GSN Spirited News: June 22nd 2021 Edition

Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s Ole Smoky Distillery has launched a new small batch whiskey: James Ownby Reserve Tennessee Straight Bourbon. The initial batch of the 47% abv whiskey is blended from 200 barrels and is named for Ole Smoky founder Joe Baker’s great-grandfather. The charcoal-filtered whiskey is now available in major markets across the U.S. and at Ole Smoky’s Gatlinburg and Nashville distilleries for a suggested price of $40 a 750-ml.

Oregon’s Hood River Distillers has relaunched Easy Rider Kentucky Straight Bourbon with a new look. The whiskey is bottled at 40% abv after maturing for four years. The new packaging was designed by North and features a red eagle on a light tan label. The whiskey is now available in the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, Georgia, and Texas in 750-ml., 1-liter, and 1.75-liter bottles, with the 750-ml. retailing for around $25.

New York’s Harlem Standard has launched two new whiskies and partnered with Fedway to expand into New Jersey. With this move, the brand, which debuted last year, has doubled its whiskey portfolio and expanded its reach; previously the whiskey was available in New York City and select locations in Nashville, Tennessee, and Tampa, Florida. The first new product is a 7-year-old wheat whiskey aged in Speyside barrels and bottled at 50.5% abv. The other new addition to the Harlem Standard portfolio is a 46.5% abv high rye Bourbon.

Ritual Zero Proof, the Chicago-based alcohol-free spirits brand, has launched a new rum alternative. The drink, according to the company, delivers the vanilla and spice of rum without the alcohol. It joins Ritual’s gin, whiskey, and Tequila alternatives in the brand’s portfolio. Ritual Zero Proof rum alternative is now available in select retailers across the U.S. and on Amazon and the brand’s website for $29 a bottle.

Bardstown’s Heaven Hill Distillery has launched a new Bourbon, paying tribute to the founding brothers behind the company. Five Brothers Bourbon is bottled at 45% abv and is a blend of whiskies aged five to nine years. The new release features a picture of the five Shapira brothers who founded Heaven Hill, along with vintage typefaces and a label design recalling the 1930s. Five Brothers will be available exclusively in Kentucky for a suggested price of $60 a 750-ml. and will be featured at Heaven Hill’s new visitor center.

New York’s Barking Irons has launched a new apple-based gin. The 44% abv spirit is made from a blend of apple distillate and neutral spirits, along with a selection of citrus-focused botanicals including orange peel and juniper. The release will be supported with the company’s wider “New York to the Core” campaign, highlighting the distillery’s portfolio of applejack and gin, while celebrating New York’s post-Covid reopening. Barking Irons Gin is now available throughout New York state and on Reserve Bar and the distillery’s website for around $38 a 750-ml.

Beam Suntory has introduced Jim Beam Orange. The new flavored whiskey combines Bourbon and orange flavor and is intended to be served as a chilled shot or in a Highball with soda water, ice, and an orange wedge. Jim Beam Orange is at 32.5% abv and retails at $16 a 750-ml. It’s rolling out to select retailers nationally.

Florida-based Oracles Capital, a wine and spirits brand development and incubation company, has introduced its first offering, an American single malt whiskey. Retailing at $62 a 750-ml., the new entry goes by ASM and is debuting now in New York and New Jersey ahead of a planned national rollout. The liquid is 100% pot distilled whiskey, aged for a minimum of three years, and finished in a Sherry cask.

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GSN Spirited News: November 24th 2020 Edition

Stoli Group USA has introduced the latest releases for Kentucky Owl: Rye Batch No. 4 and Bourbon Batch No. 10. The brand’s latest rye release, called “The Last Rye” is a blend of 10- to 13-year-old whiskey bottled at 56.4% abv. Kentucky Owl Bourbon Batch No. 10 is a 60.1% abv non-age-stated blend of whiskies that, according to the company, marries some of its oldest and oakiest whiskies with younger, fruitier spirits. Both are now available across the U.S. at a suggested price of $300 a 750-ml.

Louisville, Kentucky’s Barrell Craft Spirits has announced the Private Release Bourbon Series, a new line of limited editions. The releases are blended from four Bourbons—sourced from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana—of varying ages combined to make 49 different recipes. Each offering is bottled at cask strength and will retail for around $110 a 750-ml. Only 150-180 bottles will be available for each batch and a list of retailers is available on Barrell’s website.

Newport, Oregon’s Rogue Ales & Spirits has launched the Single Barrel Project, a new collection of one-off whiskey releases. The series will consist of four releases per year and will be exclusive to retailers in Oregon. The first release is a 6-year-old single malt finished in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels from North by Northwest Wines in Washington State and bottled at 48% abv. The second release, coming in January 2021, is an 8-year-old Oregon rye whiskey finished in a second-use Zinfandel barrel. The third release is an Oregon single malt finished in cherry wood and will be released in March 2021.

Appleton Estate, part of the Campari America portfolio, has announced a new collection of rare pot still rums, set to launch in early 2021. The Hearts Collection consists of three vintage-dated rums, aged between 21 and 26 years. This collection marks the first time that Appleton will release a series of rums entirely composed of pot still spirits. The three vintage releases—1994, 1995, and 1999—will be available in extremely limited quantities; only 3,000 bottles of each will be distributed worldwide.

Diageo has released the 2020 Distillers Edition Collection of Scotch whiskies to retailers across the U.S. The six releases cover a wide range of Scotch styles and vintages, bringing new whiskies from Oban (2006, 43% abv, $95), Talisker (2010, 45.8%, $85), Lagavulin (2005, 43% abv, $110), Cragganmore (2008, 40%, $85), Dalwhinnie (2005, 43%, $90), and Glenkinchie (2008, 43% abv, $85) to market. The Cragganmore bottling underwent a second maturation in Port casks, while the other five entries saw a second maturation in Sherry casks.

Oregon-based Westward Whiskey is launching a new permanent line extension, Westward Oregon Pinot Noir Cask ($90), into national distribution, after a limited rollout in its home state. Pinot Noir Cask joins the original Westward American Single Malt ($70) and Stout Cask Finish ($90) offerings in the core range. Along with the new whiskey, Westward has unveiled a new bottle design and logo that pays homage to its Northwest provenance. Diageo’s Distill Ventures took a minority stake in Westward in 2018.

Tennessee whiskey brand George Dickel, part of the Diageo portfolio, has introduced a new single barrel expression. The new whiskey is aged at least 15 years in new American oak casks, ranges in abv from 40%-52.3%, and will be available to purchase via the barrel or the bottle ($60 a 750-ml.). George Dickel Single Barrel is currently available in California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas, with more markets to come in January.

San Diego, California-based Cutwater Spirits, owned by Anheuser-Busch, has added a new Añejo Tequila to its spirits lineup. The Tequila is distilled at Tequila Orendain (NOM 1110) and, following distillation, matured for over a year in Cutwater’s whiskey barrels. Cutwater Añejo Tequila is bottled at 40% abv and packaged in a bottle made entirely from recycled glass. The spirit is now available at select retailers for around $50 a 750-ml.

Wilderton, a new non-alcoholic botanical spirit alternative, has launched in the U.S. with two zero calorie, gluten free offerings. Wilderton Earthen is made with peppercorns, pine-smoked tea, and patchouli, among other botanicals; and the brand’s Lustre is made with lavender, bergamot, rose, and lemongrass, among others. Wilderton retails for $33 a 750-ml. and is currently available on the brand’s website, with product available on Amazon and in other retail locations soon.

Minnesota-based Tattersall Distilling has introduced two bottled-in-bond Bourbons: High-Rye Bourbon and Wheated Bourbon. According to the company, these are the first bottled-in-bond spirits made in Minnesota since before Prohibition. Both Bourbons are made from local grains and have been aged in Minnesota white oak barrels between four and five years, with suggested retail pricing at $50 a 750-ml. Tattersall’s new entries will be distributed to select Minnesota retailers.

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