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WATERFORD DISTILLERY CREATES ‘FIRST’ ORGANIC IRISH WHISKEY Into The Mix

WATERFORD DISTILLERY CREATES ‘FIRST’ ORGANIC IRISH WHISKEY

October 10,2020

Waterford Distillery has released what is thought to be Ireland’s first organic Irish whiskey certified by Ireland’s Organic Trust.

The new whiskey has been matured in super-premium oak barrels, comprising: 42% first-fill American oak, 17% virgin American oak, 23% premium French oak and 18% vin doux naturel, known as sweet fortified wine casks.

The 50% ABV bottling has been made without the use of colouring, additives or chill-filtration.

Waterford Distillery founder and CEO Mark Reynier said: “It beggars belief that much of the industry treats with indifference the primary source of single malt whisky’s extraordinary flavour: barley. We have placed barley – where and how it is grown – at the heart of what we do, curious about where the real whisky flavour may be found.

“A natural progression of this philosophy is to see what not only single farm origins can accomplish but what organically grown barley can do when it is given the right platform.

“Compliance for organic status is not straight forward by any means – there’s a shed load of hoops to jump through, deep cleaning regimens, audits and assessments to undergo. So, is it worth it? We certainly think so, what we lose in yield and hair-pulling we gain in purity and definition of flavour.

“We’re not playing at it; we lay down 400 to 600 casks of organic spirit a year, we buy all the Irish grown organic malting barley that can get our hands-on. Waterford Organic will be the main player in our ongoing portfolio for the discerning whisky drinker.”

The new expression is part of Waterford Distillery’s Arcadian Series, which pays tribute to radical growers and alternative values such as heritage grains and unusual growing methods.

For more information, go to waterfordwhisky.com

WATERFORD DISTILLERY CREATES ‘FIRST’ ORGANIC IRISH WHISKEY Into The Mix

PATRÓN CREATE BOTTLE TO SAVE AMAZON RAINFOREST

September 16,2021

Patrón Tequila has teamed up with London private members’ club Annabel’s to create a limited edition bottle to raise money for the Amazon rainforest. The move is part of the Annabel’s for the Amazon initiative, which has committed to planting a million trees by March 2023.

Inspired by the members’ club and the Brazilian rainforest, the bottle and box use the club’s Jungle Bar for its design and features hand-drawn illustrations that cover the mirror-panelled walls of the room. The packaging is fully recyclable.

On September 30, 2021, the venue will host celebrities, members and environmentalists for the inaugural Annabel’s for The Amazon event, which aims to help save the rainforest.

Hosted by The Caring Family Foundation in collaboration with One Tree Planted. the organisations hope the event will help to plant one million trees by March 2023, equivalent to approximately 600 hectares of forest restored and equal to 4.2 Hyde Parks.

The bottle is available exclusively to buy from Selfridges’ website and storesProceeds from the sale of the limited edition bottle will be donated to the reforestation of the Brazilian rainforest with each bottle sold will plant 22 trees.

In addition, three Patrón Amazon cocktails will be available at Annabel’s during September, with the partnership planting an extra 10 trees for each drink sold.

For more information, go to Annabel’s.

WATERFORD DISTILLERY CREATES ‘FIRST’ ORGANIC IRISH WHISKEY Into The Mix

Baileys Apple Pie Is Back, And Just In Time For Fall!

September 15,2021

Forget Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Bailey’s have brought back the limited-time offering Baileys Apple Pie Irish Cream Liqueur to help you treat yourself to your favourite fall traditions and savour those special moments with friends and family.

Blending the flavours of freshly baked apple pie and creamy vanilla ice cream with hints of cinnamon and spice, Bailey’s ApplePie for a truly unique Baileys experience this season.

Baileys has tapped four bakeries across the country known for their renowned sweets to curate one-of-a-kind apple pie-inspired desserts that are non-alcoholic and infused with the flavour of Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur.

“We’re so excited to collaborate with some of the most celebrated bakeries across the nation to bring back Baileys Apple Pie for the second year in a row and deliver even more ways to enjoy the classic fall treat,” said Stacey Cunningham, Director of Liqueurs at Diageo. “We encourage consumers to celebrate the season responsibly while enjoying Baileys Apple Pie with friends and family.”

Baileys Apple Pie is available throughout the USA and is ideal neat, over ice, in coffee or chai tea, or even over ice cream

For more information, go to baileys.com

WATERFORD DISTILLERY CREATES ‘FIRST’ ORGANIC IRISH WHISKEY Into The Mix

EVA LONGORIA LAUNCHES CASA DEL SOL TEQUILA

September 10,2021

Eva Longoria has launched Casa Del Sol, a new luxury sipping tequila brand which she co-founded. The ultra-premium spirits brand is inspired by the magic of the golden hour and Mayahuel, the Aztec goddess of agave, and translates to “house of the sun” in Spanish. The brand debuts with three offerings: Blanco, Reposado and Añejo.

Casa Del Sol is made from hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agave sourced from rich clay soil in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The brand taps dynamic talent with authentic Mexican roots, including Alejandra Pelayo, Casa Del Sol’s head of production, protégé and goddaughter of the late Francisco Alcaraz, tequila pioneer and master distiller / creator of Patrón.

“When creating Casa Del Sol, we wanted to deliver a brand that was set apart from the rest,” said Longoria. “From the liquid to the legacy, we took the time to develop an ultra-premium tequila focusing on authenticity and a distinct flavour profile. It is always my mission to uplift the voices of women and celebrate my Mexican heritage, so that others may be inspired by the limitless genius and artistry that is rich in our communities.”

The brand has also partnered with Laurent Martell, the 9th generation of the Martell family in France, and sourced Cognac barrels handcrafted with French Limousin Oak. Casa Del Sol has a unique barrel ageing process that results in a distinct flavour and aromatic profile where old world craftsmanship meets new world artistry, infusing Mexican tradition with notes of French heritage.

Casa Del Sol offers three distinctive sipping tequilas – Blanco, Reposado and Añejo:

Casa Del Sol is available for pre-sale nationwide online at the brand’s official website. It will be available for retail nationally in early 2022.

WATERFORD DISTILLERY CREATES ‘FIRST’ ORGANIC IRISH WHISKEY Into The Mix

SUNTORY WHISKY PROUDLY INTRODUCES YAMAZAKI 55 YEARS OLD

September 9,2021

Japanese distillers,  House of Suntory pays tribute to the passage of time and the legacy of the founding family of Japanese whisky with Yamazaki 55, which celebrates the Japanese “Showa” era of the 1960s that represented a major period of change for the House of Suntory.

Bottled in 2020, the expression will be available in extremely limited quantities across global markets including the United States, the United Kingdom, Mainland China and Taiwan later this month. The resulting expression features a deep amber color; robust aroma redolent of sandal wood and well-ripened fruit; sweet, slightly bitter and woody palate; and slightly bitter yet sweet and rich finish.

Yamazaki 55 is a blend of precious single malts featuring components distilled in 1960 under the supervision of Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii and then aged in Mizunara casks; and in 1964 under Suntory’s Second Master Blender Keizo Saji and then aged in White Oak casks.

Suntory’s Fifth-Generation Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo worked closely with Third-Generation Master Blender Shingo Torii in deploying their signature art of blending to properly reveal the exceptional depth, complexity and wisdom that is Yamazaki 55.

“Throughout the process of blending Yamazaki 55, I used as inspiration the passage of time and ‘Wabi-sabi’ – the Japanese belief that imperfections can help to ultimately contribute to perfection,” said Fukuyo. “While I often view other extra aged whiskies as art, I consider Yamazaki 55 to be more like a Buddhist statue: calm and mysterious, requiring time to truly enjoy the inner beauty.”

To honor its ongoing commitment to give back to society, Beam Suntory, will donate $5,000 USD for every bottle released in this year’s 100-bottle collection, totaling $500,000 USD, to The White Oak Initiative, a group committed to the long-term sustainability of America’s white oak forests.

WATERFORD DISTILLERY CREATES ‘FIRST’ ORGANIC IRISH WHISKEY Into The Mix

FOUR PILLARS RELEASES TWO NEW RARE GIN EXPRESSIONS

September 6,2021

Joining the Rare Dry Gin family, Four Pillars has just announced the release of two super-limited gins – Rarer Dry Gin made with yuzu and Rarest Dry Gin made with bergamot (we hope you enjoy the creativity that’s gone in to the names..)

Earlier this year, Distiller Cam came across locally-grown yellow yuzu and green bergamot which reminded him of the early days of Four Pillars, and their love affair with oranges. Alongside nine signature botanicals, fresh oranges launched Rare Dry Gin into a whole new universe of flavour. Cam wondered what would happen if we swapped the orange out and nothing else? Quite a lot it turns out!

So we’re excited to introduce you to the result of these citrus experiments: two unique limited-edition citrus gins, each paying tribute to the heart and soul of Four Pillars, the original and much-loved Rare Dry Gin.

Just like Rare Dry Gin, there were juicy and delicious bi-products from the distillation which the team didn’t want to go to waste so they’ve also made a Made from Gin Yuzu & Bergamot Shred Marmalade. It’s pretty groovy on a cheese platter, with a pâté or with warm croissants or crumpets with just a little too much salted butter.

Bith expressions will be released 11th September. For mroe infomation, go to fourpillarsgin.com

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