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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.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily