Cheers May 2016

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Page 12 of 51 13 May 2016 • DRINK CULTURE Novo Fogo has announced a new line of small-batch, sin- gle-barrel cachaças. Made near the Atlantic Rainforest in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná from estate-grown organic sugarcane, all the cachaças are proofed between 41% and 48%. Barrel 86 is aged one year in a single oak barrel; this honey-colored expression has hints of honeydew melon and coffee cake, the company says. Barrel 33 is aged three years in oak; the nose offers sweet and savory scents like clove, allspice or pear with additional notes of baked apple, dried apricot and tobacco leaf. Barrel 152 is aged for three years and has flavors of toasted coconut and black walnut flavors. And Barrel 87 ages for five years; it boasts sweet flavors of prunes, pecans, or peppers, with hints of crème brûlée, chamomile and bitter chocolate. The suggested retail pricing (SRP) is $49.99, $69.99, $69.99, $99.99, respectively, per 750-ml. bottles. PRODUCTS Disaronno Riserva is a new blend of the Italian amaretto liqueuer Disaronno and Scotch, aged in vintage Marsala wine barrels at the compa- ny's own Cantine Florio in Marsala, Sicily. The result is a spicy sweetness that fades into light and fruity vanilla-almond notes, the company says. The finish is peppery with a hint of dried fruit. Just 10,000 bottles were produced, and will be available at luxury retailers while supplies last. SRP: $349 per 750-ml. bottle. Alacran Reposado tequila is a premium tequila that uses 100% Weber blue agave from 7 to 10 years old harvested in the highlands of Los Altos in Jalisco. It is matured for four months in American oak barrels from bourbon, which imparts a rich, caramel and oak flavor with a hint of vanilla, the company says. SRP: $49.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Luxco has launched Blood Oath Pact No. 2— the sec- ond expression in the limited-release bourbon series. This follows Blood Oath Pact No. 1, which came out a year ago. Blood Oath combines "rare" bourbons, blended and bottled by hand in this Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, the company says. Pact No. 2, bottled at 98.6 proof, is a mix of three bourbons ranging in age from seven to 11 years. The first, a seven-year rye bourbon finished in port barrels, is joined by an 11-year wheated bourbon and an 11-year rye bourbon. SRP: $99.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Ruffino Sparkling Rosé is created in an extra-dry style, and comprised of predominantly prosecco (glera) grapes from the vineyards within the Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto regions of Northeastern Italy. Ruffino Sparkling Rosé is a pink hue with aromatic notes of strawberry, and hints of rose petals, according to the company. On the palate, this 11%-ABV wine has crisp acidity and elegant bubbles, the company says, offering flavors of red berries and white fruits through the finish. SRP: $14.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Started by husband-and-wife team Nick and Amanda Swift, Swift Single Malt is made in Dripping Springs, TX. It's twice-distilled from 100% Scottish malted barley, with cuts taken off of hand-ham- mered copper pot stills from Portugal to fine tune the spirit by taste. Modeled after a traditional Speyside Scotch, Swift Single Malt is made with water that is controlled to match the composition of Scotland's water, the company says, and is never chill-filtered. Each batch is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels and finished in oloroso sherry casks. Barrels and casks are coopered in-house by Nick Swift. SRP: $55 per 750-ml. bottle.

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