Distillery unveils small batch whiskey programme

22nd May, 2015 by Melita Kiely - The Spirits Business

Sugarlands Distilling Company has launched The Whiskey Project at their Tennessee distillery to create a series of experimental small batch aged whiskeys.

The programme will see the distillery play around with traditional and modern distillation methods, as well as different barrels for ageing and “distinctly unique” mash bill recipes.
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Bardstown creates whiskey brands with Mahalo

19th May, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

Kentucky’s Bardstown Bourbon Company has partnered with Mahalo Spirits Group to launch a number of new whiskey brands that will be produced at its new US$25 million distillery.

It was revealed in June last year that Bardstown Bourbon Company intended to build a new 37,000-square-foot distillery in Bardstown, Nelson County, which will open in 2016.

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Shipwreck could hold thousands of litres of rum

18th May, 2015 by Annie Hayes - The Spirits Business

Sunken British warship the Lord Clive could hold “treasure worth millions”, including “vast stocks” of 250-year-old rum which will be recovered later this year.

The wreck, which sunk off the coast of Uruguay, was discovered in 2004, but the Uruguyan government has only given permission for its recovery this year.Salvage of the ship, which was sunk by Spanish cannons in 1763, will require cranes, excavators and around 80 workers and is expected to begin within two months. Click Here To Read More!

Stain remover? 7 surprising household uses for beer

Jennifer Kantor - TODAY - May.14,2015 at 8:00 AM

Beer has powers beyond its amazing ability to make everyone seem funnier and more attractive. Here are seven surprising things beer can do.

Remove coffee/tea stains from rugs

Dribbled your morning latte onto the floor? Beer can actually remove coffee and tea stains from rugs, says Erinn Valencich, an Los Angeles-based interior designer. "Pour a bit of beer on the stain. Rub the beer lightly into the rug and the stain should come out." If the stain is being stubborn, repeat the process a few times until it's gone. Click Here To Find Out More!

Pernod targets Bourbon drinkers with new Scotch

15th May, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

Pernod Ricard has claimed to bridge the gap between Bourbon and Scotch with the launch of a new “accessible” whisky blend exclusively in two US states.

Barrelhound Blended Scotch Whisky is a no-age-statement expression aged in American oak ex-Bourbon barrels. It is described as having a “sweet, more accessible taste profile” than other Scotch whiskies with notes of vanilla, honey, oak and spice. Click Here To Read More!

Sauza Tequila unveils ‘largest’ ever rebrand

14th May, 2015 by Melita Kiely - The Spirits Business

Sauza Tequila has unveiled its “largest rebrand” to date in order to capitalise on planned expansions to emerging Tequila markets, including Japan, Brazil, Russia and China.

The new look has been designed to highlight the Sauza family heritage and “elevate” the bottle’s visibility in international markets. Set to launch globally in June, each expression will now include a redesigned label with the brand’s Gallo, plus a new bottle structure embossed with the Tequila Sauza crest and monogram. Click Here To Read More!

Dewar’s inspired by Bourbon for new release

13th May, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

Bacardi has launched a “Scotch produced in a Bourbon style” by using casks that have been scratched after charring for its latest Dewar’s expression.

Dewar’s Scratched Cask is a limited edition blend of up to 40 single malt and single grain whiskies that have matured in Scotland for at least four years. This liquid is then transferred into American oak casks, made from a mix of Bourbon and virgin oak, that have been heavily charred and then lightly scratched. The whisky is then “finished” for a number of months. Click Here To Read More!

Crown Royal releases first blended rye whisky

12th May, 2015 by Melita Kiely - The Spirits Business

Diageo has extended Crown Royal’s portfolio with the launch of its very first Canadian blended rye whisky, called Northern Harvest Rye.

The new release has been designed to target consumers keen on “experimenting with pre-Prohibition era cocktails”, and is recommended for mixing in rye cocktails such as the Manhattan or Old Fashioned,“With rye whiskies serving as integral components of the Crown Royal Deluxe blend for more than 75 years, it was a natural and authentic extension to provide our loyal fans a rye offering,” commented Yvonne Briese, vice president of market, Diageo North American whiskey. Click Here To Read More!

US drinkers shift from quantity to quality

11th May, 2015 by Melita Kiely - The Spirits Business

American consumers appear to be changing their drinking habits and opting for more expensive, better quality tipples rather than excessive amounts of cheap booze.

According to research by Guestmetrics, a firm that tracks drinks sales at 6,000 bars and restaurants, US adults are going out less frequently and drinking less alcohol instead opting for more expensive cocktails, beer and wine.“When consumers do go out, they’re trading up to more expensive drinks,” Peter Reidhead of the research firm GuestMetrics, told Bloomberg. Click Here To Read More!

Drinking Tequila Can Help You Lose Weight, According To Scientists

By Maria G. Valdez | May 07 2015 Latin Times

Well, isn’t this a marvelous thing? According to a 2014 study by the American Chemical Society (ACS), sugars found in the plant that makes tequila could lower blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes, and help obese people lose weight, researchers say. According to the study, Agavins, a natural form of sugar found in the agave plant, are non-digestible and can act as a dietary fiber, so they would not raise blood glucose. Click Here To Read More!

Knob Creek Named “Best Bourbon”

Knob Creek Named “Best Bourbon” as Beam Suntory Wins 113 Awards in Prestigious Blind-Tasting Competitions

Deerfield, Illinois, April 7, 2015 – Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company, earned prestigious accolades spanning all major spirits categories in three internationally-renowned spirits competitions, including the title of “Best Bourbon” for its Knob Creek® Bourbon brand. Jim Beam® Single Barrel, Jim Beam® Distiller’s Masterpiece, Yamazaki® Japanese Whisky, Hakushu® Japanese Whisky, Laphroaig® Scotch Whisky, Bowmore® Scotch Whisky and El Tesoro® Tequila were among brands that also captured top recognition in the blind tasting competitions. Click Here To Read More!

Hottest bar openings in April 2015

6th May, 2015 by Amy Hopkins - The Spirits Business

All manner of exciting new venues enthralled the world’s barflies last month, from a beach scene rooftop bar in London to an “urban farm” in Hong Kong. Whisky is also a dominant theme throughout our pick of the world’s hottest new bar openings in April 2015, with sites in the UK and China opening in celebration of the spirit.Innovation was also at the heart of new bars unveiled last month, with an 80s throwback and apothecary-style drinking den popping up in Los Angeles and London. Click Here To Read More!

Expert Tips for Sipping Summer Rosé

Olivier Flosse, the mastermind behind award-winning wine cellars across the country, teaches us how to think pink.
By Marina Vataj - Wine Enthusiast Network

As the Wine Director for MARC U.S., one of the country’s top restaurant groups, Olivier Flosse oversees cellars at eateries like New York City’s A Voce Columbus (a two-time winner of Wine Enthusiast’s Best Wine Restaurant award) and Boston’s Bistro du Midi. Suffice it to say he knows a thing or two about good wine.

We asked the native Frenchman to school us on summer’s favorite sip—rosé. While he has a penchant for the pink stuff produced in his homeland, he also embraces out-of-the-box offerings. Here are his expert tips and go-to pours. Click Here To Read More!


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