Posted on | October 1, 2012
Written by | BevNetwork
|SIDES OF THE AISLE
This year’s election will soon be history, but the politics go on… Still trumpeting the political spirit are Filibuster Bourbon and Rye. Each starts with a “bi-partisan” blend: the bourbon combines whiskies from 2002 ’04 and ’08; and the rye gets a dash of bourbon. Then, using a “Dual Cask” process, the blends are sequestered for a few months in French oak wine barriques, which presumably lets them come to agreement. Bottled at 90 proof. Currently in NY, NJ, PA, CT, IL, DC, MD and DE.
|THE ICE MAN (CIDER) COMETH
Angry Orchard—the cider sibling of Samuel Adams beer—has introduced the Cider House Collection, using heirloom apples from both the Italian Alps and Normandy, France. The Iceman, inspired by the ice ciders of Québec, is sweet but not cloying, with caramel, toffee and vanilla notes. The Strawman, modeled after English farmouse ciders, is more wine-like, with a refreshing apple character and lingering notes of wood. Each is oak-aged, in 750ml cork-finished bottles, with 10% ABV and SRP $15 Available in MA, CT, RI, VT, MN, OR, WA and CA.
|NEW RUM ‘TREAT’ FOR HALLOWEEN
Joining the ranks of creepy-ish spirits, LA-based Itsko Imports has introduced Pumpkin Face Rum, just in time for Halloween. The Dominican rum comes in three versions—White (SRP $30), Reserve ($40) and Aged 23 Years ($60). The jack-o-lantern packaging by Flowdesign features pewter medallions in each topper, and the reserve and aged rums are coated with organic coloring. Now in CA, TX, MI, GA, CO, TN, IL, NV, WI, MN.
|COURVOISIER GOES FOR THE GOLD
After shaking up the category with its Rosé, Beam has launched Courvoisier Gold—blended with white-hot Moscato—another lighter (36 proof) spirit designed to attract more drinkers to Cognac. The Moscato adds pear, peach and floral aromatics and flavors; a touch of honey and smooth texture provide a round, accessible character. Serve it chilled, on the rocks or mixed in cocktails.
|SLUSHES GET THE GROWN-UP TREATMENT
High season for frozen drinks may be winding down, but New Yorkers have reason to consider them year-round. Kelvin Slush Co., a food truck that has been serving up all-natural slushes made with signature fruit purées and mix-ins like fresh basil and chopped mint, is now reinventing the frozen cocktail via on-premise partnerships. At Williamsburg’s Café de La Esquina, Kelvin’s virgin “Citrus Pomegranate” gets customized with tequila or vodka. Other spots featuring Kelvin Slush frozen drinks include Berry Park, Thompson LES Hotel, Coffeeshop and Gansevoort Park Hotel Rooftop. The Kelvin team has worked with mixologist Eben Klemm on recipes, and encourages unique recipe development with each partner.