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Alcohol Spotlight: Manhattan Moonshine

 

 

Manhattan Moonshine is a super-premium, Prohibition style, Northern Moonshine that has been crafted to be the world’s first luxury Un-Aged Whiskey. By using a unique blend of the finest New York grains, we have created a wonderful, complex Whiskey that does not need any aging to deliver its exceptional flavor. Combining innovative, modern production methods with sophisticated, vintage packaging inspired by the Prohibition era’s art deco style and exquisite parties, Manhattan Moonshine is a liquid embodiment of a bygone era of American elegance.

 

 

Developing Manhattan Moonshine

The recipe for Manhattan Moonshine was developed by Will Kehler, in conjunction with Ian Smiley, the man who literally wrote the book on making Un-Aged Whiskey (Making Pure Corn Whiskey: A Professional Guide For Amateur And Micro Distillers, Ian Smiley), and who has over 40 years of experience in distilling and recipe formulation. Manhattan Moonshine has created a highly unusual recipe using a unique yeast and four noble grains. While the barrel-aging process typically overpowers the flavor of the grains in Aged-Whiskey, Manhattan Moonshine, because it is Un-Aged, could be made from grains that traditionally are too subtle for Whiskey: Oats. The Oats are what gives Manhattan Moonshine its signature smooth yet complex flavor. The development and perfection of the grain bill took more than a year of work balancing the sweet and soft flavor of the Oats with the warm spiciness of the Rye. Unlike other Moonshines, Manhattan Moonshine does not use corn. Once the grain bill was perfected, additional months of work were required to perfect the production method, which had to be developed from the ground up because of the Oats’ unique consistency and flavor. After the grain bill and the production method were finalized, Manhattan Moonshine was careful to source the finest local grains that New York State has to offer, ensuring that the Whiskey is made from the highest quality, freshest ingredients possible.


Producing Manhattan Moonshine

Whereas other moonshines are made by following traditional Aged-Whiskey or Bourbon recipes and excluding the final step of barrel aging, the recipe for Manhattan Moonshine was developed specifically for an Un-Aged Whiskey leading to a balanced, flavorful product. This attention to detail and precise planning for the final product is what makes Manhattan Moonshine so special.

To create Manhattan Moonshine, we start with a blend of locally grown New York grains that is primarily made up of oats, for their honey and baking-spice flavor, and rye, for its warm vanilla and spicy taste. We distill our Whiskey in small batches in a handmade Christian Carl pot still with only one activated plate, allowing us to preserve the natural grain flavors and subtle aromatics of the Whiskey, creating the boldest yet smoothest flavor possible. Finally, once Manhattan Moonshine has been distilled, it is immediately bottled without chill-filtering, barrel-aging, or blending, so as not to alter the wonderful flavor that we have carefully crafted.

 

 
Company: Manhattan Moonshine Co. LLC
Brand: Manhattan Moonshine
Slogan: Prohibition Style Whiskey
Origin: USA
Category: Alcohol
Packaging: 750ml
Alcohol Volume: 47.5%
Price: $45.00
Where to Buy:  Coming Soon
Website: manhattan-moonshine.com

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Castaway Spritz

 

 

Castaway Spritz™ a light and deliciously refreshing fusion of lightly sparkling wine and natural fruit flavours.

We’ve created a unique blend of lightly sparkling white wine infused with tropical fruit flavours so it really is both refreshing and fruity!

 

 

About the company:

Back in the day, for the first time someone very clever decided to take a lightly sparkling wine, infuse it with tropical fruit flavours and so the fruit wine cooler, Castaway was born!

We know that women up and down the country enjoyed this tipple for many years either on it’s own, or as part of their own unique cocktail recipe and there was much sadness and regret when Castaway disappeared from our pubs and clubs back in the 1990’s. And we all shed a tear for Castaway. Read More

 

 

 

Company: Monuriki Drinks Ltd
Brand: Castaway Spritz
Slogan: the taste comes alive
Origin: UK
Category: Alcohol
Packaging: 75 cl
Alcohol Volume: 8%
Claims: refreshing and fruity
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website: castawayspritz.com

 

 

 

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Beer Spotlight: Breckenridge Brewery Autumn Ale

 

 

Our fall seasonal combines the malty goodness of a German lager with the clean crispness of an American ale. Brewed with Munich malts and a delicate blend of Bavarian hops, it's a full-bodied treat with a nutty-sweet middle, a warming alcohol level and notes of toasted grains. A pre-winter winner.

 

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About Breckenridge Brewery

Back in the 1980s, our founder Richard Squire was your typical ski bum – with one significant difference. He had a knack for making extraordinary home brews. For years, only his closest friends were able to enjoy his creations, but it didn’t take long for Richard to realize that his talents needed to be shared with the world.

 

 

Company: Breckenridge Brewery
Brand: Breckenridge Brewery
Slogan: Time to dust off your Lederhosen
Origin: USA
Category: Beer
Packaging: 12 fl oz bottle
Claims: A pre-winter winner
Variants: View Full Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Beer Locator
Website: breckbrew.com

 

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Black Box Wines Moscato

 

 

Black Box Wines Moscato displays aromas of sweet and luscious white floral notes. The palate is smooth and medium-bodied with juicy peach and ripe apricots. This varietal has nice acidity with abundant sweetness that allows versatility in pairing with food.

Try pairing Moscato with desserts like apricot sorbet or anything that is creamy in texture.

 

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About the comapny:

What's the most delicious way to enjoy acclaimed wines without a hefty price tag? Lose the bottle. In 2003, Black Box Wines redefined the category by becoming the first U.S. vintner to offer super-premium, appellation-specific, vintage-dated wines in a box. Since then our expanding repertoire has earned 40 gold medals in wine competitions nationwide, yet still costs 40% less than comparable* bottled wines.

Explore our rich range of reds, from a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and complex Malbec to our easy-drinking Merlot, vibrant Shiraz and velvety Red Elegance blend. Our white wines are just as tempting, offering a succulent Pinot Grigio, our refreshing Chardonnay, a vivid Sauvignon Blanc, an aromatic Riesling and a luscious Moscato.

 

 

Company: Black Box Wines
Brand: Black Box Wines
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Packaging: 750 ml bottles
Claims: displays aromas of sweet and luscious white floral notes
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Wine Locator
Website: blackboxwines.com

 

 

 

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Beer Spotlight: Anchor Brewing Bigleaf Maple Autumn Red

 

 

A distinctive red ale brewed with maple syrup.

 

Our fall seasonal, BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red™, was inspired by a native California tree, its incredible leaves, its delicious syrup, and the best colors of fall. Bigleaf maple thrives along the banks of California’s mountain streams. Native Californians once made rope and baskets from its bark. Today, artisans handcraft its wood and burl into custom guitars. In autumn its huge leaves, up to a foot across, can display a full range of color as they slowly turn from green to gold to red. Bigleaf maple sugaring in California dates to the 1800s; yet this tree’s unusually flavorful syrup remains the product of a small group of hobbyists. A hint of maple—including bigleaf maple—syrup in every brew perfectly complements the malty complexity, balanced hoppiness, and rich fall hue of BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red™, a red ale like no other.

BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red™ is a quaffable, well-balanced American red ale with character. Its malty complexity and coppery color come from a combination of two caramel malts, pale malt, and a hint of maple syrup. To complement these flavors, we used three additions of Nelson Sauvin hops in the brewkettle and a unique blend of Nelson Sauvin, Citra, and Cascade for dry hopping. The result is a distinctive fall seasonal beer with extraordinary depth and intriguing aroma.

 

 

Brew Facts

First Brew: 2013

First Bottling: 2013

Alc. by Volume: 6%

Availability: AUG–OCT

Malt: Blend of two caramel & pale

Hops: Blend of Nelson Sauvin, Citra & Cascade

Dry Hops: Citra, Cascade

 

 

About the comapny:

The rich history of Anchor Brewing can be traced all the way back to the California gold rush, when German brewer Gottlieb Brekle arrived in San Francisco with his family. Read More

 

 

Company: Anchor Brewing Company
Brand: Anchor Brewing
Slogan: Since 1896
Origin: USA
Category: Beer
Packaging: 355 ml
Claims: extraordinary depth and intriguing aroma
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Beer Finder
Website: anchorbrewing.com

 

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin

 

 

W.E. have the great pleasure of introducing Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin - our latest addition to the Warner Edwards family. Not just any old rhubarb this has a lineage steeped in provenance.

The Queen Victoria rhubarb has gone from Queen Victoria’s Buckingham Palace garden, in the 1800's, to being grown on Crown Estate property in the 2000's. The farm where it is now grown is a Crown Estate previously owned by the current grower, who farms it to this day.

This rhubarb has always been grown in the traditional Victorian kitchen garden style, having lots of organic matter to nourish it. It has not been grown commercially with artificial fertiliser and chemical sprays, so over the years the flavour can be greatly improved.

We use ‘Curiosity’ to soften the plant and then extract the juice through traditional pressing methods. The fabulous liquid is combined with our global award winning Harrington Dry Gin and just enough sugar to balance the acidity. The result is a rumbustious gin with a big burst of rhubarb which is a glory on its own and beautiful with either tonic or ginger ale.

 

 

 

About the company:

W.E. are Warner Edwards. Great friends and craft distillers, we carefully and lovingly create beautiful artisan spirits.

From a 200 year old converted barn on our farm in the quaint village of Harrington, Northamptonshire, Curiosity, our magnificent copper pot still works her magic.

She takes our farms' pure, natural spring water, grain spirit, home-grown elderflower, plus ten other secret botanicals, and transforms them into a fantastically smooth and aromatic dry gin.

Each batch is small, and every single bottle is carefully handcrafted by us, from the filling to the wax seal and label finishing. W.E. think it's pretty special and best served with friends – let us know if you agree!

 

 

 

Company: Warner Edwards Distillery
Brand:  Warner Edwards
Slogan: United In Spirit
Origin: UK
Category: Gin
Packaging: 70 cl
Alcohol Volume: 40%
Claims: rumbustious gin with a big burst of rhubarb
Variants: View Range Here
Price: £35.00
Where to Buy: Buy Online, Store Locator
Website: warneredwards.com

 

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: The Wine Bar Woodwork Chardonnay

 

 

• Oak influence delivers flavors of caramel and butterscotch

• Striking balance of rich tropical fruit and fragrant oak spices

• Notes of juicy peach, crisp fuji apple and pear

 

 

 

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About The Wine Bar:

We at THE WINE BAR believe:

You don’t need a master’s degree to enjoy a great glass of wine.

Picking a wine should not mean having to sift through 100 page wine lists or feeling silly because you have no idea how to pronounce Gewurztraminer. Don’t worry; neither do we half the time. Our spell check didn’t even know how to spell it!.

Just like your neighborhood wine bar, ours is designed to make learning about wine fun and approachable! Read More

 

 

 

Company: The Wine Bar
Brand: The Wine Bar
Origin: USA
Category: Wine
Claims: Oak influence
Variants: View Range Here
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Find a Retailer
Website: thewinebar.com

 

 

 

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Beer spotlight: The Return of Carta Blanca and Superior

 

 

Carta Blanca and Superior are making a comeback after several years of being unavailable in Mexico City. These two popular Mexican beers were previously available only in a few states but are now, once again, being sold across the country and on sale for a lower price than most mainstream beers.

 

Carta Blanca is a gold beer with 4.5 percent alcohol. It was first created by Cuauhtémoc Breweries in Monterrey, Nuevo León, in 1890. The beer won prizes a number of festivals around the world including in Madrid, Brussels, Paris, Munich, and Rio de Janeiro.

 

Superior hails from Orizaba, Veracruz. Cuauhtémoc Breweries brought Superior Rubia, a blonde beer, to market in 1902 and Heineken México launched Superior Negra, an amber version, 110 years later in central and southern Mexico.

 

 

 

About the Company
Heineken México produces the majority of commercial Mexican beers including Dos Equis, Bohemia, Tecate, Indio, Sol, and Noche Buena (only available over the Christmas season).

 

Company: Heineken México
Brand: Carta Blanca and Superior
Slogan: The blonde that everyone wants (Superior Rubia)
Origin: Mexico
Category: Beer
Packaging: 335ml bottle
Price: $9.90 MXN
Where to Buy: Various stores
Website: www.cuamoc.com

 

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: ROK Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey

 

 

In simple terms, Real Irish is a blended Irish whiskey with a characteristically warm, smooth, round spirit overlaid with the influence of ageing in oak casks.

Although quite dry, there is a sense of sweetness from having spent time in Bourbon casks and an underlying nutty complexity.

Real Irish embodies all the elements that make Irish whiskey so accessible and so attractive. It doesn’t have any hard edges. It’s smooth but intense, full of character, revealing layers of taste on the palate.

It’s a fine sipping whiskey but has a concentration of flavour that makes it a significant building block for adventurous mixologists. A whiskey sour made with Real Irish is every bit as much as a Real Irish experience as having it neat or simply over ice.

There are a myriad of right ways to drink Real Irish, and no wrong ones. Despite its depth of character, it’s an easy-going spirit.

 

 

 

Company: ROK Drinks
Brand: ROK
Origin: Ireland
Category: Whisky
Packaging: 70 cl Bottle
Alcohol Volume: 40%
Claims: smooth but intense
Price: Coming Soon
Where to Buy: Coming Soon
Website: realirishwhiskey.com

 

 

 

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Alcohol Spotlight: Baron Tequila

 

Baron Tequila is a new, ultra-premium tequila handcrafted in Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico and certified gluten free and kosher. We embarked on a two-year tequila fact-finding mission to create the category's next premier product. At Baron, family is very important to us so to carry out our vision, we partnered with the family-owned and operated Ansan Distillery, where 20-years of experience oversees each step of the tequila making process - from growing and harvesting the agave to the triple distillation and bottling. We have spared no expense or amount of time to make Baron Tequila the epitome of quality spirits. We look forward to you joining the Baron family as you experience our product and share our love of premium tequila!

 

How It's Made
Baron has achieved a uniquely, clean smooth taste through a natural process maximizing the power of the agave itself. After 10 years of growth, only the best parts are harvested for production and then slow cooked at a low heat allowing for all of the sugars to caramelize. Hand-guided pot-still distillation cooks off all of the impurities leaving only the "heart" (the best part). Baron is then distilled three times. Not once, not twice, but three times resulting in an extract that gets cleaner and cleaner ultimately achieving a zero-zero taste profile; eliminating any bad odor and bitter taste. Unlike larger industrial producers, Baron is able to achieve a pure taste without the use of glycerin or other additives. And to make sure our product is consistent, a panel of three tasting experts samples each batch to confirm it matches the original. Quality and consistency are of the utmost importance.

 

The Bottle:
All of our bottles are also made on site by glassblowing artisans with decades of bottle-making experience. Ansan's glassblowers first select the best quality glass possible and then engage in what they call a "four-touch" process guiding the glass into shape utilizing both human touch and sophisticated machinery to mold the ornate design directly into the glass itself. The 750ml bottle features decorative floral embellishments wrapping around the bottom and sides of the bottle, while the top boasts an engraved version of the Baron logo featuring two dragons flanking an agave plant.

 

Why dragons you ask?
In Spanish, Baron refers to a magnate or mogul, a nobleman in some cases; a higher power. The project to create Baron began during the year of the dragon, considered by the Chinese to be the luckiest. In fact, many Eastern cultures associate dragons with wisdom and outstanding people. We immediately felt a connection and synergy between the symbolism of the dragon and the name of Baron.
 

 

 

Company: Baron Spirits
Brand: Baron Tequila
Origin: USA
Category: Liquor
Packaging: 750ml
Alcohol Volume: 40%
Price: $54.99
Where to Buy: Store Locator on Website, Buy Online
Website: baronspirits.com

 

 

 

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