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November 19, 2018

Food Service Solutions is pleased to announce that it has been appointed the Scotsman Ice Systems wholesale distributor for Western Canada November 1st, 2018 and Canada-wide effective January 1, 2019. As a member of The Ali Group, Scotsman Ice is recognized around the world as a global leader in ice machine technology.

Food Service Solutions will stock and fully support the Scotsman line in Canada including responsibility for warranty, service and parts. “We’re thrilled to represent Scotsman in Canada,” commented Chris Koehler, President of Food Service Solutions, “It’s been our intention to add a quality line of ice machines to our portfolio for some time and we couldn’t be more proud to represent Scotsman in the Canadian market.”

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New York, NY (November 16, 2018)  The Last Drop Distillers, the world renowned team of rare spirit hunters, is releasing a 1982 Bourbon from the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery —the company’s 13th release and its very first American Whiskey. With only 44 bottles in existence, 25 of which will make it to the US market, this exceptional Bourbon is an exquisite representation of the Last Drop Distillers’ passion for discovering the rare, exceptional and delicious. The 1982 Bourbon is an opportunity for those to acquire not only an outstanding and unparalleled aged Bourbon, but also to discover the reasons why The Last Drop Distillers travels around the world searching for once-in-a-lifetime spirits and only offers the best of the best.

“We are tremendously excited to present the 1982 Bourbon, our second smallest release to date,” says Rebecca Jago, Joint Managing Director of The Last Drop. “With only 44 bottles worldwide, this is sure to become a collector’s item. The Bourbon is a wonderful spirit: deep and rounded, with delicious notes of dried fruit and honey. We only wish there was more to go around.” 

Distilled four decades ago, this unique whiskey is the very last drop of this particular Bourbon from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. At its peak, it was removed from its American oak barrels to avoid over-ageing and to preserve its beautiful composition that gracefully defies its years. On the nose, a hint of marmalade married with coffee is accentuated by the palate of tropical richness and a finish of vanilla notes and oak. 

Partnering with the Buffalo Trace Distillery to release this rare Bourbon was a seamless decision. Acquired by Sazerac in 2016, The Last Drop Distillers knew they had a partner on many levels, and this collaboration is one of many to come between the two parties.  This is The Last Drop’s first release of an American Whiskey but certainly not the last. The fact that it hails from the world-famous Buffalo Trace Distillery is a point of pride for The Last Drop team. The distillery’s reputation for distilling world-class spirits was paramount to The Last Drop putting their seal of approval on this outstanding liquid. 

 “We have always admired The Last Drop’s dedication to sourcing the world’s rarest spirits and this launch comes as no exception,” says Mark Brown, President and CEO of Sazerac. “This Bourbon, distilled, aged and bottled at our very own Buffalo Trace Distillery, echoes the great relationship between Sazerac and The Last Drop and it is one we are looking forward to growing for many years to come.” 

Beyond this 1982 Bourbon release, The Last Drop Distillers and Sazerac are working together to change the future of aged American-crafted whiskies. The Last Drop is bringing controlled, low temperature long-term aging techniques to Kentucky with its just opened, experimental refrigerated Warehouse P at the Buffalo Trace distillery.  By keeping their new Warehouse P at a consistent 45 °F year-round to slow the aging process, the Last Drop hopes to create delicious American Bourbons and Ryes older than any on the market, including their 1982 Bourbon, as the perfect addition to their luxury portfolio of aged international spirits. 

The founding principle of The Last Drop Distillers is to bring exceptional and unique aged spirits and wines to aficionados and collectors from around the world with an affinity and respect for the finest drinks. A one-of-a-kind spirit, the 1982 Bourbon is a glimpse into the past, a reminder of the outstanding skill and artform of distillers and blenders from those years, and a tribute to what a magical time the 1980s were.  In the same year the Bourbon was distilled, Michael Jackson’s Thriller was the biggest selling album, E.T hit the box office, Sony launched the world’s first CD player and the Computer was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. In the years that followed, music tastes changed and so did technology, but The Last Drop’s 1982 Bourbon has remained untouched. It is an exquisite reminder of why some things should stay the same, from an era 40 years ago.

Founded by industry geniuses Tom Jago and James Espey in 2008, and now led by their talented daughters, Rebecca Jago and Beanie Geraedts-Espey, the Last Drop Distillers continues its quest to uncover, and bottle the world’s finest and rarest of spirits. As with all of The Last Drop releases, the 1982 Bourbon comes together with its signature 50ml miniature replica and pocket-sized tasting book with additional pages for personal tasting notes. Retailing for an MSRP of $4,000, The 1982 Bourbon will be available upon request at select Fine Spirits and Wine Merchants nationwide.

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CLERMONT, Ky., Nov. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Knob Creek®, a leader of the rye whiskey category since the introduction of its signature Knob Creek® Straight Rye Whiskey in 2012, is excited to announce the launch of its most unique rye expression to date, Knob Creek® Twice Barreled Rye. A first for the brand, Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye presents the brand's signature straight rye whiskey, secondarily finished in new, charred American oak barrels to deliver a harmoniously smooth and robust rye.

The newest expression in Knob Creek's extensive rye whiskey portfolio, Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye is an embodiment of the brand's dedication to hard-earned flavor. Patiently aged to taste and bottled at 100 proof, Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye presents the rich and savory notes signature of the brand's classic rye whiskey, amplified by robust oak and warm spice notes with a touch of sweetness from the secondary barreling process. The result is a bold whiskey with a completely new flavor profile to the brand's highly awarded line up.

"Rye whiskey is more popular than ever, and I'm proud Knob Creek plays a role in that," said Fred Noe, Beam Family 7th Generation Master Distiller. "I've enjoyed experimenting with unique ways to amplify our classic rye whiskey to give whiskey fans something new and exciting, and I think we've done just that with Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye. I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy this new whiskey with friends and family as we enter the holiday season."

Carefully tasted by Noe through aging and secondary finishing until the whiskey achieved the robust and balanced flavor profile he envisioned, Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye is bottled with the following characteristics:

  • Proof: 100
  • Color: Honey Gold
  • Aroma: Powerful oaky aroma with subtle notes of brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and rye spice
  • Taste: Well-rounded sweetness, with secondary notes of toasted wood and warm baking spices
  • Finish: Lingering oak and spice, warm finish
  • Sipping Suggestions: Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye is best enjoyed neat, over ice or in an Old Fashioned

Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye joins a growing lineup of rye whiskies. In 2012, the brand introduced its classic Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey, which helped revive the rye category from the downturn it had experienced since before Prohibition. Since then, the brand has also introduced Knob Creek® Single Barrel Select Rye Whiskey, an extension of the brand's single barrel selection program, as well as Knob Creek® Cask Strength Rye, an extra-aged take on the brand's classic rye whiskey that was named "Best Rye Whiskey1" earlier this year.

Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye is now available nationwide with a Suggested Retail Price of $44.99 for a 750mL bottle.

For more information about Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye and Knob Creek's award-winning rye and bourbon portfolios, please visit 


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CHICAGONov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cruzan® Rum, producer of some of the world's finest aged rums, is proud to announce the launch of Cruzan® Hurricane Proof™ Rum as the newest addition to the brand's portfolio. Bottled at 137 proof in acknowledgement of the wind speeds of the category 5 hurricane that swept through the brand's home island of St. Croix last year, Cruzan Hurricane Proof offers a clean and smooth flavor profile due to the low levels of fusel oils with which this rum is crafted. As part of Cruzan's dedication to contributing to the Island Spirit Fund, of which Cruzan is a founding sponsor, Cruzan will donate $1 to the Fund for each case of this rum sold, meaning every bottle purchased will provide aid and support to communities adversely impacted by hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands and across the United States.

"We're proud to introduce Cruzan Hurricane Proof just in time for the giving season as a way to drink well and give back," said Gary Nelthropp, Cruzan Rum's Master Distiller. "We've named our newest expression as a nod to the resilience of our community in the wake of last year's devastating storms. We look forward to continuing to support the Island Spirit Fund and the important work it makes possible into 2019 and beyond."

Created in the aftermath of the destruction caused last year by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, the Island Spirit Fund supports short-and long-term disaster relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands and across the United States, helping rebuild and reinvigorate communities impacted by storms of all kinds. To-date, the Fund has raised nearly $1 millionthrough individual donations, Cruzan's case matching program, and the generous case-matching donation commitments from several distributor partners.

Cruzan Hurricane Proof's clean and smooth flavor makes it the perfect gift for any rum lover this holiday season, as the rum makes a welcome addition to any classic rum cocktail or frozen beverage, or in the brand's signature cocktail, the Cruzan Hurricane Hot Toddy.

Cruzan® Hurricane Hot Toddy

  • 1 ½ parts Cruzan® Dark Rum
  • ½ part Cruzan® Hurricane Proof™ Rum
  • ½ part lemon juice
  • ½ part cane syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura® bitters
  • Hot water


  • Prepare a mug by rinsing it with boiling water and pouring the water out.
  • Add the cane syrup and hot water and stir until dissolved.
  • Add remaining ingredients and more hot water and stir gently to combine.

Cruzan Rum fans will recognize the high-quality craftsmanship they've come to expect of the brand reflected in this new spirit. Alongside every Cruzan Rum expression, Cruzan Hurricane Proof Rum joins the ranks as one of the cleanest-tasting rums in the industry.

Cruzan Hurricane Proof Rum is now available nationwide with a Suggested Retail Price of n 2019, Cruzan Rum will continue to support the Island Spirit Fund through the brand's case-matching donation program and will also continue to absorb the cost of all transactional fees associated with all donations to the Island Spirit Fund, so that 100 percent of donors' generosity goes directly to communities in need. In the wake of additional needs on the U.S. mainland after this year's Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Cruzan will also set aside a portion of donations through the Island Spirit Fund to be allocated to relief organizations mobilizing ahead of future inbound storms, in order to offer immediate relief and aid once these storms have passed.</p> </div> </div>""


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