For those of us who prefer to drink the brown stuff, there weren’t many new whiskeys released this week. However, there was one whiskey in particular that had our interests piqued: Stranahan’s Original. Released in celebration of the brand’s 15th anniversary, this American single malt is set to hit shelves this month. Stranahan’s Original is an update to the brand’s flagship whiskey and like its Blue Peak bottling, it features updated packaging as well.
However, if you’re a bit more open-minded and don’t mind partaking in other types of spirits, you’re in luck. Ready-to-drink cocktails from Bombay Sapphire and Tequila Cazadores were announced this week. Additionally, there were a couple of new vodka bottles releases as well including one made with both grain and apples. The weather is getting to that point where we can spend some time outdoors and soak up the sunlight, making these very timely releases.
And speaking of soaking up the sunlight, there was a new mezcal announced this week from Mezcal de Leyendas made with solar energy! How about that? You can find out more details about this release and more spirits news in Distiller’s Friday Roundup for April 16, 2021!
Stranahan’s Original Released to Celebrate 15th Anniversary
This week, Colorado-based Stranahan’s announced the release of Stanahan’s Original which was released in celebration of the brand’s 15th anniversary. Stranahan’s Original is an update on the brand’s flagship American single malt whiskey. In addition to the new packaging, the whiskey features older liquid and is a blend of 4, 5, 6 and 7-year-old American single malt.
Each of the whiskeys were made with 100% malted barley and aged in new, charred American oak barrels (char #3). It is cut with Rocky Mountain water from Eldorado Springs and bottled without chill-filtration at 47% ABV. Available nationwide as of April 2021, Stranahan’s Original has an SRP of $55.
Mezcal de Leyendas Launches First Solar-Powered Mezcal
Mezcal de Leyendas Vinata Solar uses solar energy for each step of its production from cooking the agave to distillation. Master Mezcalero Gerado Ruelas uses a proprietary repurposed tractor-turned-solar-panel-powered still and cenizo agave (aka agave Durangensis) in its production. It is unaged and bottled at 45.9% ABV. It joins the other mezcals in the brand’s portfolio made in various regions across Mexico with unique agave species.
If you’d like to see how the solar panels work, check out this video to see the still, dubbed “El Bicho” or The Bug. Vinata Solar is available nationwide as of April 2021 with an SRP of $89.99.
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Bombay Sapphire Debuts Ready-to-Drink Gin & Tonic Cocktails
This week iconic gin brand Bombay Sapphire launched two ready-to-drink gin and tonic cocktails in the US following a launch in Europe earlier in the year. One features a light tonic at 90 calories and zero sugar and the other is a standard gin & tonic cocktail. Each was formulated by the Bombay Sapphire team of Master of Botanicals Ivanno Tonutti and Master Distiller Dr. Anne Brock.
These ready-to-drink gin and tonic cocktails are packaged with an ABV of 5.9% and they’re available in the US this month for $12.99 per four-pack.
Tequila Cazadores Launches Three Ready-to-Drink Cocktails
Not to be outdone by Bombay Sapphire, Tequila Cazadores is launching three ready-to-drink cocktails this month: Margarita, Spicy Margarita and Paloma. Each cocktail features 100% blue weber agave Tequila Cazadores Blanco, agave syrup, and no artificial flavors. They are naturally gluten-free.
Each Tequila Cazadores ready-to-drink cocktail has an ABV of 5.9%. They’re available as of May 2021 at $14.99 per four-pack.
Tattersall Distilling Announces Ready-to-Drink Cosmo Cocktail
Minnesota-based Tattersall Distilling announced this week the release of a ready-to-drink Cosmo Cocktail. This take on the neo-classic cocktail is made using organic vodka, triple sec, lime, fresh juice and other botanicals. Notably, Tattersall Cosmo is colorless compared to the cocktail’s traditional cranberry-colored hue. Bottled at 60 proof, this is ready to serve over ice or chilled.
It’s available as of April 2021 in select markets and can be purchased in a 750, 375, or 100ml-sized bottle. It’s priced at $29.95 for a 750ml bottle.
TIDBITS FROM AROUND THE SPIRITS WORLD
Let’s take a quick look at what else is going on around the world this week…
Sisterdale Distilling Co. based in the Texas Hill Country was founded in 2020 by friends and entrepreneurs Chad Gailey & Peter Watson. This is the brand’s first straight bourbon release and it features five bourbon whiskeys which were distilled in Indiana. The grains used in its production were white corn, wheat and malted barley. The bourbon was aged for a minimum of 40 months in new, charred American oak and is bottled at 93.4 proof. It’s available in select bars, restaurants and retailers across Texas as of April 2021 for $74.99.
This is the second collaboration between the Kansas City distillery J. Rieger’s & Co. and American professional soccer club Sporting Kansas City. The whiskey itself is the brand’s flagship whiskey made from a blend of straight bourbon, straight rye and light corn whiskeys as well as a touch of sherry. It’s bottled at 46% ABV and will be available as of April 2021 in select Kansas City retailers, the distillery, and the Sporting Kansas City stadium. It has an SRP of $34.99.
Timberline Vodka is made by Hood River Distillers in Oregon. It is made with both grain and 14 different varietals of non-GMO Pacific Northwest apples. After distillation it is cut to 80 proof with glacier-fed spring water from Mt. Hood. There are three different labels for the vodka featuring The Hiker, The Snow Goose, and The Skier. It’s available as of April 2021 in select retailers in the Pacific Northwest region for $24.95.
Dirty Devil Vodka was created and launched in Quebec, Canada in 2019. It is made from non-GMO corn and hyper-oxygenated water, a process which introduces 5 times the amount of oxygen into the water. The base spirit is blended with this water and it is allowed to rest for six weeks before bottling at 84 proof. It’s available in the US as of April 2021 for $27.99.
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