GSN Backbar Review: Jan. 6-10, 2014

indexTerlato Wines has added super-premium Tequila brand Riazul to its Artisan Spirits portfolio. Under the new, long-term partnership, Terlato will import and market Riazul’s Plata ($45), Reposado ($55) and Añejo ($65) expressions in select U.S. markets, effective early this year. Launched in 2008 by founder Inaki Orozco, Riazul is a 100%-agave range sourced from the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The brand’s Plata is a silver, unaged offering, while its Reposado is aged for nine months in French and American oak. Riazul’s Añejo, meanwhile, is matured for two years in French Limousine oak Cognac casks.

indexFour new single malt Scotch whiskies from Speyside’s BenRiach Distillery are rolling out in the U.S., imported by San Francisco-based Anchor Distilling. Anchor already markets 20 BenRiach expressions in the U.S. That offering will now be expanded to include: The BenRiach Horizons 12-year-old Triple Distilled (50% abv, $80 a bottle), The BenRiach Solstice 2nd Edition 17-year-old (50% abv, $100), The BenRiach Septendecim 17-year-old Peated Single Malt (46% abv, $80) and The BenRiach Authenticus 25-year-old Peated Single Malt (46%, $250).

indexBeam partnering with Justin Timberlake on a new Tequila project, Sauza 901, which will appear in select U.S. markets early this year. Timberlake had already been marketing a 901-branded Tequila—referring to the area code of his hometown of Memphis—which was handled by Palm Bay. Beam says the new Sauza 901, which will be owned jointly between it and Timberlake, will not change in taste profile from the original 901, and will retail around $30 a bottle.

indexThe Teeling Whiskey Co. has appointed California-based Infinium Spirits the exclusive U.S. importer for its flagship Irish whiskey brand. Infinium will officially launch the Teeling Whiskey entry in the U.S. market, across on- and off-premise channels. Founded in 2012 by Jack Teeling, the Teeling Whiskey Co.’s Teeling Whiskey is billed as a small-batch bottling made with hand-selected grain and malt Irish whiskies and matured in ex-rum casks. In addition to Teeling Whiskey, Teeling also produces Teeling Whiskey Company Vintage Reserve and Poitin labels.

imagesFlorida craft distiller Cape Spirits Inc. is extending its Wicked Dolphin rum brand with a new spiced offering. Wicked Dolphin Florida Spiced ($25.99 a bottle) is crafted from Florida sugarcane and a blend of fresh-ground spices. The 80-proof offering, which joins Wicked Dolphin’s white rum in the portfolio, is distributed by RNDC in Florida, where it’s present in chains like Publix, Total Wine & More, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Sweet Bay and Walgreens. Company founder JoAnn Elardo tells SND that the group is also exploring potential expansion into the central and northeastern parts of the country.

indexDiageo is expanding the Johnnie Walker range at the high end with the U.S. launch of John Walker & Sons Odyssey, a super-luxury blended Scotch whisky. A mix of three rare, undisclosed single malts, the Odyssey blend was developed by Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge using hand-written notes from Sir Alexander Walker, grandson of the brand’s namesake. The whiskies were married in European oak and the blend is bottled in a crystal-grade glass decanter. Formerly available only in select Asian and other global markets, Odyssey is now in U.S. national distribution at a suggested retail price of $1,100 a 750-ml.

indexGlenmorangie has introduced the latest release in its upscale Private Edition series, Glenmorangie Companta. Companta, which is Scots Gaelic for “friendship,” is a 46%-abv non-chill filtered Scotch whisky that retails at $99 a bottle. Crafted by Glenmorangie master distiller Bill Lumsden, Companta’s wood profile includes maturation time in Grand Cru casks from Burgundy’s Clos de Tart and in sweet fortified wine casks from Côtes du Rhone. This latest offering marks the Highland distillery’s fifth annual release in its Private Edition Range, with predecessors including Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX, Finealta, Artein and Ealanta.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily