Posted on | May 2, 2012
Written by | BevNetwork
|COGNAC SO ELEGANT IT NEEDS NO LABEL
Sometimes the simplest statements are the most profound. From the family-owned Cognac house founded in 1863, Camus Extra Élégance comes in a remarkable decanter—just metal and glass, no label—which is square, yet rounded in all its contours. The Cognac within is an exceptional blend of eaux-de-vie from the Borderies, Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne districts, all selected for their aging potential and differing profiles. SRP: $325, June release.
|YOU CAN BET ON THIS THOROUGHBRED BOURBON
Woodford Reserve, the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, has a new commemorative bottle designed by renowned illustrator Michael Schwab. “I wanted to communicate the excitement through this artwork and to honor ‘The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,’” says Schwab. Woodford Reserve also sponsors the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, which is run on Derby Day (May 5, 2012) and has become one of thoroughbred racing’s premier turf events. The limited-edition liter-size bottle became available in April in 45 states at SRP of $42.99.
|VIVE LE REVOLUTION? MEET BASTILLE 1789
Palm Bay International has joined with master distiller Jean-Marc Daucourt to introduce Bastille 1789, the first handcrafted whisky from France. This spirit begins with barley and wheat grown in northeastern France (where many Scotch distillers source their malt) and is distilled in Cognac using alembic pot stills. Five to seven years in a combination of French oak, cherry wood and acacia casks help yield a delicate aroma and smooth profile. 80 proof; SRP $29.99; available nationally starting in May (Bastille Day is July 14).
|MOUNT GAY GIVES SAILING ENTHUSIASTS A RUM OF THEIR OWN
Mount Gay Rum has been tied to the sailing community since the first barrels of rum set sail from Barbados in 1703, and has sponsored over 100 regattas in the U.S., plus Sailing Spoken Here, an online community designed for all ranks of boaters. Honoring this connection, Mount Gay Rum has released the Eclipse Nautical “G” Limited Edition bottle, the second in a series. SRP $17.99, national May release.
|ALIZÉ GETS TROPICAL
Alizé, the original premium passion fruit liqueur from France, has launched a new rendition, bringing coconut into its flavorful family. Besides being remarkably smooth, Alizé COCO presents an interesting dynamic between the bright tang of passion fruit and the lush, slightly sweet coconut. Bartenders should have a field day with it, concocting variations on the piña colada and more. Tasty on the rocks too. 40 proof; SRP $19.99/750ml.