GSN Spirited News: February 8th 2022 Edition

Brown-Forman has announced the return of Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked, along with an accompanying sweepstakes to give fans of the whiskey a chance to purchase a bottle of the limited release. The drawing opens on Woodford Reserve’s website on February 8 and winners will be notified by February 10 and will have until April 10 to pick up their bottles at the distillery. The whiskey, bottled at 45.2% abv, starts off as Woodford’s regular Double Oaked Bourbon before finishing for an additional year in a heavily toasted, lightly charred, new oak barrel. Beyond the sweepstakes, Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked will go on sale at the distillery for $50 a 375-ml.

Tres Generaciones Tequila has launched Añejo Cristalino, a new ultra-premium release. It’s been triple-distilled from 100% blue weber agave and rested in American white oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months, then rock filtered and ultimately bottled at 40% abv. It’s available now nationwide for $65 a 750-ml. 

Bardstown, Kentucky-based Kentucky Owl is releasing a St. Patrick’s Day limited edition Bourbon. The expression was made in partnership with Louise McGuane, the founder of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey. She helped select the whiskey blend used in the St. Patrick’s edition, which features Kentucky straight Bourbons aged 4 to 11 years. It’s at 50% abv and will retail soon at limited locations throughout the U.S. Kentucky Owl was acquired by Stoli Group in 2017.

Hennessy Cognac has launched a new limited edition bottling of its VSOP expression featuring a label designed by musician Maluma. The exclusive label features overlapping purples, pinks, and blues behind the brand’s typical typeface. Hennessy VSOP Limited Edition by Maluma is now available while supplies last for a suggested price of $65 a 750-ml.

Walsh Whiskey has rebranded super-premium label The Irishman, commissioning a new bottle design, brand redesign, packaging production, and a range of marketing initiatives. The rebrand will support the whiskey brand’s target of doubling sales across its 50-plus markets within five years. Packaging changes include the introduction of a bespoke tall tapered bottle closed with cork and highlighted with a new brand icon. The revamped Irishman will roll out across the brand’s global markets over the course of the year, and is set to reach the U.S. this summer. 

Tequila Avión is adding a second expression to its Reserva Range. The new release is Avión Reserva Cristalino, a blend of añejo and extra añejo liquid. Produced in Jesus Maria, Mexico, Reserva Cristalino is aged in American oak barrels and double-charcoal filtered to remove its color, resulting in a clear Tequila. It’s at 40% abv and is launching today in the U.S. for $145 a 750-ml.

Indian distiller Amrut has announced the second release of Amrut Spectrum 004 Single Malt Whisky, which is hitting the U.S. in an allocation of 1,050 bottles. The whisky initially matured in an ex-Bourbon barrel before being transferred to a unique barrel made of four varieties of oak, which included American oak with level three charring, French oak with slight toasting, as well as an ex-Oloroso Sherry stave and ex-PX Sherry stave. Amrut Spectrum 004 will be available at select U.S. retailers, priced at around $195 a bottle.

Las Vegas-based importer Liquor Starz is launching a new upscale mezcal brand called Nayasse. The Nayasse lineup initially includes Joven ($56), Reposado ($75), and Añejo ($110), all made from espadin agave, as well as an Ensamble ($190) that’s a blend of espadin and tepeztate. The range also includes a limited edition Añejo 21-year-old in a hand-painted bottle at $3,000, and at the entry level a collection of four RTD mezcal spritzers. Nayasse will debut across 10 U.S. markets—including California, New York, Florida, Nevada, and Texas—in April.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Spirited News: September 21st 2021 Edition

William Grant & Sons’ Hudson Whiskey has launched Four Part Harmony, the distillery’s oldest release so far. The 7-year-old whiskey is made from 60% corn, 15% rye, 15% wheat, and 10% malted barley, and is bottled at 46% abv. The new whiskey is a limited edition offering and retails for $70 a bottle.

Hangar 1, part of the Proximo Spirits portfolio, has partnered with Crimson Wine Group to introduce Smoke Point, a limited edition vodka made from smoke-tinged grapes from California wildfires. Retailing at $50 a 750-ml., Smoke Point will be distributed nationally. The spirit was distilled from Napa Valley Malbec and Merlot grapes affected by the smoke and heat from the devastating 2020 Glass Fire that swept through Napa and Sonoma last year. All proceeds will be donated to the California Fire Foundation to raise awareness of the growing California fire season.

Diageo has released the latest batch of Blade and Bow 22-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, with this iteration celebrating the 86th anniversary of the Stitzel-Weller distillery. The 46% abv Bourbon will be available in limited quantities in 19 markets across the U.S. as well as at the brand’s Garden and Gun Club in Louisville, Kentucky. The newly opened club will feature a unique tasting experience tied to the 22-year-old whiskey.

Infinium SpiritsCorralejo Tequila has added a new Extra Añejo expression as the latest addition to the brand’s core portfolio. The 40% abv Tequila is distilled from 100% blue agave and matures for 36 months in charred American oak barrels before bottling. The new release is set to hit shelves in select retailers by the end of September and will carry an $80 suggested retail price. This is the third Extra Añejo Tequila in Corralejo’s portfolio, alongside the $130 Corralejo 1821 release and a $250 limited edition Extra Añejo that matured in Templeton rye barrels.

Bardstown, Kentucky-based Kentucky Owl is partnering with Bardstown Bourbon Company on a new release. Called The Wiseman Bourbon, it’s a straight Bourbon blended from Kentucky Owl 4-year-old wheat and high-rye Bourbons along with other 5- and 8-year-old liquid. The Wiseman is the first release for Kentucky Owl under new master blender John Rhea, who was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2016 and joined the distillery in June of this year. At 45.4% abv, The Wiseman will be available soon at select retailers across Kentucky Owl’s national footprint, priced at $60 a 750-ml.

Baileys is reintroducing its Apple Pie flavor this fall, partnering with four bakeries across the country to create apple pie-inspired desserts infused with the flavor of Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur. They include The Pie Hole in Los Angeles, Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn, Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, D.C., and Justice of the Pies in Chicago. Baileys Apple Pie is rolling out nationally, retailing at $25 a 750-ml.

Codigo 1530 Tequila is debuting a George Strait Special Edition Rosa-Reposado expression, retailing at $75-$80. The newcomer is made by aging Codigo’s Tequila Rosa in uncharred French oak wine barrels for three months, then finishing it in Spanish Sherry casks.The bottles feature a custom print with country music star and partner George Strait’s silhouette, guitar, and signature. Codigo 1530 is present in all 50 states.

Miami, Florida-based Tropical Distillers is launching a new addition to its J.F. Haden’s line of liqueurs. The second spirit the brand brings to market is J.F. Haden’s Citrus Liqueur, made with oranges, limes, and lemons grown in Florida at the company’s Miami distillery, without preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors. It’s at 20% abv and joins Mango Liqueur in the J.F. Haden’s lineup, with RNDC providing distribution in Florida and Georgia to start, with expansion to other states including New York and Nevada to follow.

Kentucky Peerless Distilling has announced Double Oak Bourbon, the latest release from the Louisville-based craft distiller. Like the name suggests, the whiskey is matured in two separate barrels, transferring from its initial barrel to a new charred oak barrel midway through its aging. Initially, Peerless’ Double Oak Bourbon was bottled periodically as a single barrel whiskey available at the distillery, but the producer is now expanding the offering to select retailers in Kentucky, California, Illinois, Florida, and New York.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily