Posted on | February 24, 2016
Written by | BevNetwork
You almost need a scorecard to keep up with bourbon extensions lately. Booker’s has just launched their 2016 Batch Collection with “Bluegrass” (SRP $59.99). Each batch in the six-series release—to be released over the course of the year—will feature a unique label and a connection to Booker Noe’s life. The inaugural release in the collection highlights his love of bluegrass music.
Made with barrels culled from seven different rack houses, like all batches of Booker’s Bourbon, Bluegrass is bottled uncut at its natural proof and was hand-selected by Fred Noe, Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller. Bluegrass displays notes of vanilla and toasted nuts with a smooth and balanced finish. At 127.9 proof, it is best enjoyed with ice or cut with water. bookersbourbon.com
The spirits industry is no stranger to products that, well, use their head in packaging. Witness Crystal Head Vodka and Kah Tequila. And welcome to earth Outerspace Vodka, bottled in an alien-head bottle and whose liquid that is “filtered through outerspace meteorites.” With pop culture of late having a string of high-profile extra-terrestrial encounters of the very popular kind (The Martian; Star Wars: The Force Awakens; The X Files reboot), now seems like a fine time to tap into the alien concept with an appropriately self-aware product. The 80 proof Outerspace Vodka has launched in 28 states and counting, and has sold over 10,000 cases. SRP $29.99/750ml; $5.99/50ml. marsalle.com
Aiming for Valentine’s Day and beyond, Lucas Bols has launched Bols Parfait Amour Liqueur ($17.99, 48 proof). Translating to “perfect love,” Parfait Amour has been produced by Lucas Bols since the early 19th century to celebrate an engagement or a marriage in the Netherlands. The dark purple liqueur has an aromatic floral character that comes from rose and violet petals, enhanced by vanilla, orange peel and almonds. Its floral flavor profile is tailored for classic cocktails or adding to sparkling wine. It joins the 30+ Bols flavors currently available in the U.S. lucasbols.com
Jim Murray shocked the world when he named Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 as his “World Whisky of the Year” in his 2015 Whisky Bible. Sherry cask aging has been critical to the flavor profile of many Suntory whiskies, including Yamazaki, since 1924. While the distillery’s first pure Sherry cask single malt was not in the U.S. market, the newest release—the 2016—is available here. For the 2016 edition, Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo taps into the same lot of whiskies that were used for the 2013, now two years more mature—in some cases more than 25 years old—creating a whisky that has remarkable richness and complexity. Only 5,000 bottles of Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 are available for the world, bottled at 96 proof, with SRP of $300. whisky.suntory.com