New Spirit Releases - May 19, 2023

Check out the latest releases hitting shelves soon. Photo Credit: Appleton Estate
May 19, 2023
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    Appleton Estate Legend is based on an original formula of the legendary golden rum that was the inspiration for the creation of a classic Tiki cocktail — the Mai Tai. When Victor 'Trader Vic' Bergeron first created the Mai Tai in 1944 at his bar in Oakland, California, he originally used J. Wray & Nephew 17 Year Rum. For this Legend rum bottling, Appleton Estate Master Blender Joy Spence referenced original manuscripts and formulas for this recreation. She used four very rare distillates aged a minimum of 17 years in Jamaica's tropical climate for this blend. Only 1,500 bottles are available for this one-time only limited release. Availability begins in June 2023 at select retailers in the US, Jamaica, the UK, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Denmark, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand, Japan, and Hong Kong. (SRP $500)
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    Clermont Steep is an American Single Malt Whiskey developed by 8th generation Master Distiller Freddie Noe. He used American barley in its creation along with the Beam family jug yeast in for the fermentation process — the same yeast used in all Beam products. It was column distilled and aged for 5 years in toasted then charred barrels (char level 1) in Clermont, Kentucky. Clermont Steep is a permanent addition to the Beam portfolio and is available in select US states and via ReserveBar beginning June 2023. (SRP $59.99)
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    Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye had previously been released as a special release, but it is now a permanent addition for the brand's Single Barrel Collection. It's made using a mash bill recipe of 70% rye, 12% malted barley and 18% corn. It's charcoal mellowed prior to aging in new American white oak barrels. The barrels selected for the Single Barrel Collection are aged at the highest reaches of the barrelhouses. The proof ranges from 125-145 proof for these single barrel expressions. Available nationwide as of May 2023. (SRP $59.99)
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    GlenDronach based in the Scottish Highlands is known for their sherried single malts, so it's no surprise that a combination of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks were used for the maturation of this cask strength expression. The barrels were selected by GlenDronach Master Blender Rachel Barrie. This Highlands single malt carries no age statement and is bottled without chill filtration or added coloring. The 12th batch was released at 58.2% ABV. Available in the US beginning May 2023. (SRP $104.99)
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    Royal Salute 21 Year Jodhpur Polo Edition is the fifth limited edition for the Polo Collection. This bottling highlights the Sport of Kings as well as the city of Jodhpur, India — the birthplace of modern polo. Master Blender Sandy Hyslop was inspired by the flavors and spices of India and he created a unique blend of malt whiskies which were finished in virgin oak casks. This limited edition expression is available globally beginning May 2023. (SRP $160)
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    FUJI Japanese Whisky is 100% distilled and aged in Japan at Mt. Fuji Distillery. Uniquely, the distillery is capable of creating malt whisky and three different styles of grain whisky — an American-style made with 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley; a Canadian-style made with 95% rye and 5% malted barley; and a light Scottish-style made with 95% corn and 5% malted barley. Master Blender Jota Tanaka blended these three grain whiskies with malt whisky which were aged in American white oak barrels with a medium char/toast. Average age for the whiskies was 7 years and includes some aged up to 16 years. Bottled at 43% ABV, it's available in select US markets beginning May 2023. (SRP $70)
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    This is the first release for the grain-to-glass bourbon brand. Master Distiller Marianne Eaves has partnered with Forbidden's South Carolina-based founders and she crafted this release at Kentucky's Bardstown Bourbon Company where it was distilled, aged, and bottled. For this small batch bourbon, she used white corn, white winter wheat and malted barley and non-traditional low temperature fermentation. It was aged for 5 years and was bottled at 95.2 proof. Available in initially in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina beginning May 2023. (SRP $129)
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    Lux Row Distillers has launched a 99 proof Straight Rye Whiskey for its Ezra Brooks portfolio. It's made with a 51% rye mash bill recipe and is charcoal filtered prior to bottling at 99 proof (49.5% ABV). Available nationwide beginning May 2023. (SRP $24.99)
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    Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream is made with all-natural cream and Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. This is a reformulation that replaces the prior bottling that was offered at 25 proof. Here, the cream liqueur is bottled at 33 proof (16.5% ABV) and has new packaging prominently displaying the proof. It's available beginning May 2023 nationwide. (SRP $21.99)
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    This barrel-aged sotol expression was made in collaboration with Vermont's WhistlePig Whiskey and Los Magos. The brand's 100% wild-harvested sotol was aged over 12 months in barrels which previously held WhistlePig 10 Year Rye Whiskey. Available beginning May 2023 at select establishments nationwide with online availability via the brand's website beginning in mid-June 2023.( SRP $89.99)
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    This flavored tequila from Espanita Artisanal Tequila is one of three releases in its Signature Infusion series. Each of the three flavors — Pineapple, Lime, and Grapefruit — are made by infusing the respective Mexican-grown fruits and macerating them with high proof Espanita Blanco Tequila for at least 45 days. The infusions are then blended and cold-filtered before bottling at 70 proof. The recipe was developed by the brand's founder Mariana Wilson and Master Distiller Beto Ramirez. Available beginning May 2023 in select US markets with expansion to other states to follow later in 2023. (SRP $33.99)