Two new releases by The Macallan — including an ultra-limited 52 year-old expression — as well as the debut of a premium dark rum blended with coconut water highlight our roundup of recent notable spirits launches, along with three new products from New Orleans-based Atelier Vie and a bourbon-inspired release from Bumbu.
Charleston, S.C.-based Pusser’s Rum has revamped its package design and reformulated to be slightly less sweet than the previous iteration. The product is matured for 15 years in charred oak barrels.
The New Orleans-based distillery recently launched three new products: Riz, an aged rice whisky; El Jefe, a higher ABV (100 proof) version of its Orphan Street Brandy in a bigger 750 ml bottle; and Calio Rum, a pot-distilled clear rum made from Louisiana molasses.
Bumbu Rum Company announced the launch of Bumbu XO, an ultra premium Barbadian craft rum aged in bourbon barrels for up to 18 years. Bumbu Xo is currently rolling out a suggested retail price of $39.99-$44.99.
Currently available to ship online through the brand’s website, Coconut Cartel has introduced its first premium rum, a combination of aged Guatemalan dark rum and coconut water. It is available in 750 ml bottles for a suggested retail price of $36.99.
Watershed Distillery has unveiled a new design for its corn and apple-based Chamomile Guild Gin, which will begin statewide distribution in Ohio this year.
Originally launched in 2015, the 2019 edition of Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked has a spicier finish than the original, which comes from finishing for two years in a heavily toasted, lightly charred second barrel. The limited edition expression is available exclusively at Woodford Reserve Distillery for a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 375 ml bottle.
Catoctin Creek Distillery
To celebrate its 10th anniversary this month, Virginia-based Catoctin Creek Distillery is releasing two limited edition Bottled in Bond spirits: four-year-old Rabble Rouser Rye Whisky and 1757 Virginia XO Brandy. Both are 100 proof (50 percent ABV) and will be available starting Feb. 16; Rabble Rouser will retail for $95.99, while 1757 Virginia XO Brandy will be priced at $89.99.
Iron Smoke Distillery
Fairport, N.Y.-based Iron Smoke Distillery has released a limited edition CASKet Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey (120 proof).
Virginia-based craft distillery Copper Fox has unveiled new branding and packaging design across its line of products, which include single malt whisky, rye and gin. The label also launched its newest expression: Copper Fox SASSY Rye, aged with new and used Applewood and oak chips inside used bourbon barrels.
Positioned as a super-premium edition of its Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey, the new Deau XO Cognac Cask Finish expression of Writers’ Tears is a blend of aged Single Malt and Single Pot Still whiskeys finished in French oak casks seasoned with Deau XO Cognac. The suggested retail price is $59.99.
The Macallan 52 Year
With production limited to 250 individually numbered bottles worldwide (just 42 in the U.S.), The Macallan 52 Years Old has been maturing in first fill European oak sherry seasoned cask from Spain. The suggested retail price is approximately $53,500 for a 750 ml bottle.
The Macallan Lunar New Year Edition
In honor of the Year of the Pig, the Macallan has released a Lunar New Year Limited Edition Gift Box for Chinese New Year. The box includes two bottles of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old with a specially designed label. The package will be available for a suggested retail price of $120.
Gordon & MacPhail
Gordon & MacPhail 1948, which will be available to purchase in the U.S. this spring, is the company’s oldest expression to date The single malt whiskey has been maturing since June 1948 and only 210 decanters will be made available for purchase. Bottled at cask strength (48.6 percent ABV), the expression will carry a suggested retail price of £17,500 (around $22,648).
Limited to an exclusive U.S. release, Patron Estate Release Tequila is the first tequila from the distillery to use 100 percent Weber Blue Agave, giving it notes of citrus and herbs. The suggested retail price is $100 for a 750 ml bottle.
Zaya Gran Reserva
The newly redesigned Zaya Gran Reserva Rum is inspired by the distillery’s roots in Trinidad and Tobago. The new bottle features the phrase “Land of the Hummingbird,” as the island nation is known, imprinted in on the glass between the neck and label, next to a golden hummingbird. The product is now available for a suggested retail price of $29.99.
Imported vodka brand SVEDKA’s latest expression is its answer to the rosé wine trend. Made with 5 percent rosé wine, SVEDKA Rosé will be launching this month nationwide in various formats, ranging from 50 ml (SRP $1.99) to 1.75 L ($21.99) bottles.