Vision Wine & Spirits, a division of Martignetti Companies, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Centenario Internacional S.A. to become the new US importer for Ron Centenario Rums.  The agreement is valid for the entire US market, with the exception of Florida, which will be added effective February 2018.

Ron Centenario is produced in Costa Rica from local sugar cane and is aged in oak barrels.  Variants include 7, 9, 12, 18, 20, 25 and 30 Year Olds with suggested retails from $19.99 on the 7 Year Old to $149.99 for the 30 Year Old.  All rums are packaged in 750ml with gift boxes or canisters.

Simultaneously with the appointment of Vision Wine & Spirits, Ron Centenario is upgrading to new proprietary bottles.  “The new packaging gives the brand a more modern and premium appearance to better match the excellent quality of the rums and will make it stand out among competitors on the shelf,” said D. Dean Williams, President of Vision Wine & Spirits.

Vision Wine & Spirits is an importer of fine wines and spirits from around the globe and is dedicated to open, long-term relationships with its suppliers, building brands and bringing new and innovative products to the market for the wine and spirits trade and consumers at competitive prices.  For more information, please visit http://www.visionwineandspirits.com/brand/cenentario/.

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters

The Bitter Truth—makers of award-winning cocktail bitters, spirits and liqueurs—is giving its Olive Bitters its due, by adding a full-sized version of the popular flavor to its portfolio this month. Previously only sold as part of the Bar Pack, The Bitter Truth ­– Olive Bitters is now available in a 200mL bottle from the brand’s importer, Vision Wine & Spirits, and its distribution partners.

“Our Olive Bitters is an ideal complement to cocktails mixed with white spirits and fortified wines, and a natural finish to the perfect dirty martini,” commented Stephan Berg, co-founder, The Bitter Truth. “As we do with all of our products, we used all natural flavors and an authentic recipe to create a premium bitters worthy of The Bitter Truth name.”

The Bitter Truth – Olive Bitters adds Mediterranean aromas to drinks with its delicate green olive flavors, soft hints of salt and notes of mustard, sage and thyme. Founders Stephan and Alexander recommend trying it in these cocktails:

Olive Shrub

  • 2 oz Blanco Tequila
  • ¼ oz Agave Syrup
  • 1 barspoon Apple Vinegar
  • 2 dashes The Bitter Truth – Olive Bitters
    Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a highball filled with ice. Garnish with olives skewered on a rosemary sprig.

Dirty Martini

  • 2 oz Gin or Vodka
  • ¼ oz Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dashes The Bitter Truth – Olive Bitters
    Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive.

“We launched The Bitter Truth Bar Pack assortment to better serve the amateur home mixologist, but we had a lot of professionals asking for the flavor,” remarked Alexander Hauck, co-founder, The Bitter Truth. “Now with our Olive Bitters available in a full-sized bottle, it will be more accessible to those looking to step up their cocktail game, on- and off-premise.”

THE BITTER TRUTH

Vision Wine and Spirits / Classic Imports has announced the addition of Peach Bitters to its range of existing varieties from The Bitter Truth. The new flavor is a combination of fresh peach aromas and subtle spicy flavors perfect for enhancing cocktails with an exquisite fruitiness.

The Bitter Truth Peach Bitters are available in 200ml format and brings the line of bitters to 11 types accompanying the existing range of Old Time Aromatic, Jerry Thomas, Chocolate, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, Tonic, Celery, Cucumber and Creole.

“Our new all-natural peach bitters are perfect for putting a unique variation on cocktails and go equally well with drinks based on either clear or aged spirits,” said the brand’s co-creator Stephan Berg.

Cocktail Suggestions

FLYING FISH COCKTAIL
2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Orange Curaçao
1/2 oz Maraska Maraschino
3 dashes The Bitter Truth – Peach Bitters

PEACH MARTINI COCKTAIL
2 oz Gin or Vodka
1 oz Dry Vermouth
3 dashes The Bitter Truth – Peach Bitters

VISION WINE & SPIRITS RELEASES UNIQUE BENROMACH SINGLE CASK 1974 MALT WHISKY

Vision Wine & Spirits is pleased to announce the release of a limited availability of Benromach 1974, a unique single cask malt Scotch Whisky from the artisanal Speyside producer.

Handcrafted using the finest natural ingredients at the Forres distillery, Benromach 1974 is a rare bottle with real heritage and is the perfect dram to pay homage to the history of Benromach.

After 41 years maturing in a sherry butt, Benromach 1974 (ABV 49.1%) is a beautiful golden amber color with opulent sherry influences infused with plump sultana, sharp green apple and zesty orange peel flavors, with rich underlying hints of beeswax polish, menthol and dark chocolate.

Holding this precious Speyside malt is an evocative decanter-style bottle; the contours of the neck and shoulder line sculpted to represent copper stills whilst a copper-colored neck collar adds a luxurious touch. The presentation box is inspired by the home of Benromach, also reflecting the copper of the stills in use today, as well as the dark, grained wood of the original washbacks and the white of the lime washed distillery walls. A book accompanies the whisky, delving into the Benromach history as well as providing whisky fans with some fascinating stories about the people behind the whisky.

The limited edition dates back to a time before the Urquhart family brought Benromach Distillery back to life in the 1990s and as Distillery Manager Keith Cruickshank explained, it’s a very special dram: “Benromach 1974, cask number 1583, is incredibly rare, as very few casks of Benromach remain from that time. This whisky has matured for many years in a single sherry butt and we have now decided to release it for savoring and enjoying today. For all of us at the distillery, this is a moment to be treasured.”

Vision Wine & Spirits has forty 750ml bottles available for the USA and they will each retail for a suggested $1700.  Those interested in obtaining a bottle should reach out for their local Vision Wine & Spirits Manager or email Vision Wine & Spirits for further information at info@visionwineandspirits.com.