GSN Backbar Review: April 27-May 1, 2015

indexNashville, Tennessee-based R.S. Lipman Company is expanding its Old Hickory Great American Whiskey brand with further distribution and a line extension. The 80-proof Old Hickory American Bourbon Blend, named after U.S. President Andrew Jackson, ($29.99 a 750-ml.) was first introduced in the fourth quarter of 2014 and this summer the company will increase production while adding new states for distribution. It is also rolling out a new 86-proof Straight Bourbon ($39.99), which like the blend is made from corn sourced from farms within a 250-mile radius of the Joseph E. Seagram distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

indexRochester, New York-based Black Button Distilling, which produces Corn Whiskey, Citrus Forward Gin, Vodka and Four Grain Bourbon variants, is also set to release a limited edition Lilac Gin (84 proof) to select liquor stores on May 1, packaged in 375-ml. bottles.

indexMoët Hennessy has officially unveiled a new prestige Cognac celebrating Hennessy’s 250th anniversary, Hennessy 250 Collector Blend. Originally reported by SND on March 2, the 250 Collector Blend is a limited edition of about 7,000 cases worldwide. It’s packaged in 1-liter bottles, which are presented in a specially designed gift box and retail at $600 apiece.

indexHillsboro, Oregon’s Big Bottom Distilling has collaborated with two other Oregon distillers for the launch of its first vodka, Big Bottom Starka Vodka. The result of the Oregon Starka Project, which partnered Big Bottom with Bull Run Distilling and Indio Spirits and Distillery, is a 91-proof small-batch vodka that’s finished in oak casks. Each distiller on the project created a variation of Starka, a traditional aged vodka from Eastern Europe, by choosing barrels distinct to each producer for three separate offerings. Big Bottom Starka Vodka is available throughout Oregon in limited quantities from each barrel for $29.95, with batches to be released annually as a seasonal offering.

indexBacardi rum has extended its super-premium Gran Reserva range with the nationwide launch of Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron. Targeted toward the cocktail occasion, Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron is a white mixing rum, double-aged in white oak casks. According to Arvind Krishnan, vice president and brand managing director, rum category for Bacardi USA, the new entry is designed to offer the “versatility of a mixing spirit without sacrificing the characteristics of an aged, super-premium liquid.” Maestro de Ron, which is priced at $24.99 a 750-ml., marks the second entry in Bacardi’s Gran Reserva lineup, joining Gran Reserva Ocho Años.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Backbar Review: March 2-6, 2015

indexMoët Hennessy is marking the 250th anniversary of its flagship Hennessy Cognac brand with a special limited blend. Hitting U.S. retail shelves in April, Hennessy 250 Collector blend is priced at $600 a 1-liter bottle and packaged in a decanter and collectible gift box. The 250 Collector edition is a blend of eaux-de-vie ranging from about 15 to 40 years in age.

indexBardstown Barrel Selection, Inc. has extended its Redemption Rye brand with the release of a limited-edition 10-year-old ($180). The 55%-abv, barrel-proof offering follows Redemption’s six- and seven-year-old barrel-proof releases and was distilled at MGP’s distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Redemption 10-year-old Barrel Proof was created from six barrels, yielding fewer than 1,000 750-ml. bottles for distribution. With a mash bill of 95% rye, it features notes of maple, vanilla and caramel, the company says.

imagesPernod Ricard USA has officially launched the first spring seasonal for Kahlua, a Salted Caramel flavor. Characterized by a salty-sweet profile, the newcomer is said to be formulated to marry well with iced coffee, as well as other cocktail concoctions. Kahlua Salted Caramel is 40-proof and retails at $18 a 750-ml.

images375 Park Avenue Spirits, formerly Van Gogh Imports, is launching a traditional Italian Zabajone cream liqueur called Vov in the U.S., in partnership with Molinari, which is known for the Molinari Sambuca brand. Vov was created by Gian Battista Pezziol in 1845 as a way to use leftover egg yolks from his nougat-making by mixing them with Marsala wine, alcohol and sugar for an energy drink. The name is short for “vovi,” the Venetian word for eggs. Vov is currently available in Chicago, New York and San Francisco for about $28 a 1-liter.

indexBowling Green, Kentucky-based Western Spirits Beverage Company has added two new flavors to its Bird Dog Whiskey brand, Apple and Chocolate. Each are bottled at 80 proof and retail nationwide for $19.99 a 750-ml. The latest offerings join Hot Cinnamon, Peach, Maple, Original and Blackberry from Bird Dog Whiskey. Bird Dog is available in 1.75-liter, 750-ml., 375-ml., 200-ml., 100-ml. and 50-ml. bottles.

indexLucas Bols USA has launched a new Maraschino Cherry flavor under its Bols liqueur brand. The offering, which is 24% abv and retails at $18 a 750-ml., augments Bols liqueurs’ existing 30-flavor range. Bols Maraschino Cherry is now rolling out across both the on- and off-premise segments throughout the country. Lucas Bols’ other brands include Bols genever, Damrak gin and Galliano liqueur.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily