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BALTIMORE, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- PX Sherry wine from Spanish vineyards and golden brown rye whiskey in Maryland's distinct, approachable style are coming together once again in a limited-edition Sagamore Spirit Reserve Series Sherry Finish Rye Whiskey, announced today by the award-winning distiller.

Following a first, widely acclaimed limited release of a Sherry Finish in 2019, Sagamore Spirit's team of distillers set out to bring back this complex and layered whiskey to delight fans of the original and new ones alike. For this year's release, Sagamore Spirit aged its 4-year-old straight rye whiskey for an additional 18 months in 132-gallon PX Sherry barrels, coaxing forth a rye whiskey with velvety notes of toasted almond, dried fig, candied orange peel and soft spice. The structured oak profile of Sagamore Spirit's whiskey balances the bouquet of dried fruit and honey left from the PX Sherry wine, creating a complex, yet approachable, 106-proof rye.

"There's a long history of Sherry finishes in the Scotch world, but very few have been done with rye whiskey," said Brian Treacy, Sagamore Spirit's co-founder and President of Distillery Operations. "Our distilling team loves the pairing of the rich almond and fig flavors with the caramel, cinnamon, clove and peppercorn from our straight rye whiskey, so they welcomed the opportunity to bring back this delicious limited-edition rye."

Sherry Finish is part of the Sagamore Spirit Reserve Series, a collection of limited-edition Maryland-style rye whiskies that celebrate the legacy of Maryland distilling, with an unyielding focus on excellence from start to finish. Past releases include 8-Year-Old Rye Whiskey, Manhattan Finish and Rum Cask Finish. 

This year's Sagamore Spirit Sherry Finish Rye Whiskey is as versatile as its predecessor. It can be savored neat, on the rocks, or mixed into a seasonal cocktail to welcome the coming of cooler weather. It is becoming available nationwide this month in 750ml bottles at a suggested retail price of $79. To find a bottle near you visit

While Sherry Finish will only be available for a limited time, fans can enjoy Sagamore Spirit year-round with its Signature, Cask Strength, and Double Oak rye whiskies, the distillery's core offerings that are leading the Maryland-style rye revival across the country.

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With recent reports that people are out enjoying the weather, we could assume that everything is back to normal after the pandemic. But that’s not entirely true, especially for the beer industry. Total beer sales have dropped 7.3 per cent from last year, according to Beer Canada.

Total beer sales are up in Newfoundland and Labrador by a whopping 20.1 per cent. But in other provinces, sales for retail and service have dropped significantly.

The largest drop this year has been in Quebec, where beer sales have dropped 13.3 per cent compared to last year. Sales have declined in Saskatchewan by 12.6 per cent and by 10.7 per cent in Alberta. Consumption in all areas of the country has fallen, except for the Territories.

In the beer business, a simple one per cent drop is massive, so declining by 3.3 per cent in Ontario is considered a disaster. These drops are in addition to a disastrous 2021 when lockdowns were the norm to combat COVID-19.

When things started to open earlier this year, this wasn’t the scenario the beer industry expected – far from it.

In volume, beer sales are 8.3 per cent below pre-pandemic levels and have dropped for a variety of reasons.

Labour shortages are clearly contributing. Short-staffed restaurants are closing earlier or not opening some days. Many now open only five days instead of seven days. Many close at 10 p.m. instead of two or four hours later.

Public events are back, but we have had fewer of them across the country. And attendance is often down significantly from pre-COVID standards. It will take a while before people get comfortable with our post-COVID reality.

We’re not sure what to expect this fall, pandemic-wise, but people will likely behave with extreme caution, as they should.

Consumers appear to be in a different place. Sales of beer for home consumption have returned to pre-pandemic levels. But beer consumed at restaurants and events remains 35 to 40 per cent below pre-pandemic levels.

Over the last three years or so, many of us turned instead to wine, spirits and other products. Seltzer and ready-to-drink alternatives are also becoming more popular. And Canada went from being an on-premises beer-drinking country to a more at-home wine-and-spirits-drinking market.

Many of us have tried new products and experimented with new tastes and brands. These experiences have drawn many away from beer.

The other key factor is inflation. Alcohol is discretionary; many consumers are cutting expenses to cope with skyrocketing food prices. Beer prices have also risen by 10 to 15 per cent in the last 12 months and will likely rise more next year.

In 2017, the federal government introduced a formula to raise taxes on beer based on the consumer price index (CPI). With this year’s CPI, the deferral portion of taxes on beer could rise by up to seven per cent in April 2023, which would be a record. Some provinces have expressed sympathy by not raising their tax portion on alcohol products, but not federal government – at least not yet.

Working from home changes our behaviours and food choices. The beer situation is one good example of how the food industry is affected by a more home-based food market.

People will drink beer at home but going to events and seeing friends at different locations will get people to consume more.

Continuing labour issues and market changes will entice the food industry to adjust and seek new opportunities, for better or worse.

This year was expected to be a comeback year for the beer industry, but it looks like it may need to wait a little longer for that to happen.

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If your summer plans didn’t involve a trip to Charm City, now’s the time to go as Baltimore-based Sagamore Spirit just launched their new Mezcal Cask Aged Rye Whiskey.

Aged 4 years in charred oak barrels and another 2 years and 2 months in añejo mezcal barrels, this 106-proof Maryland-style rye pairs notes of cinnamon, clove, and caramel with mezcal’s classic notes of rich smoke, peppercorn, coriander, and vanilla, offering a combination like no other.

Available for a limited time, this unique offering encourages whiskey drinkers and jet-setters alike to pay a visit to Sagamore Spirit’s waterfront distillery where guests can pick up a bottle and experience Maryland-style rye in its home state.

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LOUISVILLE, KY (September 12, 2022) - ANGEL’S ENVY®,the Louisville-based distiller that produces finished whiskeys, today announced that Owen Martin will be joining the company as Master Distiller. Beginning on October 17, Martin will lead all aspects of production and oversee innovation for ANGEL’S ENVY, including its annual Cask Strength program and limited release Cellar Collection and Founder’s Collection programs. Martin is the first appointed Master Distiller of ANGEL’S ENVY since co-founder and Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson’s passing in 2013. 

 “Angel’s Envy has always strived to revere tradition while embracing progress, so when looking for our new Master Distiller, we knew we needed to find someone who fully embodied that philosophy and innovative spirit,” said Gigi DaDan, General Manager of ANGEL’S ENVY. “Owen’s experience in product development and experimentation and his progressive outlook regarding what’s next for the industry, as well as the leadership he has demonstrated throughout his career in defining and championing American whiskey categories, make him a perfect fit to lead Angel’s Envy into our exciting future.”

style="text-align: left;" /> Martin, working at ANGEL’S ENVY’s newly expanded distillery in downtown Louisville, will lead ANGEL’S ENVY’s production team as it remains dedicated to bringing new and innovative finished whiskeys to fans while continuing to produce its highly acclaimed core offerings – a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels and a Rye Whiskey Finished in Caribbean Rum Casks.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"> “Angel’s"Envy has been a trailblazer in redefining the finished whiskey category in the US, and the chance to be a part of the next chapter for a young brand that has already made such a large impact on the industry is truly the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Martin. “I look forward to bringing my knowledge of secondary cask finishing and unique perspective of European and American production techniques, as well as my expertise in product development and passion for experimentation, to the foremost secondary-finished bourbon and rye producer in the country.” </p> <p style="text-align: left;">Martin will be joinin" ANGEL’S ENVY from Str"nahan’s Colorado Whiskey. While at Stranahan’s, Martin quickly rose through the ranks during his six-year tenure; he was most recently serving as Head Distiller. His love of finished whiskeys was born while studying at the prestigious Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and throughout his career, he has continued to gain a unique knowledge of whiskey maturation techniques from across the country and globe.</p>""
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 Toronto, CANADA, SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 – Cabernet Sauvignon is undeniably one of the most recognizable red wine varietals in the world. A natural cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is enjoyed as a single varietal or often blended with Merlot and Cab Franc (Bordeaux) or Syrah (Australia).

Taste Profile & Food Pairings

Wine lovers can easily find Cabernet Sauvignon options in the market. It is possible to find wines that are more on the fruity side, while others are more savory and smokier depending on where the vines grow. In general, though, Cabernet Sauvignon presents aromas of dark fruits such as black cherry and black currant, as well as some cedar and baking spices. It is dry with a full body, medium-high tannins, and medium acidity.

Because of their bold body and tannin content, Cabernet Sauvignon wines are ideally paired with rich grilled meats, peppery sauces, and dishes with big flavours more generally.


 South African Expression

Cabernet Sauvignon is the flagship and most planted grape in South Africa, produced in both varietal and blended styles. Drought and heat-tolerant, it is well-suited for the country’s ever-growing winemaking industry.

Nederburg The Winemasters Cabernet Sauvignon

To make a premium Cab Sauv, the Nederburg winery sources grapes from top-performing vineyards situated in the Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Darline wine-growing regions. The vines are grown in granite, sandstone, and shale soils, resulting in grapes with a higher natural acidity and resulting freshness. Great sunlight penetration also allows for well-balanced acidity and a better tannin structure.

Price and availability: $13.95-$16.99 - BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, NB, NF


 Two Oceans Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

At the tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian oceans collide, extraordinary grape growing conditions exist. The fresh ocean breeze and warm sun ripens and sweetens the grapes, inspiring Two Oceans to craft great wines in an eco-sustainable way. All wines carry the fully traceable sustainability seal that guarantees production integrity every step of the way from the vineyards to the final pack, be it bottle or box.

Price and availability: $11-$13.99 – BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, NB, NS, NF, PEI

Chilian Expression

Chile offers exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons at great value in Bordeaux-style blends. They usually come from the Central Valley as well as the Maipo, Aconcagua and Colchagua Valleys.

Emiliana Adobe Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

This bottle is the natural first step into Emiliana´s organic world. Grapes come from the main valleys of Chile and are a true reflection of the respect for the unique character of each variety and its place of origin.

100% certified organic and vegan, it has an excellent value for quality. Its moderate structure makes it a fresh and easy-drinking wine.

Price and availability: $14.99-$15.10$ - QC, NB

Argentine Expression

While Malbec is the indisputable red varietal of Argentina, Cabernet Sauvignon is slowly but surely making its way in the country’s top vineyards. The Argentine Cabernet styles have something special – they all come from continental climates as opposed to the usual coastal region. Cabernet Sauvignons from Argentina are expected to take over the global scene very soon.

Bodega Norton Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon

The Barrel Select line expresses both the fruit attributes, such as freshness and sweetness, along with the smoky influences of oak, which add to the wine’s complexity. This is accomplished by aging a portion of the wine in French oak barrels (50%) and then blending with wines aged in stainless steel.

Price and availability: $13-$16 – BC, AB, MB, ON, QC, NB, NF, PEI


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