GSN Spirited News: June 1st 2021 Edition

Islay single malt producer Kilchoman Distillery has released the 2021 edition of Kilchoman Loch Gorm, its Oloroso Sherry cask-aged expression. The 2021 Loch Gorm is a vatting of 24 Oloroso Sherry butts that were filled with Kilchoman whisky in 2011. It’s at 46% abv and retail-priced at $125, the same as last year’s release. Some 17,000 bottles of the 2021 Loch Gorm have been released worldwide, with 2,040 bottles for the U.S. That’s up slightly from last year, when 15,000 bottles were released worldwide and 1,920 bottles went the U.S. Kilchoman has also unveiled Kilchoman PX Sherry Matured, a vatting of 33 casks—nine fully matured in PX casks and 24 finished in PX casks for 12-18 months. Kilchoman PX Sherry Matured is at 47.3% abv and retails at $125. Some 12,000 bottles were released worldwide, with 1,500 bottles for the U.S.

Welsh distiller Penderyn has released Penderyn 10-Year-Old Ruby Port U.S. Exclusive Single Cask (PT 178). This whisky was casked in an ex-Bourbon barrel in November 2010, then transferred to an ex-Ruby Port cask in May 2013, and disgorged for bottling this past January. It’s at 61.1% abv and retail-priced at $150, with 231 bottles available. A second Penderyn Ruby Port finish, a 12-year old, will follow in the coming weeks.

Heaven Hill Brands has revamped the packaging and upped the proof for Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon. The refreshed packaging includes a taller bottle shape with tapered sides and “1783” embossed above the label. The whiskey’s abv has been bumped up from 43% abv to 45%, bringing it back to its original proof. The whiskey will retain its small batch designation, with 300 or fewer barrels blended together for each batch. Evan Williams 1793, with its raised proof and new bottle, is rolling out now across the U.S. for around $20 a 750-ml.

Philadelphia Distilling has announced a new offshoot in the Bluecoat gin family: Bluecoat Gin for Seltzer. The 47% abv spirit is made with yuzu and black limes, among more traditional gin botanicals, and is designed to pair with seltzer for easy-to-make cocktails. The company is positioning the gin as an upscale alternative or additive to hard seltzer. Bluecoat Gin for Seltzer will launch in July in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. for around $31 a 750-ml.

Glenmorangie is launching Grand Vintage Malt 1997, a new limited-edition offering. After aging for almost a decade in Bourbon casks, a parcel of the whisky was transferred to Château Montrose red wine casks from the Saint-Estèphe appellation of Bordeaux, while another portion was finished in Oloroso Sherry casks. The seventh offering in the single malt Scotch brand’s Bond House No. 1 series, Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1997 will debut on ReserveBar on June 1, retailing at $900 a bottle.

Sarasota, Florida’s Bushwacker Spirits has launched its namesake pre-mixed cocktail in Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee. The 17% abv liqueur is made with rum, coconut, cream, coffee, and chocolate, and is intended to be served on its own and as a base for other cocktails. The company is planning further expansion this year, targeting the South and Midwest.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Review: Philadelphia Distilling


Philadelphia Distilling has an ever-expanding portfolio of products, all of which are high quality.  Founded in 2005, their first product was a gin, which debuted to much acclaim the following year.  They then added a column still distilled rye-based vodka in 2008, an absinthe in 2009, and lastly three kinds of white whiskey in 2011.  It’s been a quick journey, but one that has made their products recognized on back bars around the globe.  Pretty cool for the first legal distillery in Pennsylvania since prohibition.

Penn 1681 Vodka (80 proof)
Visual: Perfectly clear.
Nose: Amazingly free of any scent other than a light tinge of alcohol.
Taste: Ultra smooth and light.  Peppery, with a good hit of minerality.  Partway through a hint of citrus kicks in, and then a touch of caramel sweetness.
Finish:  Medium short, with a quick and refreshing end.
Overall: Stands up with any of the ultra premium vodkas.  Made from organic rye.
GSN Rating: A-

Bluecoat American Dry Gin (94 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Bright, crisp and juniper heavy with a slight lemon note.
Taste: A juniper explosion, that is perfectly balanced and in the London Dry style.  The higher proof brings out the creamy and at the same time dry quality.  The botanicals work as a cohesive whole and have a fresh, organic flavor.
Finish: Fairly long and leaving lingering notes of juniper and citrus.
Overall: Really well done.  A standout among new American gins.
GSN Rating: A

XXX Shine Corn Whiskey (88.8 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: A dry corn fragrance with elements of green husk.
Taste: Lighter than many moonshines, in spite of the high-proof.  A corn sweetness lingers and has a slightly green apple and black pepper bite.
Finish: Long finish of corn sweetness that avoids a lot of the usual “funk” found in white dog.
Overall: This is a corn whiskey that is perfectly suited for use in mixed cocktails.  Quite urbane and with a touch of expressionistic elegance.  Plus, the bottle has a comfortable feel and looks eye-catching on the back bar.
GSN Rating: A-

XXX Shine LiberTea Corn Whiskey (80 proof)
Visual: Dark tea color.
Nose: More of the corn whiskey note comes through, but there is a dark tea quality that plays a secondary role.
Taste: Intensely tannic, with an unusual amount of spice.  Curious and unique.  Almost like burnt caramel.
Finish: Your mouth is left with lingering sweetness as the dry and spicy qualities recede.
Overall: An interesting spirit for shots, and possible experimentation in whiskey based cocktails.
GSN Rating:B+

XXX Shine Salted Caramel Corn Whiskey (80 proof)
Visual: Light honey.
Nose: A lot of caramel corn with just the slightest hint of whiskey underneath.
Taste: Sweet, with an obvious caramel flavor.  The salt character transforms this into more than just a candy flavored spirit.  Quite tasty and substantial.
Finish: Lasting caramel corn with a balance of whiskey.
Overall: Really well done and an impressive new spirit that works well on its own or as a high-spirited modifier in a whiskey or rum based cocktail.
GSN Rating:A

Vieux Carre Absinthe Superieure (120 proof)
Visual: Yellowish green, bordering on Peridot.
Nose: Fresh herbs and fennel, with a stronger note of anise as the nosing goes on.
Taste: In keeping with traditional absinthes, but also with a less sweet, more dry, and more varied palate.  There seems to be more of a fennel seed flavor than that of fennel itself.  The wormwood definitely gives it the drier and herbal edge, but not to the point of being bitter.
Finish: Medium long, with a mouth cleansing effect that again is more fennel-like than anise or wormwood.
Overall: Quite refreshing and with a good deal of character that is not overpowering.
GSN Rating:A-

For more information go to: Philadelphia Distilling

GSN: Backbar Review – February 4-8, 2013

imagesCampari America’s Skyy vodka has unveiled its latest flavored entry, Skyy Infusions Wild Strawberry. Rolling out in time for Valentine’s Day, Wild Strawberry features notes of ripe berries, tropical vanilla and white chocolate and will be offered in 50-ml., 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liter formats, retailing for around $18.49 a 750-ml. The new addition is the 11th flavor in the Skyy Infusions portfolio.




uv_candy_bar_nv_750Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Co. has unveiled a new flavor for its UV vodka line—Candy Bar. The 30%-abv extension is infused with milk chocolate, caramel and peanut butter flavors. It will be priced in line with the rest of the range, at $12.99 a 750-ml. The launch of UV Candy Bar marks the 17th extension to the portfolio.




chinggis_platinum_vodkaMongolian drinks group Apu is making its U.S. entry with a stable of premium vodka brands. Apu’s three vodka labels—Chinggis Khan ($40 a bottle), Soyombo ($30) and Arkhi ($20)—will initially be distributed in New York and California, with more markets to follow. Apu produces over 2 million cases of vodka annually. In addition to its domestic market, its brands are currently present in Russia and the U.K.



BBVsE_aCEAMLoTtPhiladelphia Distilling is preparing to launch The Bay, a seasoned vodka infused with traditional herbs and spices of the Chesapeake Bay area. According to news reports, The Bay, which has a flavor profile similar to the Old Bay brand of seasoning, is intended for use in savory cocktails like Bloody Marys and Martinis. The new offering is slated to rollout in mid-March. The Bay joins Philadelphia Distilling’s existing craft spirits portfolio, which includes Bluecoat gin, Penn 1681 vodka, Vieux Carré absinthe and the XXX Shine whiskey range.



db95614c87c2f42888a698ab2eebeab0New Jersey’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has granted the first distillery license in the state since Prohibition. Fairfield-based Jersey Artisan Distilling now plans to immediately begin producing a rum which is slated to hit the market in April, using “traditional techniques” going back to the production of dark rum during New Jersey’s colonial period. The company also plans to produce seasonal rum offerings this summer using fruits sourced in the state, such as strawberries, cherries and blueberries, as well as Bourbon and whiskey offerings using New Jersey sweet corn to be released in 2015.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily