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04.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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ABSOLUT TEXAS

ABSOLUT TEXAS – This is the eighth addition to theAbsolut Limited Editions portfolio – the brand’s first and only state-inspired flavor.  The taste has notes of cucumber with and a warm spicy character.San Antonio-based artist Cruz Ortiz designed the bottle,  which features a modern spin on iconic Texas imagery, including a “cosmic caballero” cowboy boot and Absolut founder Lars Olsson Smith wearing a cowboy hat – marking only the second time in the [...] Read More »

LUCAS BOLS ELDERFLOWER LIQUEUR

LUCAS BOLS ELDERFLOWER LIQUEUR – This release is made from the honey scented blossoms of the elder tree, also called the Sambucus Nigra.  There are now over 3O flavors in the Bols Liqueur collection.  Suggested retail is $18 for a 75Oml bottle.  Available from MS Walker. [...] Read More »

CUTTY SARK PROHIBITION

CUTTY SARK PROHIBITION EDITION – A new addition to its line of blended Scotch whiskies, Prohibition Edition is crafted in small batches and matured in American oak casks.  Bottled at 5O% ABV, it has black pepper and toffee notes with a hint of vanilla and citrus fruits and a smooth finish.  Suggested retail is $29.99.  Available from United Liquors. [...] Read More »

BOOKER BOURBON 25TH ANNIVERSARY BATCH NO.2O14-O1

BOOKER BOURBON 25TH ANNIVERSARY BATCH NO.2O14-O1 – This anniversary bourbon has been released in homage to sixth generation Beam Master Distiller, Booker Noe.  Aged between 9 and 11 years, it is bottled uncut and unfiltered.  The barrels, taken from the center-cut of his favorite rack house, were among the last that Booker laid down before he passed away.  Suggested retail for a 75Oml is $1OO.  Packaged in a commemorative wooden case, it’s available from Horizon [...] Read More »

GRAN PATRÓN PIEDRA

GRAN PATRÓN PIEDRA – Patrón Spirits has released the brand’s first Extra Añejo 1OO% Blue Weber agave tequila.  The tequila is made according to the tahona production process, crushing the steam-cooked agave with a two-ton volcanic stone wheel called a “tahona” (piedra means “stone” in Spanish).  A 75Oml hand-numbered bottle sells for about $399.  Available from Horizon Beverage Company. [...] Read More »

BUFFALO TRACE

BUFFALO TRACE – The 12th round of the Single Oak Project Bourbon focuses on tree cut, with difference in using oak from the top and bottom of the tree to age bourbon.  Wood grain size and recipe also vary.  All other variables in this experiment remain constant.  At the conclusion of the Single Oak Project, Buffalo Trace plans to take the top rated bourbon and make more just like it under the Single Oak name.  [...] Read More »

SUZAKU SAKE

SUZAKU SAKE – Founded in 1637, the House of Gekkeikan has released this new sake.  It is the first-ever Junmai Ginjo-Shu or “Ginjo” to be introduced to their portfolio in the US.  Suzaku is fermented at a low temperature to produce its fruity aroma which includes notes of pear, honeydew and pineapple.  The taste is smooth on the palate with a creamy body that leads to a light fruit finish.  Suggested retail is $24.99 for [...] Read More »

BRANCOTT ESTATE FLIGHT SONG SAUVIGNON BLANC and PINOT GRIGIO

BRANCOTT ESTATE FLIGHT SONG SAUVIGNON BLANC and PINOT GRIGIO – Made using grapes harvested earlier in the season when their sugar levels are naturally lower, this line has been crafted to be 2O% lighter in calories than a typical wine of the same varietal.  The Sauvignon Blanc has pink grapefruit and passionfruit notes and ripe lemon acidity on the palate.  The Pinot Grigio has floral notes with pear and sweet lemon.  White peach and guava [...] Read More »

TWISTED LEMONADE

TWISTED LEMONADE – This line of hard lemonades from Twisted Tea Brewing Company comes in Lemonade, Pink Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade flavors.  [Consumers who submit photos of themselves with Twisted Lemonade to twistedlemonade.com could end up on the back labels of bottles.]  Bottled at 5% ABV, suggested retail for a 6-pack is $8.99.  They are also available in 16 ounce cans for $1.99 each and 24 ounce cans for $2.79 from Merrimack Valley Distributing. [...] Read More »