#BeverageGoodFriday: New products from Constellation Brands, Avaline, Macallan, English Whisky Company

GLOBAL – #BeverageGoodFriday this week features new alcohol beverage launches from Constellation Brands, Avaline, Macallan, English Whisky Company

Constellation Brands, Coca-Cola introduce Fresca mixed premium canned cocktails

A partnership between Constellation Brands and Coca-Cola Company has resulted in the launch of a boozy version of the popular soda, Fresca Mixed.

The new line of premium, pre-mixed cocktails crafted with the deliciously bright and citrusy classic taste of FRESCA and real vodka or tequila – is now available in two varieties: Vodka Spritz and Tequila Paloma.

The Vodka Spritz is a delicious cocktail that mixes the light and classic taste of FRESCA with real vodka distilled four times while Tequila Paloma is a modern and sophisticated take on the classic Paloma cocktail with a blend of real tequila Blanco from Mexico with the classic taste of FRESCA for a cocktail that is smooth and easy to enjoy.

Both flavors are 100 calories, 5% ABV, gluten-free, made with real spirits, and contain zero sugar. FRESCA Mixed will start to roll out in stores across the US today, in 4-pack 12oz cans for a suggested retail price of US$9.99.

Tequila Paloma: Per 12 fl. oz. average analysis: calories 100, carbohydrates 1.6g, protein 0g, fat 0g; Vodka Spritz: Per 12 fl. oz. average analysis: calories 100, carbohydrates 1.3g, protein 0g, fat 0g.

Avaline Cabernet Sauvignon launched

Organic wine brand Avaline, from co-founders Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power, has released its very first Cabernet Sauvignon, Avaline Cabernet Sauvignon, a medium to full-bodied with hints of red berries and cocoa.

This vegan-friendly red wine is warm on the nose with notes of baking spices, subtle black fruit, and cola. The palate delivers cherry fruits, chocolatey rich tannins, and bursts with acidity., the company said.

Bottled at 14% ABV, Avaline Cabernet Sauvignon is priced at US$30 and available via the brand’s official website.

Macallan unveils James Bond 60th Anniversary series

The Macallan has unveiled its limited-edition James Bond 60th Anniversary Release to mark six decades of the film franchise.

The series comprises six bottles each encasing a single malt whisky, presented in individually designed sleeves, the bottles also feature an original illustrative design in a behind-the-scenes exploration of the James Bond archives.

The single malt whisky has been created by master whisky maker Kirsteen Campbell to reflect ‘the enduring character’ of James Bond; a ‘force of nature defined by his Scottish heritage, who carries himself with modesty and humility.

The expression is said to ‘exude a sense of style and maturity which has evolved over the years, similar to the series’ eponymous character. It has a natural gold color and is rested at 43.7% ABV.

On the nose the whisky offers fresh and vibrant notes of lemon and lime, hints of sherbet, leading into sweet vanilla and coconut, with a hint of dried fig and raisin.

Orange zest and fizzy sherbet can be detected on the palate, with a lemon freshness, gentle oak, and subtle ginger spice, leading into deep dark chocolate, figs, and baked apple tart with a honey drizzle. The finish is sweet and long with complex layers.

The Macallan James Bond 60th Anniversary Release will have an RRP of £600 (US$800) and will be available from The Macallan Online Boutique, The Macallan Estate Boutique, the global network of domestic and travel retail boutiques, plus premium and specialist global retailers and bars from September 2022.

There will be limited availability worldwide.

English Whisky Company launches a new single malt

Norfolk-based The English Whisky Company has launched a 15th-anniversary bottling, which was first laid down when the brand was founded.

The single malt is said to be ‘dark and oily’, offering aromas of dates, raisins, and sultanas. On the palate, cherries, chocolate, and figs can be picked up, with a hint of ginger and added fruits when water is added.

The whisky has been aged in an ex-oloroso demi-muid cask from the founder’s private cellar.

The brand has been bottled at 57.6% ABV and is priced at RRP £295 (US$320.93). Only 572 bottles are available, and it is expected ‘to be a sell-out’.

The launch also marks an ‘exciting new era’ for the company, with the bottle debuting ‘sleek’ new branding.

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