GSN Spirited News: September 7th 2021 Edition

Versailles, Kentucky-based Woodford Reserve is partnering with home retailer Williams Sonoma on a program of cocktail mixers and consumer experiences. Available now, the line of cocktail mixers features drinks including the Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, and Mint Julep. They can be purchased at Woodford Reserve locations and on the Williams Sonoma website for $19 a 16-ounce bottle. Additionally, the partnership includes multiple online cocktail classes led by Woodford assistant master distiller Elizabeth McCall, with additional products and experiences to be announced in the coming months and years.

Proximo Spirits’ Maestro Dobel Tequila has launched Pavito, a new Pechuga Tequila. The 40% abv Tequila is made by infusing the distilling spirit with fruits, spices, and turkey, a process more commonly used in mezcal production. According to the company, the infusion brings a rich, savory quality to the spirit, while still allowing the agave to shine through. Maestro Dobel Pavito is now available in select retailers across the U.S. for a suggested price of $60 a 750-ml.

Colorado-based Laws Whiskey House has released the second batch of its Bonded Henry Road Straight Malt WhiskeyThe 50% abv whiskey is distilled entirely from heirloom barley sourced locally, with the mash cooked, fermented, and distilled on-grain, which the distiller says imparts a unique nuttiness to the whiskey. This release consists of eight barrels of whiskey matured for five years, yielding nearly 2,400 750-ml. bottles. Laws Bonded Henry Road Straight Malt Whiskey is now available in select markets across the U.S. at a suggested price of $75 a bottle.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Review: Laws Whiskey House Whiskies

Established in 2011, Laws Whiskey House is a grain-to-bottle whiskey distillery founded on the principle that the soul of its whiskey is composed of the people who grow it, the people who make it, and the people who drink it. Using the traditional method of open-air, on grain fermentation, Laws’ whiskeys feature high altitude grown heirloom and heritage American grains and mountain spring water while aging in 53-gallon charred American oak barrels. 

The full range of expressions includes: 

  • Four Grain Straight Bourbon (95 proof): After two Colorado family farms grow Law’s heirloom varietals of wheat, barley and rye, the labor-intensive cooking technique brings each grain’s individual character to life, while open-air sour mash adds complexity. Aged a minimum of three years in 53-gallon charred oak barrels, influenced by the high-altitude climate. GSN’s Thoughts: The higher proof brings out a lot of high end flavors of the grain bill. Wood aging brings a pointed edginess to the affair. A very well crafted bourbon that hearkens back to an older style of whiksey. GSN Rating: A-
  • San Luis Valley Straight Rye (95 proof): The first Bonded Rye whiskey to come from Colorado. 8,000 feet above sea level, in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, the Cody family has been cultivating this low yield, semi-wild rye grain since the 1930s. GSN’s Thoughts: Lovely spicy flavors meld with the warm cask notes. We particularly enjoy the bright pop of the rye which has a rich and chewy character. For a straight rye, this is an excellent example of how to do it right. GSN Rating: A+
  • Centennial Straight Wheat Whiskey (95 proof): Crafted with pre-industrial Centennial wheat, the heirloom spring varietal is grown for Laws in the San Luis Valley. GSN’s Thoughts: Light, elegant and more wood forward than we expected. The soft flavors of the wheat are more subdued, giving this whiskey a more tannic quality. It’s a one-note whiskey that while in itself is fine, begs for a bit more diversity of flavor. GSN Rating: B+
  • Henry Road Straight Malt Whiskey (95 proof): The barley in Henry Road was literally kept from extinction. Where commercial farmers found it too low yield, Wayne Cody found its unstripped flavor too glorious to let go. Today, his sons, in a field alongside Henry Road, continue to grow, as well as malt, this barley for Laws. They run it through on-grain sour mash and age it for at least three years in charred, 53-gallon new American white oak barrels. GSN’s Thoughts: A really interesting character that we’ve never encountered before. Alomst like oatmeal. Smooth, breakfast-like flavors with a subtle punch of oak, meld into a malt whiskey that begs for use in cocktails. Great flavor, great aging and great character. Highly recommended! GSN Rating: A++

For more information go to: Laws Whiskey House

GSN Spirited News: May 12th 2020 Edition

Waco, Texas-based Balcones Distilling has announced Texas Bock Whiskey, a new malt whiskey made in collaboration with Spoetzl Brewery. The 50% abv straight malt whiskey is made using Shiner Bock’s recipe and proprietary lager yeast before aging in new oak barrels for at least two years. Balcones Texas Bock is available for a limited time at the company’s distillery and in retailers throughout Texas and Oklahoma for around $40 a 750-ml.

Denver, Colorado’s Laws Whiskey House has released this year’s edition of its Bottled-in-Bond Four Grain Bourbon. This year’s whiskey is a 6-year-old spirit made from corn (60%), wheat (20%), rye (10%), and malted barley (10%), all sourced from Colorado farms. The whiskey is now available across the U.S. in limited quantities for a suggested retail price of $75 a 750-ml. About 500 9-liter cases have been produced.

Grain and Barrel Spirits has launched Chicken Cock Ryeteous Blend, a new whiskey made in collaboration with Goodwood Brewing. The 45% abv whiskey is distilled from a mash of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. Following its initial maturation, Ryeteous Blend is finished in ex-Chicken Cock Bourbon barrels that were used to mature Goodwood’s Blonde Ale. The new bottling is now available in limited quantities in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia for $90 a 750-ml.

Seagram’s vodka, part of the Infinium Spirits portfolio, has revamped its Sweet Tea flavor, transitioning to a liquid that’s lighter in color, made using all-natural ingredients, and with 20% less sugar. The new recipe is rolling out this month and will replace existing Seagram’s Sweet Tea inventory as it’s depleted.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily