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New Limited Edition CÎROC Black Raspberry

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Sean “Diddy” Combs and the Makers of CÎROC Ultra-Premium Vodka unveil CÎROC Black Raspberry, the newest addition to the successful liquid portfolio. CÎROC Black Raspberry is a rich tasting spirit made with vodka five times distilled from fine French grapes, finished in a tailor – made copper pot still in Southern France.  The vodka is masterfully infused with a distinctive blend of Black Raspberry and other natural flavors.  CÎROC Black Raspberry finishes with a citrus zest flavor resulting in a smooth velvety finish.  The product is packaged in a sultry all black bottle with sleek metallic gold lettering, commemorating a winter midnight celebration. The liquid can be enjoyed on the rocks or mixed with a variety of fresh ingredients such as lime, mint, or chamoy. Kicking off the holiday season, CÎROC Black Raspberry will be available for a limited time only.

“CÎROC always looks to be innovative. One of the strengths of our business is introducing new flavors. Welcoming Black Raspberry into our portfolio made sense, as its one if my favorite fruits.  Packaged in a new, limited edition, sleek design, CÎROC Black Raspberry will be a drink everyone will want to enjoy and have on display in their bar this season,” said Sean “Diddy” Combs, Chairman of Combs Enterprises. “We continue to deliver the most successful flavors, and this will be no exception.”

Sean “Diddy” Combs and the Makers of CÎROC have created the following signature cocktails to introduce CÎROC Black Raspberry and get fans prepared for the season of giving:

BLACK SMASH
2 oz CÎROC Black Raspberry
.5 oz Lemon juice
.5 oz Simple syrup
4 Mint leaves
5 Blackberries
Glass: Rocks
Garnish: Blackberry/Mint

Add all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice, shake it well. Double strain into a rocks glass and garnish.

BRAMBLE
1.5 oz CÎROC Black Raspberry
.5 oz Lime juice
.5 oz Simple syrup
3 Blackberries
Glass: Rock
Garnish: Blackberries

Muddle the blackberries in the rocks glass, add crushed ice. Add the rest of the ingredients in a shaker with one ice cube only. Strain into the rocks glass and garnish.

BLACK RASPBERRY ROYALE
1.5 oz CÎROC Black Raspberry
.5 oz Lemon juice
.5 oz Simple syrup
.5 oz Raspberry liqueur
Top up with Champagne
Glass: Champagne
Garnish: Twist

Add all ingredients in a shaker except the champagne. Add ice, shake well. Strain into a flute glass and add the champagne and garnish.

PREPARADA
1.5 oz CÎROC Black Raspberry
.5 oz Chamoy
.5 oz Lime juice
.5 oz Grenadine
2 oz of an Amber beer
Glass: Highball
Garnish: Rimmed salt with chili/smoked paprika.

Add all ingredients in a shaker except the beer. Add ice, shake well. Add the beer and strain into a highball glass rimmed with salt.

CÎROC Black Raspberry will be available in very limited quantities at liquor stores and top hotspots nationwide this Fall.

 

 

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Grey Goose Brings Back La Vanille

 

 

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GREY GOOSE vodka announces today the reintroduction in the United States of GREY GOOSE La Vanille flavored vodka for the first time in 15 years. GREY GOOSE Cellar Master François Thibault was inspired by the original recipe and is bringing this highly-sought after flavor back just in time for the holidays. Available in market for a limited time only, the revived iteration is made by blending GREY GOOSE vodka with natural vanilla flavors sourced from beans harvested in Madagascar.

After its successful run years ago, GREY GOOSE drew the production of La Vanille to a close with a heavy heart to focus on core flavors. However, bartenders never stopped asking for the expression and it has remained a popular cult flavor ever since – a treasured bottle stored on the back bar. Vanilla is now a top-selling flavor in the spirits category – growing by 40% year over year – and demand for this premium vanilla flavored vodka has never been greater.

“For years, bartenders have been telling me about their creative cocktail recipes inspired by GREY GOOSE La Vanille when it first launched 15 years ago. We’re excited that it will once again be back on shelves and behind bars for a limited time and look forward to giving the bartending community a chance to resurrect some of those bygone recipes this holiday season,” said Joe McCanta, GREY GOOSE Global Ambassador.

With no added sugar, the creation of GREY GOOSE La Vanille is a testament to the brand’s continued commitment to premium ingredients. GREY GOOSE La Vanille is comprised of the same soft winter wheat from Picardy and natural spring water from Gensac-La-Pallue that is used in GREY GOOSE vodka. It is then blended with natural vanilla flavors from beans harvested in Madagascar to create bold caramelized and toffee notes

The ethereal essence of GREY GOOSE La Vanille lends itself well to seasonal cocktails, from the GREY GOOSE La Vanille Spritz to the GREY GOOSE La Vanille Espresso Martini Cocktail – a delicious twist on a cocktail classic to keep the holiday celebrations going through the end of the night.

The brand has long anticipated the return of GREY GOOSE La Vanille and is delighted to finally be able to share it once again with the bartenders and cocktail aficionados patiently waiting alongside.

 

Johnnie Walker Launches Limited Edition ‘Jane Walker’ Bottle

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Johnnie Walker has unveiled Jane Walker, the first-ever female iteration of the brand’s Striding Man logo, which will debut on a special-edition offering of the Black Label blend.

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Jane Walker Edition will be available nationwide beginning in March to coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day celebrations. It is 40% ABV and the suggested retail price is $34 per 750-ml. bottle.

Diageo, which owns Johnnie Walker, says the special bottle design represents the brand’s commitment to progress.

“Women have played a significant role in the brand’s history dating back to 1893, when John Walker & Sons purchased the Cardhu distillery from Elizabeth Cumming,” the company says. “Cardhu is one of the single malts that comprises Johnnie Walker Black Label and is considered the heartbeat of the blend. Elizabeth Walker, the wife of founder John Walker, was also fundamental to the creation of their own blended whisky, working alongside John and their son Alexander in the original Walker grocery shop. Today, nearly 50 percent of the brand’s 12 expert blenders are women, with female leadership across marketing and C-Level executives.”

To support this effort as part of Keep Walking America, Johnnie Walker will donate $1 for every bottle of Jane Walker Edition it makes to organizations championing women’s causes, with a total donation of up to $250,000, including a donation of $150,000 to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund and its Monumental Women campaign.

Monumental Women, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a monument honoring America’s women suffragists in New York City’s Central Park, where there are 23 statues of historical figures but not one honoring a real woman.

“Important conversations about gender continue to be at the forefront of culture and we strongly believe there is no better time than now to introduce our Jane Walker icon and contribute to pioneering organizations that share our mission,” says Stephanie Jacoby, VP of Johnnie Walker. “We are proud to toast the many achievements of women and everyone on the journey towards progress in gender equality.”

Johnnie Walker will also celebrate the next generation of female leaders by donating a portion of Jane Walker Edition proceeds to She Should Run, who are dedicated to inspiring women to run for office.

Tullamore Dew debuts rum cask-finished whiskey

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Tullamore Dew XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish has been finished in first-fill XO Carribean rum casks previously used to age Demerara rum.

On the nose, it has notes of “vanilla and oak overlaid with citrus, ripe bananas and delicate spice”. Described as “smooth and rich”, it has a “creamy mouthfeel” with notes of “deep caramel, banana, dates and raisins”.

The new expression is inspired by the brand’s new global campaign, The Beauty of the Blend. The campaign aims to “challenge preconceptions about how great whiskey is made”, as well as championing cultural diversity and social inclusion.

The packaging is inspired by antique Caribbean trade maps, passport stamps and travel journals.

“At our Tullamore Distillery, we are constantly experimenting with our whiskey making,” said John Quinn, global brand ambassador for Tullamore Dew. “Tullamore Dew XO Caribbean Rum Cask Finish was just one of many trials inspired by our work on the Beauty of Blend, but immediately stood out to our whiskey makers as being something truly special.”

“Many styles of Caribbean rum were tested, but carefully selected first fill XO Caribbean rum casks, previously used to age Demerara rum, imparted distinctive sweet tropical fruit and warm spice flavours to our original blend. The combination of Irish heart and Caribbean soul balance beautifully.”

Bottled at 43% abv, Tullamore Dew XO Rum Cask Finish is available to purchase in select outlets around the world from an MSRP of $29.99.