GSN Backbar Review: June 1-5, 2015

imagesSan Francisco-based Anchor Distilling Company is rolling out a 375-ml. bottle format on its Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, targeting at-home mixology. Made from marasca cherries sourced in the Veneto region of Italy and matured in Finnish ash vats, Luxardo Maraschino (32% abv) serves as a component in classic cocktails such as the Last Word, the Martinez, the Aviation and the Hemingway Daiquiri. Luxardo Maraschino’s new 375-ml. size retails at around $20.

indexLooking to regain momentum behind Absolut vodka, Pernod Ricard plans to launch an oak-aged vodka under the brand this month, Reuters reports. Absolut Oak seeks to capitalize on the trend toward consumption of oak-aged brown spirits like whisk(e)y. The innovation play comes as Pernod Ricard USA has been trying to emphasize the higher-end Absolut Elyx offshoot in a bid to premiumize.

indexBeam Suntory is launching Sauza Tequila’s first flavor extension—Sauza Cucumber Chili Tequila. The new 70-proof offering retails carries a suggested retail price of $15.99 a 750-ml. Beam Suntory is adding to Pinnacle vodka’s flavor range with Ruby Red Grapefruit ($12.99 a 750-ml.) The Pinnacle lineup includes more than 40 flavors.

imagesBurn Stewart Distillers (Distell Group) is releasing two new whiskies under its Ledaig label. The Ledaig 18-year-old, a small batch, Hebridean-style Scotch, will retail at $160 a 750-ml. The Ledaig Dùsgadh 42-year-old is priced at $5,000 a 750-ml. Some 500 cases of the 18-year-old and 100 bottles of the 42-year-old will be available in the U.S.

indexRochester, New York-based importer Fishbowl Spirits is adding to its Blue Chair Bay Rum franchise with the nationwide introduction of two new flavors, Vanilla Rum (26.5% abv) and Banana Rum Cream (15% abv). The company also is debuting a 50-ml. bottle format this month, joining its existing 750-ml. and 1.75-liter sizes.

indexIllva Saronno is extending its flagship Disaronno amaretto brand for the first time with the launch of Disaronno Riserva, a new limited edition release. Made with a base of Disaronno and blended Scotch whisky, Disaronno Riserva is aged in Marsala wine barrels and retails at $349 a 750-ml. bottle. Around 1,500 bottles of the 80-proof expression will begin shipping to the U.S. this fall ahead of the holiday gifting season, targeting the high-end retail and on-premise channels.

Luxco-Pearl-VodkaLuxco’s Pearl vodka brand has unveiled a refreshed look, as well as three new flavored offerings, ahead of the summer season. Pearl’s updated package features a more contemporary bottle design, with a beveled glass inset and embossed metal closure, as well as revamped labeling emphasizing each expression’s flavor. Concurrently, Pearl has debuted new Lime Basil, Strawberry Basil and Vanilla Bean flavors. According to brand manager Ashley Ulkus, the basil-infused launches are in response to consumer demand for more herbaceous flavors for their cocktails. The three new flavors will be available as part of Pearl’s Party Pack sampler, which offers a 12-pack of the brand’s most popular flavors and unflavored Pearl Black label.

indexPernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers has partnered with Bordeaux winemaker Léoville Barton to create Green Spot Château Léoville Barton whiskey. Initially aged in a combination of ex-Oloroso sherry, new Bourbon and ex-Bourbon barrels, the liquid is then transferred to ex-Bordeaux wine casks from Léoville Barton and aged for 12 to 24 months. The 46%-abv offering is rolling out into key global markets—including the U.S., U.K., Ireland and France—this month and retails at around $65 a 750-ml.

All information courtesy of Shaken News Daily

GSN Backbar Review: June 9-13, 2014

old_tomDiageo is adding a limited-production Old Tom Gin to its Tanqueray brand this month, created by master distiller Tom Nichol. According to Diageo, the Old Tom style “bridges the flavor gap between the original, malty Dutch genevers and the more juniper-forward London Dry styles” and is lighter than a genever but more full-bodied and sweeter than a London Dry. Tanqueray’s Old Tom, which is limited to 100,000 bottles globally and will be distributed primarily in top bars, was inspired by a 19th century recipe from brand founder Charles Tanqueray. The pack design is also based on an original Tanqueray Old Tom label dating back to 1921. Each bottle is individually numbered. Tanqueray Old Tom Gin follows the brand’s revival of its Malacca edition in 2013.

icemintBerentzen USA has launched a new premium flavored peppermint schnapps, Berentzen Icemint. The new offering uses an authentic German peppermint schnapps recipe and is 100 proof. Berentzen Icemint is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $24.99 a 750-ml. bottle. It joins Berentzen’s portfolio, which also includes Wild Cherry, Apple and Pear liqueurs as well as Berentzen Bushel & Barrel, Kentucky straight Bourbon blended with apple liqueur.

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crown-royal-monarch-75th-anniversary-blend-320x320Diageo has unveiled Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend, the latest limited release from the Canadian whisky brand that celebrates its history tied to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Canada in 1939. Master blender Andrew MacKay hand-picked whiskies from the brand’s stock, including one from the historic Coffey rye still in Manitoba, to create the blend. Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend is packaged in a silver embroidered bag with gold accents and a taller and broader bottle than Crown Royal Deluxe. The limited release is 40%-abv and retails at about $75 a 750-ml. bottle, each of which is individually numbered.

284607Fishbowl Spirits has extended its Blue Chair Bay rum brand with a new Banana flavor. Hitting national distribution this week, Blue Chair Bay Banana joins White, Coconut and Coconut Spiced varieties in the brand line. The white rum is 40% abv, while Blue Chair’s flavored variants are at 26.5% abv. The brand, created and owned by singer Kenny Chesney, retails at around $19 a bottle.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily