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326761Denver’s Mile High Spirits has unveiled Punching Mule, a ready-to-drink Moscow Mule cocktail. Packaged in a copper-colored 12-ounce can, Punching Mule features a blend of Mile High’s Elevate vodka, natural ginger root flavors, lime and sugar. The 7%-abv offering is currently available in Colorado, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In addition to Elevate, Mile High’s craft spirits lineup includes Fireside Bourbon, Fireside Peach, Cuidado Tequila, Denver Dry gin and Peg Leg rum.

plantation-pineapple-stiggins-fancy-rumFrench spirits producer Maison Ferrand has extended its Plantation rum range with Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Rum, a new annual limited edition. A joint project between Maison Ferrand proprietor Alexandre Gabriel and spirits historian and Whisky Advocate contributor David Wondrich, the rum is crafted with Queen Victoria pineapples from Reunion Island. Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Rum is currently launching nationwide, priced at $34.99 a 750-ml.

download375 Park Avenue Spirits, a division of Sazerac, is launching Arranta Cask, a new offering under the Speyburn single malt Scotch brand. Exclusive to the U.S. market, Arranta Cask ($40) was created using first-fill American oak ex-Bourbon casks that were air-dried rather than kiln-dried, resulting in more residual moisture and flavor, the company says. The 92-proof whisky joins a Speyburn range that includes Bradan Orach, 10-year-old and 25-year-old expressions.

download (1)William Grant & Sons is releasing a new batch of Balvenie Tun 1509 single malt Scotch whisky in the U.S. market next month. Retailing at $350 a 750-ml. bottle, the new whisky was drawn from 23 traditional American oak casks and nine European Sherry oak casks whose contents were transferred to Balvenie’s Tun 1509 for several months before bottling. The resulting single malt is non-chill-filtered and 50.3% abv.

download (2)SelvaRey Rum, co-owned by musician Bruno Mars, is expanding its distribution reach to several new states. Originally launched in California and Nevada, the Panamanian rum line will now be available in New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Georgia, Washington D.C., Tennessee, Florida and Hawaii, with expansion to Ontario planned for this fall. SelvaRey features two rums created by master blender Don Francisco “Pancho” Fernandez—SelvaRey White (40% abv, $25) and Cacao (35% abv, $30).

download (3)Bacardi Ltd.’s John Dewar & Sons unit has unveiled a new single malt Scotch range produced at its Royal Brackla distillery in Nairn, Scotland. The new offerings include 12-year-old, 16-year-old and 21-year-old Royal Brackla expressions, each of which are 40% abv. The lineup is currently rolling out across 10 key global markets, including the U.S.

beach1A group of entrepreneurs led by industry veteran J. Smoke Wallin has partnered on Beach Whiskey ($28 a 750-ml.), a new super-premium American whiskey brand. Launching this fall, the new entry will include Original, Bonfire Cinnamon and Island Coconut expressions.

download (4)Brown-Forman is rolling out the latest edition of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, commemorating the birthday of the company’s founder George Garvin Brown. The annual limited edition, introduced each year on September 2, is in its 14th incarnation, with this year’s 12-year-old product offered at 100 proof. Master distiller Chris Morris says this year’s barrels—which are vintage-dated from June 13, 2003—were matured in the same warehouse instead of multiple sites and were exposed to high temperatures that result in a more wood-driven characteristic. The 2015 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon has a suggested retail price of $69.99-$79.99, with 2,200 cases available nationwide.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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whiskey_sourOne of the venerable cocktails from Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant’s Companion (1862) that seems to have been largely ignored in the cocktail renaissance.  Here’s the original recipe.

Whiskey Sour
(Use small bar-glass.)
Take 1 large tea-spoonful of powdered white sugar,
dissolved in a little Seltzer or Apollinaris water.
The juice of half a small lemon.
1 wine-glass of Bourbon or rye whiskey.

Fill the glass full of shaved ice, shake up and strain into a claret glass. Ornament with berries.

It does seem a bit intimidating when written this way.  Instead try either of these versions.  The first more simple, yet authentic take courtesy of David Wondrich; and the second a 21st century creation via Jeffrey Morgenthaler.

Whiskey Sour
2 ounces bourbon
2/3 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon superfine sugar

Shake the bourbon, juice, and sugar well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass (unless you happen to have a Sour glass). Resist, if you can, the impulse to decorate lavishly with fruit, although a maraschino cherry will raise no eyebrows.

Whiskey Sour with Marmalade
2 oz. 100-proof bourbon
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
1 tsp. orange marmalade
1 egg white
3 drops Angostura bitters

Combine bourbon, juice, syrup, marmalade, and egg white in a shaker filled with ice; shake. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Add bitters, and using a toothpick, swirl into whites.

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bone-bourbonTexas-based Bone Spirits is introducing a new Bone Bourbon offering, made exclusively with Oklahoma rye and Texas corn. Retailing at $45 a 750-ml., Bone Bourbon is 90 proof and aged in charred white oak casks. Initially launching in Texas and Oklahoma, it will expand into all Southwestern states by the start of 2016. Bone Spirits’ other offerings include Smiths vodka, Moody June gin, Fitch’s Goat corn whiskey and Fitch’s Goat moonshine.

011371-1Constellation Brands has unveiled Serpent’s Bite Apple Cider Flavored Whisky. Rolling out nationwide, Serpent’s Bite features a blend of Canadian whisky distilled from corn and rye with an infusion of apple cider flavors. The 70-proof entry, positioned primarily as a shot option, is available in 1-liter, 750-ml. and 50-ml. formats, and retails at around $15.99 a 750-ml.

resizeDiageo is extending its Smirnoff Sours flavored vodka range with a Berry Lemon offering. Targeted at the shot occasion and the millennial demographic, Smirnoff Sours Berry Lemon joins Green Apple, Watermelon and Fruit Punch flavors in the Sours lineup, which retails around $16 a 750-ml.

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downloadPhiladelphia’s New Liberty Distillery has added a trio of new whiskies to its portfolio: Kinsey 99 Bourbon, Kinsey Cask Strength Rye and Kinsey Cask Strength 7-Year-Old Whiskey. A blend of Bourbons aged between two and five years, Kinsey 99 Bourbon ($44.99) is bottled at 99 proof and available in a 750-ml. format, while both Kinsey Cask Strength Rye and 7-Year-Old Whiskey ($39.99 each) are at 115 proof and packaged in 375-ml. bottles. All three entries will are rolling out this month across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

download (1)Hillsboro, Oregon’s Big Bottom Distilling is adding to its line with the release of Oregon Pear Brandy ($45 a 750-ml.). The 80-proof offering is made from a blend of Asian pears grown in the Willamette Valley. An Oregon Apple Brandy is expected to debut later this fall. The craft distiller’s portfolio also includes several Big Bottom Whiskey and Calhoun Bros. straight Bourbon and rum products, sold in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Georgia and South Carolina.

download (2)Michter’s Distillery is bringing back its Michter’s US 1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon in October. The whiskey, which receives an 18-month finish in a second barrel that’s lightly toasted and not charred, was on the market last year at $48 a 750-ml. before supplies ran out. It will be re-released this fall at $53.  A Michter’s 20-year-old Bourbon also will be released in October at $600, replacing a 25-year-old that’s now gone off the market. In addition, Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash, last released in December 2013 in limited quantities at $4,000, might become available again next year—and probably at higher prices, as some retailers sold the Celebration Sour Mash at prices surpassing $8,000 last year before supplies ran out.

download (3)Louisville, Kentucky’s Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has launched Stray Cat Gin, a new limited edition entry. Made with an apple brandy base and classic gin botanicals, Stray Cat Gin is aged in a medium-char Serbian juniper barrel for 12 months and non-chill filtered. The 47%-abv gin, which is limited to 750 375-ml. bottles, is currently available at Copper & Kings’ distillery store and select bars and retail outlets, priced at $40 a bottle.

download (4)Beam Suntory has branched out with a new flavored offering in the Jim Beam lineup with the launch of Jim Beam Apple. The 70-proof Bourbon-based liqueur, a blend of apple liqueur and Kentucky straight Bourbon, joins the brand’s other flavored offshoots, including Jim Beam Honey, Red Stag by Jim Beam, Jim Beam Maple and Kentucky Fire.

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downloadDiageo has introduced the latest entry in its Orphan Barrel whiskey series, Rhetoric 21-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The Rhetoric brand made its debut with a limited edition 20-year-old Bourbon last year. Its new incarnation, which includes an extra year of aging in charred American oak barrels, offers a slightly higher alcohol strength, at 90.2 proof, and a richer and more complex taste profile, Diageo says. The 21-Year-Old Rhetoric will be available in limited quantities nationwide, priced at $100 a 750-ml.

download (1)Rochester, New York’s Black Button Distilling is set to launch Bespoke Bourbon Cream, a new Bourbon whiskey and cream liqueur entry, this month. Officially slated to debut on August 28, Bespoke Bourbon Cream is produced much like a traditional Irish cream liqueur but, according to Black Button, features bolder vanilla and caramel flavors. The 30-proof offering is intended to be consumed neat or added to coffee or cocktails. Bespoke Bourbon Cream will be available throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Michigan, priced at $29.99 a 750-ml.

download (2)Campari America is rolling out Wild Turkey Master’s Keep, an ultra-premium limited edition that’s the oldest whiskey from Wild Turkey ever to be released in the U.S. The new product, a 17-year-old Bourbon, is unique in that it spent time aging both in stone warehouses and Wild Turkey’s wooden warehouses, with its travels resulting in a slightly lower-proof whiskey (43.4%-abv) that’s lighter in hue and features notes of spiciness and oak, the company says. Master’s Keep is available nationally this month in limited quantities at a suggested retail price of $150.

imagesThe Winebow Group has added to its spirits portfolio, becoming the exclusive national importer of Kinahan’s Irish whiskey. Kinahan’s will be introduced to the U.S. with two products, a blended Irish whiskey ($40) and a 10-year-old single malt ($69). Founded in Dublin in 1779, Kinahan’s went out of business in the early 1900s and is now being revived.

download (3)Brooklyn-based New York Distilling Company is rolling out its second rye whiskey offering, Ragtime Rye. The straight American rye whiskey follows the release of Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye and is aged for a minimum of three years in full-size barrels. It’s made from an organic mashbill of 72% rye, 16% corn and 12% malted barley from New York state’s Pedersen Family Farms and bottled at 90.4 proof. Ragtime will be available nationwide beginning in September for about $44.

238edcb8222646b0d6acadd4aa2fd300Brown-Forman is expanding its Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select brand, available at 45% abv and priced around $200, with a more limited label this fall called Sinatra Century (this is the centenary year of the singer’s birth), distilled at 50% abv and priced at $500 a 750-ml. The limited release is already shipping to travel retail and is expected to be on U.S. shelves by October. Another product, Jack Daniel’s No. 27 Gold, is currently sold only in travel retail but likely to be released into the U.S. market by year-end, Hayes says. No. 27 Gold is bottled at 80-proof with extra maturation in maple barrels, as well as a second charcoal filtering, resulting in a lighter and sweeter whiskey originally aimed at the Asian market. The price is likely to be around $100. Looking ahead to next year, Hayes said a new rye product, called Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye, will be released in limited quantities at around $50.

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downloadTexas-based JEM Beverage Company is extending its Western Son Vodka brand with a new Prickly Pear flavor. Western Son’s latest offering joins existing Blueberry, Grapefruit and Peach flavors and will be available throughout Texas. JEM Beverage’s portfolio—which also includes the Brazos Gin, Red River whiskey, South House moonshine and Stingray spiced rum brands—is currently available across Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Nevada and Massachusetts.

download (1)Bacardi is introducing a new Tangerine flavor under its flagship rum brand.  Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Bacardi brand’s flavor line, the new Tangerine offering also marks the debut of new packaging for Bacardi’s six core flavored rums—Limon, Pineapple, Coconut, Mango, Dragon Berry and Tangerine. The launch of the new flavor and packaging will be backed by a multi-million dollar media plan, the company says. Bacardi Tangerine is rolling out on- and off-premise, retailing at around $13 a 750ml. bottle.

download (2)Kansas-based contract spirits producer MGP is set to release Metze’s Select, a limited edition Indiana straight Bourbon whiskey. Produced at MGP’s Lawrenceburg, Indiana distillery by master distiller Greg Metze, Metze’s Select features a blend of three straight Bourbon whiskies, including a 2006 Bourbon made with 21% rye, a 2006 Bourbon with 36% rye and a 2008 Bourbon featuring 21% rye. The 46.5%-abv whiskey is limited to 6,000 750-ml. bottles, each priced at around $74.99. Metze’s Select will roll out at retail this September, sold and marketed by San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling Co.

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756Scotch is a whisky that has a wide variety of styles and flavors, which I unfortunately don’t have the time to get into here.  But, this is what you need to know.  There are five regions in Scotland which produce whiskies: Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside; and there are five styles of Scotch: blended grain, blended malt, blended Scotch, single grain and single malt.

GSN has reviewed several Scotches over the years including: Aberlour, AuchentoshanBenRiach, BowmoreCutty SarkGlendronachGlenrothes, Glen Garioch, LaphroaigMonkey Shoulder, Pig’s Nose and Sheep Dip.

If you’re looking to try a Scotch cocktail, GSN recommends the classic, Blood and Sand.


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