GSN Spirited News: March 22nd 2022 Edition

Waco, Texas-based Balcones Distilling has released the 2022 edition of Mirador, a limited release American single malt whiskey. The barrel strength whiskey is matured in second-fill barrels and blended from whiskies aged between three and five years. Balcones Mirador is available from select retailers across the U.S. and at the Balcones distillery for around $80 a 750-ml.

Kenyan gin brand Procera has partnered with Martignetti Companies to expand its distribution to Massachusetts. The sugar-cane based gin is made with its namesake species of juniper, native to Kenya, along with pink peppercorn, coriander, and other botanicals sourced from across the continent. Procera Gin is bottled at 44% abv and retails for a suggested price of $85 a 750-ml.

California-based O’Neill Vintners and Distillers has launched BrandyLab, a new small-batch spirits label, with a limited release bottling. The brandy, bottled at 40% abv, is blended from spirits aged between five and 10 years in American oak, French oak, and Sherry casks. BrandyLab’s inaugural release is now available in 375-ml. bottles for a suggested price of $35. Only 400 cases of the brand’s first bottling are available.

Frankfort, Kentucky-based Castle & Key Distillery is debuting its first Bourbon. Launching in two batches, it’s dubbed Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey. Batch #1 will be available at the Castle & Key Distillery beginning March 26, priced at $50 a 750-ml., and Batch #2 will follow in early May. Both batches will be sold throughout Castle & Key’s 17-state distribution area as well. Both batches were aged four years and bottled at 49% abv. 

Brown-Forman’s The GlenDronach has announced three new single-barrel releases for the U.S. market, all pulled from casks filled between 1992 and 1994. The whiskies, collected as the GlenDronach Cask Bottling Batch 19, are all at barrel strength and there are 12 casks in the whole batch. The first U.S. release is 1992 Cask 217, a 55.4% whisky matured in an Oloroso Sherry cask. Only 383 bottles are available across Georgia, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey for $820 apiece. The second bottling—1992 Cask 6052—is at 50.8% abv and aged in a PX Sherry cask; it retails for $720 and 658 bottles are available in 17 states. Finally, 1994 Cask 5080 is a 54.3% abv whisky aged in an Oloroso cask. It retails for $600 and 667 bottles are available in 11 states.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Spirited News: May 12th 2020 Edition

Waco, Texas-based Balcones Distilling has announced Texas Bock Whiskey, a new malt whiskey made in collaboration with Spoetzl Brewery. The 50% abv straight malt whiskey is made using Shiner Bock’s recipe and proprietary lager yeast before aging in new oak barrels for at least two years. Balcones Texas Bock is available for a limited time at the company’s distillery and in retailers throughout Texas and Oklahoma for around $40 a 750-ml.

Denver, Colorado’s Laws Whiskey House has released this year’s edition of its Bottled-in-Bond Four Grain Bourbon. This year’s whiskey is a 6-year-old spirit made from corn (60%), wheat (20%), rye (10%), and malted barley (10%), all sourced from Colorado farms. The whiskey is now available across the U.S. in limited quantities for a suggested retail price of $75 a 750-ml. About 500 9-liter cases have been produced.

Grain and Barrel Spirits has launched Chicken Cock Ryeteous Blend, a new whiskey made in collaboration with Goodwood Brewing. The 45% abv whiskey is distilled from a mash of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. Following its initial maturation, Ryeteous Blend is finished in ex-Chicken Cock Bourbon barrels that were used to mature Goodwood’s Blonde Ale. The new bottling is now available in limited quantities in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia for $90 a 750-ml.

Seagram’s vodka, part of the Infinium Spirits portfolio, has revamped its Sweet Tea flavor, transitioning to a liquid that’s lighter in color, made using all-natural ingredients, and with 20% less sugar. The new recipe is rolling out this month and will replace existing Seagram’s Sweet Tea inventory as it’s depleted.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily