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WSWA: Taste of the Industry

Taste of the Industry is always a highlight of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention. It’s a chance for marketers to showcase emerging brands in front of key decision makers at the major distribution outfits across the country. It’s impossible to even come close to trying everything in the hall in two hours—it’d be tough to do so if they dedicated an entire day to the event. But among the beverages I did manage to try, there were quite a few standouts. Here’s my shortlist, in no particular order.

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Sugarland unveils Hazelnut Rum

Sugarlands Distilling Company has unveiled Hazelnut Rum as the newest addition to its spirits line. The East Tennessee distillery partnered with distilling legends Mark Ramsey and Digger Manes from the hit series Moonshiners to develop the spirit.

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Hazelnut Rum sports aromas of toasted hazelnut and brown sugar. The full-bodied spirit blends flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and honey.  At 80 proof, it finishes with a sweet, oaky kick.

Ramsey and Manes created Hazelnut Rum while filming for the Discovery Channel program. The duo combined real hazelnuts and rum in their backwoods still to create a one-of-a-kind flavored spirit.

The Drinkable Globe: Apple moonshine and tangerine beer

Apple Pie & Apple Rye from two prominent Tennessee moonshine makers and New Belgium goes Citradelic all year long are the stars of the latest edition of The Drinkable Week.

Drinkable Images: Bootleggers Moonshine Distillery, Hartford, Tennessee

Bootleggers Distillery, in the heart of eastern Tennessee moonshine country, is quite likely the smallest legally operating distilleries in the U.S. It’s also one of the newest, having opened earlier this year. In addition to a white dog whiskey, Bootleggers makes a Charred version, aged for several months with wood. The distillery also produces a number of fruit-infused moonshines, as well as a Hot Toddie, all packed, of course, in mason jars.

Photos: Jeff Cioletti

Photos: Jeff Cioletti

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Drinkable Week: Another Orphan Barrel bourbon from Diageo, Ole Smoky Moonshine calls the Wolf & Disaronno unveils Riserva

The latest episode of The Drinkable Week is here, with news on the latest bourbon from Orphan Barrel project, Ole Smoky Tennessee moonshine and Disaronno Italian liqueur.

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