GSN Backbar Review: Jan. 27-31, 2014

imagesBilled as the first gluten-free and sugar-free spirit in the U.S. market, Devotion Vodka is expanding to 49 states this year, its owner, Devotion Spirits Inc. of Red Bank, N.J., announced. The vodka, made 100% from corn and available in six flavors, recently won approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to use the “Gluten-Free” and “No Added Sugar” designations on its label.

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indexPernod Ricard is extending its Malibu rum brand with another product designed for cross-category appeal, Malibu Rum Sparkler. Hitting national distribution now, Malibu Rum Sparkler is a combination of Malibu rum and coconut water which is infused with bubbles and bottled under cork. The new entry comes in coconut and peach flavors, both 11% abv, and is priced at $16.99 a 750-ml.

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indexNext month, St. Maarten’s Old Man Guavaberry rums and liqueur will return to the U.S. after leaving the market nearly five years ago. Dangerous Import Group has partnered with Opici Family Distributing for the rollout, which will begin in February to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland and Washington D.C., followed by Louisiana, Mississippi and Illinois, with plans to distribute nationwide within 18 months. The Guavaberry Liqueur and Guavaberry 5 Year Rum will retail at $25, while the 8 Year Rum is at $30.

indexSt. Paul, Minnesota-based Crosby Lake Spirits is extending its Kinky Blue liqueur brand into nationwide distribution. Kinky Blue, a mix of super-premium vodka with tropical and wild berry flavors, initially launched into select markets last June. The 17%-abv brand retails at $19.99 a 750-ml., in line with the flagship Kinky Liqueur, a blend of vodka with mango, blood orange and passion fruit flavors that debuted in 2011.

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indexBrooklyn-based craft distiller Greenhook Ginsmiths is planning to add a 19th century-style Old Tom gin to its portfolio this fall. Rolling out in September, Greenhook Ginsmiths’ Old Tom gin is made with a pot-distilled corn base, which is then sweetened, aged in Bourbon barrels for one year and finished in Oloroso Sherry casks. The 100.3-proof entry is targeted toward wintertime and cocktail occasions, and will be priced at around $38-$39 a 750-ml.

imagesHennessy’s 2014 innovations will include a fourth iteration of the brand’s Limited Edition VS bottle—which has previously featured artwork from contemporary artists such as Kaws, Futura and Os Gemeos, and typically retails for around $30-$32 a 750-ml.—as well as a new entry in its Privilege Limited Edition VSOP series ($50-$60 a 750-ml.) with a redesigned carafe. At the luxury end, Hennessy will also launch its Edition Particuliere label (around $27,000 a bottle) in the U.S. this year. Made with a blend of eaux-de-vie from the year 1900, Edition Particuliere will be limited to just 25 bottles globally.

indexAnchor Distilling is launching BarSol Perfecto Amor—a traditional blend of fortified grape juice from Peru—in the U.S. market. Produced by the Ica Valley’s Bodega San Isidro, the 17%-abv aperitif is made with Quebranta, Italia and Torontel varietals, each of which are juiced separately and fortified with pisco before being blended and bottled. BarSol Perfecto Amor will be available nationwide, priced at $18.99 a 750-ml.

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indexSt. Augustine Distillery has partnered with Charmer Sunbelt’s Premier Beverage to distribute and market its craft spirits portfolio across its home state of Florida. Starting this spring, Premier Beverage will begin handling St. Augustine’s super-premium range of artisanal vodka, gin, Bourbon and rum entries both on- and off-premise, with statewide availability slated for early summer. The small-batch lineup, which is made with locally-sourced ingredients, is priced between $25 and $30, with the exception of St. Augustine Bourbon, which will be priced between $45-$50 when it’s released in 3-to-4 years.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN: Backbar Review – July 8-12, 2013

indexSugar-free and gluten-free vodka brand Devotion has added Wild Cherry and Coconut expressions to its flavored lineup. Priced at $19.99 a bottle, the two new offerings join Devotion’s existing sugar- and gluten-free Blood Orange, Black and Blue and The Perfect Cosmo flavors, as well as the brand’s flagship unflavored entry. Devotion vodka, which first launched in 2009, is currently available throughout 24 states.

Greenbar-Grand-Poppy-300x300Los Angeles-based Greenbar Distillery has unveiled three new craft spirits—Grand Poppy aperitive liqueur, Tru Garden vodka and Fruitlab Ginger liqueur. All three offerings will be available in select markets, priced at $29 for Grand Poppy and Fruitlab and $35 for Tru Garden vodka. They join Tru organic vodka, Tru organic gin, Ixa Organic Tequila, Slow Hand organic whiskey, Crusoe organic rum, Fruitlab organic liqueurs and Bar Keep organic bitters in the Greenbar portfolio.

indexHeaven Hill Distilleries is extending its Fulton’s Harvest seasonal liqueur brand with a new apple pie offering. Rolling out this September, Fulton’s Harvest Apple Pie Cream liqueur blends apple pie flavors with notes of cinnamon and caramel. The 12.5%-abv entry will be available for a limited time through November, priced at $10.99 a 750-ml. Apple Pie Cream is the second liqueur in the Fulton’s Harvest range, which debuted in 2010 as a seasonal Pumpkin Pie Cream offering, also only available from September through November.

Picture-52Phillips Distilling is adding to its Prairie Organic line with two new spirits—Prairie Organic Gin and Prairie Cucumber-Flavored Organic Vodka. Both will be priced at $19.99 a 750-ml. and join the original Prairie Organic Vodka in the brand’s lineup. The Prairie Organic line of spirits is produced in a partnership between Phillips and a co-op of over 900 Minnesota farmers, all of whom are stakeholders in the Prairie Organic brand.

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indexThe Richland Distilling Co. has partnered with Carter Distributing Co.’s wine and spirits division, Premium Brands, to launch its Richland rum brand in southeastern Tennessee. Richland rum will be available in select retail stores, bars and restaurants across Carter Distributing’s footprint beginning this month. The rum is produced in Richland, Georgia, and also has a presence across the state.

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indexBeam Inc. is ramping up the focus on its Irish whiskey brand 2 Gingers (roughly $25 a 1-liter) with plans to aggressively expand its U.S. distribution this year and next. Currently available in 10 markets, the label is expected to launch in Texas, Louisiana, Washington, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Oregon, Vermont, New Hampshire and Indiana later this year. An additional five markets—including New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.—are slated to follow in 2014. The brainchild of Minnesota-based entrepreneur Kieran Folliard, 2 Gingers is a blended, 40%-abv whiskey produced at Ireland’s Kilbeggan Distillery Co. (Cooley Distillery).

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN: Backbar Review Jan. 7-11, 2013

rumcreamWray & Nephew has introduced a new seasonal Rum Cream offering. The new liqueur is made from a base of Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum and retails for $19.99 a 750-ml. Intended to be consumed on the rocks or in winter cocktails, it’s selling through the month of March in select retailers nationwide.

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imagesDevotion vodka has expanded its distribution footprint with the addition of listings in Publix and Albertsons supermarkets in three states. The sugar-free, gluten-free vodka brand (80-proof, $19.99 a 750-ml.) is now available at more than 80 Publix locations across Florida and more than 200 Albertsons locations in Nevada and California. The flavors made available in the stores include Blood Orange, Black & Blue (blackberry and blueberry flavored) and The Perfect Cosmo. Devotion’s distribution territory currently covers Florida, California, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Arizona, Hawaii and Connecticut.

imagesBulleit Bourbon is set to be extended with a higher-proof, higher-priced offshoot, Bulleit 10. The new 10-year-old Bulleit expression is 91.2-proof (the core brand is 90-proof) and will retail for around $45 a bottle, approximately $20 higher than the core brand, depending on the market. It’s expected to hit shelves this month.Bulleit 10, which will compete with upscale Maker’s Mark extension Maker’s 46, among other ultra-premium Bourbons, follows Bulleit’s introduction of a straight rye whiskey by a little over a year.

imagesMichelin Star chef Daniel Boulud and Whyte & Mackay’s The Dalmore have collaborated on a new single malt Scotch whisky that will be served exclusively at Boulud’s restaurants. The Dalmore Selected by Daniel Boulud features an 88-proof blend of The Dalmore single malts that’s been finished in used Muscatel, Madeira and Port casks. Boulud’s restaurant empire includes eight establishments in New York City, as well as locations in Miami, Palm Beach, Montreal, Toronto, London, Beijing and Singapore. The chef has suggested that the new single malt entry initially will be available at New York’s Daniel, Café Boulud and Boulud Sud restaurants.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily