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News Briefs for September 19, 2012

September 19, 2012

•Martinique-based Rhum Clément is bringing back its 6- and 10-year-old Grande Reserve expressions in the U.S. market for the first time in five years. Clément 6-year-old Grande Réserve Très Vieux is made from rums aged a minimum of six years in a combination of virgin French barriques and re-charred Bourbon barrels. The 10-year-old has the same wood profile but is meant to be served neat, while its younger counterpart is suggested to be served in cocktails or with an ice cube. Benjamin Mélin-Jones, Rhum Clément’s director of North America, says increasing experimentation with aged rums by whisk(e)y and Cognac drinkers has led the company to re-introduce its 6- and 10-year-old Grande Reserves in the U.S. Clément USA’s brand line also includes Première Canne, Créole Shrubb, V.S.O.P., Cuvée Homère and X.O.

Sazerac Co. has purchased a 300,000-square-foot warehouse in Bardstown, Kentucky to expand its Barton Bourbon brand. The facility will become the new distribution center for the brand, with storage capacity of about 1 million cases. Financial terms of the purchase weren’t disclosed. Barton’s current distribution center, which has only about one-third the capacity of the new one, is located on the same property as the company’s Bardstown distillery. When the transition to the new warehouse is made, the old facility will be repurposed in connection with the bottling operations. Sazerac purchased the Barton brand and the Barton 1792 Distillery from Constellation as part of a $334 million deal in 2009, and has since added a visitor center as well as additional bottling tanks and bulk storage.

•Florida-based fast-casual restaurant chain Hurricane Grill & Wings has launched a new “Legendary Cocktail” menu of island-inspired, handcrafted drinks separated into five categories based on flavor. The selection ranges from light and refreshing concoctions like The Go LO Rita, a variation on the Margarita made with coconut water, to bold and spicy creations like The Volcano Mojito, featuring a five spice salted rim and a dash of hot sauce. The new cocktails are available at all of the chain’s Florida locations with other units to follow suit in October. Hurricane Grill & Wings currently has 45 restaurants in seven states—Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

 

 

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