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OTTAWA, April 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store (“Hobo”), the new cannabis venture from hospitality company, Donnelly Group, today announces the opening and launch of its first retail store in Ottawa’s Centretown neighbourhood. Located at 391 Bank Street, Hobo’s Centretown location is one of only three cannabis stores set to open in Ottawa this year. Following its inaugural Ottawa launch, Hobo will expand nationwide, with 8 locations set for British Columbia, including Vancouver’s popular Main Street.

“This is a really exciting day for all of us, as Canada takes another step forward in the era of post-prohibition cannabis. The opening of Hobo’s first retail location in Ottawa not only marks Donnelly Group’s place in this movement, but amplifies the impact we’re set to make on the community and retail cannabis industry,” said Harrison Stoker, Vice President of Brand and Culture at Donnelly Group. “We’re focused on making the cannabis buying experience disarming, compassionate and human for Canadians everywhere, regardless of their experience level. To have the opportunity to bring that knowledge and passion to the nation’s capital first, through the thoughtful selection of product, design and team members, is an opportunity we couldn’t be more grateful for.”

Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store is a Canadian collection of privately-owned retail cannabis stores. Drawing inspiration from the literal and figurative journey that one might embark on in their own mind while consuming cannabis, Hobo is dedicated to creating great gathering places for communities across Canada while fostering the sense of wanderlust and travel that resonated so strongly with the brand, in Canada’s cannabis culture. Each store has been thoughtfully outfitted to include design nuances that are a nod to the location’s aesthetic and neighbourhood’s flavour.

“What an exciting time for Ottawa as we welcome our first ever recreational cannabis retail store. We’ve secured ourselves a fitting location in our nation’s capital – particularly in Centretown, which, as part of the downtown core, already has a cannabis culture that is alive and well,” said Jex Woods, General Manager at Hobo’s Bank Street store. “We’re excited to be welcomed by and into the neighbourhood, and to begin building relationships with the popular pubs and coffee shops that the Centretown community loves and frequents.”

Today, Hobo’s Bank Street location officially opens up to Ottawa’s cannabis enthusiasts who now have the opportunity to select and purchase from five cannabis intents: Move (THC dominant), Lift (THC leaning), Balance (equal parts THC to CBD), Calm (CBD dominant), and Rest (THC dominant). Hobo’s Ottawa store is located at 391 Bank Street and is open for business at 10am ET today.

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March 29, 2019


As you know we at Georgian Bay Spirit Co™ make great tasting cocktails.
This spring, we are proud to announce Georgian Bay Smashed Tea. 

Georgian Bay Smashed Tea is made from a blend of traditional, black tea and Darjeeling tea. Darjeeling, also known as the champagne of teas, lends fruit and floral notes along with a touch of briskness.
Blended with our original Georgian Bay Gin Smash™, Georgian Bay Smashed Tea is a premium, southern style hard iced tea with a distinct citrus finish. 
Not too sweet and lightly carbonated.  

A perfect choice at home, at the cottage, in the backyard, on the golf course and with family and friends!  

Now available at BC Liquor Stores and coming soon to the LCBO!

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SHELBYVILLE, Ky., March 25, 2019 – In 2011, Bulleit changed the whiskey landscape forever by introducing Bulleit Rye at the request of bartenders from around the world who were interested in re-imagining classic, pre-Prohibition cocktails. Eight years, and multiple San Francisco World Spirts Competition Double Gold medals* later for Bulleit Rye, the category that Bulleit helped build is booming as consumers seek new, unique and premium offerings. To continue its commitment to exploration and fulfilling the desire of whiskey drinkers, Bulleit announced today the nationwide, limited availability release of Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old Straight American Whiskey.


Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old Straight American Whiskey is the fifth addition to the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey family, as well as the first extension of Bulleit Rye, a whiskey with one of the highest rye percentages on the market. Using the same mash bill as its predecessor – 95% rye and 5% malted barley – this small-batch rye whiskey was fully aged and matured to perfection in new charred oak barrels for a minimum of 12 years to create a balance of smoothness and spice worthy of Bulleit Rye’s impressive list of credentials.


“When we introduced Bulleit Rye, it changed the game for the category, and positioned us as a brand willing to take chances and try new things. We’re constantly experimenting and striving to satisfy consumers’ growing appetite for bold, new American whiskeys,” said Ed Bello, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey US & Global Brand Director. “Rye remains the fastest growing North American Whiskey segment and Bulleit Rye has been the number one super premium Rye brand for the last six years.** With higher-end whiskeys driving much of that sales growth and a limited number of aged statement ryes on the market, Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old is a natural way to expand our portfolio and provide a new ultra-premium offering that’s absolutely delicious.”


Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old is a pleasantly dry, bold rye that possesses notes of dried orchard fruits with a hint of baking spice and oak on the nose. At 92 proof (46% ABV), this latest Bulleit release has a clean, crisp palate with flavors of dried pear, light toffee and oak with a hint of graham cracker spice. The finish is enjoyable with light wood and spice notes.


“Whiskey is heavily influenced by barrel aging, and as a blender, one of our most important responsibilities is to taste how the wood impacts the flavor of the liquid and brings out different notes,” said Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Blender Andrew Mackay. “The barrels we mingled to produce Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old were hand-selected for aging based on early identification of their superior quality. Rye’s signature spiciness is certainly still prominent, and this extra aging complements that without being overwhelming as new levels of softness, clove character and vanilla and oak notes are evident. It’s a beautiful whiskey to sip slowly and responsibly.”


Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old is available in Colo., Ill., N.Y., Ohio, Ore., Calif., Ky., Texas, Ga., N.J., Ariz., Mass., Md. and Washington D.C. wherever fine spirits are sold with a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 750ml bottle. The whiskey is packaged in the iconic Bulleit frontier-inspired bottle, with a beige label that prominently features the 12-year-old age statement in green. 

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LONDON, March 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles–based Lost Spirits took home the top spot at the 'Wizards of Whisky' awards, garnering praise for its Abomination – The Crying of the Puma – a futurist take on whisky.

This prestigious award marks the second time in two years that the Los Angeles distillery, which cooks up hyper-modern distilled spirits, has obtained a major award for its line of whiskies.


Lost Spirits Abomination from left to right, The Sayers of the Law & The Crying of the Puma - Photo Credit Juliet Frew


Both Lost Spirits Abomination whisky expressions, including The Crying of the Puma and The Sayers of the Law, achieved gold medals in the competition.  Beyond that, The Crying of the Pumawas awarded 'Wizards of Whisky' American Craft Whiskey of the Year for 2019. 

Abomination - The Crying of the Puma went on to compete alongside the winning whiskies from other countries and was then selected World Whisky of the Year 2019.

According to renowned whisky critic Dominick Roskrow of 'Wizards of Whisky', "My judges are a fussy bunch, particularly when it comes to peated whisky, so [Lost Spirits] distillery is clearly getting something very right."

Madcap distiller Bryan Davis explained the feeling of taking the top prize as "a kind of surprised joy that's hard to describe. I always feel like we're putting out something special. However, I also feel like we bend and break so many rules, that the critics' conservative/traditional impulses would prevent us from taking top honors. Then things like this happen and my fears are proven wrong."  

Lost Spirits' expressions are sold through a series of boutique distributors throughout the world, including East London Liquor Company in the UK, Whiskey Faessla in Germany, Liberty Spirits in Singapore, PM Spirits in New York and JVS Imports in San Francisco and L.A.  Both Abominationexpressions can be tasted at the distillery where unique private tastings are held - advanced reservations are available here. 


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