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New Absolut Hibiskus Floral Vodka

absolut_hibiskus_vodkaAbsolut was established in 1879 and it is produced near Ahus in southern Sweden. Absolut is credited to have been the first to offer a flavoured vodka and has currently 20 core flavours. It is owned by the French group Pernod Ricard and the company is expending it’s line of vodka  to launch the newest flavour, Hibiskus Floral vodka.  The vodka  will be introduced in the USA this month  and released in select international markets this spring. The Hibiskus vodka is a blend of all natural hibiscus and pomegranate flavours. It is the company’s first floral flavoured vodka.  The Absolut web site describes the vodka flavour as, “bold, sophisticated, and fiercely original”. We like flavoured vodka and according to the consumer marketing site Technomic, “the consumer interest in flavoured vodka is expanding, evidenced by the 23.3% gain since 2011.” Hibiscus has a unique flavour and is known as an ingredient for alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. Using floral spirits in cocktails can be exciting,  flavourful and even exotic, but only when used in the right proportions. Floral essences have been used for centuries and this special flavour category is making a resurgence. Beefeater launched a summer edition a few year ago, which includes hibiscus flowers. The vodka will be offered in a 1l, 750ml, and 50ml sizes.


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Bailey’s Irish Cream is one of the best selling liqueurs in the world. Bailey’s Original was created by Gilbeys company from Ireland, and now the brand is owned by Diageo. Bailey’s was introduced in 1974 as the first Irish Cream on the market. Bailey’s is the combination of Irish whisky, cream,  vanilla, a hint of […]

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The Grand Cocktail Tasting

The Art Of The Cocktail festival celebrates the world of cocktails. The festival kicked off last night with the big event Grand Cocktail Tasting at the Crystal Garden. Hundreds of jolly Cocktail Hunters were sipping, sampling, and drinking in search of the ultimate concoction. The evening offered unique cocktail samplings from bars, lounges, and restaurants from Victoria as well as liquor importers and distillers.

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National Sake Day

Did you know that October 1st is National Sake Day in japan?

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