News from the spirits, craft spirits, and beverage alcohol categories.

Van Gogh Vodka Launches New Packaging in the U.S.

To animate the brand's irrevocable connection to art as well as the desire to pay homage to its namesake, Van Gogh Vodka enlisted the highly acclaimed New York creative firm, Spring Design Partners to craft the new bottles.

Virginia Distillery Company Kicks off New Whisky Line with Potter’s Craft Cider

The first release in the series is a Cider Barrel Matured Virginia Highland Malt Whisky (Cider-Finished), featuring Virginia Highland Malt cask-finished in Potter’s Craft Cider barrels. 261 cases of the cider-finished whisky were produced. Potter’s Craft Cider is located outside of Charlottesville in Free Union, Virginia

Atelier Vie Releases First Barrel-Aged Louisiana Grape Brandy: Orphan Street Brandy

“Orphan Street Brandy is the result of an experiment that began over two years ago, when we acquired an ‘orphan’ lot of wine,” Jedd Haas, President of Atelier Vie explained. “We distilled the wine; the results were interesting, but it was obvious that the distillate needed togo into a barrel for years of aging to reach its full potential,” Haas continued.

Usquaebach Scotch Whisky Announces New Cask Strength Blended Malt, the An Ard Ri

Usquaebach Scotch Whisky, (pronounced “oos-ke-bah”) an artisinally crafted, hand-blended Highlands Scotch imported by family-owned Cobalt Brands, announces the release of its first new blend in nearly 25 years, the Usquaebach An Ard Ri Cask Strength. Translated from Gaelic as “the high king,” the An Ard Ri is an ultra-premium, high-proof blend of more than 20 single malt casks, aged between 10 and 21 years.

The Macallan Unveils Double Cask 12 Years Old

The distinctive new whisky marks the first time the distillery has used American Oak Sherry-seasoned casks as the most prominent flavor style in an expression of The Macallan, which creates a complex yet approachable flavor profile.

Barton 1792 Distillery Releases Limited Edition High Rye Bourbon

The flagship product of the collection, 1792 Small Batch, is well known for using a higher percentage of rye than most bourbons, but this special edition High Rye Bourbon brings an even more intense amount of rye to the mash bill. Although very limited, expect to see annual releases of this robust bourbon after its initial release this fall.

Pernod Ricard Introduces Chivas Regal’s First Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Created in tribute to the passion and dedication of five generations of Master Blenders, Chivas Regal Ultis captures the essence of Chivas Regal by using only five of the most precious signature single malts to represent the style and diversity of the prestigious Speyside whisky region.

Diageo Launches Crown Royal Vanilla Flavored Whisky

Crown Royal is adding a delicious offering to its family of whiskies with the introduction of Crown Royal Vanilla Flavored Whisky, a blend of hand selected Crown Royal whiskies infused with the rich flavor of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. The result is a unique whisky bursting with the flavor of vanilla and the distinctive smoothness of Crown Royal.

Ron Barceló Launches Packaging Upgrade for Barceló Gran Añejo Rum

The custom shape of the new 750 mL bottle of Barceló Gran Añejo stands taller and sleeker than the previous Gran Añejo bottle. The look is more relevant and modern. The noteworthy features of the new bottle are a stylish higher-quality closure, greater prominence for the brand’s embossed lion crest and a new design of the Barceló brand logo.

Cocktail Crate Announces New Distribution in Target and Sam’s Club

Target will feature the flavors Ginger Bee, Spiced Old Fashioned, Sriracha Margarita, and Maple Whiskey Sour in approximately 300 locations. Sam’s Club will be selling a unique 3 pack gift box containing Spiced OldFashioned, Ginger Bee, and Maple Whiskey Sour in 10 clubs in the Southwest.

Eastside Distilling Enters Florida

Eastside Distilling, Inc., the Portland, Oregon-based producer of award-winning craft spirits, has launched in Florida with an initial order by its distributor. The order includes the company's Burnside Bourbon, Burnside Oregon Oaked Bourbon and Barrel Hitch American Whiskey.

Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. Adds California and Michigan to Distribution Footprint

Louisville-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. has appointed new distribution and broker representation partners for its American Brandy and Absinthe spirits in two key states: California and Michigan. The craft distiller launched spirits in Kentucky in June 2014 and will distribute products to 28 total states by the end of 2016.