Cheers July/August 2016

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Page 10 of 43 11 July/August 2016 • PRODUCTS The eighth release from the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co. is the third in the Rhetoric series of progres- sively aged whiskeys. Rhetoric stocks were found in the old Stitzel-Weller Warehouses in Louisville, KY. The whiskey was distilled from 1990 to 1993 at the Bernheim Distillery. Hand- bottled in Tullahoma, TN, the whiskey is 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye and 90.4 proof. The suggested retail price is $110 per 750-ml. bottle. Hudson & Lee Honey Simple Syrup is an all-natural product, using organic ingredients and no sugar—just honey. It can be substituted in any cocktail recipe asking for simple syrup, such as a Margarita, Mojito and Mint Julep. The suggested retail price is $12.95 to $13.95 per 8-oz. bottle. Launched exclusively in the U.S. and Canada, Suntory Whisky Toki is a blend of whis- kies from the House of Suntory's Hakushu Distillery, Yamazaki Distillery and Chita Distillery. Traditionally crafted according to Suntory's Art of Blending philosophy, the expression features the characteristics of a Suntory blend, the company says: balance, harmony and one- ness. The suggested retail price of $39.99 per 750-ml. bottle. West Cork Distillers has launched two limited-release products, with just 4,800 bottles each in the U.S. West Cork Black Reserve is $40 per 750-ml. bottle and expresses deep woodiness and spice with a lingering, sweet vanilla note, the company says. West Cork Barrel Proof is $50 per 750-ml. and has fl avors of dried fruits, almonds and malt, the company says. West Cork Distillers has also refreshed its packaging to emphasize its Irish roots. Nautical Gin is an American premium gin infused with 15 ingredients, including a rare coastal botanical, the company says, and delivers a subtle hint of sea salt. The citrus-forward Nautical Gin also contains cori- ander, lemongrass, elderberry, spearmint and allspice, among others. Quadruple distilled, the gin is made in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. The suggested retail is $33 per 750-ml. bottle. Smirnoff kicked off the summer with its new Red, White & Berry vodka. This limited-edition spirit is a mix of cherry, citrus and blue raspberry fl avors, and is drinkable as a shot or mixed in summer cocktails or adult frozen treats. Now available nationwide, Smirnoff Red, White & Berry has a recommended retail price of $12.99 for a 750-ml. bottle and is 30% ABV. Laphroaig Lore Scotch whisky was drawn from a selection of casks, including double-matured, fi rst-fi ll ex-bourbon barrels followed by virgin European oak, fi rst-fi ll oloroso sherry butts, fi rst-fi ll and refi ll quarter casks and refi ll ex-Laphroaig stock. The taste is richly peaty with a spicy chili bite, the company says. Laphroaig Lore is 96 proof, and in limited quantities in select markets at a suggested price of $124.99 per 750-ml. bottle. The new Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita is a mix of light watermelon and cool lime. The 19.9-proof, ready-to-serve cocktail boasts a bright, fruity aroma with light tequila and citrus notes, the company says. It fi nishes with a sweet and tart melon fl avor. Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita is less than 100 calories per serving and has a suggested retail price of $12.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

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