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Tullamore Dew debuts rum cask-finished whiskey


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.




jdcoffeeThe coffee, made with ground Arabica infused with Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, promises to deliver the signature Jack Daniel’s whiskey flavor minus the alcohol.

Available in caffeinated and decaffeinated variants in both tins and packets, the coffee has gone on sale in the whiskey’s hometown of Lynchburg and online.

The coffee is due to be rolled out across the US this year, priced at $21.95 for an 8.8-ounce tin and $6.95 for a 1.5-ounce bag.

“We take a lot of care and pride in the products we craft and Jack Daniel’s Coffee is no exception,” said Charlie Newman, owner and roast master at World of Coffee.

This isn’t the first whiskey-infused coffee to hit the shelves. Last April Bulleit Bourbon released a limited edition Bourbon-infused coffee in partnership with London coffee house The Gentleman Baristas.

X Bulleit coffee was crafted from beans rested for two weeks in ex-Bourbon casks to allow the spicy notes of the whiskey to blend with the beans’ natural character. Two blends of the Bourbon barrel-aged coffee were created – espresso and filter.

NOTE: So we went to the website only to find both regular and decaf are on backorder.



Created by Midleton Distillery Head Cooper, Jameson The Cooper’s Croze™ is the First of Three in The Whiskey Makers Series to Launch in the United States

With a commitment honoring those behind the brand and their unwavering passion for longstanding traditions, Jameson Irish Whiskey releases Jameson The Cooper’s Croze. A super-premium whiskey, Jameson The Cooper’s Croze is part of The Whiskey Makers Series, a range of three whiskeys, each highlighting a specific part of the whiskey making process.

Curated by Ger Buckley, Jameson fifth generation Head Cooper, Jameson The Cooper’s Croze is designed to showcase the varying characteristics imparted by the barrels – and by extension, the important role played by the cooper in the whiskey making process. With highly specialized knowledge passed down from his ancestors, Ger is tasked with selecting, repairing and maintaining the Midleton Distillery’s diverse and treasured barrels. The whiskey’s namesake – the croze – is Ger’s most prized possession. A tool used to make the groove where the head of the barrel is positioned in order to seal the barrel, it symbolizes the important role played by each barrel.

“I’ve created Jameson The Cooper’s Croze to show the versatility and profound influence barrels have on distinct whiskey flavors,” said Ger Buckley, Head Cooper for Jameson Irish Whiskey. “Barrel making transcends generations, as I’ve used the same methods and tools passed down from my grandfather, that’s the beauty of the craft.”

Using virgin American oak, seasoned bourbon and Iberian sherry barrels, Jameson The Cooper’s Croze is a perfect illustration of oak’s influence on a whiskey’s character. This non-chill filtered whiskey effortlessly carries the charred virgin oak character with vanilla sweetness from the seasoned bourbon barrels with rich fruit flavors and a fine balance of floral and spice notes.

“Jameson The Cooper’s Croze embodies our unwavering dedication to upholding the craft and heritage passed down from generation to generation at the Midleton Distillery,” said Sona Bajaria, Vice President, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA. “This is an exciting time for Jameson Irish Whiskey, as we look to celebrate the man behind the barrel, with respect to his dedication and passion shown throughout his unique craft.”

Jameson The Cooper’s Croze will be available at participating retailers at a suggested retail price of $69.99.


In Stores Now: Crown Royal Vanilla


Updated: October 5, 2016

Crown Royal is adding a delicious offering to its family of whiskies with the introduction of Crown Royal Vanilla Flavored Whisky, a blend of hand selected Crown Royal whiskies infused with the rich flavor of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. The result is a unique whisky bursting with the flavor of vanilla and the distinctive smoothness of Crown Royal.

A drink for all seasons, Crown Royal Vanilla can be enjoyed on the rocks, as a chilled shot, mixed with a variety of sodas for a Vanilla-forward take on hard sodas or as the key ingredient in unique twists on classic cocktails like the Vanilla Old Fashioned or Vanilla Hot Toddy.

Crown Royal Vanilla Flavored Whisky begins with a nose of rich vanilla bean with delicate hints of oak. The taste opens with a delicious, creamy vanilla flavor followed by a smooth, light whisky finish. The mouthfeel is viscous and warm, and the aftertaste is reminiscent of crème brulee.

“Vanilla is such a classic flavor that people around the world crave,” said Jim Ruane, Crown Royal Brand Director. “Infusing our Crown Royal whiskies with the flavor of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla allows us to highlight the vanilla notes found in many whiskies, including Crown Royal Deluxe, and share a delicious new offering with consumers.”

Crown Royal Vanilla is enclosed in the signature box and felt bag that Crown Royal consumers have grown to know and love. The packaging incorporates tan and cream hues with imagery of vanilla leaves on the bottle’s label. Crown Royal Vanilla (70 proof, 35% ABV) will be sold at a suggested retail price of $24.99 for a 750 ml bottle and is currently available nationwide.