Posted on | November 5, 2012
Written by | BevNetwork
|BAGS WITH BEAUTY & BRAINS. FOR WINE.
Outside they’re simple yet stylish, made with solid, high-grade fabric. Inside, they’re insulated, with flexible (and removable) dividers that accommodate different sized bottles. Toss in an adjustable shoulder strap and two outside zipper pockets and these Sachi Vino Wine Totes are a form-meetsfunction success. Multiple styles.
2-bottle SRP $29.99, 3-bottle $34.99.
|THE MACALLAN TAPS LIEBOVITZ & MCKIDD FOR ART SERIES
The Macallan has released the third edition of its award-winning Masters of Photography series. This year’s Last Word collection—photographed by Annie Liebovitz—is comprised of 1,000 bottles of four cask-strength single malts which were created to reflect the mood of shots Liebovitz took around New York City. The 1991 Sherry Oak is features Scottish actor Kevin McKidd (Rome, Grey’s Anatomy) in “The Bar;” 1989 Sherry Butt captures McKidd in “The Gallery;” 1996 American Oak is inspired by “The Skyline;” and 1995 Sherry Oak (duty-free only) reflects the contemplative mood of “The Library.”
SRP: $2,750 each
|BLACK VELVET GETS A TIMELY CARAMEL COMPANION
Black Velvet has joined the flavor league with Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Flavored Whisky, a 70 proof iteration that works straight, shot or mixed. Flavored whiskies were up 160% in Nielsen channels in the 52 weeks ending June 10, 2012. The new whisky also takes advantage of a growing caramel flavor trend; Bell Flavors and Fragrances, a leader in the industry, named Salty Caramel as the top flavor trend in food and beverages for 2012. Available in 750ml and 50ml sizes.
|AGE MATTERS FOR THE GLENROTHES
Speyside distillery The Glenrothes, marketed in the U.S. by Anchor Distilling Company, stopped in New York recently to pour three vintage bottlings—at the risk of igniting a war of the decades. Just released, the almost ethereally elegant 1970 originated from a single ex-bourbon hogshead (allegedly lost and then reclaimed at the distillery) which yielded just 179 bottles at a natural strength of 40.6% ABV. The head of the stopper is fashioned from the wood of the very cask; only 50 bottles will make it here, priced at $5,000 each. The greater intensity and complexity of the 1978 (loaded with vanilla and spice) and the rich, almost candied and very long 1988 make them relative steals at $695 and $180 respectively. The 1970 represents the first of what is planned as a series called The Extraordinary Cask, demonstrating The Glenrothes philosophy that it is maturity, not just age, that matters most when it comes to whisky.