GSN: Backbar Review – August 26-30, 2013

maplecremewithbucketsCambridge, Vermont-based Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits has introduced its new Vermont Ice Apple and Maple Crème liqueurs. They’re available at select retail stores in New England or on the company’s website, with expanded distribution across the country slated for September. Vermont Ice Maple Crème Liqueur is priced at $27.99 a 750-ml., while the Ice Apple Crème Liqueur is $29.99. Distilled in small batches, the liqueurs are created using apple brandy made from local apples—including Northern Spy, Macintosh and Empire varieties—blended with the company’s own Ice Cider for the Ice Apple liqueur and estate-made maple syrup for the Maple Crème liqueur. Boyden, which claims to be the first craft distiller in the country to focus on cream liqueurs, also produces a number of red, white and fruit wines.

Parkers_Wheated_4th_EditionHeaven Hill Distilleries has unveiled the sixth edition of its limited edition Parker’s Heritage Collection. This year’s Bourbon, set to be released in September, will include select barrels of 11-year-old Heaven Hill rye-based Bourbons mixed with select barrels of the wheated mashbill that Heaven Hill uses for the Old Fitzgerald line (which is also aged for 11 years), bottled at cask strength. Only 7,500 bottles have been produced for national and international distribution, priced at $80 a 750-ml. This year’s release will feature three “dumps,” with each featuring a different barrel proof—the first will be 65.8% abv. The annual Parker’s Heritage Collection is meant to honor 6th generation master distiller Parker Beam for his 50 years of distilling experience.

indexBeam Inc.’s Laphroaig single malt Scotch has released a limited edition Càirdeas Port Wood label in the U.S. Created to commemorate Islay’s Feis Ile whisky festival, the new, 102.6-proof expression is aged with Port wood for part of its maturation and features classic peat and charcoal notes. Càirdeas is currently available at select retail outlets, priced at around $74.99 a 750-ml.

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indexBeam’s Pinnacle vodka brand has introduced a new line of fall- and holiday-inspired flavors. The range includes Caramel Apple, Peachberry Cobbler, Pecan Pie and Salted Caramel extensions, all of which will join Pinnacle’s year-round lineup, as well as limited edition seasonal Peppermint Bark and returning entry Pumpkin Pie. Initially rolled out into select markets in July, all six flavors are expected to be available nationwide by the end of next month, priced at around $12.99 a 750-ml.

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indexHeaven Hill Distilleries is poised to release the latest edition of its Parker’s Heritage Collection, named for master distiller emeritus Parker Beam, and this year’s rollout has a cause. Beam, a sixth-generation distiller in his 53rd year at Heaven Hill, has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The new Parker’s Heritage Collection release, dubbed “Promise of Hope,” will help raise funds for the battle against ALS. For each bottle sold, Heaven Hill will contribute $20 to the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund (www.alsa.org/ParkerBeamPromiseofHope), which has been established through the ALS Association. The effort is expected to raise at least $250,000. The 7th Edition Parker’s Heritage Collection Promise of Hope release will start selling in mid-September in retail and on-premise venues nationwide, at an average price of $90 a 750-ml. Like the previous six Parker’s Heritage Collection editions, Promise of Hope’s quantity will be limited, although Heaven Hill will make more bottles available than in previous years in order to maximize fundraising. The 2012 volume was about 7,500 bottles.

cirocDiageo has officially launched the newest addition to Cîroc vodka’s flavor line, Amaretto. The extension hit the market in July and is now available nationwide (priced at $34.99 for a 750-ml. bottle). Cîroc’s flavor lineup was initially launched in 2010. Now also including Peach, Coconut and Red Berry, the flavor line has become the brand’s growth engine of late.

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indexCalifornia-based Wilson Daniels has added England’s Sipsmith London Dry Gin to its U.S. import portfolio. Made in the classic London dry style, Sipsmith uses a traditional blend of botanicals and is handcrafted in single batches producing a few hundred bottles at a time. The British offering will be available starting next month, priced at around $42 a bottle.

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GSN: Backbar Review – May 20-24, 2013

imagesPernod Ricard’s Malibu rum brand has added a pair of dessert-inspired flavors to its rum portfolio. Starting this month, Malibu Swirl—which features the flavors of strawberries and cream—and the chocolate ice cream-flavored Malibu Sundae will launch nationwide, supported by a full digital and social media push. Both 21%-abv offerings will be available in 1-liter, 750-ml. and 50-ml. formats, priced at around $14.99 a 750-ml.

CarlosMurphyTequila__84072_zoomLos Angeles-based Nicholas Enterprises has rolled out a new flavored Tequila entry, Carlos Murphy Original Cinnamon Spiced Tequila. Initially launching in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Belgium, the 70-proof handcrafted offering is made with a 100%-agave Reposado and infused with natural cinnamon flavors. Original Cinnamon Spiced, is launching first in California and South Carolina, and will continue to expand into other select U.S. markets, priced at $19.99 a 750-ml.

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imagesCastle Brands is set to introduce Castello Mio Sambuca to the U.S. for the first time. The brand will launch with two expressions—Sambuca Superiore, a combination of the traditional Sambuca flavors with a secret blend of herbs and spices, and Sambuca Espresso, infused with real Italian deep roast coffee beans. Packaged in a tall glass decanter with a built-in pourer, Castello Mio is produced by a family company that has been crafting liqueurs in the Veneto region of Italy since the 1800s.

imagesIpswich, Massachusetts-based Privateer rum is expanding its distribution footprint into three new markets. Privateer will now be available in New York, California and Colorado, joining its existing markets of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Privateer, which launched in 2011, offers two variants—Privateer Silver Reserve and Privateer True American Amber.

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imagesMarnier Lapostolle has unveiled details on three new Grand Marnier extensions slated to launch this year. The first—GM Titanium—will debut in August and initially be available across the Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago and South Florida markets. Featuring a blend of orange and calamansi citrus flavors with spices and Cognac, the high-end offering retails at $44.99 a 750-ml. In September, Marnier-Lapostolle will roll out Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach, a limited-edition flavored expression that will be available nationwide, priced at $39.99. Also in the fall, the company plans to release Grand Marnier Cuvée 1880, which is billed as a blend of aged, premium XO Cognac sourced from the Grande Champagne region. The luxury entry is priced at $299.99, joining Cuvée du Centenaire and Quintessence in Grand Marnier’s higher-marque portfolio.

imagesDiageo’s Cîroc vodka is reportedly launching a new Amaretto flavor, joining Peach, Red Berry and Coconut in the brand’s line. Diageo’s partner on the brand, entertainment mogul Sean Combs, was touting the upcoming launch at a recent meeting with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board officials in Harrisburg, according to local press.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily