GSN Backbar Review: Sepember 8-12, 2014

indexDiageo’s Cîroc vodka has extended its flavored range with the launch of Cîroc Pineapple. Rolling out this month, Cîroc Pineapple will be available in 50-ml., 200-ml., 375-ml., 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liter formats, priced at $34.99 a 750-ml. Additionally, the 35%-abv offering will  be supported by a nationwide “Tropical Luxury” campaign, featuring print, digital and experiential activities. Cîroc Pineapple is the fifth addition to Cîroc’s flavored lineup, joining the brand’s existing Amaretto, Peach, Red Berry and Coconut expressions.

indexSazerac Co.’s Buffalo Trace Distillery will release the 2014 edition of its Antique Collection limited release whiskeys later this month featuring five varieties. George T. Stagg is a 138.1-proof unfiltered Bourbon distilled in 1998; William Larue Weller, distilled in 2002, is the strongest Weller release at 140.2 proof; Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye is an unfiltered straight rye whiskey distilled in 2008 at 129.2 proof; Eagle Rare 17 Year Old is a Bourbon featuring oak, leather, cinnamon and tobacco flavors and Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old has flavors of all-spice, molasses and mint, the company says. The Antique Collection was first introduced in 2000 and is available in limited quantities for a suggested retail price of $80 each.

indexPernod Ricard is releasing a second permanent expression within The Glenlivet Nàdurra Scotch whisky range, First Fill Selection. The latest offering, priced at $80, was aged in new American white oak casks and bottled at a cask-strength 48% abv. First Fill Selection will roll out globally this month. The Glenlivet Nàdurra collection, which also includes an Oloroso variant launched in travel retail earlier this year, now features new packaging that includes a batch number, cask-like stamps and a translation of Nàdurra, the Gaelic word for “natural.”

indexBrown-Forman has unveiled the 2014 edition of its Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. The limited release—marked annually to commemorate the birthday of Old Forester and Brown-Forman founder George Garvin Brown—is a 97-proof, vintage-dated small-batch Bourbon. Rolling out this month, the 2014 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon will be in national distribution, retailing at $59.99 a bottle.

indexHeaven Hill Distilleries is releasing the 2014 edition of its Parker’s Heritage Collection whiskey, supporting ALS research, to select markets beginning in mid-September. The eighth installment of Parker’s Heritage Collection, Original Batch, is the first non-Bourbon in the series. It features 13-year-old straight wheat whiskey bottled at cask strength (63.7% abv) and non-chill filtered. With the launch, Heaven Hill is continuing its campaign supporting ALS research by contributing $5 from every 750-ml. bottle sold at $89.99 to the cause, with last year’s edition raising over $300,000.

indexLucas Bols USA has launched Bols Pumpkin Spice liqueur in the U.S. Featuring a blend of fall spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, Bols Pumpkin Spice is a seasonal entry targeted toward cocktail and after-dinner occasions. The 21%-abv offering is currently available on- and off-premise nationwide, priced at $11.99 a 750-ml. Bols Pumpkin Spice joins Bols’ existing lineup of more than 30 flavored liqueurs.

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GSN: Backbar Review – August 26-30, 2013

maplecremewithbucketsCambridge, Vermont-based Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits has introduced its new Vermont Ice Apple and Maple Crème liqueurs. They’re available at select retail stores in New England or on the company’s website, with expanded distribution across the country slated for September. Vermont Ice Maple Crème Liqueur is priced at $27.99 a 750-ml., while the Ice Apple Crème Liqueur is $29.99. Distilled in small batches, the liqueurs are created using apple brandy made from local apples—including Northern Spy, Macintosh and Empire varieties—blended with the company’s own Ice Cider for the Ice Apple liqueur and estate-made maple syrup for the Maple Crème liqueur. Boyden, which claims to be the first craft distiller in the country to focus on cream liqueurs, also produces a number of red, white and fruit wines.

Parkers_Wheated_4th_EditionHeaven Hill Distilleries has unveiled the sixth edition of its limited edition Parker’s Heritage Collection. This year’s Bourbon, set to be released in September, will include select barrels of 11-year-old Heaven Hill rye-based Bourbons mixed with select barrels of the wheated mashbill that Heaven Hill uses for the Old Fitzgerald line (which is also aged for 11 years), bottled at cask strength. Only 7,500 bottles have been produced for national and international distribution, priced at $80 a 750-ml. This year’s release will feature three “dumps,” with each featuring a different barrel proof—the first will be 65.8% abv. The annual Parker’s Heritage Collection is meant to honor 6th generation master distiller Parker Beam for his 50 years of distilling experience.

indexBeam Inc.’s Laphroaig single malt Scotch has released a limited edition Càirdeas Port Wood label in the U.S. Created to commemorate Islay’s Feis Ile whisky festival, the new, 102.6-proof expression is aged with Port wood for part of its maturation and features classic peat and charcoal notes. Càirdeas is currently available at select retail outlets, priced at around $74.99 a 750-ml.

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indexBeam’s Pinnacle vodka brand has introduced a new line of fall- and holiday-inspired flavors. The range includes Caramel Apple, Peachberry Cobbler, Pecan Pie and Salted Caramel extensions, all of which will join Pinnacle’s year-round lineup, as well as limited edition seasonal Peppermint Bark and returning entry Pumpkin Pie. Initially rolled out into select markets in July, all six flavors are expected to be available nationwide by the end of next month, priced at around $12.99 a 750-ml.

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indexHeaven Hill Distilleries is poised to release the latest edition of its Parker’s Heritage Collection, named for master distiller emeritus Parker Beam, and this year’s rollout has a cause. Beam, a sixth-generation distiller in his 53rd year at Heaven Hill, has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The new Parker’s Heritage Collection release, dubbed “Promise of Hope,” will help raise funds for the battle against ALS. For each bottle sold, Heaven Hill will contribute $20 to the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund (www.alsa.org/ParkerBeamPromiseofHope), which has been established through the ALS Association. The effort is expected to raise at least $250,000. The 7th Edition Parker’s Heritage Collection Promise of Hope release will start selling in mid-September in retail and on-premise venues nationwide, at an average price of $90 a 750-ml. Like the previous six Parker’s Heritage Collection editions, Promise of Hope’s quantity will be limited, although Heaven Hill will make more bottles available than in previous years in order to maximize fundraising. The 2012 volume was about 7,500 bottles.

cirocDiageo has officially launched the newest addition to Cîroc vodka’s flavor line, Amaretto. The extension hit the market in July and is now available nationwide (priced at $34.99 for a 750-ml. bottle). Cîroc’s flavor lineup was initially launched in 2010. Now also including Peach, Coconut and Red Berry, the flavor line has become the brand’s growth engine of late.

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indexCalifornia-based Wilson Daniels has added England’s Sipsmith London Dry Gin to its U.S. import portfolio. Made in the classic London dry style, Sipsmith uses a traditional blend of botanicals and is handcrafted in single batches producing a few hundred bottles at a time. The British offering will be available starting next month, priced at around $42 a bottle.

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