download Svedka is looking to build off the success of its recent innovation efforts with next month’s launch of a new flavor, Cucumber Lime. Cucumber Lime ($12.99 a 750-ml.) marks the 13th flavor for Svedka. The new offering is intended to tap the recent popularity of cool, crisp cocktails such as the Moscow Mule and Gin and Tonic, as well as capitalize on flavor trends found within Asian and Mexican cuisine.

download (1) Brown-Forman has introduced a new Woodford Reserve special edition under the brand’s Distillery Series. The new offering, Frosty Four Wood, is a mature Woodford Reserve Bourbon aged in American oak and finished in Maple, Sherry and Port barrels. Woodford’s original Four Wood whiskey, a 2012 Master’s Collection release, was exposed to record-low temperatures during the 2013 Polar Vortex, resulting in flocking, or mineral precipitation, Brown-Forman said. Subsequent filtration from those stocks produced Frosty Four Wood (90.4 proof), a more fruit-forward whiskey with maple hints. Retailing at $50 a 375-ml., Frosty Four Wood is debuting only at the Woodford distillery and with Kentucky retailers.

images Chicago-based Rhine Hall Distillery, known for its fruit brandies since it opened in 2013, is releasing its first cherry brandy this month, priced at $32 a 375-ml. bottle and $56 a 750-ml. It’s made from a fermented sour mash derived from de-pitted Michigan cherries, and bottled at 40% ABV with no added sugars or flavors. The new release joins a product line-up that includes brandies made from apples, pears, peaches, plums and mangoes. The distillery also offers both an oaked and unoaked grappa.

download (2) Cape Coral, Florida’s Wicked Dolphin Distillery has partnered with Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing to create the inaugural rum release in its Wicked Dolphin Brewer’s Series.  To create the collaborative offering, Cigar City filled Wicked Dolphin rum barrels with its tropical-style stout for 10 months, then made the resulting beer available to its El Catador fan club. Afterward, Wicked Dolphin filled the same barrels with rum, resulting in the first Wicked Dolphin Brewer’s Series rum, a 46% abv offering that is retailing at select Florida outlets at $48 a bottle.

download (3) Booker’s Bourbon, part of Beam Suntory’s small-batch collection, is introducing Booker’s Bluegrass, its first release of 2016. Aged six years and 11 months, Booker’s Bluegrass is 127.9 proof and retails at around $60 a bottle. The first of six releases expected in Booker’s Batch Collection this year, Bluegrass is debuting nationally in limited quantities.

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