the shelf (september 2010)
Cruzan 9 spiced rum, from Beam Global Spirits & Wine Inc., is a blend of nine all-natural spices that create a bolder spirit. The 80-proof Cruzan 9’s rich amber color and bold, smooth taste mixes well with cola or over ice. The nine-spice blend has flavors of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, mace, allspice, pepper and juniper berry with complex layers of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, warm spice and toasted woodnotes that culminate in a dry finish. www.cruzanrum.com.
WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey is aged in American oak barrels for a minimum of 10 years and is made from 100 percent rye. The dark amber-colored whiskey features notes of allspice, ginger, nutmeg, clove, orange peel and anise on the nose, which complement the woody notes of charred oak, caramel and honey. The complex and full-bodied flavors taste warm, sweet and floral with hints of caramel and vanilla, followed by rye-spice and mint flavors with strong butterscotch and dark chocolate undertones. The 100-proof whiskey has a warm, long, crisp and creamy finish reminiscent of butterscotch. www.whistlepigwhiskey.com.
Diageo introduces Ursus Vodka, a line of premium colored, flavored vodkas including original, blue raspberry, green apple and punch. The original vodka has a clean, smooth taste with a round finish, while Ursus Punch features notes of pineapple, citrus and red fruits, Ursus Blue Raspberry has flavors of fresh-picked raspberries with a tart finish and Ursus Green Apple tastes like sweet and tart green apples with a crisp finish. The bottle label, featuring a polar bear, changes from white to blue when it reaches 45 degrees Fahrenheit. www.diageo.com.
Sugar Free Roaring Lion
Roaring Lion now offers Roaring Lion Sugar Free, available in 12-ounce Slimline light blue cans with the same taste and quality as the traditional Roaring Lion but with no calories. The sugar-free energy drink uses the traditional Roaring Lion formula, has a clean finish and blends well in cocktails.