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New releases: warming whiskies & natural seltzers

May 14, 2020
By Alana House

As winter approaches, so do the latest whiskies, with new Scottish and American additions to the market. The booming seltzer category has also been joined by two independent Aussie brands this week. Plus a new ginger beer is racing off the shelves.

The Glen Grant Arboralis

Australia is the first global market to be given the chance to try The Glen Grant’s latest expression, Arboralis, which has been aged in former bourbon and Spanish sherry oak casks.

The whisky has a unique bright gold colour, with an aroma of dried raisins, honeysuckle, oaky malt notes and hints of lemon citrus. The taste sees oak and butterscotch merge with dried fruits, followed by a touch of light spice. The finish is long, with notes of malt, vanilla and pear.

The Glen Grant Arboralis is available from liquor retail outlets for RRP $60.99.

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Westward Stout Cask

Think Spirits has announced the Australian launch of the award-winning Westward Oregon Stout Cask Whiskey.

This new expression is rich and robust with notes of roasted grain, stone fruit, toasted pecan, milk chocolate and has a bold, dry finish.

Westward Oregon Stout Cask begins by brewing an American pale ale, from scratch, using locally malted barley, ale yeast, and a slow, low temperature fermentation. The fresh beer is then distilled twice in custom pot stills, before entering lightly toasted American Oak barrels barrel at a relatively low proof. Finally, select Westward barrels are further finished for up to one year in fresh stout casks to create Westward Oregon Stout Cask.

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Tidal Artesian Seltzer

St Andrews Beach Brewery has unveiled its new Tidal Artesian Seltzer, a naturally brewed and fermented alcoholic seltzer.

It’s brewed from a blend of local artesian water, cane sugar, yeast and a dash of lime or yuzu citrus. No spirits or ethanol’s are added to the brewing process and each serve contains only 85 calories, 2g of sugar and 3 carbohydrates.

Tidal Artesian Seltzer is available from selected retailers and bottle shops, and online at

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The FELLR range of locally brewed alcoholic seltzers has just launched in Australia. The range is all natural, has only 83 calories per can and less than 1g of sugar per 330ml.

FELLR is kicking off with Lime & Soda and Dry & Lime flavours, with a Watermelon variant to follow later this year.

FELLR comes in 330ml cans at 4% ABV in Lime & Soda & Dry & Lime flavours. It will soon to be available at selected online and retail stores around Australia.

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Coopers Masters of the Brewniverse

Coopers has released the winning DIY beer in its Master of the Brewniverse competition, Fruit of the Woods IPA by brewer Chris Woods.

The American IPA is an ode to Wood’s family with a dad and grandad both having been avid DIY brewers. The beer features tropical and citrus fruit from the generous use of new world hops, leaving a fruit forward punch.

It was created using Coopers DIY Beer’s Australian Pale Ale brewing extract.

is available at Dan Murphy’s stores nationally (and online) from May 13, 2020 in 24 x 375ml cases (cans) and 6-packs.

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James Squire Ginger Beer

James Squire has joined the booming ginger beer category with its first venture outside the traditional world of craft beer and cider.

James Squire Ginger Beer has been crafted with Australian ginger to make a light, refreshing and zingy ginger taste. It can be enjoyed straight from the can or over ice with lime.

The ginger beer category is currently growing at 51% year on year, with the new release already seeing big demand in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia.

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