GSN Backbar Review: Jan. 13-17, 2014

indexConstellation is extending its Svedka vodka brand with two new flavors, Mango Pineapple and Strawberry Lemonade. Available nationwide beginning next month, the duo will retail at $12.99 a 750-ml. They join Colada, Strawberry Colada, Orange Cream Pop, Cherry, Citron, Clementine, Raspberry and Vanilla in the brand’s flavor line.


indexDes Plaines, Illinois-based A. Hardy USA has added Ireland’s Dingle Gin to its U.S. import portfolio. Produced by County Kerry’s Dingle distillery, established in 2012, the 43%-abv offering is made using traditional pot stills and seven locally-grown botanicals, including coriander, angelica, chervil, heather, bog myrtle, juniper and rowanberry. Dingle Gin, which is billed as a classic, London dry-style entry, is priced at $35.99 a 750-ml.


indexHeaven Hill Distilleries has released the latest edition of its Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon, available to select retailers and on-premise operators nationwide. A 2004 vintage, the new release was matured under careful supervision in natural open-rick warehouses and is said to have a more bold character than last year’s at 86.6 proof with an average retail price of $26.99 a 750-ml. bottle. Heaven Hill’s sixth-generation master distiller Parker Beam selected barrels for the 2004 vintage that sat higher up in the warehouses so that the temperature gradients over the nine to 10 years of aging were more extreme.

indexOaxaca, Mexico’s Mezcal Vago is entering California through a partnership with The Henry Wine Group. The family-crafted artisan mezcal was first introduced to North America last year and currently is distributed in Colorado, Texas, New York, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. In California, Vago will market its Espadin ($49.99), Elote ($52.99), Cuixe ($89.99), Mexicano ($89.99), Tobala en Barro ($131.99) and Ensamble en Barro ($69.99) variants.


indexDiageo’s Crown Royal has unveiled its latest extension, Crown Royal XO, an ultra-premium blended Canadian whisky that pays homage to the brand’s storied history. According to the company, master blender Andrew MacKay used more than 50 whiskies in the blend and finished it in Cognac casks from the French Limousin Forest. The amber-topaz blend is packaged in Crown Royal’s iconic bag with gray and gold embroidery accents. The new XO expression will be available nationwide starting early January for a suggested retail price of $49.99 a 750-ml.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily