GSN Backbar Review: May 26-30, 2014

imagesSidney Frank Importing Company has been named the exclusive importer of Germany’s Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin for the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, effective immediately. A combination of 47 handpicked ingredients, Monkey 47 was first introduced in Germany by Black Forest Distillers in 2010, and has since expanded to 20 countries. Monkey 47 is 47%-abv and features floral and citrus notes with a hint of spice, according to the company. It retails at $44.99 a 375-ml. bottle.

indexUisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey, part of the ROK Drinks group led by Patrón Tequila co-founder John Paul DeJoria and entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has joined the portfolio of Franklin Park, Illinois-based wine and spirits importer The Marsalle Co. Under the new multi-year partnership, The Marsalle Co. will exclusively market and distribute the blended Irish whiskey brand across the U.S. market.


indexAtchison, Kansas-based contract spirits producer MGP has added 14 new whiskies to its portfolio. The offerings include six traditional whiskies sourced from across the globe, as well as eight flavored whiskies, including cinnamon, apple, black licorice, honey and butterscotch entries, among others. According to MGP vice president of alcohol sales and marketing David Dykstra, the additions were developed “in response to burgeoning interests and trends” within the whiskey category. The releases follow MGP’s rollout of six new whiskey mash bills last spring, including several rye, malt and wheat whiskies and Bourbons. MGP produces its distilled spirits both at its Atchison headquarters, as well as at a second facility in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

imagesBacardi has officially launched the new XO expression of its Cognac brand, d’Usse. Available in limited quantities across the U.S., d’Ussé XO “will be seeded via exclusive introductions to trade and cultural influencers,” Bacardi says, retailing at $230 a 750-ml.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily.


GSN Backbar Review: Mar. 24-28, 2014

imagesThe first peach brandy made at George Washington’s distillery at Mount Vernon in more than 200 years will be unveiled on April 1, the Distilled Spirits Council and Mount Vernon jointly announced. Some 400 bottles of the peach brandy will be offered at the Distillery & Gristmill at Mount Vernon, retailing at $150 a 375-ml. bottle. The brandy was recreated at the distillery in 2010 by a team of craft distillers who used 18th century techniques, double-distilling the product in copper pot stills heating it by wood fires, then aging it two years in toasted oak barrels. The distilling team was led by Ted Huber of Indiana-based Starlight Distillery, Brian McKenzie of Finger Lakes Distilling in New York, Lance Winters of St. George Spirits in California, Dave Pickerell of Vermont-based WhistlePig Whiskey and Hillrock Estate Distillery in New York, Joe Dangler of A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Virginia and Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., also in Virginia.

indexNetherlands-based distiller Lucas Bols is launching what it calls the world’s first-ever “alcoholic foam” in the U.S. market. The product is packaged in 200-ml. bottles and has three different flavors: Blue Curaçao, Crème de Cassis and Amaretto. A pump at the top of the bottle puts out up to two liters of the fizzy foam. “The foams can be as easily applied in-home as in-bar with cocktails, coffees, shots and desserts,” said Bols CEO Huub van Doorne. “On hot or cold drinks, the foam will hold for a minimum of 15 minutes.” The suggested retail price is $17.99 a bottle.

indexProst Beverage Company is introducing Tim Smith’s Original Climax Moonshine to the U.S. market following successful test launches in a handful of states. Climax can currently be found in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, Ohio, Maryland and Washington D.C. for around $29.99 to $34.99 a bottle. A new distillery is set to open next month, allowing the company to expand in June to Kentucky, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Mississippi and Alabama, with a pending agreement in Virginia. Tim Smith, star of the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners,” and Prost Beverage plan to donate $1.00 for every nine-liter case of Climax sold to the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation. Flavors are planned for later this year and 2015.

imagesCIL U.S. Wine & Spirits, the American subsidiary of Cognac producer Camus, has been named the exclusive U.S. distributor for GDL Imports’ Trianon Tequila. Billed as a small-batch, handcrafted Tequila, the super-premium Trianon range includes Blanco ($39.99 a 750-ml.), Reposado ($45.99), Anejo ($49.99) and Trianon Triple Bottle ($79.99) expressions. Under the CIL U.S. agreement, Trianon—which launched in Tennessee in late 2012—will initially expand its presence into Florida, New York and Georgia.

indexTexas-based Garrison Brothers Distillery is set to enter the New York market. This distillery is releasing an initial 3,000 bottles of its Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey to bars and retail outlets in New York, which joins Texas and Arizona in its distribution footprint. Billed as the first straight Bourbon whiskey entirely produced outside Kentucky or Tennessee, the distillery has made available its spring 2014 vintage and will later release its fall vintage across New York state. The Bourbon retails in the $85-$95 range.

indexTwo years after launching the D’ussé Cognac brand with a VSOP offering, Bacardi is extending the upscale label with an XO expression. D’ussé XO, produced at the Chateau de Cognac by maître de chai Michel Casavecchia, is made from a blend of eaux-de-vie aged at least 10 years. Introducing the new offering to a small group of journalists and mixologists in New York last night, Bacardi said D’ussé XO, retailing at $230 a bottle, would hit 11 U.S. markets in May, targeted to select high-end accounts.


All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily