known as Very Small Batch Rye, is a three-year-old Indiana rye whiskey. “We are the first whiskey brand to only use Char 1 barrels for the second barrel maturation, and we do it because of what it brings to the whiskey in terms of flavor and color,” noted co-founder and master blender Jason Brauner. Retailing at $49 a 750-ml., the 52.5% abv whiskey has a mashbill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. It’s currently distributed to Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, New Mexico, and Arkansas, with further expansion planned.

Calirosa Tequila has launched its first limited edition extra añejo. The tequila, like all of Calirosa’s offerings, matured in California red wine barrels; in this case, the extra añejo aged for five years before bottling at 40% abv. The spirit is made at the Amatitán, Jalisco, Mexico-based facility owned by the Real family and led by master distiller Luis Trejo Rodriguez. Calirosa Cinco Años Extra Añejo carries a suggested price of $299 a 750-ml. and will be available through Total Wine’s Concierge membership program as well as at select liquor stores across the U.S.

The Brand House’s Omage brandy is now available in cities across the U.S. The brandy—available in VS, VSOP, and XO expressions—is made using California grapes and is inspired by the production and aging methods found in Cognac. The expressions are aged for two, four, and six years, respectively, and carry suggested retail prices of $26, $36, and $90. Currently available in cities like New York, Boston, Detroit, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Los Angeles, among others, the brand is planning for further expansion this year.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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