GSN Backbar Review: June 23-27, 2014

indexA. Hardy USA, Ltd. has partnered with Hawaiian-based Kai Vodka LLC for distribution of the company’s six rice-based spirits in the U.S. market. The importer, sales and marketing agency will handle Kai’s portfolio, which includes Kai Vodka (40% abv), Kai Lychee, Kai Lemongrass, Kai Coconut Pandan (all 35% abv), Kai Lemongrass Ginger Shochu-Soju and Kai Young Coconut Shochu-Soju (both 24% abv). Harvested from rice from Vietnam, Kai Vodka’s line retails for about $24.99.

indexProximo Spirits has extended its super-premium Three Olives vodka range with a new Jacked Apple flavor. Combining the flavors of red apple and cinnamon, the new offering joins the English vodka brand’s 24 flavor extensions, which include Chocolate, Grape and Root Beer. Three Olives Jacked Apple will be available nationwide beginning in June in 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liter bottles, at a suggested retail price of $21 a 750-ml.


indexMaui-based Ocean Vodka has appointed Bill Scott master distiller. An 18-year spirits industry veteran, Scott has previously worked with vodka brands such as Blue Ice Vodka, American Harvest Organic Spirit, Square One and 44 Degrees North. His appointment follows Ocean Vodka’s recent expansion into three additional U.S. markets, bringing its total U.S. footprint to 35 states and Washington, D.C. Retailing at $32.99 a 750-ml., Ocean Vodka’s flagship brand is a certified USDA organic vodka made with sugar cane and ocean mineral water.

indexAgave Underground Tequila is extending with this month’s release of Sabroso, a prickly pear infused Tequila retailing at $24.99. The Orange County, California-based company has also expanded its distribution network to Texas, Louisiana, Illinois, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi and Iowa, bringing its total to 22 states and two Canadian provinces. In addition to Sabroso, Agave Underground’s range includes Silver, Reposado and Anejo expressions.


indexNew York-based Blackheath Beverage Group has added Fernet Vittone, Amaro Del Sole and Vittone vermouth to its portfolio through a new national sales and marketing agreement with the brands’ importer, Un Sogno, LLC. All three brands are produced by Italy’s Polini Distillates and Beverages.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily