Boodles Gin, part of the Proximo Spirits portfolio, is introducing a new Mulberry variant in the U.S. Boodles Mulberry ($28.99 a 750-ml.) is launching as a limited edition for the holiday season. Proximo says the flavor is reminiscent of raspberries and currants and suggests the Mulberry gin be paired in cocktails with Champagne or whiskey, or as part of a holiday punch.
Opici Wines’ Market Street Spirits division is expanding its Rebellion Bourbon brand with a limited edition 8-year-old offering. Rested in charred American oak barrels, Rebellion 8 Year Bourbon’s mash bill is 70% corn, 22% rye and 8% malted barley. The 90-proof offering is distilled and aged in Tennessee with a traditional copper still and bottled in Bardstown, Kentucky. Rebellion 8 Year Bourbon retails for about $50 a 750-ml. bottle, with each batch limited to about 2,500 bottles.
San Diego’s Old Harbor Distilling has debuted Barrelflag Navy Strength rum, a new small-batch white rum bottled at 114 proof. Barrelflag features a blend of two rums—including one made with 100% cane juice and the other with a mix of dark molasses and demerara sugar—and is currently available throughout San Diego, retailing at $34.99 a 750-ml. The rum marks the second spirits launch from Old Harbor, which launched its inaugural offering, San Miguel Southwestern gin, earlier this year.
Campari America has extended its Russell’s Reserve small-batch Bourbon range with a new limited edition offering, Russell’s Reserve 1998. Made from 23 barrels of Bourbon set aside for aging in 1998, the new entry marks the oldest expression ever launched by father-and-son master distiller team Jimmy and Eddie Russell under the Russell’s Reserve brand. Rolling out nationwide, Russell’s Reserve 1998 is limited to 2,070 bottles retailing at $250 each.
Washington, D.C.-based liqueur maker Don Ciccio & Figli is introducing two new products: Cinque, a 15% abv aperitif including a mix of botanicals; and Luna Amara Bitter, a 23% abv bitter made from 16 botanicals and two distillates. Both Cinque and Luna Amara Bitter retail at $26 a bottle and will be available starting this month in the Washington, D.C. area, with more markets to follow.
Palm Bay International is introducing a new blend on the Wemyss Malts Scotch Whisky line, Kiln Embers. The limited edition offering is blended with double the amount of smoky Islay malt whisky used in crafting portfoliomate Peat Chimney. Kiln Embers (46% abv), which carries no age statement, is intended to serve as a peaty dimension to the Wemyss blended malt range. It’s available for a suggested retail price of $69.99, with 2,400 bottles allocated to New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and California. Last December, Palm Bay International partnered with Scottish craft distiller Wemyss to import its core blended malt range, which includes its Peat Chimney, The Hive and Spice King entries ($45.99-$74 a 750-ml.), as well as eight single malt labels and Wemyss’ Darnley’s View London Dry Gin ($32.99).
Patrón Spirits has released a limited edition Patrón Tequila crystal decanter handmade by Lalique that’s inspired by Mexico’s Blue Weber agave plant. The Patrón en Lalique: Serie 1 launch features a blend of extra añejo Tequila aged for at least four years in American and French oak from the company’s barrel-aging room at the Hacienda Patrón distillery in Jalisco. The series is limited to 500 individually numbered bottles worldwide retailing for $7,500 that include a leather display case with gemstone detail.
The Owl’s Brew—a New York-based company specializing in craft tea cocktail mixers—has partnered with Edrington’s The Famous Grouse Scotch to launch The Famous Mint Tea and The Smoky Earl tea blend mixers. The two tea blends, which are intended to be mixed with The Famous Grouse and the brand’s The Black Grouse offshoot, are currently available at retail and online for $16.99 a 32-ounce bottle.
Heaven Hill Brands’ Elijah Craig Bourbon has re-released its 18-Year-Old Single Barrel label. First launched in 1994, the expression has been off the market for the last three years due to inventory shortages. Around 15,000 bottles of Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old are rolling out across key metro markets, retailing at $120 a 750-ml. Concurrently, the brand has also re-launched limited quantities of its Elijah Craig 23-Year-Old Single Barrel, which retails at $199 a 750-ml.
Global Spirits USA, a subsidiary of Eastern Europe’s Global Sprits, is introducing Pervak Vodka to the Nevada market through an expanded partnership with Wirtz Beverage Group. The Ukrainian vodka brand offers rye- and wheat-based expressions packaged in swing-top bottles reminiscent of those used in the country’s home distilling tradition. Pervak Vodka ($17.99 a 1-liter) has been available in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for over a year.
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