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Introducing The Spirits Collection: Seven incredible combinations of the finest spirits and your favorite Häagen-Dazs® ice creams.

Ice Cream Spotlight: Häagen-Dazs® Announces New Spirits Collection Hitting Shelves Across the US


The highly anticipated line of seven boozy treats perfectly pairs extraordinary ice cream with finely crafted spirits


OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Cheers! The Häagen-Dazs Spirits Collection is rolling out to retailers nationwide. The new line of rich, creamy, spirit-infused desserts includes five indulgent ice cream flavors, a new cookie square and a decadent non-dairy option.

"The Häagen-Dazs brand is built on a passion for transforming the finest ingredients into extraordinary ice cream experiences," said Rachel Jaiven, Häagen-Dazs Brand Manager. "The Spirits Collection was expertly crafted to offer new, extraordinary ways to indulge. Each flavor is perfect to pair with your favorite cocktail, elevate a boozy float or simply enjoy on its own."

The Häagen-Dazs Spirits Collection includes:

  • Irish Cream Brownie: Rich Irish Cream-infused ice cream is folded together with chocolate brownie pieces and a decadent fudge swirl
  • Rum Tres Leches: A Latin American inspired indulgence, smooth white rum-infused ice cream pairs with thick ribbons of dulce de leche and chunks of Tres Leches cake
  • Bourbon Vanilla Bean Truffle: A classic pairing: creamy vanilla bean ice cream is studded with chocolate truffles and finished with a spicy bourbon swirl
  • Stout Chocolate Pretzel Crunch: A pub-inspired indulgence: Stout infused chocolate ice cream with notes of toasted malt is studded with chocolaty covered pretzels and decadent fudge swirls
  • Bourbon Praline Pecan: Raise a spoon to lusciously smooth bourbon ice cream infused with brown sugar bourbon swirls and the intense crunch of praline pecans
  • Non-Dairy Amaretto Black Cherry Almond Toffee: Sweet black cherry jam and almond toffee pieces are folded into nutty Amaretto-infused non-dairy frozen dessert
  • Irish Cream Cookie Squares: Chocolate cookie topped with Irish Cream-infused ice cream dipped in coated in rich dark chocolate

The Häagen-Dazs Spirits Collection is making its way to freezer aisles nationwide now and will be widely available by April 2019. All flavors are available in 14 oz. cartons (and in a 3-ct. package for the Cookie Square) at a suggested retail price of $5.29. Products contain less than 0.5% alcohol, so you can indulge freely.

Starting March 1, ice cream fans can also stop by Häagen-Dazs Shops locations for select Spirits flavors available in a cup, cone, sundae or premium milkshake. Visit www.haagendazs.us/shops to find the nearest location.

Visit www.haagendazs.us for more information on Häagen-Dazs Spirits.

Häagen-Dazs® was founded by Reuben Mattus in 1960 on a passion for transforming simple flavors and the finest ingredients possible into an extraordinary ice cream experience. True to tradition, the original super-premium brand is committed to using only the finest ingredients in crafting the world's finest ice cream. Today, the HÄAGEN-DAZS brand offers ice cream, non-dairy frozen dessert, sorbet and bars in more than 65 flavors available around the globe. For more information, please visit www.haagendazs.us. You can also check out the latest updates at facebook.com/HaagenDazsUS, on Instagram or Twitter (@HaagenDazs_US).

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Spirits Spotlight: Drink Pink, America: Beefeater Pink Makes Its Debut In The U.S.


World's most awarded gin introduces contemporary, strawberry-flavored pink expression for a new "gin-eration" of cocktail lovers

NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation that's fallen in love with all things pink has another reason to rejoice: Beefeater®, the world's most awarded gin, has announced the U.S. launch of Beefeater Pink, a new bold expression created by Master Distiller Desmond Payne – a world-renowned leading expert in gin.

Beefeater Pink begins with the traditionally distilled Beefeater dry gin base, fusing it with natural strawberry flavors, citrus and classic juniper botanicals to deliver a delicate, finely balanced gin. Its transparent glass bottle was created to showcase its statement-making pink shade while its graffiti style logo brings to life the playful spirit of its London home.

"Gin consumption is on the rise, because there is a real appetite for new and innovative expressions that offer a different drinking experience for consumers," says Shefali Murdia, Beefeater Brand Director. "Beefeater Pink delivers exactly what U.S. consumers are looking for – high-quality taste and flavors that make for fun and delicious cocktails."

As a London Dry Gin still distilled in London, Beefeater has strong historical ties. Payne was inspired by Beefeater's founder James Burrough, a distiller whose inventions included raspberry gin, cherry brandy, British Brandy, bitters and mint. Burrough's creativity, curiosity and passion for combining craftsmanship with experimentation influenced Payne to create this strawberry flavored gin for the new generation of gin drinkers. Beefeater Pink captures the contrast between tradition and modernism.

Beefeater Pink is best served with tonic water, lemonade or on the rocks with chopped fresh strawberries and served in a goblet. It is now available in the U.S with the suggested retail price of $19.99/750 ml bottle.

For more information please visit: https://us.beefeatergin.com/our-gin/pink

Beefeater® Pink. Strawberry Flavored  Gin. Product of the U.K.  100% Neutral Spirits. Distilled from Grain. 37.5% Alc./Vol. (75 Proof). ©2018 Imported by Pernod Ricard USA, New York, NY.

About Pernod Ricard USA®

Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA. The company's leading spirits and wines include such prestigious brands as Absolut® Vodka, Absolut® Elyx, Aberlour® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Avión® Tequila, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey,  Kahlúa® Liqueur, Malibu®,  Martell® Cognac,  Olmeca Altos™ Tequila , Beefeater® Gin, Del Maguey® Single Village Mezcal, Monkey 47® Gin, Plymouth® Gin, Seagram's® Extra Dry Gin, , Hiram Walker® Liqueurs, Lot No. 40® Canadian Whiskey, Midleton® Irish Whiskey, Powers® Irish Whiskey, Redbreast® Irish Whiskey, Smithworks® Vodka, Smooth Ambler® Whiskey, Lillet®, Pernod® and Ricard®; such superior wines as Jacob's Creek®, Kenwood® Vineyards, Campo Viejo® and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouët® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines.

Pernod Ricard USA is based in New York, New York, and has roughly 750 employees across the country. Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit: www.responsibility.org.

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Spirits Spotlight: Conor McGregor Launches Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey


CRUMLIN, Ireland, Sept. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Eire Born Spirits today announces the launch of Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Champion and one of the world's most iconic athletes, Conor McGregor, is the founder, chairman and majority owner of the company. McGregor is proud to introduce this exciting Irish whiskey to the world, launching in Ireland and the United States, with further expansion in 2019 and onward. McGregor, being the perfectionist that he is, took a detailed, time-intensive approach to creating his whiskey.

Numerous Irish whiskey makers sought McGregor's endorsement over the years, but as a true born and bred Irishman, he did not want to simply endorse an Irish whiskey. Inspired by his pride for Ireland and his love of Irish whiskey, McGregor wanted to create his own whiskey that would match his high standards and make his country proud.

For years, McGregor developed the brand under the project name "Notorious" through which came the foundation of what was to eventually become Proper No. Twelve. It became a longer and more complicated project than originally expected, so McGregor turned to the world's oldest whiskey distillery, located in Ireland, with a proven history of quality whiskey making. He met David Elder, esteemed master distiller, previously of Guinness, and together they took painstaking measures to bring the whiskey to fruition. "We created close to one hundred blends and ultimately selected what we knew was the one and only proper whiskey blend.  We took the time to develop an incredible whiskey and I'm excited to share it with the world," said McGregor.

Proper No. Twelve's global launch expression is a blend of the finest golden grain and single malt.  It is produced in an area known for its rich soil and pure spring water. Proper No. Twelve is complex and sophisticated yet smooth and approachable with hints of vanilla, honey and toasted wood.

"I come from a place called Crumlin, in Dublin 12. It's a place dear to my heart. It's where I learned how to fight; it made me who I am today. It's a place I'm still very much a part of every single day of my life. So, that's where the name came from. It's proper Irish whiskey and twelve is my hometown," said McGregor. "Growing up on the streets of Dublin 12, I learned the values of loyalty and hard work. I respect other Irish whiskeys, but I am coming in strong, with passion and with purpose. I am the founder of this company and I am going to give it my all," he continued.

It is important to McGregor to give back in a meaningful way. First responders exemplify his core values and those of Proper No. Twelve – commitment, loyalty and community – a "ONE FOR ALL" mentality. "First responders all over the world are the unsung heroes who act with courage and answer the call of duty every day for people in need," McGregor commented. "I have great respect for these men and women." The company has committed to donate $5 for every case sold to local first responder organizations/charities, up to $1 million annually. The organizations/charities will be identified for each state and country around the world and donations will go directly to specific states and countries where sales take place.

Proximo has been named the global distribution partner for Proper No. Twelve, which will be available in McGregor's homeland of Ireland and the United States this month. Proper No. Twelve is 80 proof. Visit ProperWhiskey.com to learn more and follow @ProperWhiskey.

About Conor McGregor:

Conor McGregor is a Mixed Martial Arts World Champion, family man, philanthropist and entrepreneur who now can add Founder and Chairman to his name with the launch of Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, owned by his company Eire Born Spirits.

McGregor has catapulted into stardom not only as a Mixed Martial Arts World Champion, but as a cultural phenomenon recognized for his outspoken personality and incredible work ethic. He is among the biggest pay-per-view draws in MMA history, having headlined four out-of-the six highest ever-selling Mixed Martial Arts, UFC pay-per-view events. His boxing match with Floyd Mayweather drew 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America, the second most buys in combat sports history.

McGregor's strong work ethic and dedication to MMA have allowed him to achieve his tremendous success. In the last five years, McGregor has gone from a plumber receiving social welfare to becoming one of the highest paid athletes in the world.

Media Contact: Kate Laufer Gorenstein | prpr@properwhiskey.com

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Spirits Spotlight: The Makers of ”Not Your Father’s Root Beer®” Debut New Bourbon from Small Town Craft Spirits


Small Batch Bourbon with A Hint of Vanilla Now Available

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Small Town Craft Spirits announced today the launch of Not Your Father's Bourbon™, the first in a new line of spirits for the spirits company. The innovative company is putting an exciting spin on the centuries-old spirit for a new generation of whiskey drinkers and cocktail connoisseurs. Crafted for veteran and novice bourbon drinkers alike, Not Your Father's Bourbon is an 86 proof (43% ABV), small batch bourbon with a hint of vanilla for a subtly sweet taste. Small Town Craft Spirits is from the makers of Small Town Brewery, pioneer of the flavored craft category with fan-favorite, Not Your Father's Root Beer.

With more than 12% percent1 growth in the 85+ proof bourbon sector, Small Town Craft Spirits saw an opportunity to break ground in this category with a unique and accessible flavor profile that stands out from competitive brands. The distinctive blend of ingredients combined with the brand's smooth finish creates a spirit that is far from ordinary.  Small Town Craft Spirits is excited to offer a bourbon at an affordable price point with top-shelf taste that can be enjoyed during any occasion – from relaxing at home to celebrating a night out with friends.

The folks at Small Town Craft Spirits celebrate the rich history and heritage behind bourbon, but are excited to launch an option with a unique flavor twist and finish, different from what is expected. While most flavored whiskeys taste more like the flavor than the whiskey, Not Your Father's believes that the whiskey is the most important part.  A touch of Madagascar vanilla was added to enhance the flavor, not mask it.

Created to be approachable for all spirits drinkers, Not Your Father's Bourbon appeals to those who want to savor the traditional taste of bourbon, on the rocks, as well as to those who prefer enjoying their bourbon in a mixed drink. Try mixing it with Not Your Father's Root Beer for an indulgent cocktail that's hard to refuse.

Not Your Father's Bourbon comes in 750 ml bottles and is available in Illinois and Wisconsin with plans to launch nationwide by the first quarter of 2018.

About Small Town Craft Spirits
Small Town Craft Spirits internalizes small town American values – passion, pride, and ingenuity – and incorporates them into every aspect of its distillation. From the makers of Small Town Brewery, pioneer of the flavored craft category with fan-favorite, Not Your Father's Root Beer, Small Town Craft Spirits prides itself on distilling with a special blend of ingredients that have laid the foundation for Not Your Father's uniquely flavored products. For more information about Not Your Father's Bourbon, check out www.smalltowncraftspirits.com.

1. IRI Total US, latest 13 weeks ending October 1, 2017 vs. same period last year.


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Spirits Spotlight: Whiskey Prison Releases First Bourbon: Conviction



MT. PLEASANT, N.C., Nov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Conviction Small Batch Bourbon has been released from prison. Southern Grace Distilleries, the first distillery in the United States to be located in a former prison, has released their first bourbon after opening their doors three and a half years ago: Conviction Small Batch Bourbon.

"The hard time aging in oak barrels behind bars here at Whiskey Prison has created a cask strength bourbon that's subtly sweet and smooth," said Southern Grace Distilleries CEO Leanne Powell.

Reviews seem to agree. As John Trump wrote for Liquor.com, "It's remarkably smooth and complex. The nose reveals ripe cherries and a comforting hint of cinnamon, bringing to mind warm apples covered in brown sugar. A sip offers hints of honey and just a touch of oak. The barley brings a soft sweetness, much like an Irish whisky, especially after adding a drop of water. Soft vanilla and bright orange linger on the palate."

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon enters the world bourbon market having already received high praise for its taste. Earlier this week the spirit won a Gold Medal at the MicroLiquor Spirit Awards.

Southern Grace Distilleries makes a charitable contribution for every bottle they sell, and the charitable partner for Conviction is the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, the oldest and largest sustainable agriculture organization in the Southeast. "Without corn you can't have bourbon. When you enjoy bourbon, thank a farmer. I'm so glad we can help support the efforts of the Carolina Farm Stewardship and their project at the Lomax Incubator Farm which is right down the road from our distillery," said Powell.

Southern Grace Distilleries, known as Whiskey Prison, was founded in 2014 and is located in a former North Carolina state prison in Cabarrus County, NC, located about 25 minutes northeast of Charlotte. Conviction is now available in North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, DC, and available online via cellar.com. For more information about Conviction or Whiskey Prison, please visit www.whiskeyprison.com or call Leanne Powell at 704-622-6413


Conviction Small Batch Bourbon behind prison bars. (PRNewsfoto/Southern Grace Distilleries)

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon behind prison bars. (PRNewsfoto/Southern Grace Distilleries)






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Recipe Spotlight: Quick Q – Celebrate Fall With Bourbon Cocktails



Aged and bottled at 80 proof, Basil Hayden's Bourbon is a light-bodied, smooth, super-premium whiskey. Sip it neat or on the rocks to appreciate its slight honey and pepper tasting notes, or add a modern-twist to a classic cocktail, like the Basil Hayden's Harvest Sour or Basil Hayden's Fall Shandy. These cocktails have unique tastes profiles that are fitting for the changing of the seasons, or what others like to call bourbon season.


Basil Hayden's Harvest Sour
By Scott Lobianco, Chicago


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2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Rye Whiskey
1/2 part Sweet Vermouth
3/4 part Cinnamon Syrup
3/4 part Lemon Juice
5 Dark Cherries
2 dashes Aromatic Bitters

1. Add cherries to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
2. Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker with muddled cherries.
3. Add ice and shake.
4. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.



Basil Hayden's Fall Shandy
By Scott Lobianco, Chicago


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2 parts Basil Hayden’s ® Bourbon 1/2 part Aperitivo 1/2 part Simple Syrup 1/2 part Lemon Juice 2 parts Citrus IPA Orange Twist (for garnish) Mint Leaf (for garnish)

1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker except the IPA.
2. Add ice, shake and strain over ice into a chilled collins glass.
3. Top with IPA and garnish with an orange twist and mint leaf.





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Spirits Spotlight: A New Whisky from the Heart of Speyside


Speyburn Single Malt Scotch Whisky releases 15 Years Old expression

NEW YORK and ROTHES, Scotland, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Single Malt Scotch Whisky brand Speyburn has added a new limited release expression to its multi award winning portfolio – the eagerly anticipated 15 Years Old.

Crafted in the stunning natural environment of Speyside – the 15 Years Old is created using fresh spring water from the Granty Burn, a stream flowing with soft and clear spring water and a major tributary of the River Spey. This unique expression has been matured in American oak and Spanish oak casks, adopting the fragrant Speyside air and surrounding rich woodland over time to become a full-bodied and vibrant dram.

The distinctive amber liquid with golden highlights has the aroma of subtle dark chocolate, vanilla, orange, raisins and spice. The rich taste is bursting, with notes of citrus fruits and has a creamy, warm and long-lasting finish.

To coincide with the release of the 15 Years Old, Speyburn has also introduced refreshed packaging. Along with a new label design, the products are now displayed in robust, premium cartons, each featuring the iconic Speyburn Distillery which reflect the heritage and stunning natural landscape of the distillery's home in the heart of Speyside.

"We're excited to release the 15 Years Old expression, with its distinctive rich taste and aroma, we're sure this spirit will satisfy whisky enthusiasts looking to extend their collection," explained Gillian Gibson, Speyburn Brand Manager.

"Since 1897, Speyburn has had a long history of working with the natural sources of Speyside, dating back to when our founder John Hopkins first established the distillery after discovering the Granty Burn," continued Gibson. "An insistence on using the most traditional methods of production, combined with an innovative and intuitive approach to distilling has resulted in a whisky portfolio packed with taste. This rich heritage is now, more than ever, reflected in the premium packaging and new website, bringing to life a history we are very proud of."

Being neither chill-filtered nor colored, the 15 Years Old unique dram boasts an authentic, quality taste that captures the vibrant essence and stunning natural environment of Speyside.

3,500 cases of the Speyburn 15 Years Old will be made available from the distillery annually.  The selection is bottled at 46% abv (92 proof) and will be offered as a limited release in the U.S. from importer 375 Park Avenue Spirits as of November at a suggested retail price of $65.

About Speyburn

Speyburn is home to a multitude of award-winning and distinctive Single Malt Scotch whiskies; the result of an outstanding natural environment and an insistence on using a combination of the most traditional methods of production with innovative approaches.

Established in 1897, by John Hopkins, Speyburn currently has four core expressions available in the United States– Bradan Orach, Arranta Casks, Speyburn 10 Years Old and the newly released Speyburn 15 Years Old.

Speyburn has been awarded for its quality products and ambition, winning Speyside Distillery of the Year 2017 at the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC), as well as a host of gold medals from some of the world's most prestigious Wines & Spirits competitions.

Speyburn's capacity for innovation spans 120 years and has taken a significant step forward thanks to the completion of a £5 million expansion program in 2016. The ground-breaking initiative, which has seen Speyburn become the largest distillery in the Inver House portfolio, has not only increased its production capacity from 1.8 million liters to over four million liters every year but substantially reduced its energy consumption per liter of alcohol. The improvement in Speyburn's carbon footprint has yielded energy savings of more than 20%, equating to approximately 6,000,000kWhs per year.

About International Beverage
International Beverage Holdings (www.interbevgroup.com) was established in 2005 as the international arm of ThaiBev, one of South East Asia's leading alcohol beverage companies. With a network of regional offices in Asia, Europe and North America, the company is responsible for the production, sales, marketing and distribution of a portfolio of premium global brands in over 80 countries and territories.

Inver House Distillers (www.inverhouse.com) is globally integrated into International Beverage Holdings and drives the distillation and maturation of Scotch through its five distilleries. The holding was also named 'Distiller of the Year' 2017 in the Scotland round of Whisky Magazine's annual Icons of Whisky Awards.

International Beverage brands include:

  • Chang Beer: Thailand's iconic beer brand
  • Single Malt Scotch Whiskies: Old Pulteney, Balblair, anCnoc, Speyburn
  • Blended Whiskies: Hankey Bannister
  • Mekhong: 'The Spirit of Thailand' since 1941
  • Caorunn - a small batch distilled Scottish Gin infused with 5 Celtic botanicals

The company's success is built on the combination of a strong understanding of local cultures and markets with the creation of a truly global operational network.  Brand building pays respect to heritage, provenance and craftsmanship whilst delivering innovative and highly effective strategies at global level. A skilled and dedicated team of more than 12 nationalities speaking over 14 languages delivers the highest standards of customer service and attention to detail across all aspects of the business.

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Spirits Spotlight: Kimo Sabe ‘Anejo’ Set For September 15 Launch


Kimo Sabe 'Anejo' Takes Double Gold 94 Pt. Rating

LOS ANGELES and ZACATECAS, Mexico, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Kimo Sabe Mezcal, the fastest growing Mezcal in the United States, will launch Kimo Sabe Anejo, on September 15th.  Previewed by celebrated wine and spirits connoisseur Anthony Dias Blue, Kimo Sabe Anejo received a coveted 'double-gold', 94 rating, which will be published later this month on the renowned Blue Lifestyle website.

Kimo Sabe Anejo is aged for 18 months in American Oak casks – which have already been seasoned aging Kimo Sabe Reposado.  Its nose: refined notes of vanilla pod and sweet grass. Tasting notes include:  spicy vanilla, tropical banana, licorice with a butter crème finish. This ultra-premium Kimo Sabe Mezcal Anejo is 41.5% ABV and has a MSRP of $54.99.

Kimo Sabe Anejo joins Kimo Sabe's award winning Joven, Reposado and limited edition, super luxury expression, Cinco de Noviembre, giving it four Mezcal offerings in the marketplace.

"We're very proud to continue enhancing our line of exceptional mezcals, with our Anejo which builds on the quality, taste and smoothness of our gold medal-winning Reposado," said Jim Walsh, CEO of Kimo Sabe. "A great deal of care, innovation and quality goes into every bottle of Kimo Sabe. We want to attract the largest following possible to our spirit line, and that is why all of our mezcals are meticulously crafted while offering tremendous value."

Kimo Sabe has won back-to-back American Distilling Institute Best In Class honors in the agave spirit category. Kimo Sabe Joven took top honors in 2016 and the super-luxury expression Kimo Sabe Cinco de Noviembre won in 2017.  With Kimo Sabe Anejo getting the double gold 94 rating, it gives Kimo Sabe three award winning Mezcals.

Kimo Sabe is currently distributed in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Colorado.




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Industry News: Glasgow Distillery Causes A Stir At International World Spirits Challenge With a Six Medal Sweep



Experimenting pays off for multi award-winning Glasgow Distillery Company who have won a staggering six medals at a world industry competition against 400 of the finest gins from 35 countries.

Raising the bar for craft distilling, the single malt and gin specialist is causing a stir with its newest botanical offerings to the market – Makar Old Tom and their cask matured expressions – Makar Oak and Makar Mulberry.

Rewarding excellence since 1969, the annual International World Spirits Challenge (IWSC) hosted the 10th Annual Spirits Tasting at Vintners’ Hall in London last week, and presented The Glasgow Distillery with an outstanding silver for Makar Old Tom which scored an impressive 89.9% result – an excellent gin.

Makar Old Tom is hand distilled in a copper still with botanicals including Angelica, Black Pepper, Liquorice, Coriander, Orange, Sweet Almond, Juniper berries and finished with a drizzle of honey to re-create a sweeter and more traditional style of gin. Made in small batches, this is a super-premium gin made in the heart of Glasgow.

Judges found the distillery’s newest expression to be ‘an interesting interpretation of the category’ with an ‘assorted abundance of aromas ranging from orchard fruit to explosive herbal notes to focused juniper and beyond’. The cocktail gin also picked up a bronze quality award for design and packaging. While each Makar expression picked up an additional silver award. Makar London Dry was highlighted as amongst the best in the world to enjoy with tonic, garnering a silver award based on type, age and strength.

Only 200 global quality spirits across 90 categories were recognised by an intense two-stage judging process that sets the IWSC apart from other competitions. 400 judges from 30 countries are entrusted to seek out the world’s best spirits over a seven-month period which includes both double-blind tastings and a second round chemical and microbiological analysis of the winners. The Competition’s independent Technical & Judging Committee meet once a quarter to ensure the utmost integrity, accuracy and impartiality during the judging process.

Overall, each gin in the Makar Gin portfolio was awarded:
· Makar Old Tom – Silver (Outstanding)
· Makar Original (G&T Category) – Silver
· Makar Oak - Silver
· Makar Mulberry – Silver
· Makar Original (London Dry Category) – Bronze
· Makar Old Tom – Packaging Bronze

The award wins are the latest in an exciting flurry of awards from every notable global spirits competition this year.

Commenting on the multiple award wins was Liam Hughes, CEO of The Glasgow Distillery Company, the crafters behind Makar:

"Scotland is a global destination for outstanding food and drink and this is a fantastic result for the industry. Winning six awards from such a distinguished judging process highlights our commitment to innovation and our confidence in creating super premium products for our customers to enjoy across the globe. The gin market is booming, taste profiles are evolving; customers are looking for big botanical flavours and unusual combinations. We’re passionate about our products and winning these awards gives our distillers the confidence to continue to challenge flavours, experiment and create more handcrafted products.”


MAKAR OLD TOM: Old Tom re-creates an old-fashioned, sweeter style of gin which became extinct, but has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Before today’s dry gins, the popular style was both richer and sweeter. Makar Old Tom revives this tradition, complementing the bold juniper of makar with orange peel, almonds and a little honey. The result is an exceptionally well-balanced, complex and rewarding Old Tom Gin perfect for traditional cocktails such as the Tom Collins and Martinez.

The name Old Tom, allegedly came from wooden plaques shaped like a black cat (an “Old Tom”) mounted on the outside wall of some pubs above a public walkway in 18th century England. Owing to the popularity of Gin the British Government tried to stem the flow of gin with prohibitive taxes and licensing, which drove Gin sales underground. Under the cat's paw sign was a slot to put money in and a lead tube. From the tube would come a shot of gin, poured by the bartender inside the pub.

Botanicals include Juniper, Angelica, Black Pepper, Liquorice, Coriander, Orange, Lemon, Sweet Almond, and Honey.

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Makar Glasgow Gin

The first gin to be distilled in Glasgow, Makar Glasgow Gin is a vibrant, hand-crafted, super premium, juniper-led gin.

Makar is distilled in our copper pot still named Annie, named after one of the founder's grandmothers (she loved a G&T).

Makar gin combines seven carefully selected botanicals with Juniper to create the iconic Makar taste. Angelica root, black pepper, liquorice, cassia bark, rosemary, coriander seeds and lemon peel combine to create a delicate, yet distinctly bold juniper-led gin. These seven botanicals are represented in the iconic seven-sided Makar Gin bottle.

Makar derives its name from the traditional scotch word for 'the maker' or 'the crafter'. This reflects the care and attention that is invested in crafting this super-premium spirit, whilst paying respect to its Scottish heritage.

The perfect serve for Makar Glasgow Gin is equal measures of Makar and a quality tonic water, over ice, with a slice of mild green chili pepper.

Makar Gin is the first product release from The Glasgow Distillery Company and was released in late 2014.

Makar Gin is truly as bold and forward as the city from which it is from. Proudly Glaswegian, Makar is putting Glasgow firmly and squarely on the gin-lovers' map.

The entire Makar range:

  • Makar Glasgow Gin
  • Makar Old Tom Gin
  • Makar Oak Aged Gin
  • Makar Mulberry Aged Gin


The Glasgow Distillery Company

Glasgow's first single malt distillery in Glasgow since 1902 and the original pioneers of Scotland's new wave of single malt distilleries.

We take our name from one of Glasgow's oldest and original distilleries. Founded at Dundashill in 1770, the original Glasgow Distillery Company remained active until the beginning of the 20th Century where The Great Depression, Prohibition and two World Wars led to the original distillery, alongside hundreds of others, to sadly close.

In 2011, our three founding partners envisaged an opportunity to bring single-malt whisky distilling back to Glasgow. An opportunity to build a brand new craft distillery in the heart of metropolitan Glasgow and product Scotch Malt Whisky and Premium Gin in the spirit of the original pioneers in which this great merchant city was built.

In 2014 The Glasgow Distillery Company was reborn with new premises in the city and our first whisky was laid down before the years' end,

marking the next step in our journey. This whisky will mature for three years and one day from the original cask-date, waiting patiently until it's birth as a fully-formed single malt scotch whisky. In 2018 Glasgow will see the result of this patient waiting game as it welcomes it's first single-malt whisky in over 110 years.

At The Glasgow Distillery Company we look at our trade a little differently. We take on the bold character of the city from which we come; bottling the passion, personality and unmistakable character of Glasgow into our range of unashamedly bold products.

Our spirits are magically hand crafted in our three unique copper stills: Annie, Mhairi and Tara, each named after family members of our three founding members. Each of our products is hand crafted and endorsed by the Craft Distillers Association, of which we are founding members and passionate champions.


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Spirits Spotlight: Mommy’s Time Out Wine Introduce Mommy’s Time Out Prosecco



EAST HANOVER, N.J., July 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mommy's Time Out Wine is adding a new item to their line of popular wines named Mommy's Time Out Prosecco. This wine is fresh and fruity, with a wonderful aroma. The structure and character of this great Italian wine makes it easy to drink with or without food and has a suggested retail price of approximately $10.99 per bottle.

"Mommy's Time Out is purchased primarily by women, who are also avid fans of Prosecco wines. It seemed logical to extend the brand offerings with a Prosecco wine that our existing fans would enjoy," said Mike Cincotta, president of Selective Wine Estates, Inc. importers and brand owners of Mommy's Time Out.

Mommy's Time Out also has four existing varieties; Mommy's Time Out Garganega Pinot Grigio, Mommy's Time Out Moscato, Mommy's Time Out Delicious Red and Mommy's Time Out Delicious Pink. All are made from grapes grown in Italy and have wonderful fruity undertones. All the wines are fresh, fruity and well balanced and are delicious for sipping with snacks, or to complement a meal.

Mommy's Time Out comes in 750-ml and 1.5-L sizes. The suggested retail price of the existing varieties is $9.99 for the 750ml size and $18.99 for the 1.5L size (Mommy's Time Out Garganega Pinot Grigio only).

"No matter what stage you're at when it comes to being a Mommy, it's one of the toughest and most rewarding jobs there is. That's why we believe Mommy deserves something special for herself now and then with Mommy's Time Out Wine."

Mommy's Time Out should be enjoyed responsibly by adults over the age of 21.

For more information on Mommy's Time Out, please visit www.mommystimeout.net.

Mommy's Time Out is a registered trademark of Selective Wine Estates, Inc.





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