News Briefs for October 13, 2014October 13, 2014
•Beam Suntory’s Bowmore single malt Scotch has launched Bowmore Small Batch, a new core offering. Matured in both first- and second-fill Bourbon casks, Bowmore Small Batch offers what the company calls an “accessible embodiment” of the brand’s Islay taste profile, featuring notes of peat smoke, salt, citrus and vanilla. The new addition is currently available nationwide, priced at $39.99 a 750-ml. Bowmore Small Batch joins the Bowmore 12-year-old, 15-year-old, 18-year-old, 25-year-old and Legend labels in the brand’s core lineup. Bowmore, the world’s 10th-largest single malt Scotch brand, was up 2.9% to 175,000 cases globally last year, according to Impact Databank.
•Pernod Ricard’s Chivas Brothers unit is set to commence production at a newly constructed Speyside malt whisky distillery this month. The new facility, named Dalmunach after the nearby pool in the River Spey on whose banks it sits, marks the 14th operating malt whisky distillery in Chivas Brothers’ portfolio. Dalmunach, which was commissioned in 2012 as part of Chivas Brothers’ commitment to spend $60 million annually the past several years on its whisky production capabilities, has a capacity of 10 million liters. Located near Carron at the site of the former Imperial Distillery, which had been out of use since 1998, Dalmunach will support global demand for the Chivas Brothers Scotch whisky stable, which includes the Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s and Royal Salute brands.
•Italy’s Fratelli Martini Secondo Luigi S.p.A. has introduced its Canti Prosecco brand in the U.S. market. Canti Prosecco DOC Millesimato is 11% abv and retails at $13.99 a bottle. It’s currently present in premium bars and select retail outlets throughout the U.S., with distribution expected to continue to expand over the next year. The Canti portfolio, which also includes Barbera d’Asti, Barolo DOCG, Moscato and Gavi wines, is imported by Minnesota-based Prestige Wine & Spirits Group.
•William Grant & Sons USA is unveiling a new limited edition of the Lillet aperitif brand this month, Jean de Lillet 2010. The reserve edition is made from 2010 Sauternes wine blended with Lillet’s house-made citrus liqueur. Best served chilled as an aperitif or in cocktails, Jean de Lillet 2010 will be available at select retailers nationwide at $40 a bottle. The brand’s reserve 2009 vintage sold out immediately, the company says.
•Florida-based importer Enovation Brands is launching Enoitalia SpA’s Farmers of Wine brand in the U.S. this month. Designed to showcase traditional growing methods used by Italian wine farmers, Enoitalia’s Farmers of Wine project makes its stateside debut with the launch of an Italian Red Blend. The new wine, which features a blend of Negroamaro and Zinfandel sourced from Salento, Puglia, is currently rolling out nationwide, priced at $14.99 a 750-ml. Along with Farmers of Wine, Enovation also imports Enoitalia’s Voga Italia, Luna Di Luna, Lady Lola and Ca’ Montini brands into the U.S., among others.
•One Off Hospitality Group in Chicago, operator of venues including Blackbird, avec, the Publican and the Violet Hour, has opened its latest concept, Dove’s luncheonette, in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Dove’s is based off iconic mid-century diners and features southern-inspired Mexican cuisine and a Tequila and Mezcal-focused bar program. The extensive Tequila and Mezcal menu ranges in price from $6 to $25 per serving and specialty cocktails are priced at $8 or $9. Draft, bottled and canned beer ranges from $3 to $5, while wine is offered at $5 to $9 by the glass and from $20 to $36 by the bottle. Ben Fasman is Dove’s general manager and beverage director.
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