StateWays - May/June 2016

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StateWays ■ ■ May/June 2016 58 O N T H E S H E L F WOODFORD RESERVE 2016 KENTUCKY DERBY BOTTLE Woodford Reserve, the Offi cial Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, is honoring this year's "Run for the Roses" with the release of its 2016 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. This year's limited-edition Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottle features artwork from equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly. His painting "Barreling Down" is featured on the front of the Woodford Re- serve bottle. The neck band features black and Woodford Reserve's signature copper color with the Kentucky Derby 142 date and Thomas Allen Pauly's signature sealing the top of the bottle. A neck tag provides details about the product and the artist. $43.99 per 1-L. bottle. BLACK TRUMPET BLUEBERRY CORDIAL Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial is the newest farm-to-bottle spirit in the collaborative Art in the Age Infusions series coming out of Tamworth Distilling. Blue- berries plucked from the Foss Mountain berry patch serve as the base. For the next element, distillers Matt Power and Jamie Oakes turned to the New Hamp- shire Mushroom Company. Together, they decided on the black trumpet mushroom, which is native to area forests. Taken from the distillery's own botanical gardens, a bit of lemon verbena and lavender add some fl oral and citrus notes. The fi nished product is a balanced cordial enjoyed on its own, over ice or suited best in a cocktail. 25% ABV. $25 per 375-ml. bottle. CHAMPS DE PROVENCE ROSÉ Prestige Wine & Spirits Group has added this wine is from Côtes de Provence to its portfo- lio. It is a classic dry rosé, with notes of red berries, citrus and orange blossom with a medium-body, hints of raspberry and a zesty mineral fi nish. The fi nal blend is selected from small parcels within the regions of Trets, Pey- nier and Pourriéres, just south of the Mountain Sainte Victoire. The grape varieties are vinifi ed separately and the fermentation takes place over 15 days. Champs de Provence is com- prised of 40% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah and 10% Carignan and Mourvedre. $17.99 – $19.99 per 750-ml. bottle. FOREVER YOUNG WINE ROSÉ This wine comes from St. Tropez, France. It has hints of citrus zest with a fl avor of clementines, the company says. For the production process, the grapes are de-stemmed and then left for mac- eration, then put in stainless steel container for fermentation at controlled temperature, in which the whole process is checked and then matured in oak barrels. Forever Young Wine is imported and distributed by Dozortsev & Sons Enterprises. $19 per 750-ml. bottle. SKYY VODKA HONEYCRISP APPLE AND TROPICAL MANGO INFUSIONS Consumer interest in natural products has been the driving force behind the SKYY Infusions line. While sales of artifi cially fl avored and confectionary-themed vodkas continue to slide, vodkas featuring natural fruit fl avors showed excellent growth across the board in 2015, the company said. With apple remaining one of the top trending U.S. fl avors in food and beverage, Skyy looked to create a vodka with a crisp and balanced sweet-tart fl avor. For cocktail lovers caught up in mango-madness, SKYY Infusions Tropical Mango offers sweet, ripe, tropical fruit aromas and distinctive mango taste. Both are 70 proof. SRP: $1.99 per 50-ml., $13.99 per 750-ml., $16.99 per 1-L., and $19.99 per 1.75-L. E. H. TAYLOR, JR. SEASONED WOOD BOURBON This 100-proof, Bottled-In-Bond, small batch wheat recipe bourbon was aged for more than a decade. The barrels in this release underwent a variety of special seasoning processes. Some barrels were made from staves that were immersed in an enzyme rich bath with water heated to 100 degrees. After spending time in this proprietary solution, these staves were then placed into kilns and dried until they reached an ideal humidity level for crafting into barrels. Other staves were seasoned outdoors for six months, and others were left outdoors for a full 12 months before being made into barrels and sent to Buffalo Trace Distillery to be fi lled and aged. $69.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

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