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VICTORIA, Jan. 21, 2019 /CNW/ - The best whisky in Canada is an all-rye whisky, distilled 22 years ago at Forty Creek Distillery in Grimsby, Ontario.


After blind tastings of well over 100 whiskies, 10 independent whisky experts have declared Forty Creek 22-year-old Rye as Canadian Whisky of the Year in the ninth annual Canadian Whisky Awards.

Held each January at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, BC, as part of the Victoria Whisky Festival, the Canadian Whisky Awards recognize the very best whiskies produced in Canada.

Awards founder, Davin de Kergommeaux described Forty Creek 22 year-old Rye as: "A huge, yet elegant rye whisky, just bursting with complex flavours."

Other top accolades went to whiskies from JP Wiser's, Canadian Club, Crown Royal, and Gooderham and Worts. Forty Creek founder, John K. Hall was announced as the first member of the Canadian Whisky Hall of Fame, while Dr. Don Livermore was named Blender of the Year.

"Every year the whiskies are just that much better than the year before," said de Kergommeaux as he revealed the winners. "Top whiskies from five or six years ago might earn a silver medal today.  The competition is that intense."

As the Canada's pre-eminent Canadian whisky competition, the independent judging panel, served up some surprise honours to relative newcomers such as Saskatchewan's Last Mountain distillery which took home top spot as Microdistillery of the Year.

If this year's record setting submissions are an indication, Canadian whisky fans have an extremely exciting 2019 to look forward to.

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Newport, Ore. (January 17, 2016)—From Rolling Thunder Barrel Works, Rogue’s Newport-based cooperage (barrel-making facility), comes the return of Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout and the new Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey. A first-of-its-kind stouted American Single Malt whiskey, Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey is the culmination of all things DIY from Rogue.  

Released each February, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout is aged in whiskey-soaked barrels that are made at Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works. Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey takes it a step further:

start="1" /> <li>Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey starts with barley grown and harvested at Rogue Farms</li> <li>That barley is brewed into wash and distilled into whiskey</li> <li>While Master Distiller Brian Pribyl is distilling the whiskey, Rogue cooper (barrel-maker) Nate Linquist makes a barrel out of Oregon Oak (<em>Quercus garryana</em>)</li> <li>The whiskey is aged one year in these Rolling Thunder Barrel Works barrels.<br /> Towards the end of that aging period, Brewmaster John Maier brews his imperial stout.</li> <li>Brian’s whiskey is then transferred to new barrels and John’s imperial stout is transferred to the whiskey-soaked barrels. After nine months, the beer is pulled and released as Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout.</li> <li>The original whiskey is put back into the whiskey- and stout-soaked barrels for an additional two years of aging.</li> <li>Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey, the final product of all this hard work and time is hand-bottled in hand-numbered bottles and topped with a hand-branded topper. </li> </ol> <p>The Rolling Thunder family of products is what sets Rogue apart from other craft breweries and distilleries. “As the only farmer-brewer-distiller-cooper in the world, we are the only company who can create Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey completely in house,” says Rogue President Dharma Tamm. “We grow ingredients we use to brew and distill and make the barrels we age those products in. As Rogues, we are excited by the possibility of creating things by hand that no one has the patience to do.” </p> <p>Opening with subtle aromas of smoke and sea air, Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey has notes of dark cocoa, toffee and dried fruit and a coffee and grain finish. <br /> <br /> This year, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout features prominent notes of chocolate and coffee that complement the flavors of whiskey-soaked Oregon Oak. <br /> <br /> Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey is available in limited quantities nationally in hand-numbered 750ml bottles. </p> <p>Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout is available in limited quantities nationally in hand-numbered, 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottles. <br /> <br /> For more information, samples and photography, contact <a href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?subject=">Rachel Morrison</">.  </p>"
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(January 17, 2019– Oakville, Canada) Today, Peter Mielzynski Agencies (PMA) announced it has acquired Quebec-based LCC Wines & Spirits. The two companies have a long history of collaboration, and this agreement represents the latest move by PMA in its efforts to establish a leadership position in the Canadian beverage alcohol space.

LCC, established in 1985, quickly built a distinguished reputation thanks to its passion, experience and management philosophy based on responsibility and mutual respect. In addition to its strong brand portfolio, LCC has provided exceptional leadership for PMA’s supplier partners in Quebec, based on its insight, trusted relationships and strong family leadership.

With this acquisition, the majority of LCC’s team of professionals will join PMA, including current President and CEO Dominique-Ann Coffin who will assume the role of Vice President of Sales, East Region, overseeing Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces with PMA.

“Partnering with LCC was a natural fit. We share many of the same brands, as well as the same commitment to a highly-specialized and service-oriented approach in the market,” said John Donohue, PMA General Manager. “Our growth strategy has been very deliberate, and I look forward to working with Dominique-Ann and her team to channel LCC’s energy and passion to the PMA business.”

Founded in 1979, PMA brings its long-established relationships with shareholders William Grant & Sons, Distell Wine & Spirits, Gruppo Italiano Vini and, most recently, Breakthru Beverage Company.  PMA also brings exclusive long-standing supplier relationships that include spirit partners Jägermeister, Illva Disaronno, Goslings and Flor de Caña, beer partners Innis & Gunn and Asahi, and wine partners Norton, Emiliana, and Reh Kendermann.

PMA recently signed a national sales brokerage agreement with Brown-Forman, makers of Jack Daniel’s along with a strong portfolio of premium spirits and expanded its relationship with Distell. The Brown Forman agreement, along with the LCC acquisition, lifts PMA to the 4th largest selling agency in Canada by value and strengthens PMA’s national footprint, allowing an efficient route to market for the company’s full portfolio of brands. Last year, PMA formed a shared services partnership with Breakthru Beverage Group to invest in enhancing its analytics, trade marketing, training and sales capabilities. 

“PMA is an ideal partner with whom we share a long history of success in Canada. The mutual passion for the brands in our portfolio combined with PMA’s revitalized vision for the future make this a natural alliance,” explained Dominique-Ann Coffin, President and CEO of LCC. “PMA has made a number of strategic moves recently and really positioned itself strongly in the changing market. It’s very exciting.”

The acquisition is effective immediately. 

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January 16, 2019

Diageo is one of the 230 companies included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which distinguishes companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality.   

For a second year Diageo received recognition for the diversity of leadership within our Executive Committee and Board. We also scored highly for a number of policies we have in place to foster a diverse and inclusive culture, particularly around flexible working, family care and health care.

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Northbrook, IL: AmpliVox Sound Systems has introduced its first-ever karaoke player, an all-in-one entertainment option for personal use or public venues. The versatile, portable SK765 Karaoke Party Pro System delivers crystal clear sound for over 300 pre-loaded songs, with added connectivity to Bluetooth ™ devices or karaoke DVD/CDG sources for an unlimited selection of performance options.

Karaoke enthusiasts will enjoy using the AmpliVox system for its user-friendly design features. A Bluetooth™-equipped speaker pairs with included wireless microphones, allowing for complete freedom of movement during performances. The seven-inch TFT digital color screen displays sharp text that can be read from a distance. Vocal performances can be customized using onboard controls for microphone volume, analog echo, and balance, and can be recorded directly to an SD card. Connect the player to gaming consoles, big-screen televisions or home entertainment centers for even more dramatic effects. The unit includes a universal cradle for external devices with a built-in USB charger, two wireless microphones with dedicated storage, audio and video input/output ports with RCA cables, an AC power adapter for the player, and a battery-operated remote control.

“Karaoke continues to be a fun event activity that appeals to all ages, and our Party Pro system makes top-quality sound available to every kind of user,” notes Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO. “Professional singers can use the system to accompany them during performances, restaurants and clubs can bring in customers for karaoke events, and casual fans will enjoy sharing the experience with family and friends. This system is adaptable to a wide variety of settings, at an extremely affordable price point.”


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