News Briefs for June 28, 2019June 28, 2019
•Shoreham, Vermont’s WhistlePig has announced FarmStock Crop 003, the final rye release in the limited edition series. The 43% abv whiskey is a blend of three 100% rye whiskies: 52% of the blend is WhistlePig’s 3-year-old rye (distilled from grain grown on the company’s farm and matured in Vermont oak barrels), 31% is 6-year-old Canadian whisky, and 17% is 10-year-old Canadian whisky. Both Canadian whiskies are sourced from Alberta. WhistlePig’s FarmStock Rye Crop 003 will be available in limited quantities across the U.S. on July 1 for a suggested price of $73 a 750-ml.
•New Jersey-based Royal Wine Corp. has extended its Jeunesse brand with a new semi-sweet sparkling red wine called Belle Rouge. Retailing at $16 a 750-ml., the new entry will debut first in California, New York, and New Jersey, followed closely by Florida, ahead of a national rollout. Jeunesse’s other offerings include Black Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Duette (a white blend), and Pink Moscato. Royal Wine’s Bartenura brand, from Italy, is the 10th-ranked import label in the U.S. by volume among wines priced $10 and above, up 5.5% to 670,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.
•Ty Ku sake will launch its cucumber-infused expression in a can beginning next month. At 12% abv, each 8-ounce (250-ml.) can of Ty Ku Cucumber Sake offers the equivalent of one glass of wine plus a small refill. Individual cans retail for $5 or can be bought as a 4-pack for $20. In contrast to wine, however, the company notes that it contains no gluten, sulfites, or tannins. Ty Ku Cucumber is already available nationwide in 720- and 330-ml. bottles. Ty Ku is imported from Nara, Japan by Davos Brands.
•German vodka brand Sash & Fritz is rolling out in select U.S. markets this summer. Launched in Germany in 2015 by sommelier and winemaker Peter Steger, Sash & Fritz ($35) is made from 100% German wheat and spring water from the Ore Mountains. Sash & Fritz is making its U.S. debut in markets including Nevada, Florida, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Michigan.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.