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Top 10 spirits launches in November 2021

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From a Batman-inspired single malt to a Tequila completed in Laphroaig casks, that is our round-up of the very best spirits launched in November.

DC Comics’ Batman-themed Scotch whisky made our record

The run-up to the festive interval noticed the discharge of an thrilling vary of spirits, with new merchandise from big-name manufacturers and progressive launches equivalent to no-ABV bottled cocktails.

November additionally noticed exercise within the celebrity-backed spirits class, as rock band Kiss launched its rum vary within the US market. In the meantime, Islay distillery Bowmore produced one other bottling in partnership with luxurious automobile model Aston Martin, and US-based quick meals chain Arby’s shocked customers with fry-flavoured vodkas. 

For extra new merchandise, take a look at our list from October.

top 10 spirits launches

Diageo-owned blended Scotch Johnnie Walker concluded its Masters series, and launched simply 288 bottles of the third and last whisky within the assortment final month, which joins the Ruby Reserve and Masters’ Edition within the vary.

The brand new Masters of Flavour comprises parts aged for at least 50 years, from distilleries that had been working throughout the lifetime of the model’s founder, John Walker.

Retailing for RRP £20,000 (US$26,879) and sitting at 41.8% ABV, the batch is likely one of the last releases from master blender Jim Beverage before his retirement

Final month, the model additionally debuted a high-rye whisky bottling.

Zamora Firm debuted two vermouths, particularly meant to be used in cocktails. 

Vermouth Giardino Tradizionale Rosso (16% ABV) and Mediterranean Dry (18% ABV) are super-premium expressions. The Rosso is a candy vermouth di Torino, whereas the Mediterranean Dry bottling comprises extra citrus components, and is made with Sorrento lemon peel like Villa Massa Limoncello.

The vermouth vary will launch within the US and Germany in September subsequent 12 months, adopted by further markets. Each expressions are priced at RRP US$25.

El Tesoro

Beam Suntory-owned El Tesoro partnered with Scotch distillery Laphroaig to create a Tequila completed in whisky casks – the primary launch within the former producer’s restricted version Mundial collection. The gathering will see El Tesoro associate with premium spirits producers around the globe to create experimental cask-finished Tequilas.

The brand new bottling was produced by grasp distiller Carlos Camarena, who took a Tequila aged for 9 months in Bourbon barrels and completed it for 4 months in casks that previously held the famously peat-forward Laphroaig 10 Years Outdated.

The Tequila rests at 40% ABV, and could be bought for US$125 per 750ml bottle from choose retailers and on-trade venues.

London venue Park Row, which was created by DC Comics and Wonderland Eating places, launched its debut Scotch: a 25-year-old limited edition bottling impressed by the story of Batman. 

Inishtree Speyside Single Malt is known as after the fictional Scottish village that was dwelling to the ancestors of Bruce Wayne within the Batman comics. 

The Scotch was positioned in a single refill Bourbon barrel in 1993, then bottled 26 years later in 2019 by Speciality Drinks. Solely 145 bottles of the expression have been launched, priced at £495 (US$663) every. 

Dutch drinks agency De Kuyper tapped two trending classes for its newest launch: low and no alcohol, and able to drink.

Its new vary of zero-ABV pre-mixed cocktails are available 200ml glass bottles, and embody 4 non-alcoholic variants: Mojito, Strawberry Daiquiri, Margarita and Pornstar Martini.

The De Kuyper Zero vary could be bought in supermarkets throughout the Netherlands, for RRP €2.49 (US$2.83) per bottle.

Final 12 months, De Kuyper’s ventured into the RTD pattern with ghd Fizzy Favourites canned line, made with its namesake liqueur.

Taiwanese distiller Kavalan unveiled a whisky that has been matured in three totally different Sherry casks, a ‘uncommon’ mixture of oloroso, Pedro Ximénez (PX) and Moscatel-aged barrels. 

As soon as the 40% ABV whisky was absolutely matured within the three casks, it was rested in marrying vats.

The 700ml bottling is priced at RRP NT$2,300 (US$82.60), and will launch first in France, Canada, Japan, Singapore, China, India, the Philippines, Russia, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Guam.

Arby's vodka and fries

American quick meals chain Arby’s has entered the spirits market with the launch of two fry-flavoured vodkas: Curly Fry Vodka and Crinkle Fry Vodka. The corporate teamed up with Minneapolis-based Tattersall Distilling to supply the bottlings.

The liquids had been created to style like their fast-food counterparts: The Curly Fry Vodka was distilled with cayenne, paprika, onion and garlic, whereas the Crinkle Fry Vodka was made with kosher salt and sugar.

The 40% ABV vodkas had been launched final month on a restricted foundation for US$59.99 per bottle.

Bowmore Aston Martin 21 Years

Luxurious automobile maker Aston Martin continued its partnership with Islay distillery Bowmore final month by means of the launch of a 21-year-old single malt whisky, Bowmore Masters’ Selection

Bowmore grasp whisky blender Ron Welsh and Aston Martin government vice-president and chief inventive officer Marek Reichman got here collectively to supply the 51.8% ABV expression, which was aged in first-fill Pedro Ximénez and oloroso Sherry casks.

The whisky is obtainable in international markets for RRP US$300 per bottle.

Bowmore and Aston Martin first collaborated in 2019, and have since produced three journey retail-exclusive whiskies and the Black Bowmore DB5.

In celebrity-backed spirits information, American rock band Kiss released Drink It Up, its vary of rums and gin, within the US.

Final 12 months, Kiss kicked off the spirits portfolio with Black Diamond Rum.

Now a number of extra expressions have joined the debut bottling within the band’s vary: Detroit Rock Darkish Rum, a mix of Dominican rums aged between eight and 15 years, named in tribute to the track Detroit Rock Metropolis; Monstrum Darkish Rum, an ultra-premium bottling aged greater than 14 years; and Distilled Chilly Gin, distilled 5 occasions with juniper, citrus and herbs.

The Black Diamond and Detroit Rock Rums can be found to buy in 25 US states by means of for US$44.99 and US$54.99 respectively, whereas the Monstrum Darkish Rum and Distilled Chilly Gin shall be obtainable ‘quickly’.


Polish vodka Żubrówka ventured into the pink spirits class with the launch of Żubrówka Rosé.

The ‘pure, berry-infused, lower-ABV drink choice’ is an apéritif, obtainable in 430 Sainsbury’s shops within the UK and on-line at Amazon. It’s infused with cranberries and raspberries foraged from the Białowieża Forest in Poland.

Clocking in at 32% ABV, the drink retails for RRP £20 (US$27). 

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