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Drinks Picks: Angostra Rum NO.1

Distributed by: island2island Beverage Company RRP: $75 Angostura Rum No.1 is now available nationwide to both the on- and off-premise. The release comprises of only 9,600 bottles and sits in Angostura’s new limited edition premium range aged in special casks, aptly named The Cask Collection, and was recently named Rum of the Year for 2014 by the Rum Journal Awards. Tasting notes: Smooth and well-round...

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Absolut Vodka Announces Innovative POS Marketing Initiative with SODASTREAM

Absolut Vodka has partnered with SodaStream to bsolut drive an in-store gift with purchase promotion, which aims to attract the alcohol segment and target the growing market for at home, customisable drinks. The promotion will run across a number of Pernod Ricard’s independent channels, where consumers who spend $50 or over on a participating product will be eligible to redeem a SodaStream Play Drinks Mak...

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Drinks Picks: Aldi’s 30-Year-Old Aged Whisky Under $100

ALDI Liquor is currently retailing its 30-year-old blended whisky at $99.99 - a third of the price of other blended whiskies at this age point and the cheapest in Australia. Glenn Orrin blended Scotch whisky has been distilled in copper pot stills and aged in crafted oak casks for 30 years. This is a smooth, warm blend, with flavours of citrus, marzipan and sherry, as well as subtle hints of dark chocolat...

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Canadian Club Celebrates Australian Open Sponsorship

To celebrate Canadian Club coming on as the Official Partner of Australian Open 2015, the brand threw a tennis-themed launch in Melbourne at the end of last year. In attendance were trade from Victoria, as well as Australian tennis legend, Todd Woodbridge, and Genie Bouchard’s personal army. Guests enjoyed Canadian Club with Woodbridge and also got to test their tennis skills in a number of challenges, in...

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Australian Distilled Spirits Awards – Enter Now!

Australian Distilled Spirits Awards – Enter Now!

The closing date for entries to the inaugural Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) is steadily approaching – closing on Friday January 23. Entrants will be judged between February 24-25, with eight major trophies available to win, across whisky, gin, vodka, brandy, rum, liqueurs and alternative spirits. ADSA is a first-ever awards program for distilled spirits and liqueurs, launched by The Royal Agr...

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Diageo Australia Partners with Schweppes in New National Campaign

Diageo Australia has partnered with Schweppes to launch a new, above-the- line national campaign. The new campaign, This Calls For a Cocktail, promotes 40 cocktail recipes and occasions to enjoy them in, with Diageo brands - Smirnoff vodka, Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky, Pimm’s and Tanqueray gin, positioned alongside Schweppes, to convey simplicity when it comes to mixing cocktails. IT’S GAME ON IN THE CRI...

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Vintage House Wine And Spirits Grows Its Distribution Portfolio

Vintage House Wine and Spirits (VHWS) – the new distribution company of Angove Family Winemakers - will be distributing Hollick Wines nationally in Australia from the first of February. Hollick Wines is owned by Ian and Wendy Hollick, who concentrate on producing wines that showcase regionality, as well as vineyard and varietal characteristics, reinforced in its slogan “Pride of Place”. VHWS will be distr...

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Red Island Group Distributes Chase Spirits in Australia

Red Island Group Distributes Chase Spirits in Australia

Distributed by: Red Island Group RRP: Chase Elderflower Liqueur & Chase Rhubarb Liqueur $42.00 Williams Great British Extra Dry Gin $63.00 Chase Potato Vodka $72.00 Chase Marmalade Vodka & Chase Rhubarb Vodka $75.00 Williams Elegant Gin $80.00 Chase Smoked Vodka $90.00   Red Island Group is now distributing Chase Spirits from the UK in Australia. The Chase Distillery is the UK’s first and o...

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Insights: Ger Buckley master cooper for Jameson Irish Whiskey

For 38 years, Ger Buckley has worked as a cooper for Jameson. On a trip to Australia, Ger sat down with drinks trade ’s Mark Henderson and explained his passion for cooperage and working with wood to shape the casks that generate the unique flavour profile of Jameson Irish Whiskey. drinks trade : Welcome to Australia. How are you finding it so far? Ger Buckley: I am loving it. I lived in Sydney for a w...

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