GSN Backbar Review: September 7-11, 2015

downloadLebanon, Kentucky-based Limestone Branch Distillery has unveiled its new Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon, featuring a blend of 7-year-old rye, 7-year-old wheated and 12-year-old rye whiskies. Limited to 6,000 bottles, the new entry will officially debut later this month during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and retail at around $105.

download (1)Diageo North America, which earlier this year released a single-grain Scotch called Haig Single Grain ($50), is readying the launch in October of a second all-grain brand called Port Dundas, named for one of the Diageo-owned distilleries. Port Dundas will be offered in both 12-year-old and 18-year-old expressions, bottled at 43% abv with no prices set yet.

download (2)In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Laphroaig single malt brand, Beam Suntory is introducing a Laphroaig 32-year-old to the U.S. later this month. Retailing at $1,200, it will join the Laphroaig 15-year-old ($80), which has been on shelves since July. Meanwhile, Beam announced that supplies of the Laphroaig 18-year-old ($110) have run dry and that the product is no longer being offered. No replacement is expected next year, the company said.

download (3)Beam Suntory will also introduce a new Bowmore single malt later this month. Called Bowmore Mizunara, it carries no age statement and is bottled at 53.9% abv, with a retail price of $1,000. Aged in the rare Japanese wood, the new Mizunara expression is limited to just 33 cases for the entire U.S., and there are no plans for more.

imagesPernod Ricard’s Jameson Irish whiskey is rolling out its new Caskmates extension nationwide in the U.S. The brainchild of Dave Quinn, master of whiskey science at Jameson Distillery, and Shane Long, head brewer at Irish microbrewery Franciscan Well, Caskmates was created after Jameson casks were sent to Franciscan Well to age the brewer’s Irish stout beer. The ex-Irish stout barrels were then sent back to Jameson Distillery, where Jameson Original was aged in the returned casks, creating Caskmates. The new expression, which began shipping in late August, is priced at $29.99 and will be available nationwide.

download (4)Louisville, Kentucky-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Company is releasing its first aged apple brandy expression this fall. The 100-proof blend of copper pot-distilled apple brandies was aged in ex-Bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts and Sherry casks, with the resulting liquid a minimum of four years old. Copper & Kings Craft Distilled American Apple Brandy will retail about $40 a 750-ml. bottle in the 20 markets within the company’s distribution footprint across the South, Midwest and Northeast.

download (5)Washington state’s Woodinville Whiskey Co. is introducing its flagship Straight Bourbon. The five-year-old Bourbon was made of ingredients solely sourced from Washington, and was aged in-state in full-size barrels. Retailing at around $55 a bottle, the new entry will be hitting retailers by the middle of this month.

download (6)The Teeling Whiskey Co. has debuted Teeling Single Malt—the third addition to its range of non-age statement Irish whiskies—nationwide. Retailing at $65, Teeling Single Malt is made with malt whiskey aged for up to 23 years, which has been matured in five different types of casks, including Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 46%-abv entry joins existing Small Batch and Single Grain labels in Teeling’s premium Irish whiskey portfolio.

download (8)Bacardi USA is readying the release of single malt Scotches from distilleries that contribute to the company’s Dewar’s blended Scotch brand. The single malts are slated for a U.S. market rollout in October and November. The Aultmore will be introduced in 12-year-old ($50) and 18-year-old ($175) expressions, followed by the Deveron with the same age statements and prices. The final release will be the Royal Brackla, the first distillery in the 19th century to receive a royal warrant. It will be offered in a 12-year-old version at $60 and a 16-year-old at $200.

white-logoOn October 1, Mauertown, Virginia-based Filibuster Distillery will release Bourbon-rye blend The Boondoggler, aged in American oak and finished in a mix of wine barrels including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pedro Ximenez and Fino Sherry. Filibuster says the whiskey is expected to draw experimental drinkers with its eclectic mix of barrel types. Filibuster’s other offerings include Dual Cask Bourbon and Dual Cask Rye, both finished in red and white wine-seasoned French oak.

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GSN Backbar Review: August 24-28, 2015

326761Denver’s Mile High Spirits has unveiled Punching Mule, a ready-to-drink Moscow Mule cocktail. Packaged in a copper-colored 12-ounce can, Punching Mule features a blend of Mile High’s Elevate vodka, natural ginger root flavors, lime and sugar. The 7%-abv offering is currently available in Colorado, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In addition to Elevate, Mile High’s craft spirits lineup includes Fireside Bourbon, Fireside Peach, Cuidado Tequila, Denver Dry gin and Peg Leg rum.

plantation-pineapple-stiggins-fancy-rumFrench spirits producer Maison Ferrand has extended its Plantation rum range with Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Rum, a new annual limited edition. A joint project between Maison Ferrand proprietor Alexandre Gabriel and spirits historian and Whisky Advocate contributor David Wondrich, the rum is crafted with Queen Victoria pineapples from Reunion Island. Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Rum is currently launching nationwide, priced at $34.99 a 750-ml.

download375 Park Avenue Spirits, a division of Sazerac, is launching Arranta Cask, a new offering under the Speyburn single malt Scotch brand. Exclusive to the U.S. market, Arranta Cask ($40) was created using first-fill American oak ex-Bourbon casks that were air-dried rather than kiln-dried, resulting in more residual moisture and flavor, the company says. The 92-proof whisky joins a Speyburn range that includes Bradan Orach, 10-year-old and 25-year-old expressions.

download (1)William Grant & Sons is releasing a new batch of Balvenie Tun 1509 single malt Scotch whisky in the U.S. market next month. Retailing at $350 a 750-ml. bottle, the new whisky was drawn from 23 traditional American oak casks and nine European Sherry oak casks whose contents were transferred to Balvenie’s Tun 1509 for several months before bottling. The resulting single malt is non-chill-filtered and 50.3% abv.

SelvaRey Rum, co-owned by musician Bruno Mars, is expanding its distribution reach to several new states. Originally launched in California and Nevada, the Panamanian rum line will now be available in New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Georgia, Washington D.C., Tennessee, Florida and Hawaii, with expansion to Ontario planned for this fall. SelvaRey features two rums created by master blender Don Francisco “Pancho” Fernandez—SelvaRey White (40% abv, $25) and Cacao (35% abv, $30).

download (3)Bacardi Ltd.’s John Dewar & Sons unit has unveiled a new single malt Scotch range produced at its Royal Brackla distillery in Nairn, Scotland. The new offerings include 12-year-old, 16-year-old and 21-year-old Royal Brackla expressions, each of which are 40% abv. The lineup is currently rolling out across 10 key global markets, including the U.S.

beach1A group of entrepreneurs led by industry veteran J. Smoke Wallin has partnered on Beach Whiskey ($28 a 750-ml.), a new super-premium American whiskey brand. Launching this fall, the new entry will include Original, Bonfire Cinnamon and Island Coconut expressions.

download (4)Brown-Forman is rolling out the latest edition of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, commemorating the birthday of the company’s founder George Garvin Brown. The annual limited edition, introduced each year on September 2, is in its 14th incarnation, with this year’s 12-year-old product offered at 100 proof. Master distiller Chris Morris says this year’s barrels—which are vintage-dated from June 13, 2003—were matured in the same warehouse instead of multiple sites and were exposed to high temperatures that result in a more wood-driven characteristic. The 2015 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon has a suggested retail price of $69.99-$79.99, with 2,200 cases available nationwide.

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