GSN Spirited News: March 3rd 2020 Edition

Winebow has added El Buho mezcal to its New York distribution portfolio. The Oaxaca, Mexico-based brand was founded in 2012 by chef T.J. Steele, Adam Parker, and John Henry, enlisting the Don Isaac Distillery for production. El Buho’s portfolio includes Espadin, Ensamble, Cuishe, Tepeztate, Jabali, Pulquero, and Tobala-Espadin, all distributed by Winebow. The distributor now represents the brand in five states: Illinois, Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin, and now New York.

Louisville, Kentucky-based Copper & Kings and Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. have teamed up for a pair of limited-edition offerings. Copper & Kings’ release ($65) is an American brandy blended in a 60%-40% ratio from the distiller’s own five-year-old distillate and sourced brandies aged from nine to 18 years. The brandy was finished for 14 months in Peerless rye barrels before bottling at 54% abv. Peerless’ new whiskey ($129) is a single barrel rye finished in a Copper & Kings Absinthe barrel. Both releases are available in the companies’ gift shops and in extremely limited quantities across their distribution footprints.

Malibu Rum is launching a line of canned RTDs called Malibu Splash. The sparkling malt beverages come in 12-ounce slim cans and are targeting summer social occasions like barbecues and beach trips. Malibu Splash comes in strawberry, lime, passion fruit, and pineapple flavors, all of which are at 5% abv and retail for $9 a 4-pack or in variety 8-packs for $17, rolling out now nationally.

Sonoma, California-based 3 Badge Beverage Corporation is launching a new whisky called Benjamin Chapman. Its first release is a blend of 51% 10-year Canadian rye and 49% 7-year Canadian prairie wheat retailing at $39 a 750-ml. and bottled at 45% abv. The rye component aged for 10 years in white oak casks, while the wheat spent seven years in American oak barrels. 3 Badge says the new brand’s name refers to “an enigmatic figure from the 1960s international jet set era.” 3 Badge has a diverse stable of spirits that also includes La Pivón Vermouth, Uncle Val’s Handcrafted Gin, Kirk & Sweeney Rum, Pasote Tequila, and Bozal Mezcal.

San Diego-based Cutwater Spirits, part of the Anheuser-Busch InBev portfolio, has launched Tequila Soda, a 7%-abv canned cocktail made from Tequila, house-made soda and a hint of lime. It’s the third Tequila-based offering from Cutwater’s canned cocktail portfolio, which includes 18 labels overall. Tequila Soda will hit retail shelves in early March, priced at $9.99 a 4-pack. Cutwater is led by master distiller Yuseff Cherney, formerly of San Diego craft brewer Ballast Point.

Diageo is launching two limited edition whiskies from female blenders. The first is a new edition of Jane Walker (41.9% abv), created by master blender Emma Walker. A blended malt Scotch aged for 10 years, that offering retails at $38 a 750-ml. Also new is Bulleit Bourbon Blenders’ Select No. 001 (50% abv), made by blender Eboni Major and retailing at $50. It’s the first edition in Bulleit’s new Blenders Select series.

Rémy Cointreau-owned Mount Gay has revamped the blend of rums used in its Black Barrel and XO releases. The new blends were created by master blender Trudiann Branker. The new Black Barrel ($45) will now be made from rums aged three to seven years with more pot still rum included in the blend. The rum is finished in Bourbon casks for six months, up from four weeks. Mount Gay XO’s ($65) new recipe will use a wider range of aged rums—five to 17 years, as opposed to eight to 15—drawn from spirits aged in American whiskey, Bourbon, and Cognac casks.

No. 3 London Dry Gin, part of the Hotaling & Co. portfolio, is getting a packaging refresh. The updated bottle features turquoise glass along with clean lines and a minimalist, text-heavy label beneath the brand’s prominent key logo. The name and key are a reference to the home of the brand’s creator, Berry Bros. & Rudd, at No. 3 St James’s Street in London. The 46% abv spirit is produced in Holland at the De Kuyper distillery and imported by Hotaling, retailing nationally for $40 a 750-ml. The new packaging is available now in select states, with additional distribution to come.

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imagesPernod Ricard’s Malibu rum brand has added a pair of dessert-inspired flavors to its rum portfolio. Starting this month, Malibu Swirl—which features the flavors of strawberries and cream—and the chocolate ice cream-flavored Malibu Sundae will launch nationwide, supported by a full digital and social media push. Both 21%-abv offerings will be available in 1-liter, 750-ml. and 50-ml. formats, priced at around $14.99 a 750-ml.

CarlosMurphyTequila__84072_zoomLos Angeles-based Nicholas Enterprises has rolled out a new flavored Tequila entry, Carlos Murphy Original Cinnamon Spiced Tequila. Initially launching in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Belgium, the 70-proof handcrafted offering is made with a 100%-agave Reposado and infused with natural cinnamon flavors. Original Cinnamon Spiced, is launching first in California and South Carolina, and will continue to expand into other select U.S. markets, priced at $19.99 a 750-ml.


imagesCastle Brands is set to introduce Castello Mio Sambuca to the U.S. for the first time. The brand will launch with two expressions—Sambuca Superiore, a combination of the traditional Sambuca flavors with a secret blend of herbs and spices, and Sambuca Espresso, infused with real Italian deep roast coffee beans. Packaged in a tall glass decanter with a built-in pourer, Castello Mio is produced by a family company that has been crafting liqueurs in the Veneto region of Italy since the 1800s.

imagesIpswich, Massachusetts-based Privateer rum is expanding its distribution footprint into three new markets. Privateer will now be available in New York, California and Colorado, joining its existing markets of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Privateer, which launched in 2011, offers two variants—Privateer Silver Reserve and Privateer True American Amber.



imagesMarnier Lapostolle has unveiled details on three new Grand Marnier extensions slated to launch this year. The first—GM Titanium—will debut in August and initially be available across the Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago and South Florida markets. Featuring a blend of orange and calamansi citrus flavors with spices and Cognac, the high-end offering retails at $44.99 a 750-ml. In September, Marnier-Lapostolle will roll out Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach, a limited-edition flavored expression that will be available nationwide, priced at $39.99. Also in the fall, the company plans to release Grand Marnier Cuvée 1880, which is billed as a blend of aged, premium XO Cognac sourced from the Grande Champagne region. The luxury entry is priced at $299.99, joining Cuvée du Centenaire and Quintessence in Grand Marnier’s higher-marque portfolio.

imagesDiageo’s Cîroc vodka is reportedly launching a new Amaretto flavor, joining Peach, Red Berry and Coconut in the brand’s line. Diageo’s partner on the brand, entertainment mogul Sean Combs, was touting the upcoming launch at a recent meeting with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board officials in Harrisburg, according to local press.

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