GSN Spirited News: October 12th 2021 Edition

Phillips Distilling has officially launched Cubist, a new vodka brand intended to be stored in the freezer. Beginning this month, Cubist is being test marketed in Minnesota and Arizona with an expanded launch slated for 2022. Thermochromic ink technology turns the brand’s bottle label blue when the liquid has reached optimal temperature. Aimed at males aged 26-45, Cubist will retail at $25 a 750-ml.

Bacardi-owned Patrón Tequila has announced a new aged expression: Patrón Sherry Cask Aged Añejo. The 40% abv Tequila matured for over two years in Oloroso Sherry casks before bottling. The new Tequila is available exclusively in the U.S. in select retailers and on Drizly while supplies last for a suggested price of $80 a 750-ml.

Walsh Whiskey has released a new limited-edition whiskey in the Writers’ Tears family. Writers’ Tears Icewine Cask Finish is a blend of Irish single malt and pot still whiskies finished in Inniskillin casks from Ontario, Canada for 12 months. 3,500 bottles of the 46% abv whiskey are being distributed to select retailers in Canada, Ireland, and the U.S., where the new release carries a suggested price of $85 a 750-ml.

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., part of the Pernod Ricard portfolio, has launched TX Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Cognac Casks, the latest release from the Fort Worth-based distiller. The 50.8% abv whiskey is the third release in the Barrel Finish series, following Tawny Port and PX Sherry Cask finished whiskies. This release also marks the end of master distiller Rob Arnold’s tenure with F&R, as he is now stepping aside, allowing Ale Ochoa, master blender, and new master distiller Evan Brewer to take the helm. TX Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Cognac Casks is rolling out now throughout Texas for a suggested price of $65 a 750-ml.

Rémy Cointreau has added a new brandy to the St-Rémy portfolio in the U.S. St-Rémy Signature is bottled at 40% abv and is first matured in new oak before transferring to more traditional used casks. St-Rémy Signature is the first spirit created by the brand’s master blender Cécile Roudaut and is rolling out now in select markets across the U.S. for a suggested price of $30 a 750-ml.

Disaronno International has launched Engine gin, a new Italian spirit designed by Paolo Dalla Mora, former CMO at Moschino and global communications director for parent company Illva Saronno. The 42% abv gin is made with juniper and a variety of Italian botanicals, including Ligurian sage, lemon, licorice root, and damask rose. The gin is packaged in a tin mock-oil-can, evoking its creator’s passion for racing and cars. Engine is now available across the U.S. for a suggested price of $30 a 750-ml.

Information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Spirited News: June 9th 2020 Edition

San Francisco-based Hotaling & Co. has added Walsh Whiskey to its spirits portfolio, effective immediately. The move brings both the Irishman and Writers’ Tears whiskies into the Hotaling fold, alongside its existing brands like Dingle Irish whiskey, Hirsch Selected Whiskeys, and Old Pulteney, among others. Hotaling & Co. is now responsible for the brands’ general and limited releases, including the Irishman Founder’s Reserve, Writers’ Tears Copper Pot, and both brands’ yearly cask strength expressions.

U.K.-based Salcombe Distillery is launching its two signature gin labels, Salcombe Gin Start Point and Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie, in the U.S. this summer. Start Point (44% abv) is a classic citrus-led London Dry gin, while Rosé Sainte Marie (41.4% abv) is an all-natural pink gin with notes of fresh strawberries, lemon thyme, and orange blossom, with no added sugar, artificial colors, or flavorings. Both labels are retail-priced at $40 a 750-ml. Initial markets for Salcombe will be New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The brand is handled in the U.S. by Park Street Importers.

Square One Organic Cocktails Portfolio

Square One Organic Spirits is launching a quartet of ready-to-drink cocktails. The line of sparkling, vodka-based RTDs will include the flavors Pear of Roses (containing pear, rose, lavender, rosemary, and lemon), Basil Berry Fizz (basil, strawberry, lemon), Mediterranean Pearl (bergamot, orange, pomegranate, coriander, star anise, and lime), and Cucumber Therapy (cucumber, rose, ginger, and lime). All four flavors are at 7.5% abv and retail for $20 a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans. Distribution will initially be limited to California but will expand across the country over the course of the summer.

Dallas, Texas-based Zamora Co USA has announced Don Papa Rum as the latest spirits brand to join its portfolio. Owned by U.K.-based Bleeding Heart Rum Company, the Philippines-made rum is anchored by its 7- and 10-year-old expressions. Last year the brand shipped 170,000 cases to 25 markets worldwide, with 3,000 cases going to three test markets in the U.S.: New York, California, and Massachusetts.

English gin brand Greenall’s has added two new flavored expressions to its lineup. Greenall’s Wild Berry and Blueberry gins are both bottled at 40% abv, priced at $20 a 750-ml., and contain no added sugar. The new gins are currently rolling out nationwide, aimed at independent and regional chain retail accounts.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily