The Shelf (April/May 2011)
Collingwood Canadian Whisky
Brown-Forman introduces Collingwood Canadian Whisky, a hand-crafted whisky made with Canadian grains and pure spring water from Ontario’s Georgian Bay. Featuring a Maplewood mellowing process, the whisky is triple-distilled in white-oak barrels, which add to its smooth character, graham-cracker sweetness and floral and butterscotch aromas. The Collingwood 80 proof whisky is available in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana and Texas. More markets will be added throughout 2011. www.collingwoodwhisky.com.
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum, named after the mythical beast, is a 94 proof Caribbean black-spiced rum, with notes of ginger and clove and a smooth finish. Its black hue is a nod to the black ink The Kraken uses to cover its prey; the ad campaign highlights the new jug-style bottle shape with ring handles on the neck. www.krakenrum.com.
Pernod Ricard USA launches Becherovka, a bitter herbal liqueur from the Czech Republic. Becherovka tastes sweet with hints of dark honey, cinnamon spice, clove and ginger, culminating in a slightly bitter finish with subtle orange-peel notes. The liqueur can be enjoyed as a digestif, a shot or mixed in cocktails. www.becherovka.com.
4 Orange Premium Vodka
Imperial Brands, Inc., announces the national expansion of 4 Orange Premium Vodka. Made with Florida oranges, the orange-based, gluten-free vodka is 80 proof, distilled from 100% orange spirits, and has tastes of sweet oranges and tangy marmalade. The super premium vodka has no artificial orange flavoring and will be available in 22 states, including California, Arizona, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. www.4orangevodka.com.
TY KU Sake Silver
TY KU introduces its newest sake iteration, TY KU Sake Silver. With its smooth flavor and well-rounded body, TY KU Silver has a fresh, sweet taste with subtle pear notes, and a soft and silky feel on the palate. Representing the top 15% of sakes in the world, the premium Junmai is made in Nara, Japan, from iron-free water, Akebono rice and handmade koji without glutens, tannins or sulfites. www.trytyku.com.
No. 3 London Dry Gin
Anchor Brewers & Distillers, along with Berry Bros. & Rudd, are releasing No. 3 London Dry Gin, a clean, crisp gin made with juniper, sweet Spanish orange peel, Angelica root, Moroccan coriander seeds, grapefruit and cardamom pods. The gin features aromas of fresh juniper and tastes of citrus with a sharp fruitiness, complementing its soft gingery spiciness and culminating in a slightly peppery finish with a warm bite. www.no3gin.com.
Cinco Vodka, a domestic vodka distilled in San Antonio, Texas, is made with amber wheat and Cordova Cream limestone water that is distilled, blended and filtered in small batches. Cinco Vodka is launching in San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth in 2011 and expanding to surrounding states by 2013. www.cincovodka.com.
Piscología Pisco Acholado
Topa Spirits, LLC, announces the West Coast launch of Piscología Pisco Alcholado, a full-bodied brandy produced in Perú and made with a blend of Quebranta, Torontel and Italian grapes. The Pisco delivers a complex character with tastes of matured dried currant and banana; aromas of honey, pecans and orange blossom; and flavors of tangerine, honey and white pepper. www.piscologia.com.
Woodford Reserve 2011 Kentucky Derby Bottle
Woodford Reserve, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby,” has released its 2011 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. The limited-edition bottle, created by Brett Amory, showcases two horses racing to the finish line. www.woodfordreserve.com.