Each year, Beverage Dynamics collects the latest value-added packaging from beer, wine and spirit suppliers, so retailers know what to expect and what to stock up on this season. Prices indicated are suggested retail prices, and may vary from state to state. For more information about any of these products, please contact your local distributor.
1) Mount Gay The Copper Stills Collection
Here’s something for the rum connoisseur in your life. The latest addition to Mount Gay’s limited-edition Origin Series is a pair of tasting rums that are identical in ingredients, fermentation and maturity, but differentiated by distillation. For the first-time ever, Mount Gay has created one rum that is 100% distilled in a copper pot still and one that is 100% distilled in a copper column still. Master Blender Allen Smith created the pair to give rum drinkers the opportunity to taste the essence of each distillation method and learn how each part of the process can chance the flavor profile of rum entirely. The collection is available in 375-ml. sizes at premium liquor and spirits stores across the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $95.
2) Casamigos Tequila Gift Pack
Complete with the “award-winning and the fastest growing” tequila and a box perfect for gift giving that features brand owners George Clooney, Rander Gerber and Mike Feldman, plus branded shot glasses. The suggested retail price ranges from $34.99 to $54.99, depending on the blanco, reposado or anejo expressions.
3) Tippy Cow Holiday Variety Pack
The Tippy Cow Holiday Variety Pack (pictured atop) comes with eight 50-ml. bottles — two each of Tippy Cows’ flavors, chocolate, orange cream, vanilla soft serve and shamrock mint – all packed in a holiday-themed carrier, along with a gift tag to personalize for the Tippy Cow fan on your list. Available in limited quantities for a suggested retail price of $9.99.
4) Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
This holiday season, Smirnoff Peppermint Twist is returning to shelves nationwide, spreading the holiday cheer with the taste of sweet candy canes, balanced by a peppermint cool. This specialty vodka, complete with a unique “Scratch and Sniff” packaging, will retail at a suggested price of $15.99—but only for a limited time. It’s perfect as a chilled shot or mixed in your favorite holiday cocktail. And, of course, a candy cane garnish is a must!
5) Lock Stock & Barrel 16 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey
The company has announced a limited run of 3000 bottles for the holiday after a successful summer release. Lock Stock & Barrel is double distilled from a mash bill of 100-percent rye grain in copper pot stills with a “robust cut” selected by master distillers, unfiltered, then aged in cold weather for 16 years in newly charred American oak barrels. It is 107 proof, with notes of roasted acorns, sour grass, wild cherries, stewed blackberry, dried pear and sassafras, the company reports, and aromas of rich, sweet dried fruits and spices. The suggested retail price is $149.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
6) Slow & Low 84 Proof Can
How’s this for a stocking stuffer? Consumers can now drink this 84-proof, 19th-century cocktail in a “modern yet classic” container, the company says. Slow & Low is based on America’s original bottled cocktail – “rock and rye”– and takes its inspiration from the Hochstadter label’s pre-prohibition era recipe. Slow & Low combines aged straight rye whiskey, air-dried navel oranges from Florida, 100-percent raw honey from Western Pennsylvania, Angostura Bitters and a small dose of rock candy. The cocktails sugar content is 7 percent by volume. The suggested retail price is $3.99 per 100-ml. can.
7) Mezan Rum Gift Set
The gift set includes a bottle of Mezan Jamaica X.O rum and two tasting glasses. Jamaica X.O is aged in ex-Bourbon casks and is produced by blending several rums discovered by the company’s cellar master. These rums come from four of the island’s distilleries, whose traditional methods bring forth the traditional flavors of Jamaican rum: pungent nose with notes of fresh banana, complex aromas of spice, and a long finish ending in hints of tobacco. The suggested retail price is $29.99
8) Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Here’s a super-premium product for that spirits connoisseur in your life: Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon. In the spirit if the season, package this premium offering up for your boss (or maybe even your boss’ boss) or loved one who can truly appreciate a fine glass of whiskey. Smooth and smoky, this limited-release bourbon’s taste has notes of torched sugar and apples baked in honey and spices, the company says, with aroma of toasted oak mixed with vanilla bean, fig and a touch of caramel. Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old is 92 proof and retails for a suggested price of $149.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
9) Brockmans Gin Gift Pack
Brockmans Gin of the U.K. has launched a gift pack designed to “help retailers drive incremental sales” during this holiday season, the company says. The sophisticated holiday gift tube “mirrors the deliciously unique taste which defines Brockmans Gin,” providing a premium and convenient gifting option. Brockmans is made from botanicals sourced from across the world: Juniper from Italy; lemon peel from Murcia in Spain; orange peel from Valencia; Bulgarian coriander seed; Cassia bark from Indo-China; blueberries and blackberries from Northern Europe; licorice from China; angelica from Belgium and Saxony, bitter almonds from Spain; and Italian orris root. Brockmans Gin’s gift pack is available at retail in in 750-ml. format and will retail at a suggested price of $34.99.
10) Khortytsa Vodka Trial Pack
Global Spirits USA is offering value-added trial packs for its Khortytsa Vodka line this holiday season. A variety of 750-ml. bottles of Khortytsa Vodkas will feature a free 100-ml. sample of a corresponding line item for consumer trial. Khortytsa Platinum, which is the top-selling item in the line, retailing for $12.99 per 750-ml. is available in a gift box with a 100-ml. sample of Khortytsa Platinum. Khortytsa Honey Pepper is available with a free 100-ml. on-pack of Khortytsa Platinum for a suggested retail price of $12.99. A gift pack of Khortytsa Ice, specially formulated to be served frozen — with the bottle turning blue when chilled — features two branded shot glasses for a suggested retail price of $12.99. Finally, Khortytsa De Luxe, the line’s “super premium” vodka, has a new gift box for a suggested retail of $25.
11) RumChata Holiday Gift Set
RumChata has a newly designed 750-ml. gift set decorated with holiday ornaments. It includes an exclusive RumChata ceramic mug. RumChata is dairy cream, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla blended with five-times distilled Caribbean rum. Perfect for party hosts, party guests and gift shoppers, this boxed gift set is ready for instant giving, and includes 10 holiday recipes for serving and sharing. The suggested retail price is $19.99
12) Blue Chair Bay Rum Gift Pack
This gift pack includes a 1.75-L. bottle of Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum, and a 750-ml. bottle of the holiday-focused Coconut Spiced Rum Cream. These rums can add a little spice to your egg nog, hot chocolate, and coffee. The suggested retail price is $29.99.
13) The Dalmore’s King Alexander III
Aged in six different casks, The Dalmore’s King Alexander III is the gift for the “sophisticated man who enjoys everything at the finest level,” the company says. Priced at approximately $230, the King Alexander III comes in a decanter that displays the solid silver 12-point Royal Stag that has adorned each and every bottle of The Dalmore since 1867. The Distillery’s founding Mackenzie Clan was granted the emblem as a reward for saving King Alexander III from a charging stag. The Dalmore’s Master Distiller Richard Paterson created the King Alexander III which is matured in ex-bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso sherry butts, Madeira barrels, Marsala casks, Port pipes and Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques. The finished product has flavors of red berry fruits, fresh flowers, passion fruit, citrus zest, vanilla, creme caramel, sweet cinnamon and nutmeg, the company says.
14) George Dickel No.12
Here’s a quintessential Tennessee whisky. With its oak and subtle vanilla flavors — its finish with hints of maple, butter and smoke — and a suggested retail price of $24.99, the George Dickel No.12 is a high-value whiskey worth bringing to impress at that holiday party. This spirit is 90 proof.
15) Sonoma Cider Holiday 4-Packs
The father/son team behind the award-winning Sonoma Cider have made two limited edition flavors for the holiday season: gingerbread and winter spice. This limited run holiday 4-pack includes 2 of each of the following flavors (22 oz. bottles): The Sleigh, a combination of seasonal spices – all-spice, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg – and Sonoma Cider’s organic apple cider. Aromas of apple pie on the nose, followed by buttery cinnamon notes in the body, this one is sure to conjure up some Yuletide memories. And The Cutter, which captures fresh baked gingerbread with light aromas of ginger, notes of molasses and spiced baked apples in the body.
16) Templeton Rye 10 Year
Another exclusive rye whiskey to check out this holiday season is the Templeton Rye 10 Year. Only 6,080 bottles are available. This spirit celebrates 10 years with a limited reserve made from 34 barrels. Aromas include caramel, vanilla, green apple and baking spices, while the flavors are rye spice, toasted oak, white pepper, caramel and vanilla. The suggested price is $149.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
17) Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Good Gifts For Bad People
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is bringing back the collectable Good Gifts For Bad People tubes for the holidays. The limited-edition Good Gifts For Bad People tubes, posters and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum bottles are now available. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum was created to honor the life and legacy of influential tattoo artist Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. Each Good Gifts For Bad People bottle of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum (92 proof) comes packed with a limited edition poster featuring an iconic Norman Collins pin-up. Pick one up at your local liquor retailer for $15.99. The best part? No wrapping necessary.
18) RumChata MiniChatas
RumChata Creamer Cups are for the coffee-lover on your holiday gift list. MiniChatas are 25-ml. peel-top cups filled with 100% RumChata rum cream inside. Just peel and pour into your cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The RumChata MiniChatas 15-count box is available in all 50 states for a suggested retail price of $12.99
19) LEAF Organic Vodka Value-Added Trial Pack
Global Spirits USA has launched value-added trial packs for its LEAF Organic Vodka. Now, a 750-ml. bottle of LEAF Organic Vodka made from Alaskan Glacial Water will feature a 200-ml. sample of LEAF Organic Vodka made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water and vice versa. This trial on-pack is designed to expose both items in the line to consumers, allowing them to taste the difference LEAF’s unique water sources make. LEAF Organic Vodka made from Alaskan Glacial Water has a pure, smooth taste with a hint of sweetness, the company reports, while LEAF Organic Vodka made from Rocky Mountain Mineral Water offers richness and complexity, lending a warm and savory impression on the palate. The packs feature LEAF Vodka’s design with a premium look. The recommended shelf price for the 750/200-mL combo pack is $16.99.
20) RumChata GoChatas 100-ml. 3-Pack
GoChatas are a stocking stuffer for the RumChata-lover in your life, or a gift to bring your holiday party host or hostess. This pack retails for $9.99.
21) Kahlúa Chili Chocolate
Released for the first time this holiday season, this new, permanent addition to the Kahlúa portfolio combines hot chili and smooth chocolate. The rich chocolate contrasts with the zest of chili pepper. Available at retail locations, Kahlúa Chili Chocolate is 20% Alc./Vol. (40 proof) and retails for a suggested price of $18.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
22) Southwest Wines Holiday Packaging
Southwest Wines has announced holiday packaging for three of its sparkling wines: St. Clair Bellissimo, D.H. Lescombes Imperial Kir and D.H. Lescombes Brut. St. Clair Bellissimo has aromas of peaches, Moscato and honeydew with flavors of melon and white flowers. D.H. Lescombes Imperial Kir is based on the ‘Kir Imperiale,’ a drink first made popular in the late 1800s. It has taste that’s yeasty, crisp and mildly acidic, with flavor of raspberries and a hint of melon. D.H. Lescombes Brut is also yeasty, crisp, and mildly acidic, with undertones of honeydew melon and kiwi. The D.H. Lescombes Brut and Imperial Kir – retail for a suggested price of $14.99 per 750-ml. bottle, while St. Clair Bellissimo has a SRP of $16.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
23) Sobieski Vodka Holiday Sleeve
This premium Polish vodka has introduced a special holiday-sleeve bottle. The suggested retail price is $9.99.
24) Sobieski Vodka 2016 Gift Set
The Sobieski Vodka 2016 Gift Set contains 1 (1.75-L.) bottle of Sobieski Vodka, two designer Sobeiski shot glasses, and PET bottles depending on market. The suggested retail price is $18.99
25) Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Gift Box
Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur is an Irish cream, Irish whiskey, and chocolate-based liqueur produced in Ireland by Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Limited. It has an alcohol content of 17% alcohol by volume. Infinium Spirits is the exclusive U.S. importer of Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur. The gift box retails for a suggested price of $16.99.
26) Fernet-Branca Value Added Pack
This Italian amaro, a digestive made from a recipe of 27 herbs and spices, is releasing a value added pack with two signature glasses. The glasses feature the Fernet Branca alligator from the brand’s advertising. The suggested retail price is $27.99.
Kyle Swartz is associate editor of Beverage Dynamics. Contact him at email@example.com