The new Captain Morgan Sliced Apple Spiced Rum is a blend of the brand’s signature Original Spiced Rum, a subtle hint of ginger and fresh-cut apples. The apples are said to be “sweet, yet tart” and full of flavour.
Bottled at 35% ABV, the expression is said to “shake up the rum category” and is recommended served neat, as a chilled shot or over ice. It can also be added to cocktails like an Apple Mule, which combines the rum with ginger beer.
“Captain Morgan has always been about uniting the crew and creating lasting memories,” said Sam Salameh, vice-president of Diageo-owned Captain Morgan.
“These days, we all could benefit from a little more fun in our lives – there’s always more fun to be had with Captain Morgan, and the crisp, fall-inspired flavour of Captain Morgan Sliced Apple is the latest proof of just that.”
The product is not the first apple-flavoured variant from Captain Morgan. In August 2018, the brand expanded its shot-inspired range with the launch of Apple Smash.
GORDON & MACPHAIL UNVEILS THE WORLD'S OLDEST SINGLE MALT SCOTCH
On 3rd February 1940 in a quiet corner in the north of Scotland, George Urquhart and his father, John, had the extraordinary foresight and vision to lay down spirit from Glenlivet Distillery in a bespoke Gordon & MacPhail cask to be enjoyed by future generations.
Last year, 80 years later, the decision was taken to finally bottle the content of Cask 340, into a total of 250 decanters. The decision not only aligned with George Urquhart belief that each whisky should be left to mature until the cask and spirit had combined to create the desired quality, but it has also made history.
“That this whisky – the oldest single malt Scotch ever bottled – remains so full of vibrant flavour with a strength of 44.9% ABV, is testimony to knowledge handed down over successive generations of my family,” explains Stephen Rankin, Director of Prestige at Gordon & MacPhail Whiskies, and member of the fourth generation of the family that owns the company.
Setting a standard of exceptional quality has been the benchmark for Gordon & MacPhail over its 125-year history and it is the brand’s unique depth and breadth of experience that enables them to combine oak, spirit and time to create iconic whiskies found nowhere else in the world.
“Maturing a single malt Scotch over eight decades is an art,” said Ewen Mackintosh, Managing Director at Gordon & MacPhail, “similar in many ways to architecture where you are creating something that needs to stand the test of time. Neither can be rushed. Both Sir David and Gordon & MacPhail share a commitment to invest in the future. We both see the significance of creating something exceptional; leaving a legacy for future generations.”
The whisky bottler partnered with Sir David Adjaye OBE to design a decanter and oak case to present the whisky. The price of the whisky will be unveiled in September, along with Adjaye’s decanter and case.
Sotheby’s will auction decanter number one in early October, with all proceeds, minus costs, to be donated to award-winning Scottish charity Trees for Life, which works to rewild the Caledonian Forest.
Expanding its JJ Whitley range, Halewood Artisanal Spirits has unveiled a limited-edition vodka filtered through a gold silk thread.
Distilled in St Petersburg, Russia, the wheat-based Vodka expression has been passed through a filter of gold silk thread, which the brand says provides a clean and exceptionally smooth tasting experience.
The expression has then been bottled in ‘dazzling gold’ that features the “distinctive” embossed detail at 38% ABV.
“For those looking to treat themselves or find something special to mark a celebration, or even as a great gift option, we’re confident our limited edition vodka will present a strong sales opportunity for retailers this summer,” said James Stocker, marketing director, Halewood Artisanal Spirits.
“We have been investing heavily in our JJ Whitley vodka portfolio and our new distillery in St Petersburg, which enables us to provide our customers with a quality, authentic Russian vodka at [a] great price point.”
WHISTLEPIG UNVEILS TWO NEW FARMSTOCK BEYOND BONDED EXPRESSIONS
Vermont distillery WhistlePig has achieved a milestone with the release of two 100% grain-to-glass whiskeys from the WhistlePig Farm.
WhistlePig FarmStock Beyond Bonded Rye and FarmStock Beyond Bonded Bourbon are the first products harvested, distilled, aged and bottled at the WhistlePig farm and distillery.
By “Beyond Bonded,” WhistlePig means that its whiskey is not only Bottled-in-Bond, but also single barrel, fully traceable at every step of the Farm-to-bottle journey, the company says, and bottled at 100.1 proof, just beyond the bonded whiskey standard.
“Today’s craft spirits drinkers, especially whiskey collectors, are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about process,” says Jeff Kozak, CEO.
“After working toward a 100% Farm whiskey vision for more than a decade, our team is proud to invite WhistlePig fans to look under the hood at who, where, when and how our grain-to-glass whiskey is created, and to offer a one-of-a-kind experience from each barrel.”
WhistlePig’s FarmStock Beyond Bonded Rye is a straight rye whiskey made from 100% Remington Rye harvested from the North Orwell 1 field of the distillery’s 500-acre farm.
FarmStock Beyond Bonded Bourbon is a straight bourbon whiskey made with a high rye mash bill, with 51% Dent Corn and 49% Remington and Rifle Rye varietals, harvested from North Orwell 1 and North Orwell 2 fields.
Both expressions have been aged for upwards of four years in Vermont Estate Oak barrels, produced from local Vermont oak. The oldest barrel in the release aged for four years, 8 months and 14 days.
DEWAR'S RELEASES THE CHAMPIONS EDITION FOR US OPEN
Scottish Blended Whisky brand Dewar’s has launched a 19-year-old whisky to celebrate the start of the 2021 US Open golf tournament.
To mark the start of the US Open Championship, held from 14-20 June 2021 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California, the brand has released The Champions Edition, a 19-year-old bottling finished in American ex-Bourbon casks.
Brian Cox, vice-president of Dewar’s North America, said: “Designed for golf and whisky aficionados alike, this first-of-its-kind blend is inspired by our exciting partnership with the US Open, as well as our sporting legacy and commitment to supporting ‘champions’ in all endeavours.”
Created by Dewar’s master blender Stephanie Macleod, the expression blends double-aged grain and single malt whiskies. The resulting liquid offers notes of honey, toffee, vanilla and ripe cherries.
It comes in a silver bottle design to reflect the US Open trophy. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the bottle will be given to the USGA Foundation.
As the official blended Scotch whisky of the US Open Championship golf tournament, the brand will release annual limited edition products to mark the US Open until 2023.
Jamaican Rum distillery Appleton Estate has announced the release of a new 15 Year Old Black River Casks rum expression.
The new 43% ABV expression pays homage to the Black River in Jamaica’s Nassau Valley, the company says, the source of the limestone-filtered water used to create all Appleton Estate rum.
With the aromas of toasted almond and hazelnut, the palette of the 15-year-old expression has notes of orange peel, vanilla and hints of medium roasted coffee and molasses.
“The rum that we hand-selected for the 15 Year Old is used to create a rare blend of pot and column-still rums resulting in the rich and full-bodied finish,” says Master Blender Joy Spence, who marks her 40th anniversary this year at the distillery. “There is a delicate spice with a fruity subtle oak ending that reflects the lush and fertile land that the Black River runs through here in the Nassau Valley.”
“We cultivate the ingredients that go into every barrel of our rum,” Spence adds. “From the sugarcane, we grow ourselves, to the limestone spring water we source straight from the Black River, every step is carefully looked after, resulting in a beautiful rum.”