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The Find: May 2013

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HIGHLAND PARK ADDS A MYTHIC SINGLE MALT: LOKI

Following in the footsteps of 2012’s Thor, Highland Park has released its second limited-edition single malt inspired by Norse mythology. Loki, named after a god known for mischief, is a 15-year-old whisky, aged in Sherry casks as well as heavily peated casks and bottled at 48.7% ABV, giving the whisky a sweet, spicy and smoky flavor. Like Thor, it is housed in a wooden frame echoing a Viking long ship; SRP is $249. There will be two more entries in Highland Park’s Valhalla Collection.

highlandpark.co.uk

NEW SAUZA RELEASES BEND THE RTS MOLD
Is America “ready” for bubbly, bottled margaritas? Sauza thinks so, and just like that, the ready-to-serve cocktail category just sprouted a new branch. Sauza Sparkling Margarita comes in three flavors: Original Lime, Wild Berry and Mango Peach. All three check in at just under 10% ABV, and stylistically display a sense of subtlety—fruity but not overtly sweet. Designed to be served over ice, they are hitting the market just in time for warm weather.

SRP $12.99/750ml |  sauzatequila.com

 

DERBY WINNER: EARLY TIMES MINT JULEP

For the past 26 years, the Early Times Mint Julep has proudly served as the “Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby.” In celebration, Early Times Kentucky Whisky has released the 2013 commemorative Kentucky Derby 139 bottle, a 1L pre-mix available in limited quantities at SRP of $14.99. The artwork, entitled “The Derby Dance,” is by equine artist Celeste Susany from Saratoga Springs, NY. More than 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are expected to be served at this year’s race, on May 4th at Churchill Downs.

earlytimes.com

 

 

MOUNT GAY ROLLS OUT THE ‘BLACK BARREL’
Honoring the brand’s 310th anniversary, Mount Gay Rum has launched Mount Gay Black Barrel in the U.S. All Mount Gay rums are made from a blend of single column and double copper pot distillates matured in toasted oak barrels. Black Barrel (SRP $29.99) has a higher proportion of double distillates and, after hand selection by Master Blender Allen Smith, is the only marque finished in charred bourbon oak barrels. The result is aromatic with a mix of fruit, oaky vanilla and sweet caramel notes leading into a full-bodied, bold-tasting rum with notes of pepper, spice and wood. In recognition of its anniversary, new packaging will be introduced to the entire premium portfolio: 1703 Old Cask Selection, Extra Old, Eclipse and Eclipse Silver. Black Barrel is the first rum to sport the new look.

mountgayrum.com

 


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