GSN Backbar Review: March 2-6, 2015

indexMoët Hennessy is marking the 250th anniversary of its flagship Hennessy Cognac brand with a special limited blend. Hitting U.S. retail shelves in April, Hennessy 250 Collector blend is priced at $600 a 1-liter bottle and packaged in a decanter and collectible gift box. The 250 Collector edition is a blend of eaux-de-vie ranging from about 15 to 40 years in age.

indexBardstown Barrel Selection, Inc. has extended its Redemption Rye brand with the release of a limited-edition 10-year-old ($180). The 55%-abv, barrel-proof offering follows Redemption’s six- and seven-year-old barrel-proof releases and was distilled at MGP’s distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Redemption 10-year-old Barrel Proof was created from six barrels, yielding fewer than 1,000 750-ml. bottles for distribution. With a mash bill of 95% rye, it features notes of maple, vanilla and caramel, the company says.

imagesPernod Ricard USA has officially launched the first spring seasonal for Kahlua, a Salted Caramel flavor. Characterized by a salty-sweet profile, the newcomer is said to be formulated to marry well with iced coffee, as well as other cocktail concoctions. Kahlua Salted Caramel is 40-proof and retails at $18 a 750-ml.

images375 Park Avenue Spirits, formerly Van Gogh Imports, is launching a traditional Italian Zabajone cream liqueur called Vov in the U.S., in partnership with Molinari, which is known for the Molinari Sambuca brand. Vov was created by Gian Battista Pezziol in 1845 as a way to use leftover egg yolks from his nougat-making by mixing them with Marsala wine, alcohol and sugar for an energy drink. The name is short for “vovi,” the Venetian word for eggs. Vov is currently available in Chicago, New York and San Francisco for about $28 a 1-liter.

indexBowling Green, Kentucky-based Western Spirits Beverage Company has added two new flavors to its Bird Dog Whiskey brand, Apple and Chocolate. Each are bottled at 80 proof and retail nationwide for $19.99 a 750-ml. The latest offerings join Hot Cinnamon, Peach, Maple, Original and Blackberry from Bird Dog Whiskey. Bird Dog is available in 1.75-liter, 750-ml., 375-ml., 200-ml., 100-ml. and 50-ml. bottles.

indexLucas Bols USA has launched a new Maraschino Cherry flavor under its Bols liqueur brand. The offering, which is 24% abv and retails at $18 a 750-ml., augments Bols liqueurs’ existing 30-flavor range. Bols Maraschino Cherry is now rolling out across both the on- and off-premise segments throughout the country. Lucas Bols’ other brands include Bols genever, Damrak gin and Galliano liqueur.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily