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Booze News: March 7, 2012

By March 7, 2012

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This week we have news of a few exciting new spirits, an oddball twist on a classic, and a handful of exciting opportunities to get check out.

New Spirits...

  • Bushmills Irish Honey - Looking at the products that have come out recently, I believe we have a trend and it is whiskey and honey. This new release from Bushmills is a fine example of this flavor combination. It sounds like it may be a limited edition release, so you will want to check it out soon.
  • New from Drambuie - My friends down under can soon enjoy two new expressions of Drambuie. Slated to release this month in Australia, Drambuie 15 and Royal Legacy of 1745 are sure to make a divine (though notably spendy) Rusty Nail when paired with an equally fine Scotch.
  • Caliche Rum - There is a lot of buzz on the Hollywood scene about this new Puerto Rican rum. Though I often do not find much value in celebrity opinions, this may be a great Solera to check out according to this Cocktail Enthusiast review.
  • Little Black Dress Vodka - Light-weight (65 proof) and low(er) calorie, this one is meant to be drunk by women. It is one of the newest products from Brown-Forman and is an additive to the female-specific lineup of spirits that we have seen lately. What I like most about this one is that the line begins with creative flavors instead of starting out with the typical vodka flavors. Little Black Dress includes: unflavored vodka, pineapple-honey, blueberry-pomegranate, and black cherry-vanilla.

White Russian with a Twist - The White Russian is an iconic cocktail and one would think that there would not be many variations to be had with the vodka-Kahlua-cream/milk mix. However, someone somewhere has decided that it can be done and it involves infusing your milk with cereal. I do love the sweetened leftover milk that adorns my cereal bowls, but can say I don't know quite what to think about this. I guess it is something that needs to be tried.

Beam Will Not Can Cooley Whiskies - Finally, some sanity in this whole messy canned whiskey business.  Though the liquor company may be canning Scotch in India, it will not be canning the Irish whiskies from its newest acquisition, the Cooley distillery.

Jack Daniel's Drinking School - Not what you might think, this school is meant to promote designated driving. Always a smart decision, the Tennessee whiskey is partnering with Zac Brown Band (surely you have seen the commercials) to establish a DD mindset and in this instance it is specifically for the band's concert goers. The registered DD's get swag at the shows for being a good samaritan. Definitely, check this one out.

Hornitos Mariachi Mash Up - Have you ever wanted to appear in a Twisted Sister video? Admit it, who hasn't. This is your chance to win the experience of a lifetime and rock out with one of the iconic bands of the (real) MTV era (when they actually played music on Music Television, crazy concept, huh?). For those too young to remember, this did happen at one time and "We're Not Gonna Take It" (YouTube video for a bit of nostalgia) was one of the most memorable videos (I apologize for the tangent, but it needs to be said).

Templeton Rye Documentary to Hit Chicago - Lastly, very important news about one of my favorite whiskies. Filmmaker Kristian Day produced a documentary on the history of the Prohibition-era Templeton Rye Whiskey and it has been playing throughout the brand's home state of Iowa for a couple of months now. Later this month the film will be shown in Chicago. Put this film (and whiskey) on your must do list, I promise that you will not regret it.

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March 12, 2012 at 8:21 am
(1) Cognac J says:

A new whisky to be launched worldwide in May is Bastille 1789 Whisky – made in the Cognac region of France. It’s already been piloted in a few US states, and will rollout proper in May. http://www.cognac-expert.com/ have some good info on this new whisky

March 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm
(2) cocktails says:

Thank you for the heads up!

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