New Booze for January 2016: Lots of Rye Plus Other Stuff
February 02, 2016
Yes I'm aware that it's February, but I got behind on posting New Booze. I'm going to try to do it about monthly from now on. Wish me luck.
Here are some of the new spirits hitting the market over the last couple of months.
Redemption Rye Aged Barrel Proof Collection
The Redemption Aged Barrel Proof straight rye whiskey selections are distilled from a mash of 95 percent premium rye and 5 percent malted barley that has been aged between 6-10 years in charred new oak barrels. After being properly aged, each whiskey is minimally filtered and bottled immediately at full proof.
7 Years (122.6 Proof; $79.99 SRP), 8 Years (121.5 Proof; $89.99 SRP), 10 Years (110.1 Proof; $129.99 SRP)
Frey Ranch Estate Distillery Gin
Frey Ranch Gin is an estate product, meaning it is produced From Ground to Glass, right on the ranch. The product begins with three different grains – rye, barley and corn – grown and milled right on the ranch and combined with juniper berries and sagebrush sourced from the ranch. These ingredients are joined by coriander, Angelia root, cardamom pod, lemon peel and orange peel.
Roknar Minnesota Rye Whiskey from Far North Spirits
Roknar is Minnesota's first field-to-glass whiskey. Head distiller Michael Swanson also grows the grains used to make the spirit. Every step of the process – milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, aging, finishing and bottling – is done entirely at Far North Spirits. Aged one year in 10-gallon charred oak barrels and finished in sherry and cognac casks, Roknar is known as "Minnesota Rye Whiskey".
Roknar Barrel Information:
- 10-gallon barrels are Char 3, new American oak from The Barrel Mill in Avon, Minn.
- 100-gallon Remy Martin XO cask from France
- 60-gallon Oloroso sherry casks from Spain
Roknar Mash Bill:
- 80% AC Hazlet Winter Rye
- 10% Corn – a combination of heirloom variety Minnesota 13 and Blue River Organic
- 10% Malt Barley
- Grains are non-GMO
- The mash bill is specific to Roknar and will not be used in the distillery’s four-year, 53-gallon whiskey.
The House of Suntory Whisky is proud to introduce Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 (48% ABV), available as of February 1, 2016. The Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 leverages the same lot of whiskies as was used for the Yamazaki Sherry cask 2013 for its base. These whiskies have matured for two more years. To this blend, Fukuoy adds various rare sherry cask single malt whiskies, some of which are more than 25 years old.
Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016, a single malt whisky, is presented at 48% alcohol by volume (96 proof) and will be available in market as of February 1, 2016. The suggested retail price is $300.00. Five thousand bottles of Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 have been produced globally.
Château de Montifaud Heritage Maurice Vallet Cognac
Château de Montifaud releases its most coveted limited-edition expression: Château de Montifaud Heritage Maurice Vallet. Imported to the United States by Anchor Distilling and owned by the Vallet family for six generations, only 5 bottles of Château de Montifaud’s rare 100 year-old, grower-distiller cognac will be available in the United States.
Château de Montifaud is located in Jarnac-Champagne, in the Petite Champagne sub-region of Cognac. The family farms 120 hectares of grapes; 110 of those are in Petite Champagne and another 10 hectares in nearby Grande Champagne. (42% ABV; $7,500 SRP)
Tullamore D.E.W. Trilogy is set to arrive in the U.S. market in February 2016. Inspired by the power of three that defines Tullamore D.E.W. – a blend of three whiskeys that is three times distilled – Trilogy is matured in three cask types of three unique woods, including rum casks, a first for Tullamore D.E.W.
Aged for 15 years, Tullamore D.E.W. Trilogy is matured first in bourbon barrels, followed by Oloroso Sherry butts and then finished in rum casks. The release of Trilogy, Tullamore D.E.W.’s oldest release to date, is part of a wider range expansion for the brand that will roll out over the next few years. Tullamore D.E.W. Trilogy is a permanent addition to Tullamore D.E.W.’s range with 900 9-liter cases now available in the US (RRP $79.99 / 750ml).
Barking Irons Applejack is a 100 proof spirit made from 100% upstate New York apples. Distilled at Black Dirt Distillery in Pine Island, NY, the product is then aged in char 2 oak barrels at Brooklyn’s Van Brunt Distilling before being individually bottled, hand-labeled and numbered.
Campo de Encanto Pisco Barkeep's Whimsy
Campo de Encanto is introducing their newest Pisco expression: the Barkeep's Whimsy (ABV 40.5%, SRP $49.99), an original Pisco blend by some of the world's top bartenders. Barkeep's Whimsy is currently available in California and will be rolling out into additional markets in the US and abroad beginning in March 2016.
Since 2011, Encanto has executed its successful Distiller's Apprentice competition, hand selecting small groups of bartenders from around the world to travel with the Encanto team to Ica, Peru to experience firsthand the art of handcrafting Pisco – from grape harvest to blending. During the program, participants were challenged to create their own signature Pisco blend. The Barkeep's Whimsy is the final whimsical fruit of the labors of these groups of acclaimed bartenders – a blend inspired by bartender palates and produced using Encanto’s signature solera blending style.
Crafted with the same five grapes used in the brand’s Grand & Noble (Torontel, Quebranta, Moscatel, Mollar and Italia), Barkeep’s Whimsy turns that original recipe on its head by leading with the Torontel grape - a very aromatic varietal also known as Torontés in Argentina.
Lucas Bols launches Bols Parfait Amour Liqueur in the United States. This purple-colored liqueur will be the latest addition to the 30+ Bols flavors available in the country. Bols Parfait Amour comes in a 750ml bottle and retails for $17.99 with 24% ABV.
Parfait Amour, which translates to “perfect love”, has been produced by Lucas Bols since the early 19th century when it was served to celebrate either an engagement or marriage in the Netherlands. It is a dark purple liqueur with an aromatic floral taste that comes from rose and violet petals, enhanced by vanilla, orange peel and almonds.
Alacran Cristal is an anejo tequila that uses agaves from 7-10 years old harvested in the highlands of Jalisco. It is matured for 14 months in American Oak barrels from bourbon, then put through an exclusive clarifying filtration process. It retails for $49.00-$59.00.
Henry DuYore's Rye Whiskey
The mash bill: roughly 78% rye and 22% barley, resulting in a sweeter rye whiskey compared to others.
Distilling Process: 35% Pot distilled in the Ransom 265 and 660 gallon Prulho alambic copper stills. All cuts made by smell and taste. 65% Column distilled at Lawrenceburg Distillery, in Indiana. Rye proved to be a worthy adversary for the old-fashioned Ransom mashing system, which was originally designed for the more cooperative malted barley. The texture of the rye grain made it impossible to push Ransom’s house-mashed base wort above fifty percent rye, so Tad Seestedt selected a well-made rye white dog to bring the rye to the forefront of our blend.
Aged 18 months in barrel. 100% aged, blended, and bottled at Ransom. 46.1% alcohol by volume (92.2 proof). 750 mL bottle. SRP $39.95.
Glenmorangie Milsean is the first Glenmorangie to be extra-matured in deeply toasted wine casks. Glenmorangie Milsean (Scots Gaelic for ‘sweet things’), which will launch in 2016, is the seventh and latest release in the award-winning Private Edition range.
Created from Glenmorangie first matured in ex-bourbon oak casks, Glenmorangie Milsean (pronounced ‘Meel-shawn’) then spent several years in casks which had contained Portuguese red wine. Yet before they were used to create a Glenmorangie Private Edition, these casks were involved in an experiment by Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation. Dr Bill Lumsden arranged for the casks to be heavily toasted to enhance the sweeter notes of Glenmorangie
Glenmorangie Milsean will be available starting January 2016 at select retailers for $99 US, 1,500 cases have been imported.
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