GSN: Backbar Review – December 2-6, 2013

indexPhillips Distilling’s UV vodka brand has unveiled its latest flavored entry, UV Sriracha. Inspired by Thailand’s sriracha hot sauce, the new expression is infused with a blend of chilis, garlic and vegetables and, according to Phillips director of research and development Jim Aune, is ideal for usage in Bloody Marys and other savory cocktails. UV Sriracha, which marks the brand’s 20th flavor, is currently available in 50-ml., 750-ml. and 1-liter formats, priced at around $11.99 a 750-ml.

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indexAvión Tequila, minority-owned by Pernod Ricard, has expanded its portfolio with the launch of Reserva 44, a new, luxury aged Tequila. Rolling out this month in key U.S. markets, Reserva 44 will make its debut in New York, California, Florida, Chicago, Texas, Nevada and Georgia before expanding nationwide later this winter. Its initial run will be limited to just 744 cases, sold both on- and off-premise and retailing at $150 a bottle.

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indexDiageo has expanded its George Dickel Tennessee whiskey range with the launch of George Dickel No. 1. The clear, 91-proof offering is the un-aged “foundation recipe” for George Dickel’s No. 8, No. 12 and Barrel Select whiskies, and is intended to be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in cocktails. Rolling out nationwide in January, George Dickel No. 1 will retail at around $21.99 a 750-ml.

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imagesMaui-based Hawaii Sea Spirits has unveiled plans to expand its craft spirits stable. The company—whose core offering is its organic Ocean vodka entry ($32)—plans to launch a lineup of white, gold and oak-aged rums, as well as a line of American whiskies, including a “white dog” whiskey, American oak-aged whiskey and a variety of American Bourbons aged for a minimum of three years. Additionally, Hawaii Sea plans to roll out a new range of Hawaii-inspired liqueurs. Specializing in organic, sustainably-produced craft spirits, Hawaii Sea has an annual production capacity of around 200,000 nine-liter cases and currently distributes its Ocean vodka to 36 states and Canada.

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GSN: Backbar Review – April 29-May 3, 2013

images21st Century Spirits’ Blue Ice Vodka has received approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to feature a “Gluten Free” designation on its package label. A potato vodka priced at around $20 a 750-ml., Blue Ice is the first spirit brand to receive a gluten free certificate of label approval from the TTB. The designation, which appears within a red badge, is now printed on Blue Ice’s flagship vodka packaging nationwide.

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imagesNashville, Tennessee-based supplier Lipman Brands has unveiled new additions to its spirits and beer portfolios, as well as the relaunch of the El Diamante del Cielo Tequila brand. Later this year, Lipman plans to introduce Old Hickory Great American Whiskey, a handcrafted grain whiskey produced in Bardstown, Kentucky.

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imagesBacardi has extended its Classic Cocktails Light range with a new flavor, Light Strawberry Daiquiri. The launch will be supported with an ad campaign that will kick off in mid-May and run through September, appearing in print formats with a focus on epicurean and women’s lifestyle media, as well as digital spaces covering entertainment, lifestyle and party-planning. Bacardi will also run sampling events in 21 markets across the country. Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light launched to the U.S. market last May with Piña Colada and Mojito. At less than 95 calories per 4-ounce serving, they are available nationwide in 750-ml. and 1.75-liter formats, priced at $19.99 for the latter.

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imagesimagesPhillips Distilling has added two flavor extensions to its UV vodka line: Salty Watermelon and Peach. Available nationwide, the new expressions come in all bottle sizes, priced at $12.99 a 750-ml. Salty Watermelon and Peach bring UV’s vodka portfolio to 19 flavors, including Candy Bar, Chocolate Cake, Whipped, Blue and Vanilla, among others.

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GSN: Backbar Review – February 4-8, 2013

imagesCampari America’s Skyy vodka has unveiled its latest flavored entry, Skyy Infusions Wild Strawberry. Rolling out in time for Valentine’s Day, Wild Strawberry features notes of ripe berries, tropical vanilla and white chocolate and will be offered in 50-ml., 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liter formats, retailing for around $18.49 a 750-ml. The new addition is the 11th flavor in the Skyy Infusions portfolio.

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uv_candy_bar_nv_750Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Co. has unveiled a new flavor for its UV vodka line—Candy Bar. The 30%-abv extension is infused with milk chocolate, caramel and peanut butter flavors. It will be priced in line with the rest of the range, at $12.99 a 750-ml. The launch of UV Candy Bar marks the 17th extension to the portfolio.

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chinggis_platinum_vodkaMongolian drinks group Apu is making its U.S. entry with a stable of premium vodka brands. Apu’s three vodka labels—Chinggis Khan ($40 a bottle), Soyombo ($30) and Arkhi ($20)—will initially be distributed in New York and California, with more markets to follow. Apu produces over 2 million cases of vodka annually. In addition to its domestic market, its brands are currently present in Russia and the U.K.

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BBVsE_aCEAMLoTtPhiladelphia Distilling is preparing to launch The Bay, a seasoned vodka infused with traditional herbs and spices of the Chesapeake Bay area. According to news reports, The Bay, which has a flavor profile similar to the Old Bay brand of seasoning, is intended for use in savory cocktails like Bloody Marys and Martinis. The new offering is slated to rollout in mid-March. The Bay joins Philadelphia Distilling’s existing craft spirits portfolio, which includes Bluecoat gin, Penn 1681 vodka, Vieux Carré absinthe and the XXX Shine whiskey range.

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db95614c87c2f42888a698ab2eebeab0New Jersey’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has granted the first distillery license in the state since Prohibition. Fairfield-based Jersey Artisan Distilling now plans to immediately begin producing a rum which is slated to hit the market in April, using “traditional techniques” going back to the production of dark rum during New Jersey’s colonial period. The company also plans to produce seasonal rum offerings this summer using fruits sourced in the state, such as strawberries, cherries and blueberries, as well as Bourbon and whiskey offerings using New Jersey sweet corn to be released in 2015.

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