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(Versailles, KY July 30, 2018) — Woodford Reserve has released a new exclusive and limited-edition expression as part of its annual Distillery Series -- Barrel Finished Rye.


The Barrel Finished Rye is Woodford Reserve Rye that has been finished in a custom second barrel made of new American oak that has been lightly charred and heavily toasted.


“This summer’s special rye is finished in a unique second barrel that is heavily toasted, lightly charred barrel, which brings out even more flavors,” Master Distiller Chris Morris said. “It is a perfect example of Woodford Reserve bringing innovation not only to bourbon but the rye whiskey category.”


Morris created the Distillery Series to highlight Woodford Reserve’s creative line of complex offerings and to showcase the brand’s commitment to innovation and premium craftsmanship.


This product uses the Woodford Reserve Double Oaked process of twice-barreled whiskey applied to rye instead of bourbon. The result is a rich, robust and spicy version of Woodford Reserve Rye, different from the sweet, full-bodied vanilla and toasted oak characteristics of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked bourbon.


Barrel Finished Rye can now be purchased at the Woodford Reserve Distillery and select Kentucky retailers at 90.4 proof for a suggested retail price of $49.99 for a 375 ml bottle.


Tasting Notes for Barrel Finished Rye:

Color: Rich sienna leather.

Aroma: Seasoned leather and aromatic cedar notes enhance a rich port and sherried fruit cake character highlighted by a nut and dark chocolate underpinning.

Taste: Warm baking spices enliven in a rich nutty and roasted coffee character enriched by a deep fruit character.

Finish: A dark caramel molasses like sweetness atop a  dried fruit lingers on.

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The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is pleased to announce a partnership with Level60 Consulting (Level60) to offer hospitality faculty members a course and classroom tools to teach revenue management, leading to a new HSMAI student certification.

Designed expressly for faculty, the course and classroom tools will enable full-time and adjunct professors to customize existing classes or create new classes with the most current principles of revenue management. All instructional materials are provided free of charge and designed to be easily imported into learning management systems such as BlackBoard, Canvas, Moodle, and others. Instructional materials are fully integrated with exercises and quizzes, as well as a revenue management simulation game ( designed expressly for the teaching of revenue management, distribution, and pricing principles in competitive environments.

Once students complete the class, they will qualify for the new HSMAI Certified Revenue Management Analyst (CRMA) designation. This certification will be a key indicator to the industry that these individuals understand and have practiced core revenue management concepts. This will positively impact the talent pipeline for hospitality revenue management.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with HSMAI and bring revenue management principles and practices to a broader audience,” shares Level60 partner and revenue management expert, Chris K. Anderson, Ph.D.

The addition of a student certification in revenue management complements HSMAI’s fleet of other educational products for revenue management education, including the CRME (Certified Revenue Management Executive), the industry’s most recognized and respected designation for revenue management professionals. The Ro2Win online learning modules were designed primarily for non-revenue managers to learn about the discipline and Revenue Ready was developed for entry-level professionals and students.

“We are excited that our revenue management advisory boards in Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Americas Regions of HSMAI have all endorsed the premise of a certification for hospitality students,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI. “The acute need to accelerate the pipeline of revenue management talent exists around the globe. Graduating students with a CRMA designation on their resume will now be able to easily distinguish themselves to this industry as individuals who understand the fundamentals of hotel revenue optimization,” he added.

For more information on the certification or to become an academic participant please contact us at

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New York, NY (July 25, 2018)     With great pleasure and pride, The Last Drop Distillers, the world’s most exclusive spirits collection, announces the debut of its first Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky release: a remarkable offering comprising two Single Casks, both distilled and filled on the same day: November 19th, 1968. Guided by their expert noses and instincts, the team has spent years traveling around the world, in search of the perfect and rare dram worthy of The Last Drop name.

This unique and highly sought after bottling of this glorious Single Malt is from the celebrated Glenrothes Distillery, deep in the heart of the majestic Speyside region. Home to one of the most acclaimed Single Malt Scotch Whiskies in the world, the Glenrothes 1968 is only The Last Drop Distillers’ second Single Malt release – and the first from Speyside. The two casks have both spent their lives maturing for almost fifty years since 1968, having remained untouched until they were discovered and bottled by The Last Drop Distillers. The first has yielded just 168 bottles and the second 141 bottles, totaling only 309 bottles for the entire release. Those few, lucky enough to purchase this special release will not have a choice in which cask their bottle comes from; they will either get the single malt from cask 13504 or from cask 13508.

Single malt Scotch Whiskies are made entirely from malted barley and each cask is the result of the distillation on one date: in this case November 19th 1968. However, such is the magic and alchemy between liquid and wood, that each of these casks is distinctly different, in spite of the similarities and shared characteristics that epitomize the notes of ripe fruit, citrus, creamy vanilla and hints of exotic spice for which Glenrothes is famed.

Beanie Espey says “We are thrilled to be launching our second single malt. We have known for some time that there is a real appetite for rare casks from Glenrothes – it’s a favorite distillery for many of our fans and customers. While we remain true champions of the magic and majesty of blended Scotch Whisky, we could not turn down the opportunity to acquire these exceptional casks, and to present them within one release.”

A rare taste of the art of distilling as it was fifty years ago, the casks that make up The Last Drop’s 12th release: Glenrothes 1968 Single Malt Scotch Whisky release reveal their own characteristics, here brought to life by celebrated whisky expert, writer and educator Charles Maclean:

Single cask 13508 Speyside malt:

“A slight prickle on the nose and a complex, mellow aroma which is at once fruity and herbal – crystallised greengages, dusty dried mixed herbs – with an elusive whiff of scented smoke, a trace of cigar boxes and after a while a hint of candle wax.”
141 bottles. 50.2% ABV

With great pleasure and pride, The Last

Single cask 13504 Speyside malt:

“A mellow nose-feel, with slight prickle after a while. The highly perfumed initial aroma – scented hand-cream, attar of roses, carnations – reduces in time, infused by notes of almond oil and oak shavings, with a trace of vanilla. A drop of water enhances the wood notes.”
168 bottles. 51.8% ABV

Rebecca Jago says: “Each of the casks tastes distinctly different, while also displaying all the hallmarks of the classic Glenrothes distillery: imagine a pair of non-identical twins. We each have our favorite, but won’t be saying who prefers which one! We are truly excited to be launching this – and even more excited that we have already secured the liquid for two further releases from subsequent years.”

With only 309 sets available worldwide, of which only 50 bottles of each cask will reach North America, this 1968 Single Malt Scotch Whisky is an extremely rare bottling of two individual casks of this glorious whisky from Glenrothes . Each bottle, together with its signature 50ml miniature replica, nestles in the creamy, soft suede lining of a hand-made red leather case. Together with the miniature is a certificate of bottling and a pocket-sized tasting book with additional blank pages to write and share personal tasting notes as this exceptional Scotch Whisky is tasted.

In 2019 and 2020, two further Glenrothes releases from 1969 and 1970 will follow, completing a unique Glenrothes trilogy of wonderful whiskies.

The Last Drop Glenrothes 1968 Single Malt Scotch Release is a continuing testament to the company’s core founding principles; to seek out only the precious ‘last drops’ of some of the oldest and most exceptional spirits in existence. And while the objective is simple, it is by no means easy, as is apparent from the 50 YO Glenrothes release and each one that came before — every Last Drop offering is the result of a rigorous journey to uncover the world’s finest and rarest gems for a once in a lifetime tasting experience.

The release has an SRP of US $6,250. Details of stockists can be found at</a>.</p>"

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July 26, 2018

The House of Martell is proud to announce that for the 2018 edition, the judges of the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) awarded Gold Outstanding awards, the highest distinction to both Martell Cordon Bleu and Martell Cordon Bleu Extra.

The IWSC is setting international standard for quality remaining unique in the world of drinks competitions: in addition to an organoleptic judgment, all entries undergo chemical analysis.

With 2 Gold Outstanding awards showcasing quality of the highest order, the House of Martell demonstrates its savoir-faire in crafting the finest cognacs with passion and generosity.

An icon since its creation in 1912, Martell Cordon Bleu is a unique cognac in the XO category, it is endowed with beautiful complexity and rich aromas, making it a legendary cognac. An extraordinarily complex blend of more than a hundred eaux-de-vie, Martell Cordon Bleu is marked by its high proportion of Borderies which expands on its caramelized character with the smoothness of sweet spices

Martell Cordon Bleu Extra is an extra-ordinary reinterpretation of the iconic Martell Cordon Bleu: it invites to explore a classic and discover intriguing new dimensions. Martell Cordon Bleu Extra offers a more intense version of the legendary original, adding even more Borderies (the rarest cru of Cognac) for an even rounder interpretation.

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NEW YORK, July 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Amaro Montenegro was once again honored with a Gold medal in the Bitters category at the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), which sets worldwide benchmarks for quality and excellence in wines, spirits and liqueurs.  The award marks the second year in a row that Amaro Montenegro has secured this prestigious distinction, further cementing its standing as the world's best liqueur.


The IWSC Gold medal follows Amaro Montenegro's recent awards at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, where the brand received top accolades in the form of Best in Show Liqueur, Best Herbal and Botanical Liqueur, and a rare Double Gold medal.

"Amaro Montenegro's signature bitter-sweet taste and unique production process has set us apart from our competitors for more than 130 years," said Francesco Scaglione, International Commercial Director for Gruppo Montenegro. "We're honored to be recognized not just once – but twice – for our superior quality by one of the world's most prestigious spirits competitions.  As excitement for the amaro category continues to grow, we look forward to introducing Amaro Montenegro to new consumers around the globe."

The IWSC is one of the most coveted awards in the spirits industry, annually receiving entries from more than 90 countries. Submissions undergo a rigorous two-stage judging process, including a double blind taste test and a detailed chemical analysis to ensure integrity and consistency.

Amaro Montenegro is a 133-year-old amaro that is born of extraordinary experiences and baptized by irreverence. The award-winning bitter-sweet flavor of Amaro Montenegro begins with the cultivation and extraction of 40 botanicals collected from around the globe, preserved at a controlled temperature and humidity and crushed only moments before they enter the extraction phase. Three different methods are used to extract the essence of each botanical: boiling, maceration, and distillation to create Amaro Montenegro's signature blend. This process is overseen by Master Herbalist, Dr. Matteo Bonoli, who ensures every batch just as the brand's founder, Stanislao Cobianchi, did back in 1885.

For more information about Amaro Montenegro, visit


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