August 23,2021

Roe & Co has released an Irish whiskey that uses Japanese sugi wood and a ‘unique’ maturation process, described as a first for the category.

Bottled at 46% ABV, the new Roe & Co Japanese Sugi whiskey is made with a maturation process ‘never before seen within the category’ and a rare wood type that shows new ways to ‘explore what’s possible within Irish whiskey’.

George Harper, master blender for Roe & Co, explained: “When looking to create unique flavours as a blender, we turn to raw materials such as wood to add that depth and uniqueness to the liquid. Irish whiskey regulations allow us to look beyond oak and so working with Japanese sugi wood has been a really exciting process for us.”

To create the whiskey, the team extended the length of the bungs (stopper) and added five of these to each cask. A total of 10 casks were laid down, with each blend tasted on a regular basis. The maturation method is said to give the whiskey notes of wood spice and tropical fruits.

The Irish whiskey producer said Japanese sugi was the perfect wood to use due to its porous nature, which imparts flavours quickly. The wood adds aromatic and perfumery qualities to the liquid.

Lora Hemy, head distiller at Roe & Co, added: “We are lucky to be part of such a bold, and evolving industry that we wanted to create something really special for this innovation and really stretch our imagination as to what we can achieve technically.

“East Asian wood species offer unique and beautiful aromatic compounds and the toasted sugi, in particular, really brings out flavours notes of matcha tea, toasted sandalwood, lychee, orris root and treacle toffee.

“Working with this wood has been extremely exciting for me. This experimental whiskey has Roe & Co as its backbone and is bursting with exciting new flavour components to compliment.”

The whiskey is recommended served neat, over ice or in Japanese-inspired Highballs.

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November 17,2023

A new Tequila brand, Casa Obsidiana, has been launched by the Beckmann Gonzalez family of Jalisco, Mexico and the Boisset family of Burgundy and California.

Set to merge the heritage art of Tequila making with the culture of modern Mexico, the brand has been crafted by a trio of masters: A master tequilero, a master vintner, and masters in the tequila world.

For this new venture, Jean-Charles Boisset, a world leader in wine hailing from Burgundy with wineries in France and California, joined forces with Jorge and Roberto Beckmann Gonzalez, who have inherent expertise from over 260 years of family experience in tequila making.


“We have always been inspired by the culture of tequila and of Mexico at large, from its ancient history to its modern art,” says Jean-Charles Boisset, Proprietor of the Boisset Collection and Co-Founder of Casa Obsidiana.

“We have known Jorge and Roberto and their family for more than two decades and have always dreamt of creating a tequila that united their family with ours. They bring the founding history of tequila while we represent the heritage of wine and barrel-finishing. Together, we bring a distinctive, passionate and spiritual energy to the world of tequila that is distinctly ours and represents tradition and modernity.”

Uniting their own mastery and artistry in the craft of tequila and winemaking to create an incredibly smooth yet complex spirit, the two families have focused on the locality of the ingredients, heritage Agave strains and four-decades-old proprietary yeast to create the world’s most refined, exquisite tequila.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Boisset team on a spirit that infuses old-world values of tequila with new-world, innovative finishing methods to produce a truly one-of-a-kind authentic tequila,” added Roberto Beckmann, Co-Founder of Casa Obsidiana. “Our goal is to bring forth a tequila that embodies everything a modern Mexico represents – art, culture, architecture, and a certain ‘modo de vivir.’ With the expertise of Francisco, Casa Obsidiana stands alone.”

With a portfolio that comprises a Blanco, a Reposado, and an Añejo – are all made from 100% Blue Weber agave, the new brand is presenting its liquid in handcrafted ceramic bottles created by Mexican artisans and adorned with its namesake obsidian stone.

“My life’s work as an advocate for the art of authentic tequila making and the protection of its rich history and culture is embedded into Casa Obsidiana’s tequilas,” says Francisco Quijana, Master Tequilero at Casa Obsidiana.

“I was excited to see the development of the tequila’s tasting notes after being aged in wine barrels and found that the end result both honours the traditions of tequila making while shining a light on what modern-day Mexico has to offer. It’s also exciting to bring this to life beside partners both old and new.”

Casa Obsidiana’s lineup of ultra-premium tequilas include:

  • Casa Obsidiana Blanco: Casa Obsidiana Blanco’s bottle shape, called Coa, is inspired by the agave piña, or the core of the agave plant that is roasted and fermented to become tequila. The youngest expression of the portfolio is aged for 16 days, creating an aroma of papaya, white flowers, vanilla, and allspice with a lush mouthfeel with notes of vegetation and black pepper.
  • Casa Obsidiana Reposado: The bottle shape of Casa Obsidiana Reposado is inspired by water’s fluid movement and ability to gently shape over time, with a colour reminiscent of the Blue Weber agave plants. Aged for four months, the tequila features an aroma of hazelnut, toffee, charred peppers, and stewed citrus. The palate provides tasting notes of warm baking spices, caramel, and earthy agave.
  • Casa Obsidiana Añejo: An ode to Mexican cubism, the Casa Obsidiana Añejo bottle’s rich red colour represents the iron-rich volcanic earth of its estate agave fields. The Añejo is aged for 15 months and has an aroma of oak, coffee, clove, and candied citrus. Tasting notes include butterscotch, cinnamon, raisins, and roasted agave.

Casa Obsidiana pays tribute to the obsidian stone found in abundance nestled among the volcanic earth where its agave plants are grown and harvested, as it has been used in Mexican culture and rituals for thousands of years and is known to cleanse oneself of negative influences. The stone is dark in colour to make space for light, passion, and positive intention within us.

Casa Obsidiana is a tequila forged from the elements of Mexico that hopes to bring light and vibrancy to cherished moments.

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Launch events will take place on December 6 and 7 at Boisset’s Calistoga Depot Distillery. A master class, ‘Casa Obsidiana — Forged from the Elements, Created by Passion,’ led by Jean-Charles Boisset and Jorge and Roberto Beckmann Gonzalez will take place on December 7. Tickets can be purchased here.



November 17,2023

Ben Branson, the founder of non-alc brand Seedlip, is looking to further disrupt the adult drinks industry by launching his new independent brand, seasn.

Looking to take cocktail bitters beyond being the bartender’s secret, Branson has launched his new independent brand with a pair of delicious and intense 0.0% cocktail bitters.

seasn LIGHT and seasn DARK are a bold duo of cocktail condiments specifically developed to enhance the flavour of all adult drinks, whether alcoholic, non-alcoholic or mixers.


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“I am so excited to launch seasn and introduce foodies to the potential and possibilities of seasoning their drinks with our delicious, intense liquids,” Branson said.

seasn LIGHT is green and zesty with strong top notes of fresh cut grass, lime and grapefruit peel, clean bitterness from king of bitters (Andrographis paniculata) and a moreish salinity from kombu and sea salt. seasn LIGHT brightens lighter-style drinks like soda, a gin and tonic, margarita or martini.

By contrast, seasn DARK is intense and spicy, with complex aromatic top notes of kola nut, smoked cherrywood, star anise and cinnamon and an umami bitter backbone of king of bitters, black pepper, mushroom and cocoa. seasn DARK adds depth and intensity to darker drinks like ginger ale, rum and cola, a bloody mary or an old fashioned.

With only three dashes required to make all adult drinks tastier, seasn adds a depth of flavour and functionality to elevate your favourite alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.

Alcohol-free, vegan and allergen-free, seasn was born in Branson’s kitchen and was ingeniously designed to be the salt and pepper of drinks.

seasn’s liquids are modern, multi-layered and moreish blends crammed full of flavour from the best plant extracts, making them ideal for those who love delicious drinks.

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November 17,2023

To celebrate its recognition by Drinks International as The World’s Most Admired Whiskey, Michter’s is releasing one of its rarest offerings, a 25-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

“This release commemorates a truly special moment for us,” commented Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco. “The last time we released a 25-Year Bourbon was in 2020.”

Personally selected by Michter’s Master Distiller Dan McKee and Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson, the release offers an outstanding flavour experience without the overly oaked, dusty old whiskey character.

“This release of the 25 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon, ” observed Wilson, “… is a wonderful journey with its transition through sweet and savoury depth, world spices, dark chocolates, fruit characters and nut oils, almost as if you are eating through a box of fine chocolates. It is an exceptional whiskey for an exceptional achievement in the whiskey world.”

Mckee added, “I am proud to work with a talented team of individuals who strive to create great whiskey,” said McKee. “From Michter’s US*1 Bourbon to our 25 Year Bourbon, our team takes tremendous pride in the lineup of whiskeys we are offering. This release is a truly special one.”

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November 17,2023

Mexican liqueur brand Ancho Reyes has launched the newest addition to its award-winning portfolio, Ancho Reyes Barrica.

A complex new spirit unlike anything seen or tasted before, Barrica is aged in ex-bourbon barrels for added richness, depth and complexity.

Building upon the robust flavours of the Ancho Reyes Original, the result is a unique blend of heat, sweetness, smoke, and spice, offering rich flavours reminiscent of dulce de leche, spiced vanilla, cinnamon, and orange zest layers atop the signature warm chilli heat for which Ancho Reyes is known.

Ancho Reyes Barrica is a completely new type of barrel-aged liqueur that has the depth and complexity of Ancho Reyes Original but now as an elevated sipping spirit,” said Global Managing Director for Spirits at Campari Group, Raul Gonzalez.

“In Mexico, we often finish a dinner or a great meal with a drink shared amongst family and friends, and Barrica is the perfect sipping spirit to toast to that moment.”

Beyond being a first-of-its-kind liqueur, Ancho Reyes Barrica is a versatile elixir that caters to seasoned mixologists and aficionados seeking bold and distinctive flavours. Whether sipped neat, used as a base for innovative cocktails, or paired with culinary creations, Barrica offers a multitude of ways to indulge in its exceptional taste:

Ancho Reyes Barrica marks the first new offering from the Ancho Reyes portfolio since the successful release of Ancho Reyes Verde in 2017.

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November 16,2023

Mexican Tequila brand Jose Cuervo has expanded its Reserva de la Familia range by releasing its new Añejo Cristalino Organico expression.

Reserva de la Familia Añejo Cristalino Organico is the culmination of tequila craftsmanship passed down over ten generations and builds upon the brand’s legacy rooted in more than 250 years of Mexican history.

Juan Domingo Beckmann, the 11th generation family member of the Cuervo Dynasty, created the fast-emerging Cristalino category in 2009 with Maestro Dobel Diamante Cristalino, the first-ever Cristalino tequila introduced to the market. Since then, the Cristalino subcategory has continued to outpace the total tequila category growth and gain share.


Handcrafted from start to finish, the new Añejo Cristalino Organico utilises the most mature organic agaves harvested for cooking in traditional stone ovens before a long fermentation process. It is then distilled in small-capacity copper pot stills, following the Cuervo family processes that date back to 1795. The liquid is then aged in new American oak barrels for over a year before finishing in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks.

To turn the añejo spirit into the Cristalino tequila style, the deep amber liquid is filtered through charcoal to produce an incredibly smooth, bright-tasting tequila, crystal clear in colour while retaining the rich flavours and textures imparted by the barrel. The final result is a tequila with an extra Sherry softness and complex flavour profile that features notes of cooked agave and dried fruits, with lasting notes of oak and a bright, refreshing finish.

“Cristalino tequilas continue to see significant growth as tequila enthusiasts seek premium offerings with unique finishing and ageing features,” said Alex Coronado, Head of Production and Master Distiller for Reserva de la Familia.

“Reserva de la Familia Añejo Cristalino Organico embodies everything that makes Cristalino tequilas so dynamic. The handcrafted production process paired with the unique finish from Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks makes for a remarkable tequila that is ideally suited for tequila aficionados seeking a luxury sipping experience.”


The Cuervo family is proud to share that this new addition is certified organic, joining Reserva de la Familia Platino and Reposado variants as the brand’s latest organic offering. Organic certification is a key next step in Reserva de la Familia’s mission to produce the finest luxury tequila possible.

“Cristalino tequilas continue to see significant growth as tequila enthusiasts seek premium offerings with unique finishing and ageing features,” said Alex Coronado, Head of Production and Master Distiller for Reserva de la Familia. “Reserva de la Familia Añejo Cristalino Organico embodies everything that makes Cristalino tequilas so dynamic. The handcrafted production process paired with the unique finish from Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks makes for a remarkable tequila that is ideally suited for tequila aficionados seeking a luxury sipping experience.”

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