The 10 best new bar products of the year


Even the most skilled bartender needs the help of a handy gadget or tasty liquor from time to time. Take a look at these 10 best new products nominated by the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.

From a revived Victorian cocktail shaker to ham infused mezcal, here are the 10 best new products of the year.

From a resurrected Victorian shaker to a ham infused mezcal, a range of products have been launched in the market over the past 12 months, exciting bartenders around the world.

As the cocktail boom continues to resonate and bartender standards continue to rise, companies want to offer a host of innovative, high-quality products to convenience stores.

Recently, the world’s premier cocktail and spirits trade show, Tales of the Cocktail, announced its top 10 Spirited Awards finalists, including those in the Best New Product category.

Click on the following pages to see the top 10 new bar products to launch over the past year, selected by the prestigious jury.

Is there a missed product that you think deserves a spot on this countdown? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Ancho Reyes

Ancho-ReyesFounded this year only, Ancho Reyes describes itself as the “original chili liqueur”.

The perfect ingredient in Margarita, Daiquiri or Paloma, Ancho Reyes is based on a 1927 recipe from Puebla, a city in Mexico known for its ancho peppers.

The company describes the flavors of the liqueur as: “Pleasantly sweet, followed by chili with moderate heat and slight acidity. Notes of spices, tamarind, plum, cocoa, apple and almond followed by subtle notes of fine herbs. A pleasantly persistent spicy taste on the finish.

For more information, click here.

Gin Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve

Beefeater-Burrough ReserveChivas Brothers launched its aged “sipping” Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve in the US market late last year, after a first launch in the UK and Spain earlier in the year.

Produced in small batches in the number 12 still at the London Kennington Distillery, the Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve undergoes a rare oak finishing process in Jean de Lillet casks which gives the gin subtle woody characteristics.

Described as complex with a long finish, the 43% abv gin carries notes of citrus and juniper – Beefeater’s signature flavors – before ending with a sweet spice.

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Crawley Imperial Shaker Machine

Crawleys-Imperial - Cocktail-ShakerFive years ago, all that was left of the world’s rarest cocktail shaker was a 200-year-old drawing found in an old duplicated document in London.

That was until entrepreneur Jason Crawley, Managing Director of Drinks Cabinet, embarked on a project to bring what was once known as the Imperial Shaker Machine to life.

The Victorian antiquity and craftsmanship associated with 21st century manufacturing has resulted in what Crawley describes as an “upscale luxury item” for people who “like to drink in the fanciest way possible.”

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Del Maguey Iberian mezcal

Del-Maguey-Ibérico-mezcalMezcal is booming in convenience stores, and mezcal Del Maguey Ibérico represents the scale of emerging innovation in the category.

Made with Iberian Bellota ham, Del Maguey’s Iberian mezcal takes salty and gourmet spirits to the next level.

Mezcal is created through a collaboration between Ron Cooper, founder of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, and chef José Andrés, and his team at ThinkFoodGroup.

For more information, click here.

iSpoon by Monkey Shoulder


William Grant & Sons’ Monkey Shoulder blended Scotch whiskey brand launched an expandable teaspoon last year and backed the launch with a hilariously ironic ad.

A team of notable bartenders starred in the three-minute video, called iSpoon, including Beefeater 24 winner Jason Williams, Alastair Burgess and Luca Missaglia.

All of them give their take on how to perfect the “spoon” technique, appealing to incessant innuendos.

To watch iSpoon’s hilarious video, click the link above.

Vermouth Martini Gran Lusso

Martini-Gran-Lusso-VermouthIn July of last year, Martini released its special edition Martini Gran Lusso Vermouth to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

Limited to just 150,000 bottles worldwide, the bottling consists of a single batch of vermouth made from Barbera red wine from the Piedmont region in northern Italy and Trebbiano white wine from Emilia Romagna.

The product was created with convenience in mind – and was specially created to allow bartenders to “breathe new life” into vintage cocktails.

For more information, click here.

Whiskey Nikka Coffey Grain

Nikka-Coffey-GrainExperimental whiskey-loving bartenders rejoiced when Japanese whiskey producer Nikka revealed he was releasing a coffee bean whiskey as part of his permanent line, which had previously only been released in a limited edition.

Bottling was done by distilling malted barley in a coffee still, which is typically only used for distilling grain whiskey.

The distillation process in column stills is unique in that it takes place continuously without requiring two separate distillations, as is the case with pot stills used for single malts.

For more information, click here.

Original Plantation Dark Rum

Plantation-Original-Dark-RumLaunched by the owner of the French brand Maison Ferrand at the end of last year, Plantation Original Dark is a blend of brown rums from Trinidad aged first in young Bourbon barrels, then in Cognac barrels.

The release marks an evolution into high-end commercial rums that were designed to be sipped neat or mixed with classic cocktails.

With an overproof expression of 73% abv available, the brand demonstrates further innovation in the sector.

For more information, click here.

Sipsmith VJOP Gin

Sipsmith-VJOPBartenders have long championed artisanal gin and overproof spirits, and when a British distiller launched a product that combined the two trends, the business was, as you might expect, excited.

Sipsmith VJOP (Very Junipery Over Proof), described by the brand as the “ultimate celebration of juniper,” released in November of last year.

The original recipe was modified by Master Distiller Jared Brown, who developed a “triple juniper” technique for VJOP, which involves adding the ingredient to be distilled at three different stages. It is bottled at 57.7%.

For more information, click here.

Small Hand Foods Tonic Syrup

Small-Hand-Food-Tonic-SyrupBartenders have been singing the praises of San Francisco’s Small Hand Foods Tonic Syrup since its launch in 2013.

The company, founded by award-winning bartender Jennifer Colliau, claims to “help provide local bartenders with the best possible ingredients for making delicious cocktails.”

For more information, click here.


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