GSN: Backbar Review Nov. 26-30, 2012

canevodka_12Tampa-based Florida Distillery has launched its debut spirit, Cane Vodka. A small-batch, unflavored offering, Cane Vodka is produced with locally sourced sugar cane and packaged with American-made materials. The premium offering is currently available at bars and retail outlets throughout the Tampa area, priced at around $30 a bottle. The brand is currently distributed by Brown Distributing. Founded in February of this year, Florida Distillery will add fruit infusions to the Cane Vodka lineup in 2013.

ironweed-whiskeyNew York’s Albany Distilling Co. has introduced Ironweed Bourbon whiskey, the second offering in the craft producer’s portfolio. Priced at around $44 a 750-ml., Ironweed is billed as a small-batch, 43%-abv Bourbon, made with New York state grain and aged for three months. Orders for Ironweed are currently being taken at the distillery, and will be available for pick-up December 8. A rye expression of the brand, meanwhile, is slated to roll out next summer. Established last year in downtown Albany, Albany Distilling also produces Coal Yard New Make whiskey and has plans to launch a new rum brand, Quackenbush Still House, featuring both Amber and Spiced variants.

Johnnie-Walker-The-Spice-Road-Scotch-WhiskeyJohnnie Walker has unveiled a new travel-focused range, the Explorers’ Club Collection. Sold exclusively in travel retail, the range debuts with a series of three blends, known collectively as the Trade Routes Series. The first Trade Routes entry is The Spice Road, an oak cask-matured whisky inspired by spice markets and featuring notes of citrus, cloves, ginger and vanilla. Retailing at $43 a bottle, The Spice Road initially will be available at duty free stores across Europe, the Middle East and Australia next month, before beginning a global travel retail rollout in January. The other Trade Routes offerings—which include The Gold Route and The Royal Route—will enter the duty free market next year.

Japan_Nikka_Yoichi_Single_Malt_10_Years_7745San Francisco-based Anchor Distilling is adding Japan’s Nikka whisky to its U.S. import portfolio. Anchor will import two Nikka expressions, Yoichi Single Malt and Taketsuru Pure Malt. Yoichi ($129.99 a bottle) is a 15-year-old whisky made at the distillery of the same name on the island of Hokkaido. Taketsuru, a 12-year-old retailing for $69.99 and named for Nikka founder Masataka Taketsuru, is a blend of pure malt whiskies from the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries (the latter is located in Sendai, northern Honshu).

spbob.25yoInternational Beverage is launching a 25-year-old edition of its Speyburn single malt. Aged in American oak Fino Sherry and ex-Bourbon casks, the new entry is packaged inside a silver wooden box alongside two engraved collapsible tasting cups. The oldest expression in the Speyburn portfolio, Speyburn 25-year-old will retail at $315 a bottle and be available at select retailers and venues in limited quantities. Speyburn’s core 10-year-old sells for around $28.99 a bottle and was repacked earlier this year.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily.