Posted on | April 2, 2012
Written by | BevNetwork
|THE FLAVOR PARADE TAKES A CANADIAN TURN
Van Gogh Imports—no stranger to flavored spirits—has introduced TAP 357, a new premium maple-flavored Canadian rye whisky. The rustic character of 3-, 5-, and 7-year-old blended rye whiskies is complemented by rich maple notes derived from trees tapped in Quebec; the end result actually has less sugar than other flavored whiskies. A cork-finished custom Italian bottle further communicates the 81-proof spirit’s Canadian roots and artisanal nature. SRP $29.99
|GOSLING’S DARK ’N STORMY SETS SAIL IN CANS
Dark ’n Stormy, the national drink of Bermuda, is hitting American shores ready to drink, in a stylish new 8.4 oz. can (9% ABV). The blend of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and their Stormy Ginger Beer has a strong U.S. following; fans should be thrilled by the convenience of the can. To help gain attention at retail, special Storm Warning displays are being offered that signal “Things could get wild.” SRP: $9.99/4-pack.
|LOW-CAL FANS HAVE A NEW SPIRIT
Ben Franklin once said that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. Well, in modern America you could probably add calorie-counting to that list. People watching their weight now have a new spirits line to check out: Slim Spirits. The line currently has four offerings—vodka, gin, tequila and rum—each 60 proof and 25% lower in calories than standard versions. With no skimping on flavor, these low-cal spirits offer special appeal for mixologists aiming to create bold new cocktails; SRP vodka/gin/rum: $15.99-$16.99; tequila $18.99-$19.99.
|CAMPARI AMERICA GOES MICRO-BATCH WITH NEW SCOTCH WHISKIES
The challenge of differentiation in the Scotch whisky arena has proven inspiring for importers. Witness three new offerings from Campari America. Auchentoshan Valinch 2011, aptly named after the tube used to draw whisky from a barrel, is bottled directly from cask and non-chill filtered (57.5% ABV). Only 1,200 bottles of the 2011 are coming to the U.S.; SRP is $59.99. Auchentoshan 1999 Vintage Bordeaux Cask Matured rested for a decade-plus in barrels that had held red Bordeaux wine. Senior Blender Jeremy Stephens notes, “Different wood finishes are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s pretty rare to find a whisky which has been 100% matured in wine.” Bottled at cask strength (58% ABV); SRP is $69.99.
|SMOKY SINGLE MALT: GLEN GARIOCH 1994
Glen Garioch 1994 is unique because the distillery was mothballed in 1995. Prior to that, the barley used by Glen Garioch was dried with peat. After reopening, the distillery opted for an unpeated house style. So the 1994 is the last existing batch of this smoky single malt, bottled at cask strength (53.9% ABV); 3,000 bottles will reach the U.S. at SRP $109.99.