LiDestri Spirits says their new whiskey launch features a “Whiskey Corrected.” Their new Cask & Crew Whiskey is an imaginatively crafted and inventively flavored whiskey. The company says, “Order a ‘caffè corretto’ in Italy, and you’ll get an espresso with a kick of something extra” and that’s what you’ll get with Cask & Crew.
Cask & Crew straight and flavored whiskeys are a 51% three-year-old Canadian rye and 49% blend of classic barrel aged American corn whiskey. It’s characterized by a profile that marries smoky and sweet notes to achieve an ultra-smooth taste. The line’s three initial flavors include,
- A Straight Blend of Rye Whiskey – 40% ABV
- A Walnut Toffee Whiskey – 35% ABV
- A Ginger Spice Whiskey – 35% ABV
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“Brown flavored spirits are really having a moment,” LiDestri Spirits Vice President Joe Ragazzo said. “We wanted to create something that was complex enough to appeal to whiskey aficionados, yet inviting enough to be an intriguing experience for people exploring whiskey for the first time.”
The name “Cask & Crew” is homage to the new American oak casks (charred for the rye and raw for the corn whiskey) that were carefully selected to make the two whiskeys, and the adventurous crew of folks who brought the brand to life,” Ragazzo noted. Before selecting these two whiskeys, LiDestri Spirits’ innovation team—a group of knowledgeable whiskey connoisseurs and enthusiastic novices—crossed state and international boundaries to find the best options possible.
“We sampled a wide range of fine whiskeys from some of our renowned distillery partners in North America, and went through dozens of iterations using a wide range of whiskeys to achieve the final blend,” Ragazzo added.
All three Cask & Crew flavors from its first batch earned Silver Medals at the 2016 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition.
Priced at $24-$26.99 for 750 ml bottles, Cask & Crew’s Batch 1 is currently sold in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Connecticut, Maryland and Kentucky, and will be available in 12 states by spring. With brisk sales, Batch 1’s 22,500 bottles (7500 per flavor) are expected to sell out by March and LiDestri is gearing up production for Batch 2.
LiDestri Spirits of Rochester, NY is a division of LiDestri Food & Drink, and provides a variety of services including contract manufacturing for high-proof spirits, liqueurs, wine-based products, cream liqueurs, wines and other custom or specialty liquor-based products.