Spirits

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

Nathaniel Smith Wins Copper & Kings MIXT&PE Cocktail Competition

Smith’s selection of “Little Red Corvette” by beloved Minnesota musician Prince won over the judging panel and earned him a trip to Louisville, Ky. to visit the Copper & Kings American brandy distillery and attend the Forecastle Music Festival last weekend. Smith was one of 11 finalists from around the U.S. including bartenders from Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery Releases New Special Finished Belle Meade Bourbon

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee takes the "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle" environmentalist mantra to a whole new level. By resting a proprietary bourbon blend in casks that had previously been used to age fine Cognac, they have extended the Belle Meade Bourbon brand, debuting a new product of unmistakable quality and character, to begin release through the month of July 2016.

Popcorn Sutton Names Allisa Henley Master Blender

Allisa Henley comes to Popcorn Sutton from Diageo’s George Dickel Distillery in Tullahoma, Tennessee, where she worked for more than 11 years in a variety of positions, including most recently as the facility’s Distiller.

Alacran Tequila Releases Alacran XA

Alacran XA uses 100% Weber Blue agave from 7-10 years old harvested in the highlands of Los Altos in Jalisco.

Our/Los Angeles, A New Vodka Distillery in Downtown L.A., Launches

Our/Los Angeles is born of a partnership between Steven Ocheltree and Tyler Simmons —co-founders of creative agency Sew— and Pernod Ricard's Our/Vodka brand, which teams up with local entrepreneurs around the world to give select cities their own vodka.

Powell & Mahoney Awarded at 2016 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards

Powell & Mahoney dominated the “Carbonated Mixer” category and beat out several competitors with their new line of Sparkling Cocktail Mixers – having won “Best in Class” for their Mojito, a gold medal for Ginger Beer, silver for Spiced Grapefruit Tonic, and bronze for Tonic.

George Dickel Adds 17-Year, Tennessee-Only Offering To Family Of Whiskies

Maintaining George Dickel's signature mash bill of 84 percent corn, 8 percent rye and 8 percent malted barley; the 17-Year Old has many similarities with George Dickel classics like No. 8 and No. 12, but also offers a unique tasting experience thanks to additional years in the barrel.

Beam Suntory Introduces Suntory Whisky Toki

Suntory Whisky Toki, which launches exclusively in the U.S. this month and in Canada in July at a suggested retail price of$39.99, is a blend of carefully selected whiskies from the House of Suntory's globally acclaimed Hakushu Distillery, Yamazaki Distillery and Chita Distillery.

Woodford Reserve Releases Latest Distillery Series Expression: Five Malt

Woodford Reserve unveils the most recent release in its Distillery Series family, Five Malt. The Distillery Series, introduced in 2015, is Woodford Reserve's line of creative expressions available for purchase at the Woodford Reserve Distillery and select Kentucky retailers. This series highlights Woodford Reserve's ongoing dedication to innovation and craftsmanship as a leader in the spirits industry.