Cheers January/February 2013

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T:2.25" DRINK CULTURE Four Woods, One Bourbon XL Pinot Noir Glass Height: 9" Capacity: 30 oz. YOUR CUSTOMER'S TASTEBUDS WILL THANK YOU. PRODUCTS IRISH WHISKEY Mickey Finn Irish Apple is a new flavored whiskey available from Babco Imports. The spirit is a blend of Irish and American whiskies with natural Irish apple flavors, blended in The Netherlands. The 70-proof Irish Apple is available for a suggested price of $24.99 for a 750-ml. bottle. SCOTCH Campari America has three new limited editions of single-malt Scotches. The Auchentoshan Valinch 2012 Limited Edition Vintage is the second bottling of the limited edition of Scotland's only triple-distilled malt. With a cask strength of 57.2% ABV, it's available for a suggested retail price of $59.99. The Bowmore Dorus Mor Small Batch Release is a 10-year-old malt from Islay, bottled at 55.1% ABV and available for a suggested retail price of $119.99. The Glen Garioch 1986 Vintage, the fifth expression from the Highland distillery, has 3,000 bottles available worldwide at 54.6% ABV and a suggested retail price of $249.99. Grape varietal starting at $5.95 per glass. Available through your distributor or at T:10" Woodford Reserve recently announced its newest Master's Collection flavor: Four Wood. The limited-release, 94.4 proof bourbon, was matured in American Oak barrels for six to seven years before finishing in maple for two years, and Sherry and Port barrels for six months each. During a food pairing at the distillery with Louisville chef Ouita Michel, various cheeses, almonds, pickled plums, and a variety of other flavorful foods brought out the characteristics of each wood in the bourbon. Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris explained that the woods selected and the amount of time aged in each was specifically balanced to create a blended taste, so that no single flavor overtakes the others. This is the seventh year Woodford has released a Master's Collection flavor, each created by Morris to honor the brand's original owner and master distiller. To develop each selection, he changes one source of flavor in the bourbon: grain, fermentation, distillation or maturation. The other three, and the water, are the same used to make original Woodford Reserve. The Master's Collection has previously included Four Grain, Sonoma Finish, Sweet Mash, Seasoned Oak Finish, Maple Wood Finish, and Aged Cask Rye/New Cask Rye (released together last year). The Woodford Reserve Four Wood Master's Collection is available for a suggested retail price of $99. —Jeremy Nedelka

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