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New Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry Announced

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SoCo Bold Black CherrySouthern Comfort has announced the launch of its newest product, Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry. The newest expression is a mixture of Southern Comfort with whiskey and cherry flavors and is targeted to connect with younger drinkers.

A press release for the new product reads: Southern Comfort was created by New Orleans bartender, Martin Wilkes (M.W.) Heron in 1874. After experimenting with a variety of fruits, spices and other spirits, Heron struck on the perfect combination creating a one-of-a-kind blend of whiskey, fruit, and spice flavors. The new Bold Black Cherry product carries on Southern Comfort’s heritage as the leader in the flavored spirit category. The combination of dark fruits with Southern Comfort is perfectly served with cola to enhance the rich, complex flavor.

The signature drink is the SoCo Bold Black Cherry & Cola.

  • 2 oz. Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry
  • 4 oz. Cola
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Fill a glass with cubed ice. Pour in Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry. Add Cola and garnish with lemon wedge.

Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry will be available nationwide beginning in June.


3 comments 05.24.2012 |

Goose Island Beer Co.’s En Passant a Play on the Old Fashioned

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It’s no secret we love cocktails (we are sponsoring the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail Official Cocktail Contest, after all!), and it should be no surprise that we love craft beer. What if you can have the best of both world? And I’m not talking about cocktails using craft beer as an ingredient.

Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. has done this with their En Passant. Brewers Joel Becker, Keith Gabbett, and Claudia Jendron all had a love of cocktails, particularly the classic Old Fashioned. Their En Passant, a mild rye ale, was created to be similar in style with a rounded malt backbone and spice from the rye, combined with the sweetness blood orange.

En Passant clocks in at a low 4% abv and is also meant to pair with a shot of whiskey.

Will we see more cocktail themed beers from Goose Island? I hope so. Not your thing? The Small Screen Network’s Robert Hess can show you how to mix up a great Old Fashioned instead.


1 comment 03.28.2012 |

Glenfiddich Breaks World Record at Auction

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Glenfiddich 125th Charity Gala On Liberty Island

An extremely rare bottle of Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky, sold at auction last night for a record-breaking $94,000, in celebration of its 125th anniversary. The bottle of Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve, one of only 11 bottles in the world, shattered the record for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold at auction. The evening, held on New York’s Liberty Island, was hosted by famed actor and environmentalist Adrian Grenier, with proceeds benefitting SHFT Initiatives, the charitable arm of SHFT, which was founded by Mr. Grenier to promote sustainability issues through the intersection of commerce, art & design, and communication.

This extremely rare whisky was created to commemorate the 110th birthday of Janet Sheed Roberts, granddaughter of Glenfiddich founder William Grant in late 2011. This offering has quickly established itself as the benchmark for fine and rare whiskies, with Bottle #1 fetching an unprecedented 46,850 pounds Sterling ($72,630) at auction in the UK in December 2011. Bottle #2 was subsequently sold for 44,000 pounds at an event hosted by HRH Prince Harry. The sale of this third bottle reaffirms the brand’s position among the world’s most valuable Single Malt Whiskies, and is a fitting tribute to the distillery’s 125 years of pioneering achievements.

“We’re so excited to have kicked off our 125th anniversary year in such an unprecedented and memorable way,” said Lindsay Prociw, Senior Brand Manager for Glenfiddich. “Glenfiddich began its history 125 years ago when our founder William Grant cashed in his life savings to pursue his dream of creating the ‘best dram in the valley.’ The distillery he founded is unique because it is still proudly, independently owned by Grant’s descendents, and that makes SHFT the perfect partner for the auction proceeds. They help contribute to the pioneering dreams of others.”

Proceeds of the auction gala will benefit SHFT Initiatives. SHFT Initiatives is a sustainability-focused charity founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier. Its mission is to develop creative solutions to improve the health of individuals, communities, and the environment at large through the intersection of commerce, art & design, and communication. Like Glenfiddich, SHFT Initiatives is fully devoted to supporting sustainable business practices, as well as the artists, innovators and pioneers of tomorrow, whose dreams may one day have a profound impact on our world.

The event was co-hosted by Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman who travelled from Scotland to oversee this auspicious occasion and kick off the brand’s year-long 125th Anniversary celebration.

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William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distills some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s fourth largest blended Scotch Grant’s® as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Rum, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Milagro® Tequila.

Among the most recent accolades for the well-awarded company, William Grant & Sons was honored as the “Distiller of the Year” by the International Wine & Spirit Competition for the second year running and the fourth time since 1999. When counted along with the same designation from the International Spirits Challenge, William Grant & Sons has received this title an unprecedented nine times in the past 12 years.

Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest growing spirits portfolios in the USA with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Milagro Tequila, Stolichnaya Vodka, Grant’s, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson’s Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Lillet, Art In The Age, The Knot and BOLS cordials. The company has offices in New York City (sales and marketing) and Edison, NJ (bottling and warehouse facilities). For more information on the company and its brands, please visit www.grantusa.com.

SOURCE William Grant & Sons, Ltd.


4 comments 03.16.2012 |

Mixing Jack Daniel’s and Music

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Did you know that Jack Daniel was a musician? He didn’t either. An american figure if there ever was one “Mr. Jack” was an entrepreneur, a ladies man, a whiskey man and he even took part in one American tradition before it even was a tradition — wanting to be a rockstar.

In 1892, Jack Daniel created the Silver Cornet Band in hopes to draw crowds to his two saloons. He ordered all 13 instruments direct from the Sears and Roebuck catalog for less than $300 and had Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 painted on the side of the bass drum. The days of the town square ragers hosted by Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band might be long gone but Jack Daniel’s and music still mix together very well.

Jack Daniels Studio No. 7

Today, Jack Daniel’s Studio No.7 finds talented musicians to put on exclusive shows at great venues across the country. Speaking from experience I have to say that when Jack is around, I’ve always had a good time. Who wouldn’t want to check out a semi-secret show that is unarguably guaranteed to feature a whiskey fueled crowd energy?! The line up of talent is hand picked by JD Studio No. 7 and is comprised of a varying mix of musicians that each have individual swagger and an impressive stage presence. Because of the way these shows are organized you can only score a spot on the guest list “if you know a guy” or better yet, a Mutineer.

Check out these upcoming exclusive access shows from Jack Daniel’s Studio No.7 and register for a spot on the guest list.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ   MARCH 13 – REGISTER

PORTLAND, OR   MARCH 19 – REGISTER

ATLANTA, GA   MARCH 22 – REGISTER

NEW ORLEANS, LA   MARCH 25 – REGISTER

NASHVILLE, TN   APRIL 05 – REGISTER

DALLAS, TX   APRIL 12 – REGISTER

Don’t see a show in your area? Click HERE to stay in touch with Jack Daniel’s Studio No. 7

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Evan Williams to Release Cinnamon Reserve Flavored Bourbon

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Evan Williams Cinnamon ReserveHeaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., the country’s largest independent family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer, announces the release of Evan Williams Cinnamon Reserve Kentucky Liqueur, a new product that marries extra-aged Evan Williams Bourbon with natural hot cinnamon flavor. Bottled at 70 proof and available in both a 750ml and 50ml size, Evan Williams Cinnamon Reserve will be shipping nationally in February at a suggested retail price of $14.99 for the 750ml bottle.

The launch of Evan Williams Cinnamon Reserve follows closely on the heels of the hugely successful introduction of Evan Williams Honey Reserve, which launched in the Fall of 2009, and Evan Williams Cherry Reserve, which debuted in 2010. Since that time, both have enjoyed great sales success and critical acclaim, including winning a Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and being named a “Hot Prospect” brand. Evan Williams Cherry and Honey Reserves, and now Cinnamon Reserve, take advantage of established trends in the distilled spirits industry in general and the American straight whiskey category in particular. Among these is the ongoing success and growth of flavored spirits, as well as the continued popularity of Bourbon, especially Evan Williams, which showed the greatest sales percentage increases among high volume brands since 2008, according to A.C. Neilsen. Heaven Hill fully anticipates that infusing Evan Williams extra-aged Bourbon, the second largest selling Bourbon brand in the United States and the world and a “Best Buy Whiskey of the Year” winner, with natural hot cinnamon flavor will yield similar success as that achieved with Evan Williams Honey and Cherry Reserves.

Like the Honey and Cherry Reserves, Evan Williams Cinnamon Reserve is packaged in the highly-recognizable square Evan Williams bottle, with a clear label carrying the Evan Williams logo and a stylized rendition of cinnamon sticks bursting through flames. With a black and orange capsule closure, the packaging draws on the equity of the Evan Williams brand franchise, but with a contemporary flair. Bottled at an approachable 70 proof, and infused with natural hot cinnamon taste that complements the easy-to-drink Bourbon flavor, Evan Williams Cinnamon Reserve lives up to its tagline of “Intensely cinnamon. Incredibly smooth.”

“The launch of Evan Williams Honey and Cherry Reserve has exceeded our expectations,” stated Assistant Brand Manager Hannah Venhoff. “Given the strength of the Evan Williams brand franchise and the proven success of the flavored Bourbon sub-category, we believe it is the perfect time in which to launch Evan Williams Cinnamon Reserve. And with a very approachable price point and a full range of retail and on-premise marketing materials available, we are expecting this brand launch to be red-hot!”


3 comments 01.26.2012 |

Mutineer Magazine Issue 21 Preview

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Issue 21

From the Issue 21 Letter from the Editor:
“Like always, the year begins with a two and a half day hangover brought on by the enthusiasm for a fresh start in the proverbial sense, and I hope your festivities served you well. The cosmic significance of a new year is not to be underestimated, and as your fine beverage attorney I strongly recommend creating some New Year’s resolutions to set yourself up for a year of respectable drinking and favorable liquid karma.”

In this issue, we close out 2011 and open 2012, which has appropriately been dubbed as The Year of The Mutineer, with our best issue yet. 2012 is going to be an incredible ride and we’re very humbled for you to be on it with us.

The January/February 2012 Issue of Mutineer Magazine brings you:

Inside The Barrel

Food and beverage artisans are catching on to what the wine and whiskey industries have known for centuries: barrel aging is amazing! Find out just what sorts of craft products are going into the barrel these days.

Napa Harvest

Winery tours skip several steps on the path from the vine to the bottle. Ward Kadel wanted to know more, so he put work gloves on and joined Chimney Rock Winery for their 2011 harvest.

World Wine Tour

Two people with a passion for compassion and wine set off on a year long tour to raise money for kids in Laos. How’d they fare? Better than anyone could have imagined.

Mutineer Interview: Steve Smith

Tazo introduced the majority of Americans to high-quality tea. Mutineer chats with Steve Smith, co-founder of Tazo and the man behind the tea revolution.

The Happening Special Report: Third Annual Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party and The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition

Did you miss the coolest party to hit Napa, CA in 2011? Don’t worry, we’ll fill you in with a behind-the-scenes look at the competition, the party and the drinks.

Hungry Mutineer: The Winter Table

This winter, Food Editor Erin Jimcosky is cooking with Darroze Speciale Réserve Bas-Armagnac. What’s on her winter table? Duck liver and prune pâté with Armagnac, roasted chicken with oyster mushrooms and juniper gravy, and winter cake.

The January/February issue also includes:
Dan Dunn’s Civilization and Its Discontents: Drinking Phrases
Wine Steals: Italian Reds
What People Drink: Clyde Common’s Jeffrey Morgenthaler
What People Drink: Solbar’s Michael Jack Pazdon
Beer Styles: Session Beers
Classic Cocktails: The Gimlet
+++ Soda Jerk: Coffee Soda, Seasonal Cheese, Drink Night Cocktails, Mutineer Library: Uncorking The Past and much, much, more…


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Craft Beer Radar: Notable Upcoming Beer Releases

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Flying Dog Brewery Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

Flying Dog Brewery Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

This 8.9% ABV brew is made with locally-roasted coffee from Black Dog out of Summit Point, West Virginia. Flying Dog’s Imperial Coffee Stout, which is hitting shelves and draft lines in the mid-Atlantic this week. Once an experimental release named simply Coffee Stout, the brew has now found its spot in Flying Dog’s permanent seasonal rotation, which Flying Dog plans to release Kujo each winter.

Founders Brewing Curmudgeon’s Better Half
Founders Brewing Curmudgeon’s Better Half

Founders Brewing Co.’s Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing, Dave Engbers, has announced that Curmudgeon’s Better Half would be the next release in the brewery’s 750mL Backstage Series, with availability beginning on February 13, 2012, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Curmudgeon’s Better Half is a re-branding of the beer formerly known as Kaiser’s Curmudgeon, which has only been served at Founders’ taproom and in extremely limited draft distribution. Curmudgeon is an old ale brewed with molasses and aged on oak; it becomes Better Half after aging—for 254 days—in bourbon barrels that have more recently been aging Michigan maple syrup.

Odell Brewing SaboteurOdell Brewing Saboteur

On December 14th, Odell Brewing began shipping this year’s batch of Saboteur Brett Barrel Brown Ale, a classic brown ale aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces. “Brewed on a big chocolaty brown ale base, Saboteur was aged with a clean and fruity strain of Brettanomyces in oak to give it nice vanilla and brown sugar layers,” said Zach Turner, quality assurance manager for Odell Brewing. Saboteur is offered in 750ml Belgian style cork and cage finished bottles and will be available in the brewery’s ten state distribution region beginning in late December or early January 2012.

The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone More Brown Than Black IPA

After John Kimmich lost The Alchemist Pub and Brewery in Waterbury, VT to Hurricane Irene, Stone Brewing Co. Brewmaster Mitch Steele heard of the loss and immediately sent out an email to John asking if there was anything he could do to help. Eventually, John flew to California and teamed up with Mitch and Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi Brewing Company and they collaborated to create More Brown Than Black IPA. Proceeds from the beer, released December 19, will benefit the Waterbury Good Neighbor fund.
The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone More Brown Than Black IPA

Goose Island and Frontera Grill XocolatlGoose Island and Frontera Grill Xocolatl

Xocolatl is a collaboration beer between Chicago’s Goose Island and Rick Bayless’ Mexican restaurant Frontera Grill. The draft only beer is a barrel aged chocolate barley wine made with chocolate beans, Mexican vanilla and ancho chili and aged for 18 months in barrels previously housing Elijah Craig 18-year-old whiskey. Xocolatl will be on tap when Frontera opens its doors next Wednesday at 5 p.m and is expected to last only a couple of days.


1 comment 12.16.2011 |

Give the Gift of Clean Water This Holiday Season

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Source water at four of A Child's Right's school installation sites prior to filtration through A Child's Right systems
Source water at four of ACR’s school installation sites prior to filtration through our systems. Water high in terribly unsafe contaminants is evident in every part of the cities in Nepal.” (Kathmandu, Nepal)

Not sure what to get that special someone for Christmas this year? Since they’re already likely subscribed to Mutineer Magazine, why not make a donation to A Child’s Right on their behalf and give the gift of water to a poor child in a developing country? Here are just a few reasons why you should help:

  • 80% of diseases in the developing world are caused by contaminated water.
  • Waterborne diseases are the single biggest threat to children around the world.
  • Of the 3 million people who die every year due to waterborne diseases caused by unclean water, 90% are children under the age of 5.
  • Right now, one billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water.
  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
  • In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking to their source contaminated water, equivalent to the entire yearly workforce of France.
  • Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
  • One in eight people on the planet drinks water that’s likely to make them sick.

These are just a few of many scary statistics about the global water crisis and children are especially vulnerable to waterborne diseases, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.

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Donating is easy. Visit the donation page at A Child’s Right and using your credit card you can make a donation on behalf of yourself or dedicate it on behalf of, in honor of, or in memory of someone else. You can even choose which country your donation goes to or you can opt for it to be used for water projects where it’s needed most.

Water is the fundamental building block of life. Without water, we wouldn’t just be without wine, whiskey or beer, we couldn’t even survive.

To donate, visit AChildsRight.org.

Want to see how bad the global water crisis is? Check out Mutineer Alan Kropf’s documentary Thirsty Children, which documents his trip to Nepal to install five Mutineer purchased water filtration systems.

Looking to purchase wine? Why not purchase it through Cellar Angels and opt to have a portion of the proceeds donated to A Child’s Right.

About A Child’s Right

Their mission is simple: to change the lives of vulnerable children in impoverished urban areas by providing clean, safe drinking water to orphanages, schools, children’s hospitals, street shelters and rescue homes. They envision a world with clean water for all children — and a museum telling of when it was not so.


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