GSN Review: Callisto California Dry Botanical Rum

Callisto Rum, a botanical rum inspired by the spirit of California, recently launched online, serving over 30 states. 

Originally from Bermuda, Callisto founder Giles Templeman grew up surrounded by the rum and hospitality industries. He spent his summers working in local hotels, and once he was of age, bartending for tourists. “I understood rum to be a versatile drink to be enjoyed anytime,” says Templeman, “but I realized that not all Americans understand rum that way. The common view of rum in the US is that it’s either spiced for cooler seasons, or something to be enjoyed in vacation cocktails. So I set out to do something different.”

While earning his MBA in California at UC Berkeley, Templeman was inspired to create a new kind of rum, one that honors the traditions and history of the centuries-old Caribbean spirit, while being fresh and distinctly Californian. “Californians are so bold and innovative, and the state has such diverse geography. That’s what inspired me to create Callisto. Like California, rum isn’t just one thing. It doesn’t have to be just the vacation cocktail, it can be your go-to spirit for any classic cocktail–we especially love it in a negroni.”

By infusing the rum blend with local botanicals, Callisto captures the essence of California’s great outdoors in every sip. Its blend of lightly aged rums is infused with a unique mix of Californian flowers, herbs, seeds, roots, and bark.

Callisto California Dry Botanical Rum (80 proof)
Appearance: Clear.
Aroma: The familiar sweetness of rum is present, but there is a floral and somewhat gin-like quality as well. It’s smells like spring.
Taste: Dry, spicy and akin to an unsweetened spiced rum. There is quite a broad palette of flavors, all of which have a fresh and lively flavor.
Finish: Quite long, with a dry and somewhat spicy fade.
Overall: Quite unique amongst rums. We recommend this in place of gin, as well as using it as a adjunct in tiki-style libations. Well worth a try.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Callisto Spirits

GSN Review: Freeland Spirits Gin

Freeland Spirits Gin is small batch crafted using a unique blend of traditional heat distillation along with vacuum distillation, which allows us to use fresh, Pacific Northwest ingredients. Fresh herbal essences of rosemary, mint and crisp cucumber lift the nose. Grapefruit and lemon peel brighten the brisk juniper and bold spice. Pink peppercorn, coriander and star anise mingle with 10 additional dried botanicals in the copper pot still.

Freeland Spirits is one of very few women owned and run distilleries in history.

Freeland Spirits Gin (90 proof)
Appearance: Clear.
Aroma: Herbal with cheery citrus tones and a touch of cucumber. The juniper remains in the mid-range.
Taste: Quite fruity, offset by a dry and botanical palette. It is here the the juniper becomes apparent, adding a brisk piney dryness.
Finish: Medium-long.
Overall: A very nice blend of botanicals that have an openness and yet at the same time have a cohesive flavor. A perfect gin for modern cocktails.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Free Spirits

GSN Review: Shady Vodka RECOUNT 2020 Limited Edition

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery’s phase II has recently opened Shady Distillery in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s historic Sistrunk.  Shady Distillery is part of the Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery (a hip food hall) that opened in September.

Using a blend of old world and new world technique, the distillery prides itself on not cutting corners or mass producing its products while making every drop count. Its namesake and interior theme are inspired by Florida’s long history of controversy, and suspect events. The Distillery will be creating craft spirits inspired by these shady moments in time.

Shady Distillery’s American craft made Shady Vodka is a small batch handcrafted vodka that is 7 times distilled from corn and is gluten free and carb free with no sweeteners or additives. The proprietary finishing filtration process has created an 80-proof smooth vodka that is best served “Straight Up Shady”.

The limited-edition Shady RECOUNT 2020 vodka (81 proof) reminds its drinkers to embrace the uncertainties that surrounded the election of 2020, which will forever be cast as the “Shady Year”. In years past, Florida has played a critical role in the outcomes of our national elections so it’s only fitting that the local distillery throws its hat in the ring and casts its uncertain shade of doubt on an outcome that could possibly be controversial.

Shady Vodka Recount 2020 (81 proof)
Appearance: Clear.
Aroma: Peppery, with a hefty mineral cast. Slightly sweet and herbal.
Taste: Sweet entry, with a creamy marshmallow flavor. Almost buttery and round in mouthfeel.
Finish: Bright peppery notes lead the fade out.
Overall: We thought this surprisingly sweet for a vodka, and a little rough around the edges, but it has some character which is not unpleasant. A good vodka for mixing.
GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: Shady Distillery

GSN Spirited News: November 17th 2020 Edition

Stoli Group USA has introduced the latest releases for Kentucky Owl: Rye Batch No. 4 and Bourbon Batch No. 10. The brand’s latest rye release, called “The Last Rye” is a blend of 10- to 13-year-old whiskey bottled at 56.4% abv. Kentucky Owl Bourbon Batch No. 10 is a 60.1% abv non-age-stated blend of whiskies that, according to the company, marries some of its oldest and oakiest whiskies with younger, fruitier spirits. Both are now available across the U.S. at a suggested price of $300 a 750-ml.

Louisville, Kentucky’s Barrell Craft Spirits has announced the Private Release Bourbon Series, a new line of limited editions. The releases are blended from four Bourbons—sourced from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana—of varying ages combined to make 49 different recipes. Each offering is bottled at cask strength and will retail for around $110 a 750-ml. Only 150-180 bottles will be available for each batch and a list of retailers is available on Barrell’s website.

Newport, Oregon’s Rogue Ales & Spirits has launched the Single Barrel Project, a new collection of one-off whiskey releases. The series will consist of four releases per year and will be exclusive to retailers in Oregon. The first release is a 6-year-old single malt finished in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels from North by Northwest Wines in Washington State and bottled at 48% abv. The second release, coming in January 2021, is an 8-year-old Oregon rye whiskey finished in a second-use Zinfandel barrel. The third release is an Oregon single malt finished in cherry wood and will be released in March 2021.

Appleton Estate, part of the Campari America portfolio, has announced a new collection of rare pot still rums, set to launch in early 2021. The Hearts Collection consists of three vintage-dated rums, aged between 21 and 26 years. This collection marks the first time that Appleton will release a series of rums entirely composed of pot still spirits. The three vintage releases—1994, 1995, and 1999—will be available in extremely limited quantities; only 3,000 bottles of each will be distributed worldwide.

Diageo has released the 2020 Distillers Edition Collection of Scotch whiskies to retailers across the U.S. The six releases cover a wide range of Scotch styles and vintages, bringing new whiskies from Oban (2006, 43% abv, $95), Talisker (2010, 45.8%, $85), Lagavulin (2005, 43% abv, $110), Cragganmore (2008, 40%, $85), Dalwhinnie (2005, 43%, $90), and Glenkinchie (2008, 43% abv, $85) to market. The Cragganmore bottling underwent a second maturation in Port casks, while the other five entries saw a second maturation in Sherry casks.

Oregon-based Westward Whiskey is launching a new permanent line extension, Westward Oregon Pinot Noir Cask ($90), into national distribution, after a limited rollout in its home state. Pinot Noir Cask joins the original Westward American Single Malt ($70) and Stout Cask Finish ($90) offerings in the core range. Along with the new whiskey, Westward has unveiled a new bottle design and logo that pays homage to its Northwest provenance. Diageo’s Distill Ventures took a minority stake in Westward in 2018.

Tennessee whiskey brand George Dickel, part of the Diageo portfolio, has introduced a new single barrel expression. The new whiskey is aged at least 15 years in new American oak casks, ranges in abv from 40%-52.3%, and will be available to purchase via the barrel or the bottle ($60 a 750-ml.). George Dickel Single Barrel is currently available in California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas, with more markets to come in January.

San Diego, California-based Cutwater Spirits, owned by Anheuser-Busch, has added a new Añejo Tequila to its spirits lineup. The Tequila is distilled at Tequila Orendain (NOM 1110) and, following distillation, matured for over a year in Cutwater’s whiskey barrels. Cutwater Añejo Tequila is bottled at 40% abv and packaged in a bottle made entirely from recycled glass. The spirit is now available at select retailers for around $50 a 750-ml.

Wilderton, a new non-alcoholic botanical spirit alternative, has launched in the U.S. with two zero calorie, gluten free offerings. Wilderton Earthen is made with peppercorns, pine-smoked tea, and patchouli, among other botanicals; and the brand’s Lustre is made with lavender, bergamot, rose, and lemongrass, among others. Wilderton retails for $33 a 750-ml. and is currently available on the brand’s website, with product available on Amazon and in other retail locations soon.

Minnesota-based Tattersall Distilling has introduced two bottled-in-bond Bourbons: High-Rye Bourbon and Wheated Bourbon. According to the company, these are the first bottled-in-bond spirits made in Minnesota since before Prohibition. Both Bourbons are made from local grains and have been aged in Minnesota white oak barrels between four and five years, with suggested retail pricing at $50 a 750-ml. Tattersall’s new entries will be distributed to select Minnesota retailers.

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GSN Brews News: November 24th 2020 Edition

New York-based Regatta Craft Mixers has launched new 6-packs of 7.5-ounce cans for all five mixers in its range. The new format is rolling out now across the U.S. and offers consumers more convenient options for serving Regatta’s Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer, Light Ginger Beer, Dry Citrus Tonic, Royal Oak Ginger Ale, and Pacific Sea Salt Club Soda. Regatta’s new 6-packs will retail for around $7.

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GSN Spirited News: November 17th 2020 Edition

U.K.-based 6 O’Clock gin has launched in the U.S. through the company’s Tampa, Florida-based subsidiary. The initial rollout will cover cities in Florida and Georgia before expanding into other markets, and will bring four of 6 O’Clock’s gins—London Dry (43% abv), Brunel (50% abv), Damson (40% abv), and Sloe (26% abv)—to the market. In the U.S., 6 O’Clock gin is backed by banking executive Susie Martinez and her son Daniel, plus Robert Rothman, CEO of Black Diamond Capital and one of the owners of the Washington Football Team.

Bardstown, Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Distillery has announced a new limited edition Bourbon to celebrate the company’s 85th anniversary. The single barrel whiskey is bottled at 53.5% abv—a tribute to the distillery’s original barrel entry proof—and matured for 13 years. The whiskey comes in a custom wooden box with twin H’s on either side and blue satin interior trim. Heaven Hill 85th Anniversary 13-Year-Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be available soon at the company’s Bourbon Heritage center and in limited Kentucky retailers for a suggested price of $300 a 750-ml.

Irish Distillers (Pernod Ricard) has announced the return of the Blue Spot, the fourth entry in the Spot family of single pot still Irish whiskies. The cask strength whiskey is coming back to market after a 56-year absence and completes the family of luxury-priced whiskies. The Blue Spot is blended from whiskies aged in Bourbon, Sherry, and Madeira casks and bottled with non-chill filtering. The Blue Spot is rolling out in Ireland, UK, France, Canada, Northern Ireland, and Global Travel Retail now, and will launch in the U.S. in February 2021 with a suggested retail price of around €80 (around $94.50).

Conecuh Brands has announced the latest three additions to the Clyde May’s whiskey portfolio. First up is Clyde May’s 6 Year Single Barrel Bourbon, a 51% abv whiskey retailing at $50 a 750-ml. Joining the new Bourbon is an 8-year-old straight rye whiskey, bottled at 52% abv and made from a blend of 8-, 9-, and 10-year old rye whiskies. Finally, the company is releasing Clyde May’s 12 Year Cask Strength Alabama Style Whiskey, a 60% abv whiskey finished with apple flavoring. The cask strength 12-year-old whiskey will retail for around $130 and only a few thousand bottles will be available across the U.S.

Ready-to-drink, bag-in-box cocktail brand BarBox is debuting across the Florida, California, Colorado, Illinois, and New York markets. Retailing at $25, each BarBox contains 14 four-ounce cocktails, with initial offerings including a Cosmopolitan (24% abv), Negroni (26% abv), and Vodka Sour (20% abv), recommended to be served over ice. The St. Petersburg, Florida-based company was founded by brothers Matthias and Jacob Kozuba.

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GSN Brews News: November 17th 2020 Edition

Armada, Michigan-based Blake’s Hard Cider has launched Berry Cranders, the latest addition to the cidery’s Blake’s Limited Series. The 6.9% abv cider is semi-sweet and made from a blend of sweet and tart apples with added cranberries and ginger. The cider is rolling out now throughout the company’s 19-state distribution footprint and is available online in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans.

Brooklyn Brewery has partnered with Four Roses Distilling to launch Brooklyn Black Ops beer, aged in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon barrels. The 12.4% abv Russian Imperial Stout was re-fermented with Champagne yeast and is rolling out late this month. 2,000 cases of cork-topped, 750-ml. bottles will be sold in the U.S., with a suggested retail price of $25 each.

Masq Fusions has debuted its new line of hard teas in the Southeastern United States. The initial lineup of Masq Hard Teas consists of three flavors—Blueberry Lavender, Dragonfruit Açaí, and Lemon Ginger—all canned at 4% abv with 110 calories per 12-ounce serving. The teas are made from a base of Yerba Mate with added fruit juices and herbs, and are slightly sweetened with monk fruit and blue agave. Masq Hard Teas are now available in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee for around $10 a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans.

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GSN Alert: International Poitín Day – November 18th

International Poitín Day occurs every year on November 18th to celebrate the resurgence of Ireland’s most notorious spirit, Irish poitín. Poitín is Ireland’s original spirit—in fact it is thought to be the oldest potable spirit in the world—dating back to the 6th century when records show it was distilled by monks on the island. Long before Irish whiskey came into existence, poitín was being made in nearly every town and village across the country until 1661 when the British Crown outlawed poitín in an effort to control, and therefore tax, all distilled alcohol production in Ireland. For 300 years, fervent drinkers continued to produce their own poitíns, keeping them under the counter and out of sight. Though a beloved part of Irish culture, it wasn’t until 1997 that the Irish government re-legalized the production and sale of poitín.
International Poitín Day is now in its sixth year, celebrating the history, the tradition and the resurrection of the formerly illicit spirit. In the past ten years, poitín has been experiencing a renaissance, with several premium producers making their own unique recipe.

GSN Review: Teeling Blackpitts Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Teeling Whiskey recently announced the release of a new expression of Teeling Whiskey and their first release of Peated Single Malt, Blackpitts. Blackpitts joins the very limited offerings of Peated Single Malt from Ireland that are currently available and helps revive an ancient way of making Irish whiskey, using smoke created by burning peat or turf, as it is widely known, while malting the barley. This was a practice extensively used in Ireland before the wide availability and use of coal in the Irish whiskey industry.

Inspired by the ancient Blackpitts area just behind the new Teeling Whiskey Distillery based in Newmarket in the old Liberties area of Dublin City, this area was synonymous with many industries and in particular malting houses. Blackpitts was traditionally home to some of the largest barley malting houses in Ireland. By using smoke from peat to dry the barley during the malting process, the resulting peated malt produces a distinctive smoky taste profile, which is the signature of a Peated Single Malt.

However, what makes Teeling Blackpitts special is the triple distillation process, which gives it distinct character from traditional Scottish Peated Single Malt. This is combined with signature Teeling cask maturation using both ex-bourbon and ex-Sauternes white wine casks, then bottled at 46% with no chill filtration. The inspiration for the use of these casks came from a previous bottling of Teeling 24-Year-Old Single Malt which was honoured as the “World’s Best Single Malt” in 2019 at the World Whiskies Awards.

Bottled in a traditional dark green bottle, it has a distinctive screen printing design and metallic label and tin to make it stand out from the rest of the Teeling Whiskey range. Blackpitts Peated Single Malt will be available in Ireland at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery and available for online purchase at The Celtic Whiskey Shop. Blackpitts whiskey will hit US shelves in January 2021 and will be available for purchase on ReserveBar at that time.

Teeling Blackpitts (92 proof)
Appearance: Pale gold.
Aroma: Medium amount of peat reek with a smooth, malty finish. The Sauternes adds a high, softly fruity note. Overall, though the lasting impression is of smoke.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth and balanced entry with notes of honey, caramel and vanilla cake. The peat creates a patina of darker color, but is surprisingly reticent on the palate. It really only comes through at the tail end of the tasting.
Finish: Medium long, with the creosote flavor ending on the far back of the palate.
Overall: Quite tasty. Of the few peated Irish we’ve had, this one is excellent. This will appeal to lovers of both Irish whiskey and Highland Scotch lovers.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Teeling Whiskey

GSN Review: Raasay “While We Wait” 2018 Single Malt Scotch

This is Raasay’s fourth release in the While We Wait series. Designed as a peaty and fruity single malt, each iteration of Raasay While We Wait has been crafted through the vatting of two malts from a single Highland distillery – a heavily peated and an unpeated malt.

While We Wait has been matured in Bourbon barrels and finished in Tuscan Montechiari wine casks. The 2018 release uses a higher proportion of second-fill Tuscan Montechiari wine casks, said to give the whisky a “finer balance between the influence of French oak and smoke”.

Earlier this year, the island distillery unveiled plans to release up to 20 casks of new make spirit for whisky fans to purchase every year.

Raasay “While We Wait” 2018 Single Malt Scotch (92 proof)
Appearance: Medium gold.
Aroma: Moderately smokey with a hint of vine fruit at the end. Bright, crisp and autumnal.
Taste: A gorgeous entry with a perfect blend of malty sweetness, mild smoke and oak. There is a roundness and warmth in the whisky that begs for contemplation.
Finish: The sweetness lingers for quite awhile, while at the same time the peat keeps things in line. The finish is slightly dry and toasty.
Overall: A very nice un-traditional Scotch. We appreciated the interaction between the ex-wine casks and the heavily peated malt, something we were not sure would work to advantage. It does. Recommended.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Raasay Distillery

GSN Review: The Tweeddale Grain of Truth Single Grain Scotch

Grain of Truth is a wheat and barley based grain whisky, matured in Bourbon casks and finished in sherry casks. Grain whisky has been traditionally used as a major part of blended whiskies, particularly as a basic base for a blend. Here they use 50% barley, and 50% wheat to give the spirit more complexity, and finish the whisky in sherry casks.

The original Tweeddale whisky was blended and bottled by Richard Day, the Co-founder Alasdair’s great grandfather. Alasdair inherited the original Tweeddale blending recipes. In the original Tweeddale Blend from the late 1800’s, Alasdair’s great grandfather used sherried grain whisky

Grain of Truth works on its own, or in a rusty nail with Drambuie. Or just to make a fancy whisky and ginger ale with Fentimans Ginger Ale.

The Tweeddale Grain of Truth (92 proof)
Appearance: Medium gold.
Aroma: High, sweet sherry notes top the aroma pyramid, with a bright and luscious entry. Softer notes of barley edge their way into the mix, followed by the lightest hint of peat.
Taste: Beautiful entry with an ultra smooth character due to the high wheat content in the grain bill. The sweetness lingers, but never overwhelms. It’s a marriage made in heaven.
Finish: Long and relaxing with a pleasant, almost fruity fade out.
Overall: There is hardly a note of creosote on the palate, making this a perfect scotch for the Irish whiskey lover.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Tweedale Whisky

GSN Review: Hampton Water 2019 South of France Rosé

A few years ago, award-winning music icon, Jon Bon JoviJesse Bongiovi and acclaimed French winemaker, Gérard Bertrand launched the rosé wine label, Hampton Water, which was named in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2018, the highest ranked rosé. Hampton Water features a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, grape varieties characteristic of the French Mediterranean region, along with Syrah.

The venture was inspired by Bon Jovi’s son, Jesse Bongiovi, former Notre Dame football player, who played a pivotal role in the brand’s creation. The idea to create a wine, emblematic of a bon vivant lifestyle, emerged during time spent in the Hamptons, between Bon Jovi and his son. Rosé, a popular drink for the Bongiovi’s, had initially been dubbed ‘pink juice’ by Bon Jovi, until Jesse and a friend inadvertently coined the name, Hampton Water, and an idea was born.

GSN’s Thoughts: One of the best rosés we sampled, with a nice balance of fruit, herbacity, dry tannins and a round fulsome mouthfeel. We found ourselves easily enjoying a few glasses by itself, but this is a wine that also begs to be paired with a charcuterie plate. What makes this rosé stand out is the choice of grapes in the blend, which fill in all of the spaces you might normally find in a bottle under $25. This is a gem at a price point that makes it a steal. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Hampton Water Wine

GSN Brews News: November 10th 2020 Edition

The Baltimore-based Guinness Open Gate Brewery has added two new barrel-aged beers—Gingerbread Spiced Stout and an Imperial Stout. The spiced beer comes in at 11% abv and is brewed with allspice, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg; and the brand’s Imperial offering is at 10.3% abv. Both beers matured in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. They will be available for a limited time in 4-packs of 11.2-ounce bottles for around $20. Both will also be available on tap at the Diageo-owned Open Gate Brewery through the holiday season.

Hood River, Oregon-based Full Sail Brewing is launching the first installment in its new Strong Current Double IPA Series. The series will consist of three seasonal releases, beginning this month, and lasting through December, with Wreck the Halls, a hybrid of a double IPA and Winter Warmer brewed with Centennial hops that clocks in at 8.5% abv. Haze of the Gods Double IPA will take over in January and last through April. May through August will be the window for Lazy Summer Haze Double IPA, an unfiltered brew strong on berry and tropical fruit aroma. Like Wreck the Halls, both Haze of the Gods and Lazy Summer Haze are at 8.5% abv. Strong Current series releases will be sold in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans retailing at $10.

Comstock Park, Michigan’s Perrin Brewing Company has debuted two new winter variety packs to retailers throughout the state. First up is Perrin’s Barrel Aged Specialty pack, containing two 22-ounce bottles—one of Perrin Reserve, a 12.8% abv Imperial stout, and one of Malted Milk Ball, a 12% abv Imperial porter brewed with cacao nibs—and a 10-ounce glass exclusive to the two-pack. Additionally, Perrin has released the Winter Warmer variety 12-pack, featuring four 12-ounce cans each of the brewery’s Coffee Latte Ale, Black Ale, and Blonde Porter.

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GSN Spirited News: November 10th 2020 Edition

Saint Luna, an ultra-premium moonshine, is expanding distribution to five new markets. The brand has partnered with Vintage Imports to launch in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey; Fireside Distributing in Nashville, Tennessee; and Clare Rose on Long Island, New York. Created in 2018 by entrepreneur David Suk, Saint Luna is made with molasses and rye and charcoal filtered. It is at 50% abv and, in addition to its retail footprint, is available through Caskers and ReserveBar, where it’s priced at $50 a 750-ml.

Purcellville, Virginia-based Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is releasing a highly limited whiskey expression. The craft distillery produced approximately 540 bottles of Peach Barrel Select Rye, which was aged in charred new oak barrels and then finished for over a year in peach brandy barrels used to produce its Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy. It’s at 40% abv and retails for $46 a 750-ml., available beginning November 16 through Catoctin Creek’s online store for Virginia residents and at liquor stores throughout the company’s 24-state distribution footprint.

Nikka Whisky is releasing a new version of its Taketsuru Pure Malt in the U.S. this month. Named for Nikka founder Masataka Taketsuru, the expression is a blend of 100% malt whiskies showcasing the balance between liquid from Nikka’s two distilleries in Yoichi and Miyagikyo, Japan. This reformulation of Taketsuru has strengthened the Yoichi side of the blend for increased smokiness. It also features a new label design. The release is at 43% abv and retails for a suggested $80 a 750-ml.

Brown-Forman-owned The GlenDronach single malt Scotch whisky has launched a new Port-pipe finished expression across the U.S. The GlenDronach Port Wood is bottled at 46% abv, non-chill filtered, and is first matured in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso Sherry casks before its Port finishing. It’s now available in select retailers nationwide at a suggested price of $90 a 750-ml.

Irish whiskey brand Writers’ Tears is getting a packaging refresh across its full line. All six expressions of Writers’ Tears now feature a cork and foil closure. The brand’s tall, Victorian-style bottle now also features an embossed teardrop above the label and debossing on the Writers’ Tears name on the glass base, and the bottle is 2mm wider and slightly heavier than before. The main labels have also been redesigned and feature additional writerly elements, like expression-specific “chapter numbers” denoting the order in which each release was originally created. Writers’ Tears is produced by Carlow, Ireland-based Walsh Whiskey, which also produces whiskey line The Irishman.

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