GSN Spirited News: June 29th 2021 Edition

Campari’s Aperol liqueur has partnered with Cocktail Courier to sell a limited-edition Aperol Spritz kit for consumers to make the drink at home. Cocktail Courier, based in Chicago, sells a variety of brand name cocktail kits for delivery to consumers’ homes. The Aperol Spritz kit includes the liqueur, Cinzano Prosecco, soda water, oranges, and two glasses. It is available for purchase to residents of select cities from Cocktail Courier’s website, where it retails for $60.

Louisville, Kentucky’s Rabbit Hole has launched its single barrel program with ten barrels of Heigold rye sold to accounts in Kentucky. Rabbit Hole’s single barrel releases will be bottled at cask strength and will feature unique artwork. To celebrate the launch of the program, the distillery sold 144 bottles at $106 a 750-ml. with all proceeds going to Covid relief grants to local businesses, administered through local charity Fund for the Arts. The wider release for the single barrel program—including releases of all four of Rabbit Hole’s core whiskies—begins in July.

Gin Lane 1751 has announced Cucumber Watermelon Mint, the newest seasonal expression from the London Dry gin house. The spirit is bottled at 40% abv and made with natural flavor essences and without any added sugar. M.S. Walker, Gin Lane’s distributor, will roll out the new expression across the U.S. in July for a suggested price of $38 a 750-ml. Cucumber Watermelon Mint joins the original London Dry, Victoria Pink Gin, Old Tom Gin, and Royal Strength Gin in Gin Lane’s portfolio.

The House of Rémy Martin is releasing a new limited-edition decanter for Rémy Martin XO. Featuring 18-karat gold leaf on the bottle, it was created in partnership with Parisian gilding studio Atelier Thiery. It is intended to highlight the parallels between Cognac and gold and the expertise that goes into working with both. The limited-edition Rémy Martin XO x Atelier Thiery bottle is available on Reserve Bar for $229.

Louisville, Kentucky-based Michter’s has announced the 2021 iteration of the brand’s 10-year-old single barrel rye whiskey. Due to supply constraints, this will be the only release of Michter’s 10 Year Rye for 2021, according to master of maturation Andrea Wilson. This year’s edition of Michter’s 10 Year Rye is rolling out now in limited quantities for a suggested price of $170 a 750-ml. In addition to releasing the 10-year-old rye, Michter’s has announced that it has expanded its Springfield farm from 145 to 205 acres, allowing the company to grow more grain for its future whiskies.

Sazerac Co. has teamed with Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) to extend two flavored whiskies—Fireball and Southern Comfort—with malt-based variants to propel them into thousands of new retail accounts. The malt-based offerings began appearing this spring in New York beer stores, convenience stores, delis, bodegas, and gas station minimarts, priced at around $1 a 1.7-ounce bottle and $8 a 12-ounce container.

Chopin Vodka has launched Botanika Angelica, a new line of liqueurs made from the company’s namesake vodka, blended with botanicals and fruit. Botanika Angelica makes its debut with five expressions—Amaro (40% abv, $40 a 750-ml.), Bitters (30% abv, $30), Orange (40% abv, $35), Lemon (35% abv, $30), and Elderflower (25% abv, $35). Before blending, the spirit, fruits, herbs, and spices are macerated for two to seven months in clay pots. Additionally, all but the lemon and orange liqueurs are matured in Polish oak before bottling. Botanika Angelic is now available across the U.S.

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imagesSan Francisco-based Anchor Distilling Co. has added Luxardo Aperitivo ($19.99 a 750-ml.) to its U.S. import portfolio. A light, bittersweet liqueur, the 11%-abv offering is named after the Italian aperitivo occasion, in which a liqueur is served prior to a meal. Luxardo Aperitivo features an infusion of herbs, roots and citrus and is designed to be enjoyed with fruit juices, wines and in cocktails, such as the Spritz (where it’s combined with Prosecco). In addition to Luxardo Aperitivo, Anchor Distilling currently imports close to 20 liqueurs from Italy’s Luxardo Distillery, including its Amaretto, Limoncello, Sambuca and Maraschino expressions.

imagesPark City, Utah’s High West Distillery has debuted its second RTD barrel-aged cocktail, the Barreled Boulevardier. The cocktail is made with Bourbon, Vya sweet vermouth and Gran Classico bitter, and is aged in whiskey barrels for four months. The Barreled Boulevardier is the 16th spirit to join High West’s portfolio. The first barrel-aged cocktail they released was a barrel-aged Manhattan in 2010. High West’s range of small-batch whiskies is currently available in 39 states throughout the U.S.

imagesHeaven Hill’s Burnett’s vodka has added two new flavors to its lineup—Blackberry and Tropical Fruit. Both are line priced at $10.99 a 750-ml. The Burnett’s portfolio now includes 33 different flavors. The launch of Blackberry and Tropical Fruit comes on the heels of the recent release of Cherry Cola and Strawberry Banana to the portfolio, as well as a package redesign for the brand. The new packaging, which will roll out across all variants and sizes this spring, features an enlarged and repositioned brand name, crest, flavor image and descriptor.

TapTequila-web-large-2Tequila Tapatio has unveiled a new Blanco Tequila bottled at 110 proof, the highest proof allowed by law for the Mexican spirit. Created by Tapatio distiller Carlos Camarena, Tapatio’s 110-Proof Blanco is characterized by an array of flavors, including florals, cinnamon and chamomile. Tapatio’s 110-Proof Blanco will be available California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and Missouri, priced at $48 a 1-liter.

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imagesMissouri’s McCormick Distilling has reformulated its Tarantula Tequila brand to create two 100-proof expressions. Rolling out this month, the core Tarantuala range now includes Tarantula Plata 100 and Tarantula Reposado 100, both of which are 100-proof and made with 100% blue agave. Priced at $17.99 a 750-ml., the Tequilas are meant to be consumed neat, as a shot, on the rocks or in cocktails. Concurrently, Tarantula has unveiled new labeling, using the colors of the Mexican flag to reflect the brand’s heritage and authenticity. In addition to the 100-proof Plata and Reposado, Tarantula Tequila’s portfolio also includes Tarantula Azul (a blend of Tequila and citrus liqueur) and Tarantula Strawberry (Tequila and strawberry liqueur).

p17q5k7f0iprtp091km91g3d1hi3Sazerac Co. has unveiled a new barrel-aged Tequila range under its Corazon Tequila brand. The limited edition series, known as Expresiones del Corazon, features five 100%-agave offerings, each aged in barrels from a different Buffalo Trace whiskey. These offerings include the Buffalo Trace Reposado (aged 10.5 months, 80 proof), George T. Stagg Añejo (aged 22 months, 80 proof), Sazerac Rye Añejo (aged 24 months, 90 proof), Old Rip Van Winkle Añejo (aged 23 months, 80 proof) and a Blanco (80 proof). Just 6,000 bottles of each Expresiones del Corazon Tequila will be available nationwide, priced between $59.99 and $89.99. The Corazon Tequila brand also features core Blanco, Reposado and Añejo variants.

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