What’s Pouring: Lux Row announces release of Blood Oath Pact 8 plus Sweetens Cove introduces new release and Laguntias brews a hard tea

Lux Row Distillers Announces Arrival of
Blood Oath Pact 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Photo courtesy of Lux Row Distillers

ST. LOUIS – Lux Row master distiller John Rempe continues his annual pact with bourbon drinkers with the release of Blood Oath Pact 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Calvados casks. A limited supply of 17,000 (3-pack) cases will arrive at retail this April at a suggested price of $119.99 per 750 ml bottle.

Blood Oath Pact 8 features a combination of the finest bourbons Rempe could find, including a 14-year ryed bourbon and an 11-year ryed bourbon, as well as an 8-year ryed bourbon finished in Calvados casks. Calvados is an apple or pear brandy from the Normandy region in northwestern France that is distilled from cider and aged for a minimum of two years in oak casks. These casks impart their unique aroma and flavor to make Blood Oath Pact 8 a one-of-a-kind pour.

Like with previous pacts, Rempe promises to make the best bourbon for the bourbon connoisseur, and as usual, he promises to never disclose the origin of the bourbons used to create Blood Oath Pact 8.

“The Calvados cask will bring additional tasting notes characterized by slight apple on the nose, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon, as well as flavor notes of ripe apples, juicy pears, butterscotch and even subtle hints of chocolate,” said Rempe. “Blood Oath Pact 8 is a bourbon I’m proud to share with bourbon lovers, but the recipe is a secret I’ll be keeping to myself.”

Blood Oath Pact 8 features a label similar to its series predecessors, but in a rich green hue to signify apples and pears, which are used to make Calvados brandy. The official launch of Blood Oath Pact 8 will include a total allocation of 51,000 bottles, 1,400 of which will be held for a future Trilogy Pack release. The first Trilogy Pack, featuring Pacts 1, 2 and 3, was released in 2018, and the second Trilogy Pack, featuring Pacts 4, 5 and 6, was released last September in conjunction with National Bourbon Heritage Month.

Sweetens Cove Introduces Kennessee Bourbon

Sweetens Cove Spirits Company today introduced its latest expression – Kennessee, the inspired union of Kentucky and Tennessee Bourbons, hand-curated and blended together by Master Blender Marianne Eaves.

“Rather than argue whether Kentucky or Tennessee is better or best, why not put them together in one bottle and create magic?” related Eaves. “Each of these liquids reflect the enduring and exceptional personality of their region, sharing common ground and yet, distinctive qualities. Working barrel by barrel, I added a hint of toasted sugar maple wood to elevate this one-of-a-kind blend, just right at 110.7 proof.”

With an SRP of $59, Sweetens Cove Kennessee is the company’s first foray into the “all-access” market, with a high-end product and approachable price-point, ideal for happy hour, barbecues, tailgates and mixology.

Sweetens Cove Kennessee will be available in 12 states across the U.S. to begin its journey in 2022, including: Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Colorado, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nevada and Illinois. In certain markets, subject to legal restrictions, the product can be purchased online via www.sweetenscovespirits.com

The Lagunitas Brewing Company Brews its First Sparkling Hard Tea

The Lagunitas Brewing Company, a brewery with a history of hop-forward and innovative craft beers, has taken its craft brewing know-how into the world of tea, with the launch of Disorderly TeaHouse premium spiked and sparkling tea. This freshly brewed, just slightly sweet hard tea features natural fruit flavors, like yuzu lemon, raspberry and blackberry.

Disorderly TeaHouse is the first hard tea to be fresh-brewed with premium guayusa tea leaves that are hand-picked by Indigenous farmers from Ecuador. Guayusa [gwahy-yoo-suh] is described as “ancient energy” and Lagunitas deliberately chose it because of its slightly sweet, smooth, and never bitter flavor. After selecting only the finest guayusa tea leaves, Lagunitas brews the tea in-house to give Disorderly TeaHouse its authentic taste. Then, natural fruit flavors are added to provide a crisp finish to Disorderly TeaHouse’s two available varieties: Yuzu Lemon Squeeze and Mixed-Up Berries.

Both of the current varieties are earthy and herbal along with a splash of flavorful fruits. The Yuzu Lemon Squeeze has a whisp of aromatic, tart yuzu citrus love, while Mixed-Up Berries has subtly sweet raspberry and blackberry fruitiness. Each Disorderly TeaHouse has only 5% Alcohol by Volume, 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 0 grams of sugar** and gluten-free.

Disorderly TeaHouse comes in 19.2 oz. single-serve cans for MSRP $2.99 and single-flavor 6-packs of 12 oz. cans for MSRP $11.99. It is available nationally at various retailers, including Sprouts, Meijer, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Safeway, among others.

For more details about Disorderly TeaHouse, visit: https://lagunitas.com/disorderlyteahouse/ 

Published by Jonathan Greene

Jonathan Greene is the host of the Hops & Spirits Podcast. Jonathan loves craft beer, whiskey and telling great stories.

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