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The days are getting longer and the sun is shining brighter - everything’s coming up Spring, including four brand new, mega-flavourful, ready-to-drink products from Truly and Twisted Tea. Whether it’s a fruity take on Canada’s favourite hard iced tea or a flavour-fuelled sparkling water lemonade (with only 100 calories!), there are a season’s worth of amazing new drink options coming to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  

Twisted Tea Hard Iced Tea Slightly Sweet - BC, AB, SK, MB | May 2021

Full sweet is so last summer. Canada’s most popular hard iced tea is now available with an all new twist.

Twisted Tea Slightly Sweet has all of the OG Twisted Tea flavour - it’s still made with real, brewed tea, to give it that authentic iced tea taste - but half the sugar and sweetness.

Twisted Tea Slightly Sweet lands in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in May 2021. Available in 6-packs of 355 mL cans. 

ABV: 5.0%

Twisted Tea Mango - BC, AB, SK, MB | May 2021

Did you know that some Indian legends claim that mango trees have the power to grant wishes? Well, consider your flavour-fuelled summer drink wishes granted, Canada: Twisted Tea Mango is here.

This fruit-forward spin on Twisted Tea is jam-packed with natural mango flavour. And just remember: a basket of mangoes is considered a gesture of friendship - so don’t be afraid to share. 

Twisted Tea Mango hits stores across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in May 2021. Available in 6-packs of 355 mL cans.

ABV: 5.0%

Truly Lemonade -  BC Launch | April 2021

Feeling like the last year’s been a bit of a lemon? Good news. Truly has taken those lemons and turned them into Truly Lemonade, launching in British Columbia this April. 

The newest addition to the Truly Hard Seltzer family is the perfect mix of crisp and refreshing sparkling water, bursting with natural sweet lemonade taste - and every can has only 100 calories, 1 gram of sugar and zero artificial flavours or sweeteners. 

Four bold and uncompromising flavours - Original Lemonade, Black Cherry Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade and Mango Lemonade - are coming to stores in British Columbia as of April 2021Available in mixed-flavour packs of 355 mL cans. Truly Lemonade is currently available in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

ABV: 5.0%

Truly Iced Tea Hard Seltzer - Alberta Only | April 2021

Truly Iced Tea Hard Seltzer is coming for you, Alberta. Refreshing hard seltzer meets real brewed tea and big fruit flavour in this spectacular summer sipper that’s liquid gold.

Four fruit flavours - Truly Lemon Tea, Raspberry Tea, Peach Tea and Strawberry Tea - all pack a flavour-forward punch, with just 100 calories, 1 gram of sugar and zero artificial flavours or sweeteners.

Truly Iced Tea Hard Seltzer is arriving in Alberta in April 2021. Available in mixed-flavour packs of 355 mL cans. 

ABV: 5.0%

 
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  • Pornstar Martinis cause the worst hangover with a 7.9 out of 10 hangover score!
  • Solely rum-based cocktails are the least likely to have lingering effects, with Mojito and Strawberry Daquiri in the bottom three
  • Long Island iced teas score the highest in headache, dehydration, and sickness factors
  • Vodka drinkers are most likely to spend all day in bed!

With St Patrick’s Day right around the corner, a little tipple is a must! Although, with drinking comes the dreaded hangover; so, which classic cocktail should we be avoiding?

Interested in finding the cocktails that leave us with the worst hangover symptoms, experts at OnBuy Drinks created a Cocktail Hangover Index. The linear numeric scale scored each hangover element, such as headaches, sickness and time wasted in bed, on a scale from one to ten. With the results, OnBuy.com was able to discover which cocktail caused the worst hangover.

The Worst Cocktails:

The most hangover-inducing cocktail is the Pornstar Martini, with a hangover factor of 7.9 out of 10. This passion fruit flavoured, vodka-based cocktail, (with a side shot of prosecco) scored highest for time wasted in bed (11hrs) pushing it to claim the title.

Coming in at a close second, the classic vodka-based Sex on The Beach scored 6.9. This cocktail will leave you with intense cravings for greasy carbs the next day with a high hangover factor of 10. This fruity number also scored second for time wasted in bed (9hrs).

In third, Long Island iced tea (LIIT) has an overall hangover factor of 6.8. It scores highly across three out of five of the factors; headache (8),dehydration (8.6) and sickness (6.4). This cocktail contains equal parts vodka, tequila, light rum, and gin. So it’s, arguably, surprising that LIIT doesn’t take the top spot.

The Best Cocktails:

Of the listed cocktails, it is the Mojito that had the least after-effect, scoring 4.6 in the hangover index. A minty mix that scored amongst the lowest for time wasted in bed, atjust three hours wasted. A great drink for all of the fun and almost none of the post-drinking regret.

Followed closely by the spiced tomato staple, the Bloody Mary, scoring 4.7, and the Strawberry Daquiri scoring 4.8.The Bloody Mary is amongst the cocktails that give you the lowest cravings for greasy carbs (3.2) and time wasted in bed, again at just three hours wasted.              

Strawberry Daquiris scored relatively low for all the hangover factors!

Methodology: -

  1.  To achieve the data, OnBuy Drinks surveyed 2,892 people to find out which of the most popular cocktails (as determined by Google search) inflicted the worst hangover.
  2.  The 15 surveyed cocktails are: Sex On The Beach, Cosmopolitan, Bloody Mary, Pornstar Martini, Negroni, Tom Collins, Singapore Sling, Margarita, Tequila Sunrise, Whiskey Sours, Old Fashioned, Pina Colada, Strawberry Daquiri, Mojito and Long Island Iced Tea.
  3. From the survey results, OnBuy.com created an Index of common factors experienced during a hangover. Each factor was ranked on a linear numeric scale from 1-10.
  4. Additionally, an experiment was led whereby a selected group of individuals drank the previously listed cocktails to the point of inebriation - drinking six cocktails within four hours (mixing cocktails was not prohibited). The individuals completed the survey.

 

 
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HONOLULU, HI, MARCH 16, 2021 Kō Hana Distillers announced that it has leased an additional 220 acres of farmland in Hale‘iwa on O‘ahu’s North Shore, further expanding its heirloom Hawaiian sugarcane farming operation. The harvests from this new field, which can begin as soon as one year, will enable Kō Hana’s rum production to reach 75,000 cases per year – an over 300 percent increase from today’s level. 

 

“For the past ten years, Kō Hana has stayed true to our guiding principles – being a good steward of the land and using the high-quality sugarcane of the earth’s bounty to create the most delicious pure cane rum. The new field expansion allows us to share our island home and the love of what we grow and distill with the rest of the world,” said Jason Brand, co-founder of Kō Hana Distillers.

 

A projected production of 75,000 cases per year will enable Kō Hana Distillers to exponentially increase its market share in the world of super premium spirits, and will allow the O‘ahu-based company to export its single varietal, heirloom Hawaiian cane rums to more markets across the globe.

 

Kō Hana’s new fields are leased in partnership with Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘i’s largest private landowner representing over 365,000 acres, as part of a program to further develop Hawai‘i’s diversified agriculture industry. Most of the acreage will be planted with the heirloom sugarcane first brought by canoe to Hawai‘i a millennium ago. Sugarcane varieties such as kalaoa, mahai‘ula and hinahina have already been seeded into the new fields. Forty acres will be planted with cacao to help meet the demand for Kō Hana’s award-winning rum infused with chocolate and honey, Kokoleka. 

 

Landowner Kamehameha Schools is deeply committed to stewarding ‘āina to be healthy and resilient in order to provide abundance for future generations. “We are excited by Kō Hana’s vision to expand operations and build upon its current business successes. The company has demonstrated flexibility and innovation to pivot toward new ideas during challenging times not only to support its interests but the interests of the community,” said Kā‘eo Duarte, Kamehameha Schools vice president of Community & ‘Āina Resiliency. “We see this partnership with Kō Hana as an opportunity to support diverse agriculture and food system ventures toward economic and community resiliency.”

 

Kō Hana differs from most rum distilleries in two main ways. First, Kō Hana uses only fresh sugarcane juice as the fermentable ingredient rather than molasses, the byproduct of table sugar manufacturing. Second, Kō Hana harvests one of 34 unique Hawaiian cane varieties at a time, allowing the consumer to experience the essence of each cane variety; learn its historical and cultural significance; and connect to the land and drink itself. While the new farm will increase production by more than 300 percent, Kō Hana’s uncompromising and truly local approach to crafting its rum will remain the same. 

 

Kō Hana Hawaiian Agricole Rum is available for purchase online and from retailers, bars and restaurants throughout Hawai‘i and California. The premium spirit is served in some of the most notable restaurants and bars including Pacific Cocktail Haven, Bar Leather Apron and The Atlas Bar at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. The Kō Hana Distillers Tasting Room is currently open on O‘ahu.

 
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Spring is officially arriving this weekend, and we wanted to ring in the season of high expectations with the second release of our extremely popular Barrel-Aged Family Reserve Gin!
Batch 1 sold out in record time, and with an even more developed taste profile on the second, we expect a busy month at the distillery and in our bottling house!
Act fast to secure your bottles and check out the cocktail recipe below for your Springtime Sundowners!

Ever dream of having your company's very own private-label whisky?

Well, it's time to stop dreaming and let the competition know you've arrived!
Not only will you have your very own private reserve signature whisky to share with your corporate accounts and colleagues, but you also get to take home the cask it was finished in, branded with your company's own, custom logo' barrel end!

"Oaken Bloom" Cocktail

A new day is dawning!

With the first signs of Spring, and a new hope shinning on the horizon, this cocktail is the perfect elixir to cheer on the sunshine!

  • 2oz OKS Barrel-Aged Family Reserve Gin
  • 1oz of OKS Rhubarb Liqueur
  • Topped with Fentimans Sparkling Elderflower
 
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Welsh whisky is fast rising up worldwide. While many people assume Scotland is the leading exporter of great-tasting single malts and whisky the world over, it’s a bit further down the UK where things are really starting to stir up interest with spirits lovers. Penderyn, South Wales' own global whisky goliath, is right at the forefront of an explosion of interest.

According to recent reports on whisky sales worldwide, the spirits market is growing at an exponential rate. The industry is set to be worth almost US$96 billion by 2026, and it’s largely thanks to international names in distilling making a big splash in the past few years.
That’s a market growth of around 6.4%, year on year, heading into the middle of the decade. It’s increasingly clear that we need to look closer to home – Wales, in particular – to find some of the most increasingly popular whisky bottlings and brands.

Penderyn, an award-winning distillery based up in the Brecon Beacons, is leading the charge. Across the past two years, Stephen Davies’ firm has picked up a raft of awards from international tasting bodies, including a Double Gold for their Peated Single Malt at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

“It’s been a whirlwind few years for all of us here at Penderyn,” says Davies. “Despite the global challenges we’ve all been facing especially this past 12 months, we’re enormously thrilled to still be delighting so many whisky lovers and experts the world over.”

Penderyn is certainly helping to place Wales on the world whisky map, with awards and appraisals coming from all corners. The Brecon Beacons based Distillery made huge waves at the Spirits Business World Whisky Masters in 2020, claiming five Gold awards for its Madeira, Peated, Celt, Myth and Moscatel Small Batch bottlings.

Their Portwood bottlings have also really claimed the tastebuds of spirits fans the world over, with the bottling scoring big at the IWSC and the Whiskies of the World competitions in recent times.

Whisky sales appear to be steady despite major changes in global ‘normality’ as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Penderyn has successfully pivoted to online sales as well as virtual tastings, meaning fans of the brand can continue to enjoy their bottlings from the safety of home.

“It’s important to keep moving forward regardless of global challenges,” Davies says. “We’re extremely fortunate to be in a position where our customers can buy and enjoy our spirits safely at home. Our continued success via international competitions have also really helped us to stay in the forefront of people’s minds.”

“Post-pandemic, we will be looking at new, creative ways to reach out to our audiences. Of course, given the huge success of our virtual tours and tastings over the course of the past 12 months, we have every intention to keep this side of our business running, too!”

While big players in the international whisky scene – such as Johnny Walker, Diageo and Jack Daniel’s – continue to drive bulk interest in the spirit, it is names such as Davies’ firm which are, unarguably, helping to keep things particularly interesting for single malt lovers the world over.
“Who knows where we’ll be in five years’ time,” says Davies. “The only way is up – and we’ve no intention of resting on our laurels.”

“Big favourites such as the Portwood, the Madeira and the Rich Oak are sticking around for good. But what kind of distillery would we be to our fans if we didn’t innovate every once in a while?”

 

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