GSN Spirited News: June 8th 2021 Edition

Campari America has launched the latest limited-edition whiskey from the Wild Turkey Distillery: Russell’s Reserve 13-year-old. The 57.4% abv Bourbon is non-chill filtered and bottled at barrel strength, and showcases the combined decades of experience in the industry from master distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell. The whiskey is now available across the U.S. for a limited time at a suggested price of $70 a 750-ml.

Conecuh Brands has released two new whiskies in the Clyde May’s family. First up is Clyde May’s Special Reserve Straight Bourbon, a new 55% abv permanent addition to the portfolio. It’s aged for five years and retails for $70 a 750-ml. Conecuh has also unveiled this year’s edition of Clyde May’s cask strength release, a 13-year-old Bourbon bottled at 56% abv, which is available in limited quantities for $180 a 750-ml.

Brown-Forman has added a new single barrel rye to the Old Forester brand. The unfiltered rye whiskey is bottled at barrel proof and is the first expansion for Old Forester rye since the whiskey was introduced in 2019. Old Forester Single Barrel Rye is now available across the U.S. for around $80 a 750-ml.

Danish whisky brand Stauning, part of the Diageo-backed Distill Ventures portfolio, is launching in the U.S. Initial offerings include Stauning rye whisky (48% abv, $80), Stauning Kaos triple malt (46% abv, $90), and Stauning Smoke (47% abv, $100), a peated and heather smoked malt. Situated on a fjord in West Jutland on the west coast of Denmark, Stauning’s whiskies are made from local grain, floor-malted in-house, and distilled in 24 direct-fired small copper pot stills.

Roscoe, New York’s Do Good Spirits has announced the latest version of Bootlegger New York Craft Barrel Aged gin. The 46% abv spirit is made with juniper, orris root, coriander, lemon verbena, and bitter orange peels before maturing in 30-gallon barrels used to age the distillery’s Bourbon. Bootlegger Barrel Aged gin is available in limited quantities at the distillery’s tasting room and through its website for a suggested price of $55.

Beam Suntory has released the second bottling of Booker’s Bourbon for 2021: Tagalong Batch. This edition aged for six years and five months and comes in at 63.95% abv. Tagalong Batch gets its name from the story of Booker Noe learning the family business from his grandfather Jim Beam by tagging along to the distillery. The whiskey is rolling out now in limited quantities across the U.S. where it will retail for a suggested price of $90 a 750-ml

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GSN Spirited News: November 17th 2020 Edition

U.K.-based 6 O’Clock gin has launched in the U.S. through the company’s Tampa, Florida-based subsidiary. The initial rollout will cover cities in Florida and Georgia before expanding into other markets, and will bring four of 6 O’Clock’s gins—London Dry (43% abv), Brunel (50% abv), Damson (40% abv), and Sloe (26% abv)—to the market. In the U.S., 6 O’Clock gin is backed by banking executive Susie Martinez and her son Daniel, plus Robert Rothman, CEO of Black Diamond Capital and one of the owners of the Washington Football Team.

Bardstown, Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Distillery has announced a new limited edition Bourbon to celebrate the company’s 85th anniversary. The single barrel whiskey is bottled at 53.5% abv—a tribute to the distillery’s original barrel entry proof—and matured for 13 years. The whiskey comes in a custom wooden box with twin H’s on either side and blue satin interior trim. Heaven Hill 85th Anniversary 13-Year-Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be available soon at the company’s Bourbon Heritage center and in limited Kentucky retailers for a suggested price of $300 a 750-ml.

Irish Distillers (Pernod Ricard) has announced the return of the Blue Spot, the fourth entry in the Spot family of single pot still Irish whiskies. The cask strength whiskey is coming back to market after a 56-year absence and completes the family of luxury-priced whiskies. The Blue Spot is blended from whiskies aged in Bourbon, Sherry, and Madeira casks and bottled with non-chill filtering. The Blue Spot is rolling out in Ireland, UK, France, Canada, Northern Ireland, and Global Travel Retail now, and will launch in the U.S. in February 2021 with a suggested retail price of around €80 (around $94.50).

Conecuh Brands has announced the latest three additions to the Clyde May’s whiskey portfolio. First up is Clyde May’s 6 Year Single Barrel Bourbon, a 51% abv whiskey retailing at $50 a 750-ml. Joining the new Bourbon is an 8-year-old straight rye whiskey, bottled at 52% abv and made from a blend of 8-, 9-, and 10-year old rye whiskies. Finally, the company is releasing Clyde May’s 12 Year Cask Strength Alabama Style Whiskey, a 60% abv whiskey finished with apple flavoring. The cask strength 12-year-old whiskey will retail for around $130 and only a few thousand bottles will be available across the U.S.

Ready-to-drink, bag-in-box cocktail brand BarBox is debuting across the Florida, California, Colorado, Illinois, and New York markets. Retailing at $25, each BarBox contains 14 four-ounce cocktails, with initial offerings including a Cosmopolitan (24% abv), Negroni (26% abv), and Vodka Sour (20% abv), recommended to be served over ice. The St. Petersburg, Florida-based company was founded by brothers Matthias and Jacob Kozuba.

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GSN Spirited News: February 4th 2020 Edition

RumChata is extending its range with a new Limón expression. Retailing at $20 a 750-ml., the newcomer is a blend of Caribbean rum with dairy cream, vanilla, and lemon, packaged in a bright yellow version of the RumChata bottle. Designed to be served on the rocks, in hot or cold coffee, or in cocktails, RumChata Limón will roll out nationally by April, backed with a TV, print, and social media campaign.

MGP Ingredients has debuted single barrel offerings for its George Remus Bourbon and Rossville Union Rye whiskies. Bottled at cask strength, George Remus Single Barrel Straight Bourbon whiskey will be available through participating accounts for $60 a 750-ml. Rossville Union Single Barrel Straight rye whiskey, meanwhile, is a bottled-in-bond expression retail priced at $50. Both labels are offered in two different mashbills, with pre-sale open until March and shipping expected by September.

Angel’s Envy has announced the second release in the Louisville-based distillery’s Cellar Collection, Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Tawny Port Wine Barrels. The 55.8% abv whiskey was aged for 10 years before finishing for 10 months in Tawny Port barrels. Only 5,400 bottles will be available, beginning February 8. The limited release will be sold in Kentucky, California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Tennessee, as well as the Angel’s Envy Distillery, at a suggested price of $250.

NFL legend Terry Bradshaw is launching his own Bourbon brand. Bottled at 51.9% abv, Terry Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is sourced from an unnamed third-generation master distiller and will roll out nationally in the coming months, retailing at $40 a 750-ml. The brand is a collaboration between Bradshaw and Silver Screen Bottling Company, which has also partnered on spirits labels with franchises like Showtime series Ray Donovan, Star Trek, and the movie Predator.

Glenmorangie is launching The Cadboll Estate, billed as the single malt label’s first “single estate” whisky. Aged for 15 years in first-fill American white oak Bourbon casks, the new offering was made with barley grown on the Glenmorangie Cadboll Estate in the Scottish Highlands, chill-filtered, and bottled at 43% abv. Retailing at $85 a 750-ml., it’s debuting across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico beginning March 1.

Conecuh Brands is bringing J.&J. McConnell’s Irish Whisky back to life 60 years after the original distillery folded. Conecuh says the brand—which spells “whisky” without an “e” in a nod to the original product—was at its peak in pre-Prohibition America and is returning to the U.S. after a 90-year absence. The new release is distilled at Great Northern Distillery and aged for five years in American oak before bottling at 42% abv. The brand will continue to be produced by Great Northern until Conecuh’s new Belfast distillery is completed. McConnell’s Irish Whisky retails for a suggested price of $33 a 750-ml.

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