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STARWARD LAUNCHES RED WINE BARREL-FINISHED WHISKY IN EUROPE Into The Mix

STARWARD LAUNCHES RED WINE BARREL-FINISHED WHISKY IN EUROPE

February 11,2021

Australian whisky brand Starward has released the latest addition to their core line, Left Field, an ‘approachable’ single malt finished in red wine barrels.

The 100% French oak barrels that contained Shiraz, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir from the Barossa and Yarra Valley Wine Regions, are said to give the expression a ‘rich and spicy mouthfeel’. Bottled at 40% ABV, the whisky offers notes of tropical fruit, red apple skin, fresh red berries, and vanilla spice on the nose, as well as a tropical fruit character with lightly toasted oak on the palate.

“We felt it was important for us to create a flavourful but easy drinking and approachable whisky that talks to the place it is made, like very few whiskies can,” said David Vitale, Starward’s founder.

“We all have a ‘special occasion’ whisky cabinet which is overflowing with options, but the sharing cabinet is curated. We believe we have an opportunity to elbow out some space and create an alternative to the great whiskies from around the world with an Australian whisky, matured in Australian wine barrels.”

Vitale recommends that the whisky is served with tonic water, which he believes is “refreshing and bright and brings out the smooth, full flavour of our whisky”. Additionally, mixing it with vermouth and grapefruit soda to make a Spritz, or a classic Sour is suggested.

Left-Field is available to buy exclusively in Europe, and in Waitrose stores across the UK

For more information on Starward Whisky, go to starward.com.au

STARWARD LAUNCHES RED WINE BARREL-FINISHED WHISKY IN EUROPE Into The Mix

SAGAMORE SPIRIT RELEASES TEQUILA FINISH RYE

March 3,2021

Maryland distillery Sagamore Spirits has announced the release of its newest limited-edition rye whiskey, Distiller’s Select Tequila Finish.

Released in the leadup to Cinco de Mayo, the expression finishes Sagamore Spirit Straight Rye Whiskey in Extra Añejo barrels.

The result is a full-bodied yet approachable rye that telegraphs tequila in all the right ways, with hints of agave, citrus, spice, warm oak and vanilla on the nose, and even more agave, peppercorn, fig and orange to taste. Marked at a substantial 98-proof, it is a spirit meant to be sipped and savoured.

“Melding a full-bodied rye whiskey with tequila may sound like a risky move, but our distilling team welcomes risks that can bring big rewards,” said Brian Treacy, Sagamore Spirit’s president.

“Like Maryland-style rye, tequila has a history that’s deeply rooted in a sense of place, so to us, this union made perfect sense. The end result perfectly captures what’s special about each spirit to give fans of both spirits something unexpected, seasonal and full of flavour – just in time for warmer weather.”

For more information, go to sagamorespirit.com

STARWARD LAUNCHES RED WINE BARREL-FINISHED WHISKY IN EUROPE Into The Mix

BUNDABERG RUM CREATES THE ‘CAMERON SMITH BATCH’

March 3,2021

Australian rum producers, Bundaberg Rum, have collaborated with the celebrated NRL footballer to release the ‘Cameron Smith Batch’

The nine-year-old rum has been crafted to celebrate the career of Queensland’s golden boy and arguably NRL’s greatest ever player.

The limited-edition bottling from the makers of the world’s best rum is a premium batch of Bundaberg UP Rum, aged nine years in White Oak – a cheeky nod to Smith’s position as no.9 hooker.

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Sporting all the characteristics of an aged Bundaberg Rum, the liquid has a bold and fruity aroma with subtle hints of oak.

On the palate, this premium rum is full-bodied and complex with notes of rich raisins, molasses and dried fruits that then transcend into a long and smooth finish complemented by aromatic clover and nutmeg flavours.

The first 1,000 bottles signed by the man himself will be available exclusively from the Bundaberg Rum Distillery website from Monday 8th March, with the dispatch of those bottles the following week.

“What a force, when two winners go head-to-head!” said Duncan Littler, Bundaberg Rum Marketing & Experience Manager of the collaboration.

“It has been our pleasure to welcome a local Logan legend to the Distillery to select his very own rum. We had a lot of fun with Cam – personally, we think rum-making could be his next best career move! Look out for more news on how to get your hands on one. We know this will disappear very quickly!”

During his career, Smith has three Premierships, two Dally M Medals and two World Player of the Year Awards and is statistically believed to be the best player of all time.

For more information, go to bundabergrum.com.au

STARWARD LAUNCHES RED WINE BARREL-FINISHED WHISKY IN EUROPE Into The Mix

EL SILENCIO MEZCAL CREATES DAHLIA CRISTALINO TEQUILA

March 2,2021

The founders of the award-winning Mezcal El Silencio, Fausto Zapata and Vicente Cisneros, have announced the launch of Dahlia Cristalino.

The expression represents the prestigious brand’s first new offering since the 2013 debut of their category-disrupting mezcal and is an evocative celebration of the National Flower of Mexico it honours, in both spirit and substance.

Tequila Dahlia honours the beauty and diversity of its origin alongside the storied bloom that has been the object of love, lust, and war for centuries.

“We are delighted to introduce Tequila Dahlia to the world and to our growing portfolio of beloved agave spirits,” says Tequila Dahlia Co-Founder, Fausto Zapata. “We like to think of Dahlia’s arrival as the bright, playfully seductive balance to our darker, more mischievous mezcal, while, of course, maintaining a steadfast commitment to craft that consumers have come to expect from Silencio products.”

Produced in the town of Tequila, Jalisco, Dahlia is made with agaves that have been cooked to ‘optimise extraction and sustainability’, and fermented using a proprietary yeast.

A 100% Blue Weber Agave Reposado Tequila, Dahlia is aged in fine White American Oak barrels for six months, then filtered through activated charcoal for purity and balance.

The bottle is said to imitate a perfume decanter and the design features a crown of agave spears.

For more information, go to tequiladahlia.com

STARWARD LAUNCHES RED WINE BARREL-FINISHED WHISKY IN EUROPE Into The Mix

TEELING ADDS 18YO TO ITS RENAISSANCE SERIES

February 27,2021

Irish whiskey producer Teeling has added an 18-year-old single malt finished in ex-Muscat wine casks to its Renaissance series.

The third whiskey in the range, the  18-year-old single malt was aged in ex-Bourbon barrels, then finished in ex-Muscat wine casks. The process was said to impart ‘distinct tropical fruit notes with fresh citrus and a touch of mint’.

“We are delighted to launch the third release of our very popular and award-winning Renaissance Series of aged single malts,” said Jack Teeling, founder and managing director of Teeling Whiskey. “These releases are a celebratory bottling series to mark the true renaissance of Dublin as the epicenter for world-class city-based whiskey distillation.

“As the leader of the new wave of Dublin whiskey distillers, we look forward to contributing to and helping the continued renaissance of Teeling, Dublin and Irish whiskey. With our Dublin-distilled Irish whiskey now being exported around the world, we are witnessing a new dawn which is perfectly encapsulated in our Renaissance bottlings.”

Bottled at 46% ABV with no chill filtration, the Renaissance Series Three will have a limited global release with only 9,000 bottles available.

For more information, go to teelingwhiskey.com

STARWARD LAUNCHES RED WINE BARREL-FINISHED WHISKY IN EUROPE Into The Mix

BENRIACH RELEASES IT'S SMOKE SEASON

February 27,2021

Scotch whisky distillery Benriach has turned up the peat with the release of its ‘most intensely smoked’ single malt to date.

Although not typically associated with Speyside, the achieves at Benriach indicate that heavily peated single malts were widespread in the region during the 19th century. Their latest release, Smoke Season, pays homage to a time of year where peated spirit runs through its stills.

“Smoke Season is a special time of year in the distillery’s calendar,” said. Rachel Barrie, master blender at Benriach Distillery, “and this new addition gives both the whisky novice and connoisseur the opportunity to discover the uniquely rich, sweet and smoky character of Benriach single malt, crafted in Speyside, a whisky-making region rarely associated with peated malt.”

Matured in two different casks – American virgin oak and Bourbon barrels, the new Smoke Season whisky has been described as both ‘intensely smoked’ and sweet.

“With intensely peated spirit batch distilled every year, at Benriach we never stop exploring how the fruit and smoke aromatics intertwine and mature in a range of eclectic oak casks, either amplifying or transforming the perception of peat,” Barrie continued.

“Smoke Season is the result of exploring 100% intensely peated malt, batch distilled and matured in first-fill Bourbon barrels combined with a high proportion of charred and toasted American virgin oak casks.

“Crafted exclusively from intensely peated malt distilled in Smoke Season, the spirit is reminiscent of barbecue smoked fruit in a pine forest. American virgin oak and Bourbon barrel maturation develops sweet caramel smoke and cinnamon-spiced roasted apple, with hints of charred orange peel and hickory, concentrated at the bottling strength of 52.8% ABV.”

Smoke Season will be available gradually in global markets from February.

For more information, go to benriachdistillery.com

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