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GTR: Bailey’s XC


Diageo Global Travel and Middle East (GTME) has launched Baileys XC, a new premium liqueur that combines Cognac with fine spirit and cream from Baileys.

Baileys XC is exclusive to travel retail and will initially be available only through Gebr Heinemann until 31 May 2016.

The new product, which is targeted particularly at women, pairs Cognac with fine spirit and cream from Baileys.

Diageo GTME described Baileys XC as smooth and indulgent, offering a new taste experience for the liqueur category – and giving travelers a premium product that cannot be purchased elsewhere.

Baileys XC will be launched across all key travel retail markets beginning in June 2016, following the exclusivity period with Gebr Heinemann.

For our Hennessy fans

H250_Collector_Blend_white_2Moët Hennessy is marking the 250th anniversary of its flagship Hennessy Cognac brand with a special limited blend. Hitting U.S. retail shelves in April, Hennessy 250 Collector blend is priced at $600 a 1-liter bottle and packaged in a decanter and collectible gift box. Renaud de Gironde, a member of Hennessy’s six-person tasting panel and part of the family that’s been overseeing the brand’s blending since 1802, told SND the 250 Collector edition is a blend of eaux-de-vie ranging from about 15 to 40 years in age.

Hennessy created 250 special barrels at its own cooperage to house the blend—each barrel holds 250 liters (compared with the standard barrel size of 279 liters)—with the resulting liquid translating into a release of the equivalent of about 7,000 cases for worldwide distribution. Moët Hennessy expects the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend to be on shelves for about a year before selling out.

Branded Spirits Ltd. Expands to U.S. Market


Branded Spirits raises a glass to the introduction of its five premium alcohol brands to the U.S. this July following three successful years of distribution in Hong Kong and China. The sourcing and distributing company of small-batch artisan liquors launches five spirits in Chicago: Ice Fox vodka, Hana gin, Motu rum, HM The King blended Scotch whiskey, and two cognacs – Majesté XO and Majesté VSOP.

“After extensive test market research in Hong Kong, we knew our products were ready for the U.S. market by way of Chicago, a city with a prominent cocktail culture,” says Nick Chen, chief of staff for Branded Spirits. “Chicago can often influence trends in the spirit industry for the rest of the country, making it the perfect location for our brand launch.”

The distinctive flavor profiles of each of the spirits launching in Chicago include:

Ice Fox is 100% American product that has been triple-distilled from premium American ingredients, including corn from the Corn Belt and pristine water from the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Branded Spirits’ master distiller watches over the production of every batch on Treasure Island, CA, where it is bottled in small batches. 40% ABV, 750ml, $19.99 SRP

Hana is named after the Japanese word hana, meaning “flower,” which is the inspiration for the gin’s botanical profile of juniper and lemon citrus, among notes of lavender. The bottle design features an etched glass orchid on the back. 40% ABV, 750ml, $19.99 SRP

Motu, rested in French Oak and created using Polynesian sugar cane molasses, provides this rum with its signature sweet nose and taste. 40% ABV, 750ml, $19.99 SRP

HM The King, produced in the Highlands of Scotland, provides notes of vanilla and honey on the palate that give way to a smooth and round aftertaste with light smoke and peat. The HM on the bottle stand for “His Majesty” the King, as the final blend was signed off on by the late King of Tonga. 40% ABV, 750ml, $24.99 SRP

Majesté XO, made in Cognac, France by one of the region’s most storied families, Dupuy Bache-Gabrielsen, the spirit is aged for 10 years or more. The spirit won the Gold Medal award from the 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2009 International Wine and Spirits Competition. 40% ABV, 750ml, $109.99 SRP

Majesté VSOP is matured for four years before being bottled and offers a discreet, well-balanced bouquet with both fruit and floral notes. It is available in limited supply. 40% ABV, 750ml, $47.99 SRP

Branded Spirits’ premium beverage alcohol line is now available, and can be purchased at Cardinal Wine & Spirits (multiple locations throughout Chicago area), Tony’s Finer Foods (multiple locations throughout Chicago area), Brookhaven Market (located in Darien, Mokena, and Burr Ridge, IL), among many other individual liquor stores.

Branded Spirits initially launched in Hong Kong in 2010 after CEO and Founder George Chen, who has worked successfully in distribution in Asia for more than 25 years, decided to branch into production. In late 2010, Chen founded Branded Spirits with the goal of creating a product line, then he and his team spent the next two years in research and development of every aspect from the packaging to the types of liquors in the portfolio. After three successful years of in the Hong Kong and China markets, Branded Spirits began distributing to the U.S. with the goal of launching in 10-15 states by the end of 2014.

Bacardi Unveils D’ussé XO

D’USSE™, the latest innovation in Cognac, today announces the official US launch of its newest expression, D’USSE XO. This is the second introduction from D’USSE; its VSOP offering, quickly adopted by industry influencers and celebrities, helped to reinvigorate and shake up the Cognac category.Following suit, D’USSE XO has already garnered significant buzz amongst high-profile tastemakers well before its shelf date, making its official debut front row at the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards and achieving accolades in prestigious spirits competitions. It earned its place as a new favorite among spirits industry elite as a finalist for the Chairman’s Trophy for its exceptional performance in F. Paul Pacult’s Ultimate Spirits Challenge®* (2014). Immediately following, The San Francisco World Spirits Competition announced that D’USSE XO was awarded a gold medal, in a year where the competition received record setting levels of entries across categories (2014).

Masterfully crafted in the cellars of the Chateau de Cognac – a home with a 200-year legacy of creating some of the world’s finest Cognacs – D’USSE XO is a unique blend of meticulously hand-selected eaux-de-vie, aged ten years or more. D’USSE XO is an uncompromising Cognac that delivers complex flavor notes of ripe blackberry and apricot, layered with hints of dark chocolate and walnut, culminating in an exceptionally balanced finish. Its bottle design is inspired by the liquid it contains; both classic and modern, and bearing the Cross of Lorraine – a symbol of honor, courage and perseverance used by the French resistance during World War II – a statement wherever it rests.

D’USSE XO will retail for a suggested retail price of $230 for a 750mL and will be available in key cities across the country.