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The Find: October 2013

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Halloween has developed into a holiday both kids and adults enjoy—in completely different ways. Spud Vodka adds some fresh seasonal flavor (and humor) to the holiday with a new Pumpkin Spice & Sweet Potato Vodka, replete with a grinning sweet potato jack o’lantern. And California-based Agave Underground Tequila offers a subtly spooky look; each bottle is crowned with a skull sporting an agave mohawk. At the recent Spirits International (SIP) Awards, all three Underground tequilas took home medals—Silver (Best of Class), Reposado (Gold) and Añejo (Platinum)—and the line overall earned Platinum for design.



Spirits merchants can look forward to pleasing Johnnie Walker fans with a new expression this fall: Johnnie Walker Platinum Label, inspired by the Walker family custom of producing exclusive blends for private gatherings that were never sold. Displaying a sweet yet elegant Speyside style and subtle Islay smokiness, the Platinum blend was crafted by Master Blender Jim Beveridge from single malt and grain whiskies made at 20 distilleries, each matured for a minimum of 18 years.

SRP: $110 | johnniewalker.com




The Port house of Fonseca is launching its second limited-edition “Artist Series,” a special release of Bin 27 available from September through December. This year’s label features a festive design by contemporary American artist Barnaby Furnas. Concurrent with the special release, Fonseca is strengthening its support of Waterkeeper Alliance, a global organization dedicated to maintaining clean waterways worldwide. The partnership underscores the environmental concerns shared by Waterkeeper and the Port house.

SRP: $20.99 | kobrand.com




Fifteen years in the bar business? That calls for a drink! But not just any drink. Whiskey Blue—the upscale watering hole of Gerber Group, with outposts now in six U.S. cities—has collaborated with Old Forester to create a bespoke single-barrel bourbon to mark the anniversary. Rich and round, the 90 proof bourbon arrives at the bar(s) in 220 numbered squared bottles reminiscent of the 1870s era when Old Forester became the first bottled bourbon in America. It’s the first time Old Forester has ever done a custom single-barrel bottling, but it’s a natural step for Whiskey Blue’s expanding beverage program. Earlier the bar had worked with Woodford Reserve (another Brown-Forman bourbon) to create a Gerber Group blend, and more customization is planned for coming months. The group’s new bar and restaurant, Kingside, opening this fall at the new Viceroy New York hotel, will feature barrel-aged Manhattans using Michter’s Rye with a custom char and barrel-aged Negronis using Farmer’s Gin.




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