GSN Spirited News: July 21st 2020 Edition

Tennessee’s Ole Smoky Distillery has launched a new line of canned cocktails, entering the market with four flavors. The 9% abv cocktails are available in Apple Pie Ginger, Blackberry Lemonade, Mountain ‘Rita, and Mountain Mule, and all are based on cocktails served at the distillery’s tasting room. Ole Smoky’s canned cocktails are now available throughout Tennessee in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans.

Booker’s Bourbon, part of the Beam Suntory portfolio, has released its latest small-batch offering. Booker’s Boston Batch is named after the production site in Boston, Kentucky—now known as Booker Noe Distillery—where master distiller Booker Noe got his start in the industry. Retailing at $90 a 750-ml., the 126.5 proof Bourbon was aged for six years and three months and is rolling out nationally in small quantities.

Fallon, Nevada-based Frey Ranch Distillery is releasing the inaugural edition of its Straight Rye Whiskey. The expression has a mash bill of 100% winter cereal rye and is bottled-in-bond, meaning that, among other specifics, it has aged a minimum of four years and was bottled at 50% abv. Two batches are being released, with the first comprising 3,000 750-ml. bottles and the second only 2,400. Available now in Nevada, Frey Ranch Straight Rye Whiskey retails at $60 a 750-ml.

Dallas, Texas’ Scout & Cellar has launched Mixable, a new wine-based spirit alternative aimed at consumers looking for a lower alcohol alternative to traditional liquors. Mixable is made from a blend of fermented grape wine—based on white- and rosé-friendly varietals—with distilled neutral grape wine and comes in at roughly 20% abv. At its launch, the company recommends substituting Mixable in a Moscow Mule or a Paloma.

Middleburg, Virginia-based Colony Cocktails has launched with three signature cocktails: The Biarritz, The Tangier, and The Charleston. Inspired by a French 75, the Biarritz features lemon flavors and botanical notes similar to those found in gin. The Tangier, meanwhile, has elements of rosemary, cardamom, and grapefruit in its mix. Lastly, The Charleston includes lemongrass flavors with lemon undertones. All three cocktails are canned at 10%-11.5% abv, and are made with all-natural ingredients. Colony Cocktails are currently sold in five markets within Virginia, retailing at $17 a 4-pack of 12-ounce cocktails.

Lebanon, Kentucky-based Limestone Branch Distillery has debuted the 2020 release of its Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The new whiskey is aged for seven years, then finished in French Armagnac barrels, and will retail at $100 a 750-ml when it hits shelves in September. Around 5,000 cases of the 101-proof Yellowstone Limited Edition Bourbon are being produced.

Impex Beverage has announced the U.S. launch of Milk & Honey Distillery’s spirits line, Israel’s first whisky distillery. The rollout includes three M&H labels—Classic Single Malt, Elements Sherry, and Levantine gin—and follows last year’s limited release of Milk & Honey Whisky In Bloom. All three spirits are bottled at 46% abv, with the Classic Single Malt matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-red wine casks, and Elements Sherry aging in ex-Bourbon, ex-Oloroso, and ex-PX Sherry casks.

Heaven Hill has announced a packaging refresh and ad campaign for Pama Pomegranate Liqueur. The new packaging modernizes the brand and replaces the old logo—a full pomegranate tree—with a closeup of pomegranates hanging from tree branches. The brand’s new campaign, Just Add Pama, will run in digital and social channels—plus point-of-sale material—and includes an updated brand website featuring cocktail ideas.

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GSN Spirited News: April 7th 2020 Edition

In Ireland, Teeling Irish Whiskey, minority owned by Bacardi, has released a limited edition bottling with all profits benefiting a range of charities that support front line workers battling the coronavirus. Teeling Front Line Heroes is a 48.5% abv whiskey aged in Irish oak, a first for Teeling. Only 300 bottles will be available in Ireland for €75 (roughly $81).

San Francisco-based importer ImpEx Beverages has introduced Penderyn 10-Year-Old Madeira Cask-Finished, a single barrel release from Welsh whisky maker Penderyn Distillery. Retailing at $110 and at an abv of 58.1%, it’s exclusive to the U.S. market.

Bardstown, Kentucky-based Grain & Barrel Spirits has added a straight rye whiskey to the Chicken Cock family. The 45% abv whiskey was distilled by Bardstown Bourbon Co. from a mash of 95% rye and bottled with non-chill filtering. The whiskey retails for $70 and is initially available in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

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download (7)Heaven Hill Brands is launching a new limited edition Lunazul Double Barrel Reposado, which will be marketed through the end of the year. The 100%-agave Tequila is blended by the company’s Tequila partner, Tierra de Agaves, and aged in American white oak barrels before finishing in 11-year-old wheated Bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill. The Reposado Tequila is then blended with select extra-Anejo Tequila. Lunazul Double Barrel Reposado (40% abv) retails for $39.99, while the brand’s other variants retail between $19.99 and $29.99. Heaven Hill plans to release other limited edition Lunazul Tequilas on a regular basis looking ahead.

download (8)Sebastopol, California-based craft producer Spirit Works Distillery is launching its first whiskey products on December 1. Spirit Works Straight Wheat Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey are both bottled at 45% abv and retail at $65 each. The company’s portfolio also includes a Vodka, Gin, Sloe Gin and Barrel Gin. Its spirits are currently distributed to California, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado and Illinois, with New York to follow shortly.

download (9)Louisville, Kentucky’s Michter’s Distillery is set to launch a pair of 10-year-old and 20-year-old single barrel Bourbons this December. The launches mark the first 2015 bottlings for both expressions. Michter’s 10-year Bourbon will retail for $120 a bottle, while the 20-year Bourbon is priced at $600 a bottle. Their rollout follows a recent shortage of Michter’s core lineup, with the brand’s US*1 Sour Mash Whiskey unavailable through the end of the year, and the rest of its US*1 range currently on allocation.

download (10)Brown-Forman is introducing the latest addition to Tequila Herradura’s annual small-batch Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2015 Directo de Alambique. This year’s release is a 100%-agave Tequila that doesn’t undergo any barrel aging. The fourth edition of the Colección de la Casa series, 13,000 bottles of Directo were produced for the U.S. and Mexican markets. The 110-proof Directo ($89.99) is launching ahead of the holidays in New York, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, California and Florida, with a limited nationwide launch to follow in January.

download (11)Alacrán Tequila has unveiled a new upscale añejo offering, Cristal, retailing from $49-$59 a bottle. Alacrán Cristal is matured for 14 months in American oak, undergoes a clarifying filtration process and is packaged in hand-labeled and -numbered bottles. The new Cristal expression joins Alacrán’s existing Tequila Blanco and Mezcal Joven entries. Alacrán’s key markets include New York, Miami and Texas.

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