GSN Spirited News: July 7th 2020 Edition

The Macallan has expanded its Double Cask range, adding 15 and 18-year old expressions to the lineup. The two new whiskies are bottled at 43% abv and are matured in Sherry-seasoned casks made from European and American oak. The 15-year-old whisky will retail for around $135 and the 18-year-old is positioned at $330. Both are rolling out now across the U.S.

Volley, a new Tequila-based hard seltzer, has launched in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. The 5.25% abv seltzers come in four flavors—Zesty Lime, Spicy Ginger, Sharp Grapefruit, and Tropical Mango—and are made with three ingredients: 100% blue agave Tequila, sparkling water, and organic juice. Each 12-ounce serving contains between 100 and 110 calories. At retail, 4-packs (variety and single flavor) are available for $11.99 instore, $13.99 online (to ship nationwide).

Bombay Sapphire is launching its first artist-designed bottle. The brand collaborated with Chicago-based artist Hebru Brantley, who brought his street art and Afro-Futurist influences to the design of the bottle. An extension of Bombay’s “Stir Creativity” campaign, the launch of Hebru Brantley Limited Edition will benefit the Chicago chapter of the Black Lives Matter organization. It is available now in select states and on Reserve Bar, retailing for a suggested $23 a 750-ml.

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indexDiageo is adding to its single malt stable in the U.S. market this month with an extension to its Oban brand called Little Bay. Oban Little Bay is made from small batches of Oban that are married in small casks to allow the whisky more contact with the wood. Western Highland malt Oban is known for its use of tiny, lantern-shaped copper pot stills which are among the smallest in Scotland. The new Little Bay offering is at 43% abv and retails at $75 a 750-ml.

indexGatlinburg-based Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine has released its latest and highest-proof offering, Blue Flame. The 128-proof clear moonshine is made according to a family recipe and process, the company says. For now, Blue Flame is available exclusively at Ole Smoky’s two distilleries in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for $34.95 a bottle, with potential for further distribution in the future. The company currently offers 13 flavors of moonshine nationally, including its Original Moonshine (100 proof).

BOX_OPEN_Mario_TestinoThe Edrington Group has launched the fifth iteration of The Macallan’s limited edition Masters of Photography series in collaboration with fashion photographer Mario Testino. Six different casks were brought together from more than 200,000 maturing at The Macallan’s distillery to achieve the final blend. The Macallan’s Mario Testino Masters of Photography edition is available globally for about $3,500 and features four different variations of the photographer’s shots from a session conducted in a palace in Beijing across the 1,000 bottles released. The bottles are displayed in black lacquered boxes inspired by Asian cultural heritage. Previous editions of the series include collaborations with photographers Elliot Erwitt, Annie Leibovitz, Rankin and Albert Watson.

imagesSouth Carolina-based Charlestowne Premium Spirits is launching a new high-proof RTD brand, Real Cocktails, this month. Initially, Real Cocktails will be distributed in New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Including Real Cosmo and Real Margarita offerings, the cocktail line is 50 proof and retails at $20 a 750-ml. Charlestowne says it sees an opportunity to “shake up the current selection of watered-down, low-proof RTDs.”

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cw sutcliffeDon Sutcliffe, managing director of California-based Craft Distillers, and Willie Phillips, former managing director of The Macallan, have collaborated on a new series of Scotch whiskies. To be known as The Exceptional by Sutcliffe & Son, the line is debuting this month with a whisky called The Exceptional Grain, made from a blend of barrels from the Loch Lomond, North British and Carsebridge distilleries, married in first-fill Sherry casks. The first release is 1,500 bottles, retailing at $100 apiece, with availability through Craft Distillers in all major U.S. markets. Two more whiskies, The Exceptional Malt and The Exceptional Blend, are slated to appear in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

indexRussia’s RSG Trading is launching its super-premium Russian Diamond vodka brand in the U.S. Handled by DUN Beverage Partners, Russian Diamond ($24.99 a 750-ml.) is hitting New Jersey (distributed by Allied Beverage) and several New England states (distributed by M.S. Walker) this fall ahead of a national rollout next spring. Targeted toward young professional consumers, the Russian import is presented in a diamond-cut package with an Italian velvet label featuring textured metallic lettering.

indexTrinidad-based Angostura will introduce the first installment in a new series of limited-edition rums early next year. The new entry, Angostura No. 1 ($49.99 a 750-ml.), will hit the California, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Texas markets beginning in late January. A blend of 10-12-year-old rums matured in first-fill Bourbon casks, Angostura No. 1 is being released in a batch of 9,600 bottles worldwide.

indexBrown-Forman is launching its Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select into additional U.S. markets through the end of this year. Previously available only in global duty free and Tennessee, the ultra-premium offering will now also be offered in the Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and New Jersey markets, priced at $165 a 750-ml. The 90-proof whiskey is aged in specially designed “Sinatra barrels,” which feature grooves to allow for more barrel-liquid contact.

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