The Tasting Panel magazine

August 2012

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Cherry Bombs Away SoCo continues its line of fun flavor innovations with a rocking new offering, Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry, which banks on the dreamy blend of spicy whiskey, enticing black cherry and rich vanilla notes, resulting in a cherry bomb- like flavor explosion that's sure to keep the brand's loyal SoCo lovers happy. Richly mixable, SoCo Black Cherry offers a flavor profile that's complex enough to appease the professional mixologist and flavorful enough to shine in simple mixes for the at-home enthusiast. No matter where you SoCo Black Cherry, this cherry bomb is sure to light your fire. B-Word Bubbly We sort of like the "b-word" around here, and think it's one of those "bad words" that have been reclaimed by a modern, youthful female consuming demographic who know that every now and then, it's good to be a bitch. Tapping into that fun femme category is Happy Bitch Wine, a sparkling rosé blend of Hudson Valley Chard and Pinot Noir that comes to the glass with plenty of sparkling person- ality and just enough of a bite to be a bitch. Fun and vibrant, this is the perfect retail wine, with an eye-catching label and name that's sure to be an attention grabber on any shelf. Bold Bloody We like our Bloody Marys with a bit of a kick, so it was love at first sip when we got our hands on a bottle of Jimmy Luv's Bloody Mary Mix, a zangy, tangy mix that's chock-full of diced-up ingredients that make a superflavorful meal out of your drink every time. For the adventurous bloody-lover, the brand also offers a Sneaky Hot mix, which throws in a few habaneros, jalapeños, chipo- tles and some cilantro, resulting in a mix just begging to be paired with tequila for a Bloody Maria. If you love flavor, you'll love Jimmy Luv's—and your customers will too. Coffee and Kahlúa are old friends, but when it's this hot out, the last thing you want to do is sit down for sweltering spiked cuppa joe. Thankfully, the geniuses at Kahlúa have answered our warm-weather prayers with their new line of Kahlúa Iced Coffees, the perfectly refreshing coffee with a pick-me-up that's easy for on-the-go fun in a can. Made from 100% Arabica coffee blended with the classic Kahlúa flavor we know and love, the line is offered in rejuvenating Iced Espresso, sweet Iced Mocha and complex Cinnamon Spice flavors. We can see this making retail waves as a grab-and-go product, but it's got legs on-premise too, as a quick and simple ready-to-drink cocktail component. A Kahlúa Kick-Up Sin Is In Red Velvet Cake is an undeni- ably delicious treat, but for those of us watching out waistlines, indulging in this treat means skipping another—but now, you can have your cake and drink it too with Sin Spirits Red Velvet Cake Cosmo, a pre-mix that brings dessert to your glass. Created by The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Kathy Wakile, this vibrant red quaff channels the creamy sweet frosting-meets-indulgent rich cake into the glass in a seamlessly not-so-sinful way. august 2012 / the tasting panel / 81

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