GSN Spirited News: March 2nd 2021 Edition

Grey Goose has unveiled Essences, a new range of vodkas infused with real fruit and cold-distilled botanicals. The lineup will initially include Strawberry & Lemongrass, White Peach & Rosemary, and Watermelon & Basil expressions. The new range is at 30% abv and has no gluten, artificial ingredients, sugar or carbs. It’s aimed at the fast-growing at-home cocktail segment. Grey Goose Essences are rolling out nationwide, retailing at $30 a 750-ml.

Louisville, Kentucky-based Michter’s will release another edition of its Barrel Strength Rye in March, the first barrel proof rye released since April 2019. The 2021 release comes in at an average abv of 55.15% and will retail at around $100 a 750-ml. This limited release will sit alongside Michter’s core US*1 portfolio and the company’s higher-end age-stated releases, all of which are currently allocated to help manage supply.

Crested Butte, Colorado-based Montanya Distillers has partnered with Louisiana-based Three Roll Estate to help meet rising demand. Under the partnership, Montanya will bottle a 50/50 blend of the Three Roll rum with Montanya Oro and Platino for a short period of time until Montanya replenishes its inventory after its distillery expansion. To introduce Colorado whiskey finishing notes, the blends will first age in Laws Whiskey House barrels. The new blends and bottles should start to hit stores in March.

Fort Collins, Colorado’s Old Elk has launched its first limited release of 2021: Sour Mash Reserve. The whiskey is distilled from a mash of 51% corn, 34% malted barley, and 15% rye and was distilled in New York. The first batch consists of 5,040 bottles that will be distributed in select markets by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. It will retail for a suggested price of $90 a 750-ml.

Welsh whisky maker Penderyn Distillery has announced two new single cask whiskies exclusive to the U.S. market, set to hit shelves on March 1, just in time for St. David’s Day, the national day of Wales. First up is Penderyn 15 Year Old Bourbon Matured Single Cask, a 59% abv whisky that matured in an ex-Buffalo Trace barrels. A very limited supply will be available for around $170 a 750-ml. The other new whisky is Penderyn 13 Year Old Rich Oak Single Cask, a 58.1% abv whisky matured in Buffalo Trace barrels before finishing in a European oak cask that was shaved, toasted, and re-charred. This whisky will retail for $150 and is also rolling out in very limited amounts. The whiskies are available in select states across the U.S.

Bumbu Rum Company is introducing Bumbu Créme, a new line extension joining its existing Bumbu Original and Bumbu XO expressions. Retailing at $35 a 750-ml., Bumbu Créme is a 15% abv blend of rum, spices, and real dairy cream and is recommended to be served chilled straight, on the rocks, or in cocktails.

Barrell Craft Spirits has launched Batch 028, the company’s latest Bourbon whiskey. The new release is a blend of 10- and 11-year-old whiskies distilled and matured in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana before blending and bottling at cask strength by Barrell. Batch 028 comes in at 54.43% abv and will retail for a suggested price of $90 a 750-ml. Barrell’s whiskies are currently available in 46 states across the U.S.

Mezcal El Silencio is entering the Tequila category with the introduction of a Cristalino expression called Dahlia. Retailing at $40, Dahlia is a 100%-blue agave Reposado Tequila, which is filtered through activated charcoal. Constellation acquired a minority interest in El Silencio for an undisclosed sum in 2019. The brand is known for its core Ensamble and Espadin mezcals.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

The 2018 GSN Holiday Gift Guide Day 4: Montanya Distillers Bitters, Barware & Books

‘Tis the season for shopping, searching, and party planning. For the cocktail lovers on your holiday shopping list, Montanya Distillers has some options, sure to satisfy any rum and spirits fan. Ideas include everything from bitters and recipe books, to gift baskets and glassware.

Montanya makes its own cocktail bitters, which help balance all the flavors in a cocktail by calming both the opposing bitter and sweet elements. Bitters also make it possible to introduce a punch of intense flavor without adding sugar or simple syrup. Montanya’s bitters are deeply infused with bittering roots and barks, as well as fresh and often spicy flavor elements. Bitters are fun to experiment with and make a unique and fun holiday gift.

Montanya offers a few gift options with bitters including:

You can also buy the bitters individually or in groups of five or seven. The flavors include: cucumber jalapeno, pineapple habanero, cherry black pepper, Thai chili, citrus, fig cinnamon, Paonia apple, and Mumbai.

Cocktail Books
This year Montanya released its second cocktail book featuring new tasting room favorites, hot cocktails, batch recipes, and infusions. You can buy both of Montanya’s recipe books as a bundle providing extra savings.

Elevated Cocktails Volumes 1 & 2 – $37.78

Home Bar Accessories and Glassware
For the home bartender in need of new glassware and accessories, Montanya has you covered with several options, including:

Visit Montanya online here

GSN Presents: The 2017 Advent Gift Guide – Day 7

It’s Day 7 of the GSN Advent Gift Guide!  Today, we share something a little bit different. Karen Hoskin, co-founder of Montanya Distillers, has partnered up with two others to launch a new venture. Given her huge connection to the spirits world, we thought her latest venture may interest you.

“I travel a ton for work and play. I was relentlessly handed convenience trash – throw-away coffee cups, plastic water bottles and to-go containers, shopping bags, produce bags. It made my heart sick, but I couldn’t figure out how to refuse it,” said Karen Hoskin, one of the co-founders who also owns Montanya Distillers, a craft distillery that she operates with a low-waste philosophy.

Karen and her friends Elizabeth Smith, and Jennifer Brody, gathered together in their kitchens to find a way to refuse single-use trash all day every day. Unexpectedly, it took eight months of product testing and many failures to come up with the solutions they sought. Thus Zoetica, \zōˈetik a\, was born. The founders knew that others could benefit from their research, design, and product vetting, so they created a social entrepreneurship company to share what they had designed for themselves. Zoetica is a lifestyle and a system that elevates the style, convenience, space-saving nature and quality of the zero and low-waste life. Think of it as a “leave no trace” ethos for every day.

Zoetica’s revolutionary kits are easy to drop in a purse, tote, computer bag, or backpack. They become an indispensable replacement for nearly every trash item. Whether at the coffee shop, dining out, traveling on airplanes, or shopping, Zoetica’s products make it possible to say “no” to throw-away convenience trash without sacrificing style and space. Our favorite is The Warrior, a complete system for everyday use.

Zoetica’s Warrior includes:

  • A gorgeously designed purse/tote with side pockets

  • Reusable double-walled stainless steel coffee cup and water bottle

  • Inner bag containing two stainless to-go containers with leakproof tops, nested for space efficiency

  • Organic cotton napkin

  • Market shopping tote

  • Produce bag

  • Cutlery

  • Straw

Numerous sizes, styles, and colors are available, as well as options for men and women.

To learn more about Zoetica and shop from its collections visit