New Spirits Releases - April 15, 2022

Check out the latest releases hitting shelves soon. Photo Credit: Tequila Ocho
Apr 15, 2022
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    Released in April 2022, Macallan Distil Your World: New York Edition is a limited edition whisky made in collaboration with the Roca Brothers, owners of El Celler de Can Roca in Spain and The Macallan Whisky Maker Polly Logan. The whisky is meant to capture the essence of New York City. This bottling was aged in six European & American oak casks. It is a no-age statement single malt release with just 1000 bottles produced.
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    This is the first commercial release of Puntas, otherwise known as the Distiller's Cut. It's an overproof plata tequila which is made by taking the end of the heads and the beginning of the heart of the distillate during the distillation process. The tequila comes off the still at 128 proof and it's then cut to 101 proof with spring water from the Tequila Ocho Distillery in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. Like other Tequila Ocho bottlings, this tequila was made from one harvest in one location. In this case the agaves were harvested from the Camarena family rancho "La Ladera" in 2021. Released April 2022, only 600 cases are available in the US and 100 cases for Mexico.
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    Released in April 2022, this barrel proof straight rye is distilled at Ross & Squibb (fka MGP) in Indiana. It's made with a blend of straight ryes with various rye mash bills. This annual limited edition release features an age statement of 7 years, a first for the brand. For this 2022 release, 82 barrels were selected yielding 3000 six-pack cases. It's bottled at 117.2 proof. (SRP $69.99)
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    This tequila is made from a blend of 100% blue weber agave añejo and extra añejo tequilas that were aged in French oak and XO Cognac barrels. It's available for pre-sale as of April 2022 with a nationwide release to come in the following weeks.
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    Flying Tumbler is an independent Irish whiskey bottler founded by siblings Patrick Walsh, Thomas Walsh, and Jen McGinnell. They source, mature, blend and bottle their whiskeys in Co. Carlow. The Bird is a no-age statement Irish whiskey made from a blend of grain and malt whiskeys which were aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry casks. It's bottled at 43% ABV. This bottling launched in the US in April 2022.
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    Astral Tequila is made with 100% blue Weber agave which, after cooking, are crushed with a traditional stone tahona. Additionally, the agave fibers called the "bagasso" are added to the fermentation process to enhance the flavor. The blanco tequila is bottled without aging at 80 proof. Diageo, the new owners of the brand, have relaunched this tequila brand in April 2022. It is made at a new distillery with a new recipe and new packaging since the previous 92 proof version.