GSN Backbar Review: June 8-12, 2015

indexWilliam Grant & Sons’ Hudson Whiskey brand is upscaling to a new 750-ml. bottle size. Previously available only in 375-ml. format, Hudson Whiskey’s Baby Bourbon and Manhattan Rye whiskies will both debut in 750-ml. bottles this summer, priced at around $50 each. The move coincides with the 10th anniversary of the brand, which William Grant acquired from producer Tuthilltown Spirits in 2010. In addition to its Baby Bourbon and Manhattan Rye, the Hudson Whiskey range includes Four Grain Bourbon, Single Malt and New York Corn expressions, all of which are at 46% abv.

indexWashington, D.C.-based One Eight Distilling is introducing a new offering this month, Ivy City Gin. Retailing around $37 a bottle, the American dry gin is made from locally-sourced grains, including 63% rye, 26% corn and 11% malted rye, the company says. One Eight’s Ivy City Gin will be available at the distillery and both on- and off-premise around Washington, D.C. The company is donating $1 from every bottle sold to Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. One Eight Distilling also produces Rock Creek Whiskey and District Made Vodka.

indexBrown-Forman has launched Herradura Ultra, a new super-premium Tequila entry. Rolling out this month, Ultra features a base of Herradura’s Añejo Tequila blended with Extra Añejo that has been aged for up to 49 months in American white oak barrels, with the liquid then filtered to remove color. Ultra will initially be available on-premise in key markets, including California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas. Herradura Ultra joins Blanco, Silver, Reposado, Añejo and Selección Suprema Extra Añejo expressions in Herradura’s portfolio.

indexDiageo’s Tanqueray gin has unveiled a new juniper-forward limited edition, Tanqueray Bloomsbury. The new expression is based on Charles Waugh Tanqueray’s recipe from about 1880 and features prominent notes of Tuscan juniper and botanicals such as coriander, angelica, winter savoury and cassia bark, the company says. It follows recent upscale launches from the brand, including 2014 limited edition Tanqueray Old Tom and citrus-infused Tanqueray Malacca in 2013. About 100,000 bottles of Tanqueray Bloomsbury will be available beginning next month, retailing at $32.99 a 750-ml.

indexProximo Spirits’ 1800 Tequila has released a limited edition Essential Artist series with packaging featuring work by artist Keith Haring. The initiative will see six of Haring’s original designs featured on a limited run of 1800 bottles. The special edition 1800 packaging is rolling out currently to select markets, retailing at $30 a bottle.

indexLos Angeles-based 21st Century Spirits has partnered with Sony Pictures Television to release a limited edition Blue Ice vodka range inspired by the TV show “Breaking Bad.” Rolling out at retail nationwide, the “Heisenberg” Blue Ice vodka lineup (around $27 a 750-ml.) includes three bottle designs, each featuring a different “Breaking Bad” quote. Produced in Rigby, Idaho, Blue Ice’s line also includes its core vodka ($23.95), as well as offshoots Blue Ice Organic Wheat ($26.95) and Blue Ice G ($17.99).

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily