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The Find: June 2013

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DOUBLE BLACK COMES TO AMERICA

On the heels of the overwhelmingly response in the U.S., the recently re-released of the limited-edition Johnnie Walker Double Black Scotch blend is now a permanent part of the portfolio. “The deeper, more intense flavors of Johnnie Walker Double Black derive from the combination of selected aged, naturally smoky whiskies and whiskies matured in deep-charred oak barrels, all carefully blended to bring out the smokiest flavors,” commented Master Blender Jim Beveridge.

SRP $40 | JohnnieWalker.com/en-us

SUERTE TEQUILA JUMPS TO MARKET

Legend has it that tequila was originally discovered by luck—when a farmer’s wife noticed a rabbit getting tipsy on fermented agave. Suerte is Spanish for luck, but apparently Suerte Tequila tequila needs no luck, as it brought home awards for quality and packaging in the first three U.S. competitions the brand entered. And now that Suerte is being marketed by T. Edward’s new spirit division, it won’t take as much luck to find the Blanco (SRP $33), Reposado ($37) and Añejo ($60) expressions. Now available in CO, CT, NJ, NY and WY, with more states to follow.

drinksuerte.com

 

JEFFERSON’S MAKES BARREL-AGED COCKTAILS A BREEZE

Castle Brands is giving restaurants and bars all they need to craft their own barrel-aged cocktails. The program (where legal) includes a branded Jefferson’s Bourbon 5L barrel with a minimum of six-bottle case purchase of Jefferson’s “Ridiculously Small Batch” Bourbon. After a few tips and a few weeks of aging, voilá—a cocktail program h as a new dimension. “Barrel-aging is an effective way to add layers of flavor and complexity to several bourbon cocktails, while still allowing the bartender to impart their unique style,” says Trey Zoeller, Jefferson’s Bourbon founder and master blender. Among the early adopters of the new program: The Ritz-Carlton and Louies Modern in Sarasota, FL; The Hermitage and Whiskey Kitchen in Nashville, TN; and the Palm steakhouse in Atlanta, GA.

jeffersonsbourbon.com

 

 

IT’S VODKA. IT’S TEQUILA. IT’S BOTH!

Blending mania is filtering from wine to spirits. Witness Red Eye Louie’s Vodquila, a combo of six-times-distilled, multi-grain vodka with pure blue agave tequila. The blend is a true hybrid, showing inviting tequila aromatics and a palate that lives up to the producer’s slogan: “smooth as silk.” Attractively priced at $20 SRP, the spirit launched in the south and is now rolling north (CT, IL, MA, NJ, NY, RI). It should be especially intriguing for mixologists; for instance Vodquila stands in admirably for tequila in a Tequila Sunrise, and for vodka in a Seabreeze. Reflecting Vodquila’s hybrid identity, the package is itself a blend—square at the base, round in the shoulder—and the cap, upside down, echoes the bottle shape.

vodquila.com

 


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