Danzka Vodka is spreading its wings in the US with a new ad campaign. A Danish vodka in the Absolut Spirits Co. portfolio, Danzka is produced by the oldest distiller in Denmark, and the line includes 80 proof vodka as well as citron- and grapefruit-flavored varieties.
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Level is a new super-premium Swedish vodka from the Absolut Spirit Co.,
said to embody a balance of smoothness and character. Level uses two methods: continuous distillation, which distills the vodka hundreds of times to ensure
purity and smoothness, and batch distillation, where the vodka is produced batch-by-batch in pot stills.
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RémyRed adds two new flavors: RémyRed Strawberry Kiwi and RémyRed Grape Berry, made from fruit blended with Rémy Martin cognac. RémyRed is now known as RémyRed Red Berry. RémyRed Strawberry Kiwi combines strawberries and kiwis with hints of orange. RémyRed Grape Berry is a medley of grapes, blueberries and apples. From Remy Amerique.
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Looking for a creamier Bushmills? Try Bushmills Irish Cream, the Irish cream offering, from Pernod Ricard USA. Chocolate and vanilla flavors are blended with the full-bodied character of Bushmills Irish Whiskey to create the new product, made from cream, sugar, cocoa and whiskies from the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery.
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Coors is introducing Aspen Edge to capture some of the low-carbohydrate beer segment. The super-premium beer will be available on-premise in 10 states by March, nationwide by the end of 2004.
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Majestic Imports has introduced Envy, a blend of cognac, French vodka and natural fruit juices. Envy’s indigo-blue frosted bottle, brand imagery and non- marketing efforts aim Envy at the top of the rapidly growing category of luxury mixed spirits.
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Freixenet USA added a new sparkler to their cava portfolio: Freixenet Brut Nature 1999, from Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, Spain. Produced in the méthode champenoise, Brut Nature is made from a blend of traditional Cava grapes.
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Click Imports is bringing in a new line of Australian wine, called JackeRoo. Available nationwide in Chardonnay, Big Red (a blend of Cabernet-Shiraz and Merlot) and Shiraz, the wines feature good fruit taste and aroma.
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Francis Coppola presents Rosso 2002, which consists of three new red wine
varietals: Zinfandel, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Zinfandel is said to
have spicy clove aromas while the Syrah and Cabernet are said to have cherry and blackberry flavors with a hint of mocha notes.
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Hine Cognac, known best for vintage cognacs as well as Hine Rare VSOP
and Antique, joins the Todhunter/Cruzan portfolio, and operators can expect wider distribution and support of the cognac based exclusively on Grande and Petite Champagne-grown grapes.
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Spirits Marque One, LLC, has launched three Svedka Vodka flavors. clementine, raspberry and vanilla. The three flavored vodkas are clementine made from tangerines, raspberry, said to deliver fresh, lively aromas, and vanilla, said to offer a bouquet of caramel and tropical scents.
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The latest Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon is now available, the ninth vintage in the award-winning series. The brand is considered the world’s only vintage-dated single barrel bourbon, according to supplier Heaven Hill. Past versions have all sold out, so act soon.
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Isle of Jura Single Malt Scotch introduces Superstition, a union of two traditional Jura whiskey styles; the first strong and peated, the second delicate and subtle. The concept is the result of marrying traditional Islay-style peated barley with older malts. Superstition, like Isle of Jura, is imported by Heaven Hill.
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Emerald Ultra Premium Vodka is here. Imported from Canada, Emerald is an ultra premium vodka, six times distilled from Canadian winter wheat and spring corn, seven times filtered. Owned by Emerald Spirits, San Francisco, CA, Emerald will be available in clear bottles, each featuring a green emerald-shaped cap.
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Phillips introduces UV Vodka, which jumps on the Atkins craze as the first vodka claiming zero carbohydrates. UV is being supported with national advertising and point-of-sale display materials. UV is distilled four times from Midwestern grain and activated carbon-filtered, contains no additives, sugar or artificial ingredients.
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Super soft water, from an artesian aquifer in New Zealand, has been introduced into the US. Water with a hardness level below 178 is considered “soft,” above 357, hard. Eternal Natural Artesian Water is called “super soft” because it has a hardness level less than 12. Hardness is based on the amount of calcium and magnesium ions in water.
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Skyy Spirits has announced the release of the Glentrothes Single Speyside Malt 1974 Vintage, the distillery’s oldest vintage single malt introduced to the U.S. The malted barley is dried over peat-fired kilns and the distilled whisky is matured in casks of American or Spanish oak that have previously been used to mature sherry or bourbon.
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William Grant and Sons has released its first California wine, the 2001 Bennett Family Reserve Russian River Chardonnay. The Sonoma County chardonnay wine is said to offer aromas of stone fruit and citrus blossoms with creamy texture that lingers on the palate.
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