A coffee-infused Skyy vodka, the “world’s first” Calvados-Scotch blend and a new Tequila from British singer Rita Ora are among our pick of the most exciting products to launch last month.
In April, a number of line extensions were revealed, including a new coffee-infused Skyy vodka and a watermelon-flavoured vodka from Cîroc.
A number of celebrities also delved into the world of Tequila with new expressions from British singer Rita Ora and television chef Guy Fieri.
Independent Scotch producer Compass Box also revealed the “world’s first” Calvados and Scotch blend and Diageo teamed up with Yanghe, China’s third largest baijiu distiller, to create a “new-to-world whisky”.
Click through the following pages to explore our full round-up of exciting spirits launched in April.
Which new products caught your eye last month? If we’ve missed your favourite, let us know in the comments box below.
Zhong Shi Ji
Described as a “premium taste of east and west”, Zhong Shi Ji whisky has been created by Diageo’s Scotch whisky master blender Craig Wallace and China Alcoholic Drinks Association’s Chinese baijiu master Zhou Xinhu.
The product has been launched under the Jiangsu Yanghe Diageo Spirit Company, a new joint venture formed between the UK drinks giant and Yanghe, China’s third largest baijiu distiller.
Zhong Shi Ji is made through a “unique” production method, which includes “softening” whisky through Chinese ceramic pot maturation.
BrewDog’s spirits arm BrewDog Distilling has expanded its range with new brands of gin and vodka, and a series of limited edition whiskies.
Zealot’s Heart Gin is distilled in BrewDog’s triple bubble still and features juniper as its “beating heart”, while single malt vodka Rogue Wave is said to be inspired by BrewDog founder James Watt’s cousin, ‘one-armed Alex’, who “dived head first into life after the worst of days at sea”.
BrewDog Distilling has also “brought brewing and distilling together” with the launch of three limited edition whiskies designed to pair with BrewDog beer.
The Boilermaker Series is the result of a collaboration between BrewDog and Scotch blenders Compass Box and Duncan Taylor, and Dutch rye whisky maker Zuidam.
Available in the US for a limited time, Skyy Infusions Cold Brew Coffee has been infused with Arabica coffee beans.
The new vodka taps into the trend for cold brew coffee, particularly among a “brunch-focused generation”.
Skyy Infusions Cold Brew Coffee is said to be best served in coffee-inspired cocktails, on the rocks or in a Martini. It is recommended for occasions such as brunches, barbecues, summer parties and after-work drinks.
The latest expression from independent Scotch whisky bottler Compass Box is thought to be world’s first Scotch and Calvados blend.
To create Affinity, Domaine Christian Drouin Pays d’Auge XO Calvados was added to a selection of Scotch malt whiskies that had been first aged in French oak and Sherry casks, before being married with blended Scotch whisky and matured further in Sherry butts.
The limited edition expression is priced at RRP £100 (US$150).
RIta Ora is not the only celebrity on our list to launch a Tequila last month. Former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar teamed up with chef Guy Fieri to create Santo Fino Blanco Tequila – the second expression in Hagar’s Santo Fino range.
Santo Fino Blanco Tequila is described as an “old world-style” Tequila and is made with 100% blue weber agave.
The liquid was created in collaboration with Juan Eduardo Nuñez, third generation master distiller at El Viejito, which is located in Jalisco’s highlands.
The new Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1 is a “one-of-a-kind” blend of Bardstown’s two-year-old wheat and high-rye Bourbon with an 11-year-old Kentucky Bourbon. It is Bardstown Bourbon Company’s first Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey.
The new whiskey was created as a collaboration between the firm’s distilling, beverage and culinary teams.
The lively fruit and spice of the two-year-old Bourbon is said to counter the leather, roasted nuts and rich caramel of aged Kentucky Bourbon.
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