Introducing December's new featured product releases courtesy of Beverage Media Group's latest print edition. This edition features a new, robust line of unique bottlings from 1800 Tequila, a new vintage from Champagne Billart-Salmon and a north American whiskey from Grammy-winning star Michael Bublé and his partner, master distiller and blender Paul Cirka. See the full list below.
Champagne Billecart-Salmon 2016 Vintage
Billecart-Salmon’s gold-hued Vintage 2016 spent more than five years aging in the cellars. This food-friendly 100 percent Grand Cru wine marries Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims with Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs and is rife with fresh pineapple and sudachi zest notes.
Glenglassaugh Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenglassaugh has re-launched its core range with a trifecta of coastal single malt Scotch whiskies and a new bottle design across the portfolio. The 12-year-old single malt, the 90-proof flagship, is matured in bourbon, sherry and red wine casks. It is bolstered by the 101-proof Sandend, a tropical fruit-forward nod to the distillery’s adjacent Sandend Bay, and the 98.2-proof Portsoy that pays homage to a neighboring harbor village with sea kelp aromas and a hint of sea salt.
Giesen Zero Alcohol Removed Sparkling Brut
Expanding the festive options for booze-free holiday fêtes is Giesen’s 0% Sparkling Brut. The alcohol-removed bubbly — at just 21 calories per five-oz serving with no added sugars — is made with aromatic, cool-climate grapes from New Zealand’s Waipara region on the South Island and tastes of lemon, grapefruit and pear.
1800 Tequila Essential Artists Series 11 (Dustin Yellin)
New York City-based artist Dustin Yellin, the founder of the Brooklyn cultural center Pioneer Works, has teamed up with 1800 Tequila on the 11th edition of its Essential Artist Series. Yellin, who follows such talents as Okuda San Miguel, Shantell Martin, Enoc Perez, and the Basquiat and Haring estates, has designed six bespoke bottles of 1800's blanco expression that celebrate the connections between humans and nature. Each sale of these limited-edition collectibles will direct one dollar toward Pioneer Works.
Benriach Malting Season Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Third Edition)
Benriach is one of only eight distilleries in Scotland that continues to use entirely malted barley from the Speyside distillery’s floor maltings. Malting Season, its series commemorating this more than a century-old tradition introduced by founder John Duff, has released its third annual, 96.6-proof bottling, for which master blender Rachel Barrie and her team selected concerto barley onsite and then slowly aged it in virgin oak and first-fill bourbon casks.
Kentucky Owl Limited Release Maighsrir Edition The Wise Man's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Before stepping into her new role as master blender at Kentucky Owl, Maureen Robinson worked with her predecessor, John Rhea, on the 100-proof Maighstir Edition Bourbon. Honoring both American and Scottish traditions, the whiskey blends four-, five-, eight-, and nine-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbons with mash bills featuring corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley that conjure a light Scotch whisky with its hints of citrusy florals, sweetness, and oak.
Ron Santa Teresa Limited Edition Speyside Whisky Cask Finish Triple-Aged Solera Rum
Venezuela’s oldest rum producer, Santa Teresa, had whisky fans in mind when crafting the ultra-limited-edition Santa Teresa 1796 Speyside Whisky Cask Finish (there are only 2,100 bottles). Overseen by Maestra ronera Nancy Duarte, this initial expression in the triple-aged Solera Rum series, underwent a rare 13-month finishing process in former Speyside whisky casks that flaunts layers of leather, smoke, and dry spice. It can be sipped neat or in variations on the Old Fashioned and Penicillin alike.
Fraser & Thompson North American Whiskey
Grammy-winning star Michael Bublé has partnered with his long-time friend, the master distiller and blender Paul Cirka, and spirits incubator Wes Brands on Fraser & Thompson. An homage to the merging of the Fraser and Thompson rivers in British Columbia, where Bublé spent much time with his grandfather, the 84-proof North American whiskey — the first of its kind — combines Canadian whisky and Kentucky Bourbon hand-selected by Cirka that is blended and bottled by Heaven Hill in Bardstown.
Dirty Monkey Banana Peanut Butter Whiskey
Geared to the ever-curious Millennial and Gen Z demographics, the 70-proof Dirty Monkey Banana Peanut Butter Whiskey from Milestone Brands elevates real whiskey with all-natural peanut butter and banana flavors. The versatile spirit, free of high-fructose corn syrup, can be woven into cocktails or savored as a chilled shot.