News Briefs for March 7, 2013March 7, 2013
•Castle Brands is launching a new limited edition entry from the Jefferson’s small-batch Bourbon range, Jefferson’s Presidential Select 21-year-old Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The new expression, which is sourced from 15 lots of Bourbon, was aged in new oak for 21 to 24 years and bottled at 90 proof. Rolling out nationally on April 1, Jefferson’s Presidential Select 21-year-old will be priced at $120 a 750-ml., with a limited quantity of 2,000 cases available. The latest addition joins Jefferson’s Bourbon, Jefferson’s Reserve, Jefferson’s Presidential Select and Jefferson’s Rye in the Jefferson’s whiskey portfolio.
•Heaven Hill Distilleries will roll out a special bottling, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, this month. The limited edition release will begin shipping mid-March and will be offered in three-bottle cases to markets nationwide that currently offer Elijah Craig. Priced at $39.99 a 750-ml. bottle, the new Barrel Proof Bourbon is 67.1%-abv. It was aged for 12 years, is non-chill-filtered and is packaged in the traditional Elijah Craig flask-style bottle.
•Craft + Estate, the imported wine and craft spirits arm of wholesaler the Vintner Group, has added highly rated South African winery Klein Constantia to its portfolio on an exclusive basis. Known best for its dessert wine, Vin de Constance (around $50 a 500-ml.), which consistently rates in the low to mid 90s in Wine Spectator, Klein Constantia also produces Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The group’s owners—which include Bruno Prats (former owner of Chateau Cos d’Estournel) and Hubert de Boüard (co-owner of Chateau Angelus)—now say they want to increase focus on their Bordeaux-styled dry offerings.
•Oregon-based SakéOne has added SakéMoto, a premium Japanese-made saké, to its portfolio of domestic and imported spirits. Modeled after the drier, lighter style typically consumed in Japan, SakéMoto is a Junmai saké made solely from rice, water, yeast and koji. The new offering, which is intended to be consumed chilled and neat, is priced at $11 a bottle. In addition to SakéMoto, SakéOne produces the the Momokawa, G and flavor-infused Moonstone saké brands, and also imports the Murai Family and Yoshi No Gawa saké and Tombo shochu/soju labels. SakéOne currently distributes to all 50 states.
•Sidney Frank Importing has appointed Mike Glennon to the newly created role of vice president of national off-premise chain sales, effective immediately. He will be based in Chicago and will report to Steve Bellini, executive vice president, sales. Glennon will be responsible for “maximizing the distribution, sales and promotion of key national and local chain stores” for Sidney Frank’s portfolio, as well as overseeing regional chain managers James Cassin, Jim McCluskey and Mark Burgner. Glennon most recently held the position of director, national accounts at Proximo Spirits. Prior to that, he was vice president at Beam Inc., leading global training, national on- and off-premise accounts and sales and marketing teams.