Don Pancho Origenes, a new line of aged rums from Panama, is scheduled to hit the U.S. by late June and initially will be sold in about two dozen states. The rum’s creator, Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez, said his 8-year-old expression will retail at $40 a 750-ml., the 18-year-old at $90 and the highly allocated 30-year-old at $425. All three expressions are at 40% abv. Only 2,000 bottles of the 30-year-old are being shipped worldwide, with 150 four-packs targeted for the U.S., according to Fernandez, who signs each bottle by hand. He explained that, while he was running Cuba’s rum industry through the 1980s, on his travels off the island he began laying down barrels of rum in Panama in 1982. He formally emigrated from Cuba in 1993 and six years later acquired the old Las Cabras Distillery in Panama.
New York-based Cuca Fresca Exports is launching its Cuca Caipirinha ready-to-drink cocktail nationwide this month. The rollout is timed to overlap with the 2014 World Cup, which kicks off June 12 in Brazil. A 30-proof blend of silver cachaça blended with lime flavors, Cuca Caipirinha will be available at retail, priced at $12.99 a 750-ml. Focusing on premium, artisanal cachaças and RTDs, Cuca Fresca’s portfolio also includes its Prata (Silver) Cachaça and Ouro (Gold) Cachaça entries.
E.&J. Gallo has extended its fast-growing New Amsterdam vodka brand with two new flavors, Pineapple and Orange. Available nationally, New Amsterdam Pineapple and New Amsterdam Orange retail at $14.99 a 750-ml. They join Red Berry, Peach, Citron and Coconut in the New Amsterdam vodka flavor stable.
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