Liquor Industry News/Links 9-6-13

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Friday September 6th 2013

Todays Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW


Hello Kitty Beer?

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Winning Wine Cocktails

By: Teresa Bitler

The next time you want to enjoy your favorite varietal, consider reaching for a cocktail menu instead of the wine list. Wine, port, sherry and other grape-based options are appearing as ingredients in high-end cocktails. Here are five wine cocktails to sample at home.

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4th September, 2013 by Andy Young

From Pinot Noir, to Chardonnay and Riesling, here are the world’s top 10 most expensive wines.



Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month

Every September since 2007 marks a time when bourbon lovers around the country can raise a glass toasting the U.S. Senate for passing a resolution that officially declared the month of September to be “National Bourbon Heritage Month.”

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Pernod Introduces Absolut Amber, A Blend Of White And Dark Spirits

Absolut vodka has launched Absolut Amber—a new oak-aged expression—in the North American travel retail channel. Handcrafted by master blender Per Hermansson, Absolut Amber is created using a blend of Swedish, American and Bourbon barrel-aged spirits and oak-macerated spirits. According to the company, the 40%-abv offering is a “transformative” product designed to blur the line between white and dark spirits. The new entry follows another “hybrid” innovation from Pernod Ricard, Malibu Red, a rum-Tequila mix that launched last year and is already above 100,000 cases in the U.S. market.

Absolut Amber is currently available at JFK International Airport, Miami International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, as well as in Panama’s travel retail segment and select on-premise venues, with additional markets in the pipeline. Absolut was up 1.6% to 4.6 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

New Single Malt Scotches

Diageo has unveiled the 10 single malt Scotches set to launch under its annual Special Releases series this year. The limited edition lineup will include a 37-year-old Lagavulin (1,868 bottles available); 12-year-old Lagavulin; 28-year-old Talisker (3,000 bottles); 21-year-old Cardhu (6,000 bottles); 28-year-old Singleton of Dufftown (3,816 bottles); 36-year-old Convalmore (2,980 bottles); 21-year-old Oban (2,860 bottles); Caol Ila Stitchell Reserve; 34-year-old Port Ellen (2,958 bottles); and 35-year-old Brora (2,944 bottles). Ranging in price from around $108 to $3,030 a bottle, the series will be available across the U.S., Northern Europe and select Asian markets starting this fall. Established in 2001, Diageo’s annual Special Releases series was launched to offer collectors and connoisseurs access to older, unusual and rare single malt expressions.


New Beer By Gansett

Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer has added a new label to its year-round lineup. Modeled after Narragansett’s limited edition Imperial Bohemian Pilsner release, Narragansett Bohemian Pils is a 5.2%-abv brew featuring a blend of Pale malt, Pilsner malt, Wheat malt and Cara Blonde malt flavors, as well as Northern Brewer and Hallertau hops. The new offering is currently available in six-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft throughout Rhode Island, Boston, Southeastern Massachusetts and New Haven, Connecticut, priced at around $8.49-$8.99 a pack. Bohemian Pils joins Narragansett Lager, Narragansett Light and Narragansett Cream Ale in Narragansett’s core year-round portfolio.

Cracking the Code to Better Wines

Scientists in Uruguay have announced that they have uncovered the genetic make-up of the tannat grape, which is considered to be the best variety for a healthy heart.

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Jim Beam Bourbon brand has launched Jim Beam Maple in the U.S. A blend of natural flavors and Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, the new 80-proof entry features brown maple, wood and caramel notes. In national distribution this month, Jim Beam Maple retails around $15.99 a 750-ml. Maple joins Beam’s expanding flavor range, which has been led by its Red Stag flavors Black Cherry, Honey Tea, Spiced Cinnamon and Hardcore Cider, as well as Jim Beam Honey and Jim Beam Devil’s Cut.

Campari America’s X-Rated liqueur brand has introduced Tropix, a new pineapple- and coconut-flavored offshoot. Made with French vodka, Tropix is a yellow-hued liqueur targeted toward off- and on-premise cocktail and shot occasions. The new offering is also being positioned as a low-calorie, female-friendly option, claiming to offer 81 calories per 1.5-ounce serving. Rolling out this month, Tropix will be available in 375-ml., 750-ml. and 1-liter formats, priced at around $24.99 a 750-ml. The X-Rated liqueur brand was down 12% to 77,000 cases in the U.S. in 2012, according to Impact Databank.

;MillerCoors has expanded its Redd’s Apple Ale brand with the launch of a new strawberry extension. Billed as a flavored golden ale, Redd’s Strawberry Ale is characterized by strawberry and apple flavors, as well as low malt and bitterness notes. The 5%-abv offering is set to appear nationwide, available in six-packs and 12-packs of 12-ounce bottles and four-packs of 16-ounce cans. Redd’s Strawberry Ale marks the second offering under the Redd’s lineup, following Apple Ale, which originally launched in 2012 and has enjoyed a strong start.

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Winning the rat race: Rodents drink Champagne for better brain health

Kings and royalty swear by it as an expensive luxury and now rats do too, as scientists suggest Champagne may combat memory loss linked to aging and brain disorders like dementia in elderly rodents.

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2 Responses to “Liquor Industry News/Links 9-6-13”

  1. foxress Says:

    The idea of Hello Kitty Beer is somewhat horrifying to me, and I’m definitely looking for tannat next time I’m out. Thank you for these articles.

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