Rebel Yell: Rebel Yell’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was purportedly patented in 1936, soon after the Prohibition ended. Light-bodied, it offers some of the same creme brulee taste that Bookers Bourbon had, but much softer. The flavor washes over your tongue slowly as you sip.
Pernod Ricard-owned Absolut vodka is introducing a new vodka series in partnership with local entrepreneurs around the globe. The Our/Vodka initiative, which began last year in Berlin, will now spread to 11 cities across the U.S., Europe and Australia. In each city, Absolut has linked with local partners to open micro-distilleries that will produce vodka with a focus on local ingredients, although each will have the same recipe and be packaged in a small bottle with a crown cap. Absolut’s partners will have responsibility for running the individual businesses and marketing the new offerings. An Our/Vodka distillery in Detroit is set to open in June, with projects in Seattle (opening in September), New York (November), Amsterdam, Los Angeles and London to follow later in the year. Our/Austin, Our/Miami, Our/Nashville, Our/New Orleans and Our/Melbourne vodkas are scheduled to begin production in 2015.
Buffalo Trace Distillery has launched a limited release single barrel Bourbon in honor of the distillery’s early master distiller. Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon will be available in limited quantities for suggest retail price of $34.99. Elmer T. Lee, who passed away last year at the age of 93, worked at the distillery from 1949 to 1985 and is credited with creating the world’s first single barrel Bourbon in 1984, according to the company. The 46.5%-abv Bourbon will hit retail shelves in April.
Four craft distilleries from the Midwest have collaborated on a limited release offering, Four Kings Bourbon Whiskey, to be sold exclusively at Binny’s Beverage Depot’s 30 stores across Illinois. Corsair Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee; Few Spirits in Evanston, Illinois; Journeyman Distilling in Three Oaks, Michigan and Mississippi River Distilling Company in Le Claire, Iowa each contributed 30 gallons of whiskey from their own distilleries for the project. About 600 bottles will be produced and will debut at the Whiskey Week Chicago 2014 event April 20-26. The whiskey is comprised of four grains from the distilleries’ different mash bills: corn, wheat, rye and barley. Plans are in the works for another blend in time for Whiskey Week 2015.
Washington state craft distiller Dry Fly is prepping the launch of a new five-year-old Irish-style whiskey under the O’Danaher brand. That limited-release offering will retail at around $65 a 750-ml. Dry Fly’s line also includes a vodka, gin, Washington wheat whiskey, Washington Bourbon and Triticale whiskey.
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Beam Inc.’s Cruzan rum has officially unveiled a trio of blended aged rums under its new super-premium Distiller’s Collection range. Rolling out this month, the lineup includes Cruzan’s new Estate Diamond Dark and Estate Diamond Light rums (each priced at $19.99 a 750-ml.), both of which are aged between five and 12 years. The range also includes returning expression Cruzan Single Barrel ($29.99), which is made from a blend of vintage rums aged up to 12 years and bottled one cask at a time. The trio, which are all intended to be consumed neat, on the rocks or in cocktails, marks Cruzan’s latest effort to move upmarket, following the brand’s debut of premium rum horchata entry Velvet Cinn ($20) this summer.
William Grant & Sons is commemorating the 125th anniversary of its Glenfiddich single malt Scotch brand with a new Anniversary Vintage expression. A 25-year-old whisky aged in European oak Sherry casks, Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage is characterized by notes of toasted almond, cinnamon, vanilla, ground coffee and sherbet, among others. Just 286 bottles of the limited edition, 55.2%-abv entry will be available globally, priced at a minimum of £699 ($1,100) a bottle. Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage marks the brand’s latest entry in its Rare Collection series.
Polish potato vodka brand Spud Vodka has added Spud Sweet Potato Pumpkin Spice to its flavor portfolio. Featuring sweet potato, vanilla and clove notes, the new, gluten-free expression is priced at around $22.99 a 750-ml. Sweet Potato Pumpkin joins the existing Spud lineup, which includes the brand’s core unflavored option, as well as its Red Hot Chili Pepper, Ginger Lemongrass and Heirloom Tomato offerings.
Buffalo Trace Distillery will release its 2013 Antique Collection in the coming weeks. It will feature five limited release whiskies of varying age statements, recipes and proofs, priced at $70 each. This year’s collection includes Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, distilled in 1993 and aged for 19 years; George T. Stagg, an uncut, unfiltered 128.2-proof Bourbon distilled in 1997; Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old; Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye, an uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey; and William Larue Weller, the collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated Bourbon, distilled in 2001 and released at 136.2 proof. Buffalo Trace has been offering its Antique Collection annually for over a decade.
International Beverage’s Old Pulteney single malt Scotch has unveiled a new limited edition offering, Navigator, dedicated to the sailing community and the brand’s heritage as a “Maritime Malt” whose distillery is located adjacent the North Sea. Navigator ($49.99), which is available in select markets, features special packaging with an illustration of a compass and Old Pulteney’s traditional herring drifter. The official Scotch brand of U.S. Sailing, the core Old Pulteney line includes a 12-Year-Old, 17-Year-Old and 21-Year-Old.
Pernod Ricard-owned Kahlúa liqueur has launched its newest seasonal, Pumpkin Spice. Priced at $16.99 a 750-ml. bottle, the extension will be available from September through December 31. It features a blend of autumnal spices and pumpkin with 100% Arabica coffee and sugarcane rum. Pumpkin Spice joins returning flavor Peppermint Mocha in the Kahlúa’s lineup of seasonally available liqueurs, as well as the core coffee-infused liqueur, Cinnamon Spice, French Vanilla, Mocha, Hazelnut, Especial and Midnight expressions, which are available year-round.
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