Brown-Forman’s BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2 – Product Launch

Brown-Forman has followed the release 12 months ago of the first batch of BenRiach Cask Strength with the release of batch two.

Whisk(e)y – Ireland versus Scotland – The Facts

Last weekend, Scotland travelled to Dublin to face Ireland in the Six Nations rugby union tournament. Ireland emerged victorious, beating their Celtic neighbours 28-8. Prior to the game, the Irish Spirits Association hosted its Scotch whisky counterpart, the SWA, in Dublin for the trade bodies’ annual bilateral meeting.

Carlsberg’s Carlsberg 1883 Dark Lager – Product Launch

Carlsberg has launched a new beer that is a rebrew of a lager first brewed in 1883.

Drinks industry unveils Europe-wide alcohol labelling approach

Seven alcohol trade associations operating in Europe have teamed up to deliver their self-regulatory proposal covering the on-pack detailing of ingredients and nutritional information.

Suntory recruits Anthony Joshua for heavyweight Lucozade drive

Suntory’s UK soft drinks unit, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, has launched a new ad campaign in the country for Lucozade Sport Fitwater, headed up by world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua.

Suntory recruits Anthony Joshua for heavyweight Lucozade drive

Suntory’s UK soft drinks unit, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, has launched a new ad campaign in the country for Lucozade Sport Fitwater, headed up by world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua.

Anheuser-Busch InBev deal gives FY2017/18 boost to C&C Group cider volumes – trading update

A distribution deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev has helped turn around C&C Group’s UK cider volumes, but the company continues to struggle in Ireland.

Review: King Floyd’s Bitters – Orange, Aromatic, and Cardamom – and Rim Salts

My sleepy burg of Novato, California is home to a surprising operation: King Floyd’s, which produces both artisanal bitters as well as a couple of tins of rimming salts. The company was kind enough to send all five of its products our way for review. Thoughts follow.

King Floyd’s Orange Bitters – Strong orange notes are instantly evident on the nose, almost like a triple sec, with floral elements at times. The palate is something else entirely, however — intensely bitter, almost to the breaking point. The orange peel element licks at the sides of the palate, while the center of the tongue gets a fully bitter blasting. The finish is pungent and lasting. Use sparingly. B / $20 per 100 oz bottle

King Floyd’s Aromatic Bitters – Lots of anise and cinnamon on the nose here, but the palate is particularly hefty with cloves. The experience develops further on the tongue to reveal notes of dark chocolate and coffee beans, all filtered through that massive bitterness that’s part of the orange experience. Here, the overall experience is a bit more cohesive on the whole, the bitterness fitting more compactly with the intensity of the herbs. A- / $20 per 100 oz bottle

King Floyd’s Cardamom Bitters – A unique expression of bitters, exotic and eastern on the nose, evocative of a Moroccan bazaar. That nutmeg-on-steroids character is pumped up further on the palate, which segues into something akin to a well-aged rug in the back of a hookah joint, slightly smoky, with notes of tobacco, sweat, and funk. Clearly built for tiki. B+ / $20 per 100 oz bottle

King Floyd’s Sea Flake Rim Salt – This is straight-up, unadulterated sea salt in a tin. Nice granularity, and it works well as a rimmer. It’s hard to rate salt, but I’ll try. A- / $8 per 4 oz tin

King Floyd’s Sriracha Rim Salt – This brownish salt is pungent with spice, so much so that the aroma of sriracha fills the room when you first pour it into the tin. On the tongue, it doesn’t have as much heat as the aroma would initially lead you to believe, which is probably a good thing. Who needs a cocktail rimmer that’s so spicy they can’t taste the actual drink? A great bloody mary rimmer. A / $10 per 4 oz tin

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Looking to mix something blue with Irish whisky. Maybe add a citrus peel.

I usually just drink my alcohol straight (maybe a splash of water in my whiskey), but want to make a thematic drink for St. Patty's Day.

A large group of my friends refer to ourselves as sneks. Since the mythological Saint Patrick cast the snakes out of Ireland into the ocean, I want to have something blue and maybe bubbly for the ocean, pour some Irish whisky for St Patrick, and maybe have some long thin citrus peel garnishes for the snakes.

I can't afford to just go and buy lots of things to experiment with, so I thought I'd ask you kind souls for advice.

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Looking for a good low sugar alternative for Bourbon and Coke? Cocktails or Mixers? (inb4 diet coke)

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