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United Kingdom – Just like every drink he makes, veteran London bartender Cas Oh didn’t just throw his new book together. He carefully crafted a masterpiece; an absolutely stunning hardbound luxury book brought together with an embossed gold background.

‘CO Specs: Recipes & Histories of Classic Cocktails’ is rapidly expected to become the industry’s go-to guide for classic cocktail recipes and trivia – as well as making a special and memorable gift for the keen home mixologist.

class="af12p" />“This book has been in the making for years,” explains the author. “I’ve personally tested, refined and retested each of the 200+ recipes, often by combining the drink’s traditional ingredients with emerging trends in today’s mixology. The result is the absolute perfect way to make each drink to satisfy today’s demanding and discerning cocktail lover. You won’t find a more comprehensive guide anywhere.”</p> <p class="af12p">Continuing, “B"t it’s more than a recipe book; this is a complete journey through the world of fine mixed drinks. The fable and history of each comes together to transcend time, as if they were ripped from ancient recipe books – but bound in hardcover and presented in a spellbinding way. You really need to pick up a copy of the volume to appreciate the quality that it exudes.”</p> <p class="af12p">Review" have been extremely po"itive. One critic writes, “This book is so much more than simply a list of ingredients and whether you shake or stir. The author is clearly passionate about his craft and wants to share that with the reader. You are taken on a journey into the origins of each cocktail which helps you truly understand the drink, and encourages you to make it the way in which it was intended to be made, with love, care and in some cases a dash of humour. As for the physical book itself, it to is of such high quality, definitely not to be left on a shelf! I genuinely believe that this book will become an absolute must for all cocktail enthusiasts, both professional and amateur alike. Well worth every penny.”</p> <p class="af12p" />STE adds, “My wife and I"were lucky enough to receive an advance copy of CO Specs, and we adore it! Especially during COVID times, this guide has provided us with new and inventive evening delights. The book itself is also so elegantly designed that it feels worthy of display.”</p>""
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October 23, 2020

Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Aston Martin are pleased to unveil their first collaborative creation; Black Bowmore DB5 1964.  A striking concept which brings together an iconic whisky and a legendary car in a bottle of equal parts, featuring exceptional single malt and a genuine Aston Martin DB5 piston.

With only 25 bottles for sale, and only two available for purchase in Canada, this exceptionally rare Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is a celebration of time; a definitive moment in history for both Bowmore and Aston Martin. It is also a celebration of shared values and passions; showcasing great innovation and invention.  

A beautifully inspiring masterpiece; this unique, handcrafted vessel houses an equally exceptional single malt, Black Bowmore. Inspired by the past, but truly breath-taking in today’s world.  The significance of 1964 is paramount.  This represents a truly defining era of evolution for both Bowmore and Aston Martin.      

For Bowmore, 1964 is arguably one of the most significant points in the distillery’s 240-year history. The arrival of a new boiler saw the distillery enter the modern age of distilling as coal fires made way for steam in heating the stills. It was the first distillation from this new boiler that produced the spirit which was to become the iconic Black Bowmore; a sublimely rich and decadent single malt, reflected in awe-inspiring deep darkness.

First distilled on 5 November 1964, over the years Black Bowmore has become one of the rarest and most sought-after single malt whiskies ever created. This latest release represents only the sixth bottling of this exquisite single malt. Since 1993, only around six thousand bottles of Black Bowmore have been made available, thus adding to the desirability of this iconic whisky.

David Turner, Distillery Manager at Bowmore commented “1964 represents a significant date in the modern history of the distillery. Not only a key moment in how we distilled our spirit, but perhaps even more significant as this very spirit went onto create Black Bowmore. These defining moments are fundamental to the history of Bowmore. This collaboration with Aston Martin has allowed us to once again showcase this iconic single malt in the most incredible way.”

For Aston Martin, this was the era of their most iconic car. Launched in 1963 to considerable acclaim, the Aston Martin DB5 is now widely regarded as ‘the most famous car in the world’, not least by virtue of its links to the world’s most celebrated secret agent in 1964.

On its debut the DB5 represented a subtle but important evolution over its immediate predecessor, the DB4 Series 5, not least by virtue of an increase in engine capacity to 4.0-litres. This of course made the DB5 that much more of a sporting saloon which, combined with its exceptional styling, helped it to become one of the most desirable and admired sports cars of its generation. Sir David Brown, the then owner of Aston Martin Lagonda and the man who gave his initials to the ‘DB’ lineage, said of the car: “I believe it is the essential character of the DB5, and its ability to perform perfectly in all conditions, that makes this car so intensely satisfying to own.” It is this relentless pursuit of power with purpose that still helps to define the appeal of Aston Martin today.

Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “This exciting new association with Bowmore gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate a vital part of our star-studded history by combining the unrivalled appeal of the iconic DB5 with the cultured flavours of this world-renowned single malt.” 

In keeping with a commitment to true craftsmanship, the Black Bowmore DB5 bottle itself is handcrafted by Glasstorm, a bespoke contemporary glass studio, based in North East Scotland. With over 50 years of glass design, sculpting and creative expertise, each bottle took up to one week to be complete, reflecting the continued thread of attention to detail and skill which defines this collaboration. 

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 is presented in a handmade presentation box; itself a work of art. Inspired by the distillery’s coastal home, the deep blue colour and wave embossing evoke a true sense of place. Created from the finest string-grain calfskin, featuring a custom solid brass latch and hinges, plated with nickel, reflective of the DB5.  

The partners are set to unveil a series of collaborative projects and products over the coming months and years, ranging from exceptional experiences to design-led product initiatives with the goal of offering fans of the brands, across a broad spectrum, the opportunities to connect with the partnership.

Black Bowmore DB5 1964 will be available late autumn 2020 at approximately $85,000.00 CAD per bottle; price may vary between markets.

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NEW YORK, NY (October 13, 2020) – 

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey announced that it is teaming up with American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the United States and a leader in forestry innovation, to fight climate change via two separate initiatives:


The First Initiative: Bulleit and American Forests have committed to planting 1 MILLION TREES over the next 5 years to help create a more sustainable future for the bartending and hospitality industry, and the communities surrounding it.


The Second Initiative: In addition to its reforestation efforts in large landscapes, Bulleit has committed to supporting American Forests’ goal of creating tree equity and green space in urban areas via community ReLeaf efforts. These Community ReLeaf efforts, which are separate from the 1 million trees commitment above, are set to kick-off in 2021 in Louisville, KY. 


As a fundamental part of the recently announced Bulleit Frontier Fund, these initiatives reaffirm the Bulleit brand’s long-standing commitment to a more sustainable future, and to operate responsibly and preserve natural resources for future generations. 


The one million trees planted through the partnership and first initiative will provide a variety of environmental benefits for years to come including:

  • Carbon sequestration: 645,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide will be stored over the next 100 years, equal to removing the emissions from driving 140,000 cars over one year.
  • Air Purification: An average of 74,000 pounds of air pollutants will be removed from the air per year. For fine particles like dust, this benefit is equal to removing 1,000 cars from the road.
  • Water Conservation: An average of 75 million gallons of runoff will be conserved per year, equal to the volume of water stored by 114 Olympic sized swimming pools.
  • Providing Vital Wildlife Habitat: Roughly 2,000 acres of critical forest across several states in the Eastern U.S. will be restored.

    Why White Oak? Bulleit has prioritized white oak restoration because in addition to being a cornerstone species of forests in the Eastern US, white oaks are essential to the future of so many industries, including the whiskey industry. By definition, bourbon must be aged in new charred oak containers (e.g., barrels), and it’s thanks to white oak that the delicious toasty, vanilla, caramel, nutty notes come to life when consumers enjoy a glass of Bulleit Bourbon or Bulleit Rye. 

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TORONTO, Oct. 19, 2020 /CNW/ - Forty Creek is excited to announce the addition of two exclusive whisky releases: Three Grain and Resolve. Recently named winner of "Canada Whiskey Distillery of the Year" at the New York International Spirits Competition, Forty Creek expands their existing portfolio with these two very limited innovations to provide whisky connoisseurs with bold, flavourful taste profiles and the thrill of buzzworthy new launches.

Three Grain Whisky
To celebrate their debut whisky's 20th anniversary, Forty Creek is launching a commemorative edition of the original Three Grain whisky. Originally launched in 2000, along with small lots released throughout the years, this final iteration will be available exclusively in the distillery's home province of Ontario.

"Three Grain has been a fan favourite since its first launch. We were constantly fielding questions about its availability, so we're fortunate to share this release with our fans – especially since it's our final batch," says David Allard, Vice-President of Marketing at Campari Group. "We've put a lot of heart into this release and hope Forty Creek fans will find love at first sip."

Starting off sweet then drying quickly, the medium weight spirit boasts grassy and forward notes along with a masterful marriage of green and white pepper, almonds, and nutmeg. With only 9,200 bottles produced – representing the first year of whisky stocks in 1992 – this full flavoured, grainy, and nutty bouquet will bring aficionados back to their first glass of Three Grain.

Forty Creek Resolve
Forty Creek's highly anticipated 14th annual limited release, Resolve, is the grand finale in the trilogy of specialty wood treatment whiskies from Master Blender Bill Ashburn. Using a foundation of barrel aged corn, barley and rye whiskies – further aged with a high-spice stave – this limited-edition whisky celebrates the Forty Creek family's dedication to excellence in creating, producing and distributing one of Canada's top whiskies. Only 6,500 bottles of Resolve have been produced.

"Experimenting with wood aging has expanded our capabilities and allowed us to share a unique whisky trilogy, each with its own extraordinary taste palate", says Ashburn, who was recently awarded the title of "Canada Master Whiskey Blender of the Year" from the New York International Spirits Competition.

"Resolve remains faithful to Forty Creek's history, a common thread throughout our whisky portfolio. Starting small in 1992 to being one of Canada's top whisky brands today, our team's unshakeable commitment to the whisky-making craft is our primary tenet. With the many challenges and changes we've seen in 2020, that's more evident than ever before."

The Resolve journey starts with a whisper of butterscotch and ends with an interwoven flavour mix, reminiscent of a long-matured Christmas cake. With cereal and a pulling bitterness that balances the barley sugar sweetness of candied fruit, the medium-bodied, long peppery finish whisky pairs well with fine cheeses and chocolate. The elevated spice profile is rounded out with a drop of vintage Villard Noir Port that closes out the wood treated, port finished whisky trilogy.  

Forty Creek fans can discover these exclusive new whiskies as of now, available until supplies last.

  • Three Grain availability: $59.95 CAD (Ontario-exclusive)
  • Resolve availability: $79.95 CAD (Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick)
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NEWPORT, Ore. (October 13, 2020) — Rogue Ales & Spirits, one of the original craft breweries and distilleries in Oregon, is launching its first-ever whiskey canned cocktail just in time for the holiday season. The Ginger Lemon Whiskey Mule canned cocktail is the newest addition to Rogue’s line of ready-to-drink beverages. These beverages, made with Rogue Spirits and 100% natural ingredients, offer authentic, gluten-free, bar quality recipes in the convenience of a can.

“From day one our fans have been asking for a whiskey canned cocktail and we knew we had to deliver,” says Steven Garrett, VP of Business Development. “It took us about a year to get it right and we’re proud and excited to finally introduce our Whiskey Lemon Ginger Mule. This canned cocktail is made with a blend of 4 to 6 year old Rogue whiskey that was distilled and aged at the Rogue Spirits distillery in Newport, Oregon.”

“Released just in time for the holiday season, our Ginger Lemon Whiskey Mule is made for those special occasions when you want to spend less time making drinks and more time celebrating with the ones you love,” says Hagen Moore, VP of Marketing & Creative. “Dressed for a holiday party, the shiny copper packaging evokes a feeling of celebration from the outside in. On the palate, the warming ginger and lemon flavor provide a refreshing balance of citrus and spice. These are sure to be a welcome addition at any holiday gathering.” 

PRODUCT FACTS: Ginger Lemon Whiskey Mule 

  • Ingredients: Rogue Spirits Whiskey, Ginger, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Sparkling Water
  • ABV: 7.5% ABV
  • Taste: Rogue Spirits Whiskey forms the base of this cocktail while ginger and lemon provide a refreshing balance of citrus and spice. 
  • Availability: Nationwide 

Packaging: 4-pack 12oz slim cans

The Ginger Lemon Whiskey Mule joins Rogue’s impressive line of canned cocktails, which include: Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda, Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz, Grapefruit Vodka Soda and Ginger Lime Vodka Mule.


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