GSN: Backbar Review – December 2-6, 2013

indexPhillips Distilling’s UV vodka brand has unveiled its latest flavored entry, UV Sriracha. Inspired by Thailand’s sriracha hot sauce, the new expression is infused with a blend of chilis, garlic and vegetables and, according to Phillips director of research and development Jim Aune, is ideal for usage in Bloody Marys and other savory cocktails. UV Sriracha, which marks the brand’s 20th flavor, is currently available in 50-ml., 750-ml. and 1-liter formats, priced at around $11.99 a 750-ml.

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indexAvión Tequila, minority-owned by Pernod Ricard, has expanded its portfolio with the launch of Reserva 44, a new, luxury aged Tequila. Rolling out this month in key U.S. markets, Reserva 44 will make its debut in New York, California, Florida, Chicago, Texas, Nevada and Georgia before expanding nationwide later this winter. Its initial run will be limited to just 744 cases, sold both on- and off-premise and retailing at $150 a bottle.

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indexDiageo has expanded its George Dickel Tennessee whiskey range with the launch of George Dickel No. 1. The clear, 91-proof offering is the un-aged “foundation recipe” for George Dickel’s No. 8, No. 12 and Barrel Select whiskies, and is intended to be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in cocktails. Rolling out nationwide in January, George Dickel No. 1 will retail at around $21.99 a 750-ml.

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imagesMaui-based Hawaii Sea Spirits has unveiled plans to expand its craft spirits stable. The company—whose core offering is its organic Ocean vodka entry ($32)—plans to launch a lineup of white, gold and oak-aged rums, as well as a line of American whiskies, including a “white dog” whiskey, American oak-aged whiskey and a variety of American Bourbons aged for a minimum of three years. Additionally, Hawaii Sea plans to roll out a new range of Hawaii-inspired liqueurs. Specializing in organic, sustainably-produced craft spirits, Hawaii Sea has an annual production capacity of around 200,000 nine-liter cases and currently distributes its Ocean vodka to 36 states and Canada.

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GSN: Backbar Review – November 11-15, 2013

cw sutcliffeDon Sutcliffe, managing director of California-based Craft Distillers, and Willie Phillips, former managing director of The Macallan, have collaborated on a new series of Scotch whiskies. To be known as The Exceptional by Sutcliffe & Son, the line is debuting this month with a whisky called The Exceptional Grain, made from a blend of barrels from the Loch Lomond, North British and Carsebridge distilleries, married in first-fill Sherry casks. The first release is 1,500 bottles, retailing at $100 apiece, with availability through Craft Distillers in all major U.S. markets. Two more whiskies, The Exceptional Malt and The Exceptional Blend, are slated to appear in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

indexRussia’s RSG Trading is launching its super-premium Russian Diamond vodka brand in the U.S. Handled by DUN Beverage Partners, Russian Diamond ($24.99 a 750-ml.) is hitting New Jersey (distributed by Allied Beverage) and several New England states (distributed by M.S. Walker) this fall ahead of a national rollout next spring. Targeted toward young professional consumers, the Russian import is presented in a diamond-cut package with an Italian velvet label featuring textured metallic lettering.

indexTrinidad-based Angostura will introduce the first installment in a new series of limited-edition rums early next year. The new entry, Angostura No. 1 ($49.99 a 750-ml.), will hit the California, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Texas markets beginning in late January. A blend of 10-12-year-old rums matured in first-fill Bourbon casks, Angostura No. 1 is being released in a batch of 9,600 bottles worldwide.

indexBrown-Forman is launching its Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select into additional U.S. markets through the end of this year. Previously available only in global duty free and Tennessee, the ultra-premium offering will now also be offered in the Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and New Jersey markets, priced at $165 a 750-ml. The 90-proof whiskey is aged in specially designed “Sinatra barrels,” which feature grooves to allow for more barrel-liquid contact.

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