Buffalo Trace Announces 2019 Antique Collection

It’s fall season and that means time for the 2019 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection of bourbon and rye whiskey. This much-anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. These are among the highest-ranked, most-awarded whiskeys in the world every year. The 2019 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection includes: George T. Stagg This year’s bourbon comes in at a lower proof of 116.9, the lowest in the whiskey’s history. For the…

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The Macallan Launches Edition No. 5 Scotch Whisky

The Macallan has announced Edition No. 5, the latest entry in their Edition Series. While previous releases, Edition No.1 and Edition No.2, highlighted the influence cask aging had on the taste and flavor, Edition No. 3 provided insight into aromas, and No. 4 focused on structure. The Macallan Edition No. 5 highlights the whisky’s natural color. The distillery partnered with the Pantone Color Institute to create The Macallan Edition Purple, the shade of the packaging, specifically for this…

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Eastside Distilling Acquires Azuñia Tequila

Portland, OR-based Eastside Distilling has purchased Azuñia Tequila from Intersect Beverage. Azuñia includes four tequila expressions: Blanco Organic Tequila, Reposado Organic Tequila, Añejo Tequila and Azuñia Black Tequila. The $3.5 million Azuñia, which is sold primarily to on-premise locations throughout the western and southeastern U.S., increased sales 37% in the past year, to about 13,000 cases. In addition to the higher-end tequila brand, the acquisition provides Eastside with more than 2,600 on-premise points of distribution and a direct…

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Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer Taps Into Hard Seltzer

Following the summer launch of Taffer’s Mixologist premium craft drink mixes, hospitality, nightclub and bar expert Jon Taffer has unveiled line of hard seltzers. Taffer’s Mixologist Sparkling Craft Cocktails will be available in seven flavor profiles inspired by modern mixology, including Cucumber Jalapeño, Pineapple Coconut, Strawberry Basil, Cherry Lime, California Lime, Grapefruit Moon and Taffer’s Original (Elderflower). Hard seltzers saw a 93% spike in sales year-over-year, according to a 2019 Nielsen survey, driven by the…

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Maker’s Mark Unveils Finishing Series 2019 Limited Release Bourbon

Maker’s Mark today announced the launch of its first-ever nationally available limited-release bourbon, Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series 2019 Limited Release: Stave Profile RC6. This cask-strength expression (108.2 proof) is finished with proprietary wood staves, the company says, referred to as Stave Profile RC6. Developed over the course of two years in partnership with barrel producer Independent Stave Company, Stave Profile RC6 is made from American Oak that was first exposed to the outdoors, or seasoned,…

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