GSN Review: Rightside Brewing Mocktail Subscription Box

Rightside Brewing’s Mocktail Moments gives you a different way to drink non-alcoholic beer with a unique and seasonal recipe every three months for one year. Learn how to make beer-based mocktails with the confidence that your drinks will turn out delicious. Each box contains a recipe card and enough ingredients to make four mocktails. Plus two extra Rightside non-alcoholic beers as a bonus. The first box ships the first week in January 2022.

Rightside Brewing officially launched on December 18, 2020, offering nationwide delivery for its non-alcoholic beer. Rightside was founded by mother-of-two, Emree Woods, who was seeking a great tasting, non-alcoholic beer product while pregnant, and after discovering the options were limited and some products were sub-par, she decided to launch her own product for people making conscious decisions to not drink.

Rightside partnered with Big Kettle Brewing, a contract brewer in Lawrenceville, Ga.,to brew and package their product. Big Kettle comes with extensive brewing experience and expertise, and during the past two years has helped to perfect the formulation and process, yielding great-tasting non-alcoholic beers.

GSN’s Remarks: This is a great idea that we’re surprised han’t been leapt on by other companies by now. Mocktails are hot, and the NA beer category is growing by leaps and bounds as well. The fact that Rightside has partnered with Kentucky 74 is brilliant. We also like the idea of a subscrition box, which always comes as a pleasnat surprise when it arrives. The cocktail we received was a Maple Bourbon Shandy, which was refreshing, sweet and completely non-intoxicating. We approve, especially as we head into “Dry January”. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Rightside Brewing


GSN Review: Sokol Blosser Bluebird Cuvée Brut Sparkling

Sokol Blosser Winery, one of the Willamette Valley’s pioneering wineries celebrating 50 years in 2021, has released the 2019 vintage of its Bluebird Cuvée Brut Sparkling just in time for holiday toasts. Bluebird Cuvée Brut Sparkling is a proprietary assemblage of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Müller-Thurgau and Muscat. The wine is made in the Méthode Traditionnelle style.

“This vintage of Bluebird Cuvée is especially exciting because it is now made from 100 percent Willamette Valley fruit,” said Sokol Blosser CEO Alison Sokol Blosser. “Robin Howell, our sparkling winemaker, has become an exceptionally skilled sparkling winemaker and with previous vintages selling out, we’re increasing production to meet marketplace demand – Oregon sparkling wines are definitely gaining ground.”

The Bluebird Cuvée label also showcases Sokol Blosser’s long-time support of the Prescott Western Bluebird Recovery Project, with a pen-and-ink style image of a Western Bluebird created by artist Jared Tuttle. For more than 20 years, Sokol Blosser has offered needed shelter and support to preserve a breeding habitat for Western Bluebirds, with 15 bird houses on its organically-farmed property.

GSN’s Remarks: Notes of apple and pear on the nose, with yeasty, bready overtones. Mostly dry and crisp, with medium-light carbonation. The flavors are again of bright apple, lemon zest and baguette. A perfect wine to enjoy with charcuterie. Try a mix of creamy cheeses, briny olives and Marcona almonds, along with Italian salamis. We really enjoyed this one. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Sokol Blosser


GSN Review: Concerto Reggiano Lambrusco DOC

The 130-year-old Italian winery Medici Ermete presents its first vintage of certified organic Concerto Reggiano Lambrusco DOC, marking the beginning of the winery’s “Generation 2031” campaign that represents a commitment to environmental, ethical-social, and economic sustainability.

“The certification comes after three years of conversion of all five of our estates from sustainable farming to certified organic farming,” explains Alessandro Medici, fifth generation Brand Ambassador of the winery and son of owner Alberto Medici. “Organic viticulture means growing grapes without the use of chemically synthesized products (for example, herbicides, fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides), and without the use of GMOs, which we have never used. For us this is an ethical choice, aimed at respecting the territory and safeguarding and supporting biodiversity.”

Concerto Reggiano Lambrusco DOC is the world’s first single vineyard vintage Lambrusco, a wine that has earned the Tre Bicchieri award for 13 years running, securing its latest Tre Bicchieri in 2021 with the 2019 vintage. It has been produced sustainably for decades by Medici Ermete. The winery is located in Reggio Emilia, the northeast province of Italy renowned for sparkling Lambrusco wine production. They began conversion to 100% organic viticulture in 2018.

Alessandro Medici explains the components of Generation 2031: “We aim to reduce and ultimately eliminate our carbon footprint and to support biodiversity through organic viticulture. We will apply it in the context of circular economy, including the reuse of waste products such as grape marc, which we will reintegrate into the production chain. We will also engage and raise awareness among employees, suppliers, and customers – in short, all the stakeholders that revolve around the company – so that they too can embrace a more sustainable future with Medici Ermete.”

GSN’s Remarks: Very much a berry driven wine both in terms of color and flavor. Dry cherry, raspberry, and blackberry tinged with a touch of balsamic vinegar. Lots of acid and medium tannins. The carbonation wotrks well with fatty cured meats like mortadella and rosemary pork. An easy going, fun and dry pleaser. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Medici


GSN Alert: December 6th – National Bartender Appreciation Day

bad_desktopwllpapr4This coming Saturday marks the 4th Annual Bartender Appreciation Day.  Sponsored by Sailor Jerry Rum, this day encourages customers to give a little bit extra for the men and women behind the stick who serve us those thirst quenching beverages 365 days a year!

Here are some interesting facts to consider:

  • A vast majority of Americans — 76 percent to be exact — think a bartender is more important than the décor of a bar.
  • Seventy-four percent of respondents who visit bars tip a bartender more than 15 percent.  And 74 percent also believe that the better they tip, the better service they will receive.
  • Respondents in the South are the most generous tippers, with 57 percent of those who visit a bar tipping a bartender 20 percent or more.
  • Sixty-three percent of female respondents who visit a bar find people who leave good tips for bartenders more appealing, while 60 percent of men find the same.
  • Forty-four percent of respondents who visit bars agree that they would never go out on another date with a person if they did not tip the bartender.  Broken down by gender, women lead the pack, with 51 percent saying they would not go on another date, with only 37 percent of men feeling the same way.
  • Men who visit bars are more likely than women to leave large tips of more than 20 percent.
  • Of all respondents who visit bars, people between the ages of 21-34 tip the highest with 61 percent tipping 16 percent or more, compared to only 47 percent of respondents over 45 years of age.

Statistics from The Harris Interactive survey in 2011 which involved 2,078 adults

Bartender Appreciation Toast

Here’s to the men and women who give up their late nights out, so we can have ours

Who make our drinks, pour our shots, and give us our nightly snacks

We honour their hard work and their unwavering patience

Without them, we would be out on the street or even worse, stuck at home.

We raise our glass in solidarity

GSN Alert: Pandora Launches Cocktail Party Suite of Music Stations for National Bartender Day

Pandora is here to soundtrack the joyous return to seasonal festivities with a new Cocktail Party Suite of specially-curated music stations launching today in celebration of National Bartender Day

Pandora’s Cocktail Party Suite is comprised of 10 uniquely-themed music stations designed to fit every flavor of cocktail party — from Christmas classics on the Yuletide Cocktail Party station, to the Hipster Cocktail Party station for those who prefer a trendier soundtrack, to the Southern Comfort: Cocktail Party station for the country fans in the family. 

Yuletide Cocktail Party is home to Christmas favorites including Ella Fitzgerald’s “Winter Wonderland” and She & Him’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” while Swingin’ Lounge features classics like “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin and “The Way You Look Tonight” by Billie Holiday. Sip & Vibe: R&B Cocktail Party may be the best pick for today’s National Bartender Day, with adult-beverage anthems like “Bottoms Up” by Trey Songz and Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That).”

National Bartender Day honors the mixologists who whip up our favorite spirits — the hard-working folks who are a key ingredient to any good holiday party. So pour yourself a glass, hit play on one of Pandora’s new Cocktail Party Suite stations, and celebrate in style! See below for the full line-up of stations with links.


Yuletide Cocktail Party            

Cocktail Jazz                          

Pop Lounge                          

Southern Comfort: Cocktail Party

Hipster Cocktail Party 

Tropical Lounge          

Hip Hop Chill 

El Detour                                  

Swingin’ Lounge 

Sip & Vibe: R&B Cocktail Party

GSN Alert: December 5th – Repeal Day

6a00d83451bdba69e2015437daae76970c-450wiAnyone who is a serious student knows about the Volstead Act which ushered in the era of prohibition.  Not many know about the Cullen-Harrison Act which was signed by FDR on March 22, 1933.  It allowed for the sale of 3.2% beer and wine.  It then took until December 5, 1993 for the states to ratify the Act.  It was at this time that national prohibition was officially repealed.  But, get this: it took another 33 years until all 50 states repealed their own laws.  Mississippi was the last to go.

But some forms of prohibition still remain in what are known as “dry counties”.  See the map below.

Map showing dry (red), wet (blue), and mixed (yellow) counties in the United States.

Map showing dry (red), wet (blue), and mixed (yellow) counties in the United States.

For those of you unfortunate enough to live in one of these dry areas, I offer a non-alcoholic toast.  For the rest of my lucky readers, I suggest you remember our past by cracking open a craft beer and watching the short film below.

GSN Review: Tanteo Navidad

Tanteo Tequila, the only distillery owned by its cooperative of agave farmers, recently announced the launch of a new limited-edition, seasonal expression, Tanteo Navidad. The brand’s first-ever aged offering, Navidad is an ultra-premium Añejo tequila rested for 18 months in American oak barrels, then hand-infused with pequin chilis, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and cocoa beans. 10% of all profits from the sale of Tanteo Navidad go towards Un Salto Con Destino, a charity providing essential medical services to underprivileged members of Tanteo’s Mexican community.

Tanteo has been committed to community revitalization since their inception. Prior to the Tanteo Tequila distillery’s arrival, Juanacatlán had fallen on difficult times, with residents often having to travel long distances to find work and support their families. Tanteo Tequila’s presence has not only made employment increasingly available and accessible, it has also enabled many women to join the workforce, many for the first time in their lives. Roughly 80% of the Tanteo Tequila distillery’s workers are female, with a particular emphasis on hiring single mothers and widows.

Tanteo uses estate grown Blue Weber Agave raised in the soils and subtropical climate of Jalisco’s Cienega region, located in the southeast of the Tequila Lowlands and west of the Tequila Highlands. Unlike other spirits that simply add flavor, each Tanteo Tequila is made by infusing fresh ingredients by hand, whether local peppers for their Jalapeno, Chipotle and Habanero tequilas, or pequin chilis and cocoa with seasonal spices for Navidad.

“We’re so proud to release Tanteo Navidad this holiday season, especially after so many people weren’t able to fully celebrate with friends and family last year. Navidad is the perfect spirit to share with company — it makes a great eggnog with lots of flavor and just a hint of spice,” says Master Blender and CEO, Neil Grosscup.

Tanteo Navidad is available exclusively on their website. It can be enjoyed neat or in a variety of cocktails including these recipes.

GSN’s Remarks: A remarkable specialty tequila. The nose holds a friendly chili character, letting you know that this will be a palate warmer. At first taste, the Scoville heat of pequins (30,000 to 60,000 Units) seems as if it will overwhelm the overall character of the tequila, but it is held in check. Many of the other spices play minor walk on roles, but the chocolate does support the lower end of the flavor spectrum. We agree that Tanteo Navidad is best enjoyed in a cocktail, and it does work exceptionally well in a homemade egg nog or coquito. Try it as well in a hot buttered tequila. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Tanteo Tequila



GSN Review: Partida Elegante & Partida Roble Fino Anjeo

Partida Tequila Elegante, an extra añejo tequila aged more than 36 months in American oak, debuted at the Aspen Food and Wine Classic’s ‘Ultimate Agave: Mexico’s Ultra Premium Tequilas’ seminar led by Steven Olson, one of America’s leading spirits experts. “As a passionate tequila consumer, I must say that ‘elegant’ is not a word that I would normally use to describe the category, but the Partida Elegante absolutely merits the description.”, shared Olson.

In addition to the exceptional tequila in the bottle, the packaging (a hallmark of J. Gary Shansby, chairman and CEO of Partida Tequila) for the Elegante is refined and distinctive. The Partida Elegante comes in an individual gift box with numbering on each bottle. The gift box includes a crystal top for the Elegante bottle, which can serve as a decanter once the tequila is finished. Each Elegante bottle has a Mexican sterling silver Partida Tequila Spirit Bird on a black leather strap tied around the neck. The Spirit Bird necklace itself makes a unique and beautiful gift.

GSN’s Remarks: The nose is absolutely smashing, with a fruity, bright and clean scent. Upon entry, the flavor is soft, somewhat oak forward and dry. This opens up into a slightly spicy, round and tempered agave character. The fruit and oak intertwine to perfection, each one sharing the spotlight. There is a slight minty edge on the finish, leaving things crisp, and refreshing. Definitely a fine sipper for very special occasions, this expression is the pinnacle of the Partida line. GSN Rating: A++

Tequila Partida also recently launched Partida Roble Fino, a luxury line of sipping tequilas. Roble Fino, which translates to “Fine Oak”, is a limited release of only 7,200 bottles which are available in select markets across the US. Partida Roble Fino tequilas combine Partida’s award-winning tequila with Edrington’s (owners of Single Malt Scotches The Macallan, Highland Park and The Glenrothes) best in cask management. Roble Fino includes a Reposado, Añejo and the world’s first-ever whisky sherry oak finished Reposado Cristalino.

When Partida’s Maestro Tequilero, José Valdez, visited Scotland for the first time in 2018, he immediately felt the connection to the homeland of the world’s finest single malts. “After my visit to Scotland, I wanted to explore how I can combine these four corners of the world: the volcanic red soil from Mexico, bourbon barrels from the US and Scotland’s single malt barrels finished in Oloroso casks from Jerez de la Frontera,” says Maestro Tequilero José Valdez. “Balancing the journey from Mexico to Scotland and Spain required a great amount of taste testing and in the end, we’ve created an incredible agave-forward spirit, double aged in American oak and Spanish white oak. It’s truly the single malt of tequila and unlike any you’ve ever tasted before.” 

Note: GSN was sent a bottle of the Roble Fino Añejo Sherry Oak Finish for review.

GSN’s Remarks: Tequila and sherry go hand in hand. With the fruitiness inherent in each, they meld into something that often can be greater than either alone. In this case, it is a resounding success. Sherry on the nose with a more subtle agave coloration, makes for a bright and cheery beginning. The taste also carries the sherry forward, but not so much as to overwhelm the tequila spirit. There is a warm nuttiness that blends with the oak and makes for a flavorful baked good character. The finish is quite long with the agave winning out at the end. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Partida Tequila


GSN Review: La Gioiosa Prosecco

Christmas in Italy means celebrations and the wine for celebrating per eccellenza is indisputably a sparkling one. Celebrate the holiday season and the New Year with La Gioiosa Prosecco. La Gioiosa means “the joyous”, so this holiday season while your wine-ing, dining and celebrating with those most dear to you, uncork some Italian prosecco and toast to Italian joy. 

La Gioiosa Prosecco Treviso DOC – La Gioiosa Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine which comes from the Venetian region. La Gioiosa Prosecco Treviso is a light-bodied wine with a pale straw color, and a fruity and flowery aroma with fine aromatic and citrine hints. In Venice, the locals like to serve it throughout the meal. GSN’s Remarks: A slightly sweet prosecco that does indeed work very well with a meal. Refreshing, light and fruity, it is a perfect sparkler to get the party started. GSN Rating: B+

La Gioiosa Prosecco Superiore DOCG – Straw yellow in color, La Gioiosa Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG offers aromas of acacia flowers and citrus on the nose. On the palate, it delivers notes of peach and tropical fruits. And it’s fine, lingering bubbles make for a clean finish. An excellent aperitif, this wine will also pair well with seafood appetizers and light first courses. GSN’s Remarks: We do like this one with oysters, sushi and cheeses such as brie or parmegiano reggiano. It also makes for a refreshing “Champagne Cocktail” if you’re watching your pocketbook. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Ethica Wines


GSN Review: GlenDronach Whisky

Nestled in the valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland hills, is The GlenDronach, one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. The GlenDronach is a true Highland style: perfect for slow aging in Spanish sherry oak. At The GlenDronach Distillery, they have continued the tradition of its founder James Allardice since 1826, by aging their Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky in Spanish Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks from Andalucía, Spain. Its warehouses have been guarded for nearly 200 years by a parliament of rooks who love The GlenDronach so much they try to nest in its warehouses. The distillery folk believe as long as the rooks remain at the distillery, it will be good for the whisky.

The GlenDronach 12 Year Old – Quite fruity on the nose with a caramel apple signature. The palate is sweet with still more apple character. The finish has an autumnal quality of raisins and a wood. GSN Rating: A-

The GlenDronach 15 Year Old – This carries on with the fruitiness, with an apple cake nose. Notes of preserved fruits add a touch of festivity. The flavor is amazingly rich and thick with dried fruit, but also adds some cocoa and cinnamon stick as high notes. The finish has a fruit cake-like fade out. GSN Rating: A

The GlenDronach 18 Year Old – Here, we are getting into heavy sherry territory on the nose, but tinged with a fine edge of aged rum as well. This is almost tropical in character. More of the fruitcake and cocoa are apparent here, with that curious rum character coming out to play. Rich and fulsome, with interesting high notes of berry preserves at the very end. If you like your whisky sweet, this is a masterpiece. GSN Rating: A+

The GlenDronach 21 Year Old – Very complex with a somewhat musty sherry nose. Darker notes of coffee bean and walnut bitters add to the intrigue. The flavor has the expected sweetness, but this is remarkably tempered by the amount of wood that has been infused over two decades. Over the finish, notes of dark cherry, pecan and bitter chocolate bring the journey to a close. GSN Rating: A

The GlenDronach Port Wood – Here again, the fruit forward nose is apparent with dried fig, date, raisin and current. The overall taste is of berries, chocolate, and plenty of oak. A delicate balance between these two elements passes back and forth. A dry and slightly creosote character brings things to a fine finish. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: GlenDronach Distillery


GSN Brews News: November 30th 2021 Edition

San Luis Obispo, California-based Rod & Hammer’s SLO Stills is launching a new line of canned cocktails. Debuting at WhiskyFest San Francisco, the trio of RTDs all feature whiskey. The three varieties are Whiskey Margarita, made with SLO Stills Rye; Whiskey Mule, featuring SLO Bourbon; and Whiskey Paloma, also made with Bourbon. All three are at 11% abv and retail for $18 a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans. After launching at WhiskyFest on December 3, they will be available at select retailers throughout California, as well as online from the company’s website.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Spirited News: November 30th 2021 Edition

Boca Raton, Florida-based tonic and bitters maker Dugan & Dame are releasing chocolate bitters for the holiday season. The limited edition bottles are made in partnership with Dewar’s 15 Year Old Blended Scotch and the chocolate was supplied by Delray Beach, Florida-based 5150 Chocolate, which sourced and roasted Ghanese cocoa for the product. Dugan & Dame’s Cocoa D’amour Chocolate Bitters are available now from its website for $16 a 100-ml. bottle. Dugan & Dame was founded by husband and wife team Vaughan and Angela Dugan.

Tel Aviv, Israel’s M&H Distillery has announced the U.S. launch of Apex Dead Sea, the eighth release from the single malt producer. The 56.2% abv whisky is blended from 20 casks—ex-Bourbon, red wine, and STR (shaved, toasted, recharred) barrels—all matured on the roof of a hotel over 1,000 feet below sea level in the Dead Sea region. The first batch of Apex Dead Sea is limited to 4,892 bottles available in select countries including France, the U.K., the United States, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and Germany.

Utah-based High West is launching new entry High Country Single Malt nationwide early next month. Retailing at $80 a 750-ml., the newcomer is at 44% abv and is the first of the brand’s High Country bottlings to be finished in part in Oloroso sherry barrels, with no peated malt in the blend. Made from 100% High West distillate in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, the whiskey is unfiltered and distilled on the grain.

Código 1530 has partnered with Playboy on a new special edition Tequila, Rare Hare Double Barrel Añejo. Aged in French oak Napa Valley Cabernet wine barrels and finished in Spanish Sherry-Fino casks, the new entry comes in a wooden presentation box and retails at $899 a bottle, with 1,530 individually numbered bottles rolling out. Rare Hare is available on the websites of both Código 1530 and Playboy, as well as in select retail outlets.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Review: Baker’s Exclusive Selection

Baker’s Bourbon recently introduced Baker’s Exclusive Selection, a limited time offering of extra aged single barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey collected from some of Baker Beam’s favorite warehouses on the James B. Beam Distilling Co.’s campus in Clermont, KY. Aged for 11 years and 8 months, the extra time in the barrel along with the changing seasons allows for even more distinct notes and layers of flavor to emerge from each individual barrel of Baker’s Exclusive Selection.

Baker’s Bourbon was created in 1992 by Sixth Generation Beam Master Distiller Booker Noe as part of the original Small Batch Bourbon Collection. Baker’s Bourbon is named after Baker Beam – grand-nephew of Jim Beam and a tenured distiller who worked at the Jim Beam Distillery for 38 years. Baker’s Bourbon began a new era as an exclusively single barrel bourbon in 2019, becoming as uniquely positioned among the James B. Beam Distilling Co. portfolio as its namesake Baker Beam is in the Beam family.

GSN’s Remarks: A wonderful holiday-like nose of fresh baked desserts. Caramel, vanilla, cocoa, nuts, cinnamon, are but a few of the lovely scents on the nose. The overall flavor character follows suit, with more caramel, cocoa, roasted nut and cinnamon toast. The finish is long with a fine fadeout of those selfsame spices. A perfect release for the season. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Baker’s Bourbon


GSN Spirited News: November 23rd 2021 Edition

Glenmorangie, part of the Moet Hennessy portfolio, is launching A Tale of Winter, a new innovation from the single malt Scotch whisky brand. Finished in Marsala wine casks from Sicily, the 13-year-old single malt retails at $100 and is bottled at 46% abv. 

Cognac Frapin is introducing two new offerings in the U.S., a VSOP and VIP XO. Frapin’s VSOP is made of 100% Grande Champagne Cognac, aged in limousin oak, and retails at $70 a 750-ml. The VIP XO expression, higher up the ladder, is a blend enhanced with very old Cognacs from the family cellars and retails at $250.

The Singleton is releasing a new 39-year-old single malt Scotch whisky from The Singleton of Glen Ord Distillery. Aged in a blend of casks including Port, red wine, Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherries, and then finished in French Bordeaux casks, the new luxury malt was bottled at 46.2% abv and retails at $2,680 a bottle, of which 1,695 are being released globally. The Singleton 39-Year-Old follows on from The Singleton 38-Year-Old within the Diageo brand’s Epicurean Odyssey Series.

Italy’s Villa Massa has launched Vermouth Giardino. The new label is debuting with two options, Vermouth Giardino Mediterranean Dry by Villa Massa and Vermouth di Torino Rosso Traditionale by Villa Massa. The former is a contemporary-style dry vermouth made with Sorrento lemon peels, at 18% abv and retailing for $25 a 750-ml. The latter is a Torino-style sweet vermouth, at 16% and the same price point. They are available now in the U.S. The vermouths join Villa Massa Limoncello and Amaretto in the brand’s lineup.

Alameda, California-based St. George Spirits is releasing its annual single malt. A yearly tradition since 2000, St. George Single Malt Whiskey, Lot 21 is blended from 26 barrels of single malt that St. George has distilled over the years, selected by head distiller and blender Dave Smith. With a 100% barley mashbill, the liquid spans batches aged 4.5 to 10 years across Kentucky Bourbon barrels, Tennessee whiskey barrels, apple brandy casks, and California Sauternes-style casks. It’s at 43% abv. The distillery produced 700 cases, with a 750-ml. bottle priced at $100 and available at fine spirits retailers nationally.

Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door whiskey brand has partnered with MGM Resorts International on a new exclusive bottling, 777 Blend. The new entry consists of three 7-year-old straight whiskeys: Heaven’s Door’s previously unreleased wheated Bourbon; a low rye Bourbon; and a straight rye whiskey. The 46.8% proof offering is now available at MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas properties including Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Park MGM, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage, as well as MGM National Harbor in Maryland.

Jefferson’s Bourbon, part of the Pernod Ricard portfolio, has debuted Ocean Voyage 24, the latest offering in its Ocean: Aged At Sea series. For this release, Jefferson’s whiskey traveled by boat through ports in the Caribbean and Central America, resulting in barrel exposure to high heat and tropical humidity. Retailing at $80 a 750-ml., Jefferson’s Ocean Voyage 24 is now available nationwide. Pernod Ricard acquired Jefferson’s along with the rest of Castle Brands for $223 million in 2019.

Conecuh Brands is introducing four new expressions under its Clyde May’s Whiskey label. They include: Clyde May’s Single Barrel Straight Bourbon 5-Year-Old (102 proof, $50); Special Reserve Straight Bourbon 6-Year-Old (110 proof, $60); 13 Year Cask Strength Alabama Style Whiskey (120 proof, $140); and Kentucky Straight Bourbon 15-Year-Old (112 proof, $200). 

Ireland’s Waterford Whisky, founded by industry veteran Mark Reynier, is rolling out a new bottling called Luna, made from biodynamically grown Irish barley. Luna is the latest whisky in Waterford’s Arcadian Series, which showcases rare barleys and forgotten ways of farming. Retailing at $125 a 750-ml., Luna is matured in a combination of 35% first-fill U.S. oak; 17% virgin U.S. oak; 26% premium French oak; and 22% Vin Doux Naturel oak. At 50% abv, it’s debuting in the U.S. in a supply of approximately 21,000 bottles (1,750 cases).

Calirosa Tequila, produced in Jalisco, Mexico, is launching a limited-edition Extra Añejo expression in the U.S. The newcomer is made with 100% blue agave and aged three years in California red wine barrels. Joining Calirosa’s existing lineup of Rosa Blanco and Añejo, Extra Añejo is at 40% abv and is priced at $200 a 750-ml. It’s available to pre-order now on ReserveBar. Calirosa is backed by Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine and his wife, model Behati Prinsloo.

Denver-based Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey has launched the second edition of Mountain Angel, the distillery’s 10-year-old, limited edition single malt whiskey. Batch 2 is bottled at 47.3% abv and matured entirely in new charred American oak casks. The whiskey carries a suggested retail price of $130 and is available in very limited quantities (roughly 600 bottles for this release) at Stranahan’s distillery and in select retail locations. It joins the company’s original expression and sits alongside other limited releases like Snowflake.

The Whistler Irish Whiskey has announced the annual release of its Imperial Stout Cask and Calvados Cask whiskies. This year’s version of The Whistler’s Imperial Stout Cask Finish—dubbed Batch 002—was made in collaboration with O’Hara’s Brewery in Bagenalstown, Ireland. It’s a blend of 50% wheat whiskey, 35% malt whiskey, and 15% grain, aged six months in casks from O’Hara’s that originally housed sherry, and bottled at 43% abv. Calvados Cask Finish is a continued collaboration with Chateau du Breuil composed of 35% malt whiskey and 65% grain whiskey, aged 15 months in the Chateau’s Calvados casks and also bottled at 43%. Only 3,000 bottles from Batch 002 will be available in the U.S. for a suggested $40.

American Liquor Co. Vodka has expanded distribution into Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, on the heels of its successful initial launch in Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. American Liquor Co. Vodka is a four-crop blend made from locally-grown Midwest winter wheat, light rye, Rio Grande potato, and white corn, and was co-founded and blended by master blender Chris Montana, who is also the owner of microdistillery Du Nord Social Spirits in Minneapolis. The brand retails at $24 a 750-ml.

Texas-based Marfa Spirit Co. has launched its inaugural product, Chihuahuan Desert Sotol. Led by entrepreneurs Josh Shepard, Seth Siegel-Gardner, and Morgan Weber in partnership with master sotolero Jacobo Jacquez, who is based in Janos, Mexico, the company aims to bring awareness to sotol with its debut product, which is distilled in Mexico and then processed and bottled in Marfa. Chihuahuan Desert Sotol (45% abv) is now available across Texas, retailing at $49 a 1-liter bottle.

Diageo has announced Johnnie Walker Masters of Flavour, a new ultra-limited release celebrating the vast stores of rare whisky available to master blender Jim Beveridge. The whiskies in the blend are all at least 48 years old and come from ghost distilleries like Glyn Albyn, Port Dundas, Brora, and Glenury Royal, as well as Cameronbridge, Blair Athol and Dalwhinnie. The release, one of Beveridge’s last before retiring at the end of the year, is bottled at 41.8% abv, and is limited to 288 bottles, priced at £20,000 (roughly $27,000).

Georgetown, Kentucky’s Blue Run Spirits has announced three holiday releases. First up is Blue Run’s Holiday Rye, available both as an individual bottle and as a gift set. The whiskey is a 53% abv special bottling of the company’s recently released Golden Rye, bottled at a higher proof (up from 47.5% abv) and retailing for $140 across Blue Run’s distribution footprint. Additionally, Blue Run will release a gift set version, with two tumblers from Aged & Ore, through online service Seelbach for $230. Finally, on December 1, Blue Run will kick off 12 Days of Single Barrel High Rye Bourbon, a series which will see bottlings from different barrels released each day. These will be available through Blue Run’s website and will retail for $140.

Casa Lumbre has launched Lost Irish, a new, internationally-minded Irish whiskey, that’s rolling out now in New York, Illinois, Texas, and California. The 40% abv whiskey is a blend of grain, malt, and pot still whiskies partially matured in six different cask types from around the world: South African brandy, Japanese Mizunara oak, European Sherry casks, Bourbon casks, North American rum casks, Australian Tawny Port casks, and South American rum casks. 

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily