December 21,2022

Irish Whiskey distillery Waterford has bottled its first Heritage whisky, Hunter, by resurrecting a rare barley variety from a bygone era.

First introduced in 1959, Hunter barley was acclaimed for its distinctive flavours for almost two decades before yield-enhancing varieties took preference.

Matured in a combination of 45% first-fill U.S. oak; 19% virgin U.S. oak; 21% Premium French oak; and 15% Vin Doux Naturel, Heritage: Hunter has been bottled at 50% ABV, with 10,000 bottles being released globally and 1,000 bottles in the U.S.

Working alongside partners Minch Malt and the Irish Department of Agriculture, it took Waterford more than eight years of leveraging lost breeding programs from the 1990s to discover the original flavours, Heritage: Hunter is the latest milestone in the distillery’s journey to uncover unique flavours through different agricultural techniques, terroirs, grains and seeds.

While Heritage: Hunter was developed purely for the curiosity of flavour, it also has environmental benefits. The barley was grown in soil with a high humus content, which retains water more efficiently than conventional soil and therefore protects crops against periods of drought. This protection is enhanced by the fact that Hunter barley has a larger root ball than modern varieties and better access to soil nutrients.

“Malt whisky gets its flavour, its complexity, from barley,” explained Mark Reynier, Waterford Distillery Founder and CEO. “Over time, this inherent flavour has been compromised as distilleries prioritized yield. However, because Waterford Whisky is agricultural produce, not a manufactured product, we took the step to resurrect iconic yet forgotten barley varieties. In doing so, we have uncovered remarkable insight into what whisky would have tasted like decades ago.”

“Our ultimate aim is to identify the most flavour-expressive genes from these legendary barley varieties and cross them with modern breeds, so they have more agronomic potential,” continued Reyner. “This will give us a ‘greatest hits’ of barley flavours and the ultimate variety for the most intense and naturally flavoursome whiskies.”

With Waterford Distillery’s unique TÉIREOIR code on every bottle, drinkers are given uninhibited access to every detail of its individual journey from barley to bottle.

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February 16,2024

Guyanan Rum brand El Dorado is introducing a new high ester blend Rum, ‘La Bonne Intention (LBI) / Diamond High Ester (DHE)’.

Set to be the first of nine, this new expression celebrates the depth and versatility of Demerara rum-making and offer enthusiasts an opportunity to explore the vast spectrum of flavours from Demerara Distillers Limited’s 14 operating stills.

Both rums (LBI and DHE) were distilled back in 2012 and aged in ex-bourbon casks before being blended together and bottled.

Released at cask strength, this blend of rum has never-before been released to the public, high-ester rums were previously used to add flavours to other rums as a minor component.

La Bonne Intention (LBI) comes from the multi-functional French Savalle Still. This four-column metal still was inherited back in the 18th century, on the West Coast of Demerara. The expression is a medium-bodied rum with a distinct honeyed profile and was first produced on the now-closed La Bonne Intention Estates on the East Coast of Demerara.

The Diamond High Ester (DHE) marque is produced by one small John Dore Double Retort Pot Still, that dates back to 1950 and is one of its kind at the Diamond Distillery in Demerara, Guyana. This high ester experiences a lengthy production process, with fermentation taking place over several months, and distillation at both a very slow rate and a very high reflux. The result is a marque with ester levels in excess of 1500g/hL.

The rum provides aromas of figs and star-fruit with the infusion of spices such as cinnamon, clove and vanilla that are balanced by mellow aromas of toffee and honey with subtle undertones of banana.

On the palate, a concise introduction to orange peel is followed by clove, dark chocolate, and hints of burnt caramel which will transition to a softer honeyed profile before finishing with a spicy leather aroma.

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February 12,2024

US whiskey brand Bulleit pays homage to its commitment to innovation and sustainability with the release of Bulleit American Single Malt.

Bottled in recycled glass, the expression is the first venture from the brand into the rapidly growing American Single Malt category.

Distilled with a mash bill of 100% malted barley and aged in charred new American white oak barrels, Bulleit American Single Malt delivers notes of sweet vanilla and toasted oak on the nose.

The palate is light and fruity with hints of red fruit and pear. At 90 proof (45% ABV), the whiskey follows with a smooth finish of oaky caramel and subtle cocoa notes.

As a brand that relies on natural resources to produce quality whiskeys, Bulleit has a long-standing history of pioneering sustainability and creativity within its portfolio, reducing its carbon footprint, and investing in restoring the natural resources that go into its production and packaging.

“Bulleit American Single Malt brings Bulleit’s restless innovation and passion for sustainability into this exciting new category that is set to make waves in the whiskey industry for years to come,” commented Jesse Damashek, Senior Vice President of Whiskies & Liqueurs at Diageo.

“With a 100% malted barley mash bill and a striking green bottle created from post-consumer recycled glass, this exceptional whiskey covers a lot of new ground for the brand.”

Staying true to its iconic, award-winning style, Bulleit American Single Malt showcases a sustainably minded evolution of Bulleit’s trademark bottle with a striking and unique green hue crafted with post-consumer recycled glass.

“I believe we’ve succeeded in crafting a distinctive American Single Malt that whiskey lovers across the country will savour and enjoy,” Damashek continued.

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February 9,2024

Scotch Whiskey distillery, The Glenlivet, is set to break boundaries with a new range that uses fused dismantled casks from other spirits to finish its liquids.

The first release in the series, The Glenlivet Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask, finishes the iconic single malt Scotch whisky in bespoke casks that are uniquely crafted by fusing dismantled rum and bourbon barrels.

Seen as a category-first innovation, Glenlivet hopes the Fusion Cask Selection will challenge conventions and set new standards of excellence within the single malt category.

To create the fusion, hand-selected barrels are dismantled and reassembled into one bespoke cask by expert coopers, creating a harmonious fusion of luscious fruit and caramel-toffee notes.

“This category-first innovation continues our commitment and 200-year legacy of pushing boundaries in whisky,” said Kevin Balmforth, The Glenlivet Cask Expert.

“As a team of makers at The Glenlivet, we work closely with our partners at the cooperage to ensure the handmade casks are of the highest quality, and this intricate dismantling and reassembling process to create new bespoke casks ensures a distinctive and expertly crafted finish.”

Offering aromas of orange, vanilla custard, caramel, coconut and zest of lemon, this first expression of the range has notes of juicy apricot and peach, fresh apples, toffee-covered bananas and subtle cinnamon spice on the palate, and a sweet and smooth finish with enduring notes of orange.

“The Glenlivet Rum and Bourbon Fusion Cask is a welcome addition to our portfolio as we continue our journey to push the single malt category forward,” said Johan Radojewski, Vice President Marketing – Scotch, Irish & Prestige Whisk(e)y, Pernod Ricard USA.

“Prestige spirits drinkers in the US are seeking unique and elevated taste experiences, and The Glenlivet Fusion Cask proudly delivers on that demand as we pioneer new depths of flavour through our commitment to craftsmanship and innovation.”

This year, the brand commences its bicentennial celebrations, marking 200 years of redefining traditions and moving the single malt Scotch whisky category forward.

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February 6,2024

Scottish Whisky distillers The Macallan has unveiled Tales of The Macallan Volume II, the second edition in a remarkable series of rare single malt Scotch whiskies, which tells the story of The Macallan pioneers and their whisky-making legacy.

Paying homage to The Macallan founder Alexander Reid, every aspect of the release is a fitting tribute to Alexander’s standards of excellence in craftsmanship. A creative collaboration of the greatest craftspeople is reflected in each detail of the collection.

Long-standing partner, master French crystal maker Lalique fashioned the flawless crystal decanter to house the whisky, etched with Andrew Davidson’s captivating illustrations depicting Alexander Reid as a teacher, farmer and distiller.


Traditional London-based bookbinders, Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Zaehnsdorf, which specializes in fine binding, restoration and conservation of books and manuscripts, created the unique, hand-crafted Tales of The Macallan Volume II book, which demanded extraordinary technical expertise to conceal the decanter within its 800 pages.

Artisan printer Imprimerie du Marais in Paris, which creates luxury pieces using specially developed paper, ink and printing processes, expertly printed each individual page.

And, of course, the liquid, which was crafted by The Macallan Lead Whisky Maker, Euan Kennedy, his exemplary 1949 vintage whisky, bottled in 2022, was selected at the apex of its maturation for its release in honour of our founder, Alexander Reid, in our 200th anniversary year.

With rich forest fruits and sweet aromatic woodsmoke on the nose, the release also incorporates black cherries, plum jam, dark chocolate orange and custard pastry on the palette, while the finish is long & complex, with a sweet lingering smokiness.

“Tales of The Macallan Volume II is a tribute to our founder Alexander Reid, whose commitment to quality and craftsmanship established the pursuit of uncompromised excellence that has continued to guide successive generations of The Macallan’s whisky makers, like me, to this day,” explained Kennedy.

“Displaying beautiful tones of bronzed oak, and subtle red hues that reflect the original meaning of Alexander Reid’s surname in Scots – The Red One – this rare and unique single malt whisky possesses an incredible complexity achieved through age and patient maturation.

“Enjoying a lingering smokiness redolent of whiskies of Alexander’s time, it is a fitting tribute to his living legacy as we celebrate our 200thanniversary year,” Kennedy continued.

Alexander, fascinated with the alchemy of distillation that transformed barley into whisky, established the Distillery on Easter Elchies Estate, Speyside, Scotland, in 1824.

For more information, go to The Macallan Estate or The Macallan Boutiques, while information on US purchasing, can be found via



February 6,2024

Global Vodka brand Smirnoff has entered its Lavender era with a new Australian-only limited edition ready-to-drink (RTD) flavour, Smirnoff Ice Lavender Lemonade.

Just in time for Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, the expression is a delicious combination of lavender and refreshing lemon. The premix bottle’s refreshing citrus flavour and cloudy lavender colouring has been designed to bring out the energy and fun that festivals evoke for music lovers.

Inspiring everything from couture and festival glamour to song titles and album cover designs, lavender purple has been making waves in the world of fashion and pop music over the past year.

“With the colour purple having its moment, we’re leaning into our lavender era with the launch of Smirnoff Lavender Lemonade, creating a new taste that sparks excitement,” explained Maddy Stockwell, Smirnoff Marketing Manager.

“Smirnoff lives and breathes music, so when we saw the line-up of incredible musicians and artists making their way to Aussie stages this year, we knew we had to get ready for it,” Stockwell continued.

Vibrantly tart yet sweet, with a 4.5% ABV, the blend of citrus and floral notes provides the perfect way to cool down while dancing the day away.

For more information, connect with the brand via the Smirnoff Australia Facebook and the Smirnoff Australia Instagram

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