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NEW YORK, April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Amaro Montenegro, Italy's most popular and iconic amaro brand with more than 130 years of history and heritage, was recognized for its superior quality and taste at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most influential spirits competitions in the world. Amaro Montenegro received three of the highest honors: the coveted Best in Show Liqueur award, Best Herbal and Botanical Liqueur, as well as the rare and prestigious Double Gold medal in the Herbal and Botanical Liqueurs category – an honor bestowed only when members of the esteemed panel of judges unanimously award a Gold medal designation based on a blind tasting.

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition was founded in 2000 as a way to recognize exceptional products in the spirits industry. This year's competition was the biggest in its history, featuring more than 2,200 entries.

"It is a great honor to be recognized as one of the top spirits brands in the world, and proof that the unique and authentic Amaro Montenegro recipe, which has been carefully protected over the years, truly stands the test of time," said Marco Ferrari, CEO, Gruppo Montenegro. "We look forward to proving our excellence for years to come, as consumers continue to embrace amaro as their spirit of choice."

This acknowledgement follows Amaro Montenegro's recent Gold medal in the Bitters - Digestive (Potable) category at the 2017 International Wine and Spirit Competition, an organization that promotes and rewards the quality and excellence of the world's best wines, spirits and liqueurs, reinforcing the brand's position among the top amaros in the world.

"Throughout the world, Amaro Montenegro has a long-standing reputation for providing exceptional quality," said Rob Cullins, North American Regional Director, Gruppo Montenegro. "As we expand into new markets, we believe this distinguished recognition as a superior liqueur will encourage new consumers to explore drinking occasions with Amaro Montenegro."

Amaro Montenegro is a 130-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 theof 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 oversees every batch just as the brand's founder, Stanislao Cobianchi, did back in 1885.

At 23 percent alcohol (46° proof) Amaro Montenegro is smoother and more balanced than other amaro brands. The robust flavor of Amaro Montenegro can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with other ingredients to craft a variety of cocktails — its versatility and taste create a deeply memorable experience, no matter the occasion.

For more information about Amaro Montenegro, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter @AmaroMonte and Instagram at @AmaroMonte.

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TORONTO, April 30, 2018 /CNW/ - Squeez'd Beverages, a division of Sleeman Breweries Limited, debuts SPLASH Spiked Sparkling Water, a new ready-to-drink alcoholic beverage crafted with sparkling water, vodka and a hint of natural fruit flavours, now available in most markets across the country. With 110 calories per 355 mL serving and 5 per cent ABV, SPLASH is unsweetened with no added sugar and no artificial sweeteners. It's also gluten free.

"We created SPLASH Spiked Sparkling Water to satisfy the increasing demand in the market for an alcoholic beverage that has no added sugar and no artificial sweeteners," said Scott Pederson, Director of Marketing. "It's a refreshing option for people with active lifestyles, who are looking for a clean-tasting and convenient alternative to traditional sugary RTD products."

SPLASH Spiked Sparkling Water comes in two natural and refreshing flavours:  Mixed Berry and Tropical Grapefruit. Mixed Berry delivers a pleasantly sweet berry aroma highlighted by the flavours of blackberries with a hint of raspberry. Tropical Grapefruit has a lively citrus and tropical fruit aroma, with a juicy grapefruit flavour lead that is subtly sweet and supported with the topical flavours of passionfruit, mango and pineapple. "The flavours we've selected to offer have strong consumer appeal and the slim 355ml can retains the effervescence, chills fast and stays cool," Pederson continues.

"We are excited to be bringing SPLASH Spiked Sparkling Water to Canadians this summer in response to the growing popularity of these beverages internationally", Pederson continues.  Without compromising on flavour, SPLASH is unsweetened, has zero aftertaste and can be enjoyed chilled or served over ice.  

SPLASH Spiked Sparkling Water is available in packs of four 355 mL slim cans for a suggested retail price of $9.95. For shop locators and purchasing details, visit: Find SPLASH on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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WESTLAKE, Texas, April 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanctified Spirits, LLC, producer of Oak & Eden Handcrafted Whiskey proudly announces the introduction of its remarkably smooth, highly original line of in-bottle finished, inspired whiskeys.  "Our whiskey is exceptional because of the way in which we finish it, in-bottle," says Joe Giildenzopf, the company's CEO.

In-bottle finishing utilizes a masterful combination of Spirit, Wood, Fire and Spice.  "We start with Spirit, Straight American Whiskey, in two varieties, Bourbon and Rye.  Next, using our patent-pending process, we add Wood, a 5-inch long spiral cut piece of American Oak to each bottle.  We call this our "Spire".  The Spire has been exposed to Fire (just like a barrel would be) in order to extract flavorful botanicals that when introduced to the bottle adds Spice, smoothness and character to our whiskey," stated Mr. Giildenzopf.

While our whiskeys are in-bottle finished, they're also inspired.  "Inspired Whiskey" has two meanings; the first, obvious meaning is there is a spire in our whiskey.  The second, less obvious meaning speaks to the Creation Story when God made Man from the earth and breathed His life into His creation.  Similarly, Oak & Eden uses elements of the earth, corn, rye and barley to create a spirit, whiskey.  We figuratively put a part of ourselves into our creation to bring it to life, or inspire it.  The spire in the bottle is emblematic of this impartation. "Oak" characterizes the origin of our creation and "Eden" the perfection of it.

Oak & Eden subtly honors The Creator by celebrating creators, those who are so inspired that they willingly endure long-suffering to refine their craft and make something that lasts.  "We get it.  It's a struggle, long and arduous.  That's why we share our creation: amazing whiskey, inspired from within by our spire, enabling our in-bottle finishing, defining our flavor and perfecting our creation.  It is a suitable reward for anyone who puts whatever is in them, out there," claims Brad Neathery, the company's Creative Director.

Oak & Eden is proud to curate, and commemorate other makers.  "For all the makers, we made this for you."  Stories of craftsmen, artisans, innovators, and explorers can be found at

Oak & Eden is available in Bourbon, finished with a Toasted Oak spire and Rye, finished with a Charred Oak spire and can be purchased in many Texas liquor stores.  Other innovative expressions will be released later this year, in limited, small batch quantities.  "In September, we will be releasing a "Cabernet-Steeped" variety, whereby we rest a French Oak spire in cabernet sauvignon for 6 weeks prior to using it to finish, in-bottle, an American Whiskey," claims Joe Giildenzopf.

Oak & Eden Handcrafted Whiskey is being distributed by Republic National Distributing Company.  The company aspires to grow the distribution of the brand to other states soon.

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OAXACA, Mexico, April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sombra Mezcal, a spirit distilled to sustain the land and the people of Oaxaca, today announces its first-ever sustainable cocktail competition, "Shake and Stir to Sustain the Land and the People." Open to professional bartenders in the U.S., entries are accepted from April 22 through August 22, 2018 on Sombra's website. Sombra Mezcal is the brainchild of Richard Betts, a Master Sommelier whose love of Oaxaca inspired him to open a distillery (palenque) that sets the highest standards for eco-friendly production. Newly opened, Sombra's palenque ensures consistent quality and innovation from the fields to the bottle. Click here for an Earth Day message from Richard Betts, Founder, Sombra Mezcal.

Anti-waste pioneers, Trash Tiki's Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths, will judge the competition, which is being conducted virtually to minimize its carbon footprint. Ultimately, the goal is for trend-setting bartenders to educate consumers who are equally eco-conscious and want to do right by the environment.

"We have never seen a sustainable bartending competition conducted virtually and we are really excited to be a part of it," say Ramage and Griffiths. "Travel is often carbon-intensive and dispensing with it offers an exciting avenue to explore as a future for cocktail competitions. Oaxaca is very dear to our hearts and this is a great opportunity for the winner to experience what Sombra is doing at their palenque first-hand and get a taste of Oaxaca's magic."

The Grand Prize winner receives a one-week trip to Oaxaca, a destination for Mezcal and gastronomy for a hands-on apprenticeship at Sombra's eco-friendly new palenque. Groundbreaking green initiatives include using certified sustainable wood, rainwater and solar power and upcycling distillation by-products into adobe bricks for local housing.

The competition taps into bars across the country that are recycling, upcycling and innovating ways to safeguard the environment. Some examples include transforming citrus juice and rinds into cocktail shrubs and vinegars, utilizing fruit pits as the base for new cocktail ingredients and finding alternatives to plastic straws.

"The Trash Tiki folks are leading anti-waste and eco-friendly pioneers in the bar world," says Betts. "We are truly honored to work with them to promote the idea that sustainable cocktails can not only help protect the planet and its people, but also taste delicious. The competition enables Sombra to expand its sustainability commitment beyond our palenque to help engage the U.S. bartending community at large, and ultimately, consumers." 


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