Ahh, time for a little whiskey. You grab your favorite, settle back in your chair, pop the top on the can, and—wait, what? The can? There are countless innovations taking place in the spirits world, from unusual grains to accelerated aging to re-use of barrels across liquor types, but canned whiskey might seem a crack in the traditional bottle that’s more gimmick than good.
But it’s not like canned spirits are completely new. Both Jim Beam and Jack Daniel’s put whiskey-and-cola variants on the shelf years ago, and those spawned other canned cocktail-like offerings from those brands. Speaking of cola, Coca-Cola itself is launching an alcohol-infused product in Japan, using shochu, a Japanese spirit. With Coke’s reach, that and other products could conceivably touch U.S. shelves.
But what about canned whiskeys where whiskey is center stage, and not heavily laced with additives? Let’s get global first, and since we’re talking Scotch, we’re talking whisky. Scottish Spirits makes the international aspect truly international: the company purchases bulk whisky from Scotland and imports it to Mexico, where it’s canned and sent out to the world. “The idea originated in 2012 during a trip to Kurdistan when I was asked to bottle Scotch whisky in a can to reduce the weight of the case,” says Reynald Vito Grattagliano, founder of Scottish Spirits. Grattagliano even patented a re-sealable cap under the motto, “Drink some now and keep the rest for later.”
Stillhouse Spirits, out of Columbia, TE didn’t have weight top of mind when it introduced its line of white whiskeys in cans. “We wanted to create something disruptive that has never been done before. Our intent was to avoid cliché and pure novelty, while remaining true in character and strong in attitude. Stainless steel has been used for more than a century in the spirits business to store spirits, but nobody ever thought to use it as the container,” says Brad Beckerman, Stillhouse founder and CEO.
Over in Philadelphia, Cooper Spirits, maker of several straight ryes in traditional bottles, wanted to honor the spirt of their founder Robert Cooper, who had been collecting straight rye whiskey before the recent rye resurgence. “In 2013, we introduced Slow & Low, resurrecting one of the most popular drinks of a bygone era, rock & rye, and reestablishing it as part of today’s modern cocktail culture,” says Robyn Greene, the SVP of Marketing and innovation at Cooper. “Consumers really embraced the ease and convenience of Slow & Low, a high-proof, high-quality bottled old fashioned,” says Greene.
So who are those consumers? For Scottish Spirits drinkers, “People on the beach or playing outdoor games,” says Grattagliano. He doesn’t feel that cans turn traditional whisky drinkers away. “Not at all: the Scotch drinker will also drink while they are on the beach, on a boat or camping. If they have to carry a glass bottles they may think twice. The originality of the cans is the portability and a safe way to enjoy a whisky during outdoor parties.”
Beckerman at Stillhouse, whose canned whiskies include natural (and gluten-free) flavors like peach and coconut, says they have loyal customers across the spectrum. “We aren’t about turning away from a traditional whiskey market, but we are about shattering norms and stereotypes. I had the idea for a clear mixable whiskey that is approachable and that people who don’t typically drink whiskey would want to try. We’re a cross-over whiskey,” he says.
Cooper Spirits’ Greene says the canned Slow and Low has a broad consumer appeal. “Today’s consumer craves products with heritage and authenticity, and we’ve organically captured the millennial demographic. Slow & Low is a high-quality, well-crafted product that’s approachable at a high proof. It’s a great introduction to straight rye whiskey for those who are intimidated by the idea.”
Speaking of introductions, Scottish Spirits is launching an American straight whiskey to sell in a 355ml can under the Williamson 18 trademark,
as well as a canned blended Scotch product. Stillhouse’s latest is their Black Bourbon, which they have “rested and mellowed” in roasted small-batch coffee beans. Every one of our interviewees said that the cans for their spirits remained neutral for taste, no matter if opened and stored.
And in case you’re catching a cold, Greene had this to say about their Slow and Low: “It’s based on America’s Original Bottled Cocktail, rock and rye. During the temperance movement, rock and rye moved to pharmacy counters as a pre-bottled cure-all for the common cold, sniffles, sore throats, coughs and any manner of ailment. We have so many consumers who tell us stories about how they remember their grandma or grandpa drinking it for a sore throat!”
Can, bottle or bucket, it’s always good to keep some medicine around.
There are some other canned spirits (usually in cocktail form) making the rounds at retailers. For instance, Cutwater Spirits out of San Diego has a broad line of canned cocktails, like their Gin and Tonic and Bloody Mary, as well as representing in the whiskey line with a Whiskey Highball. That’s your favorite spirit, combined with soda water and a bit of mint. Cutwater’s canned offerings are much lower in alcohol content than our stalwarts above, but you can go from their full-ABV tasting room and on to happy hour at their restaurant if you need the harder stuff.
As for me, I did get a chance to taste some of Stillhouse’s Black Bourbon. I like a bourbon with a little more heat than the Black’s 80 proof, but I tried it in a Manhattan and neat, and found some good bourbon notes of caramel and vanilla, and maybe some butterscotch on the short finish. I think a bit more time in oak would give it a full blessing. As for the coffee beans, my palate must be too jaded, probably from all the coffee I drink daily; their effect was subtle.
And I’m sure that can will make a lovely modernist vase after I’m finished.
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Nacho Novo is in ‘great spirits’ as he continues to recover from a suspected heart-attack, according to his girlfriend Stephanie Heaney.
The former Rangers striker took ill on Saturday after featuring for a team of ex-Ibrox stars at the AOK Traditionsmasters tournament in Berlin.
Staff at Novo’s NN10 bar in Glasgow announced that the Spaniard is now out of intensive care and “looking much better”.
He was rushed to the Charite-Universitatsmedizin hospital for emergency surgery but Ms Heaney confirmed the 38-year-old is looking forward to starting his recovery work.
Ms Heaney – who is with the former Light Blues frontman in Germany – said: “Nacho is in great spirits. He is eating and drinking and now needs plenty of rest and physiotherapy in preparation to get home.”
Ms Heaney added: “A big thank you to all the well wishers and fans who have been in touch to offer their support.
“Nacho now needs rest and privacy to help his recovery but we are so grateful for the messages, they have really lifted his spirits.”
Thanks to Belfast Telegraph
Herald View: Why Scottish gin should be made in Scotland
There is a reason why you want your ham to be from Parma, your pastie from Cornwall and your black pudding from Stornoway.
These EU protected status products are a real guarantee of quality. They are also a reassuring reminder that our food and drink is made by real people in real places with real care.
Scotch beef, Scotch lamb and Scotch whisky all still carry a cache for shoppers at home and abroad. But what of booming Scottish gin?
Many drinkers, perhaps because Scotland’s global reputation for making spirits, do see “Scottish gin” as a mark of quality. They may need to be cautious.
Some start-up “distillers” are making their gin in England or further afield. Their products may be inspired by the flavours of the Highlands and Islands – but they are made in the less romantic industrial estates of London and Birmingham. This is far from made obvious to consumers.
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In a global market, when manufacturers are sourcing ingredients from around the world, there are legitimate grey areas around provenance, especially for a product like gin.
However, Scotland the brand has to be protected. Some of the new gins on the market – wherever they made – show real promise. But if they want name themselves after Scottish islands they should be able to show a tangible connection to those islands.
When you quit drinking, the more obvious and immediate benefit is you are breaking a bad habit. However, over time the benefits of sobering up can really become more evident as you begin to feel better and notice significant positive changes.
Most people quit abusing alcohol because they recognize they have a problem or their life has become unmanageable because of their substance use. Not many people realize that there are multiple benefits to not drinking when they first decide to put the bottle down.
What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Drinking
When you stop ingesting alcohol, the body at first can go into shock causing alcohol withdrawal symptoms if you are not careful. The reason for this is because when someone has been heavily drinking or regularly drinking for an extended amount of time, the body becomes dependent on the chemicals from alcohol as it has made adjustments to the processes of the body to accommodate the added alcohol intake.
Perhaps taking a look backward will help demonstrate what areas of the body are affected by alcohol and thus when we quit drinking, how some of these processes will subtly start to return to normal.
Reviewing these effects will help us understand what is happening inside our bodies as we drink alcohol as most of the time when drinking, we don’t realize what is actually happening besides what we think is a “good time.”
Alcohol slows communication between the neurons and neurotransmitters, which is the command pathway for all major functions of the body such as breathing, thinking, speaking and moving. The cerebellum, cerebral cortex, brain tissue, and limbic system are each affected and can be severely damaged by alcohol consumption which leads to multiple issues such as decreased brain cells, depression, mood changes, poor sleep, and alcohol dependence.
Alcohol causes a weakened immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off illness, disease, and sickness. Alcohol makes white blood cells less effective at fighting off bad bacteria.
The liver is responsible for breaking down alcohol in our bodies, which throws off horrible toxins. Over time, the liver becomes overloaded with toxins and a build-up of fat, which leads to Steatosis or “fatty liver,” which is an early sign of liver disease. A fatty liver can lead to hepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis.
By drinking alcohol, we damage our heart and weaken its muscles. This can lead to strokes, hypertension, heart arrhythmias, and heart disease.
Alcohol also severely affects antibodies that ward off tumor cells putting us at much higher risk for cancer. Alcohol causes 3.5% of U.S. cancer deaths, or about 20,000 cancer-related deaths each year. The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health. They also state, “Alcohol remains a major contributor to cancer mortality and years of potential life lost. Reducing alcohol consumption is an important and underemphasized cancer prevention strategy.”
Health Benefits of Giving Up Alcohol
There are many health benefits of becoming sober. It is important to understand how overall well-being is positively affected when you are no longer consuming alcohol. The benefits include:
- Better sleep
- More energy
- Clarity and less brain fog
- Clearer skin
- More hydration in the body
- Increased mental focus
- Better digestion
- Increased absorption of vitamins and minerals
- Weight loss due to less caloric intake
- Reduced sugar intake (as long as it is not replaced with sweets overload)
- Reduced risk of heart disease or breast cancer
- Better immune system
- Improved memory function
How Long Does It Take For Our Body To Reverse the Negative Effects of Drinking?
Besides dependency, alcohol’s effect on your health can be widespread and can lead to many diseases later in life. Drinking affects many major organs in the body, as we’ve seen, making the damage it does something to be highly considered. Some damage can be reversed, while some cannot. It’s important to know what effects can’t be reversed by time as well as the ones that can.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “Abstaining from alcohol over several months to a year may allow structural brain changes to partially correct. Abstinence also can help reverse negative effects on thinking skills, including problem-solving, memory and attention.”
Moreover, a study done by Merck Manuals shows that damage to the liver can be reversed under certain conditions stating, “Fatty liver completely resolves within 6 weeks. Fibrosis and cirrhosis cannot be reversed.”
The damage that has been done to the major organs of the body is sometimes irreversible. Everyone’s body is different and can repair to a certain degree. The main goal in abstaining from alcohol is to prevent any further damage from occurring.
Getting Help for Alcohol Dependence
If you or a loved one is trying to quit drinking please contact us today and we would be happy to go over the alcohol withdrawal timeline with you as well as explore treatment options and programs available for alcohol abuse.
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The world is in the midst of an obesity epidemic. Currently, 69% of adults are overweight while more than one third (35%) are obese. Children are not untouched by this frightening reality as 32% are overweight, 17% of whom are obese.
Most of world’s Heart Association supports a multipronged approach to address this problem including creating and implementing policies designed to improve access to affordable, nutritious foods and beverages, thereby making it easier for consumers to choose healthier foods consistent with Dietary Guidelines . One of these approaches is to reduce the consumption of sugary beverages among peoples, especially children .
Sugary drinks such as Irish Cream, Coffee Liquors are the single largest source of calories in American diet. The average American consumes the equivalent of 39 pounds of sugar each year from sugary drinks.
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THE SCOTTISH SPIRITS ASSOCIATION accuses The Whisky Exchange of illegal promotional claim.
The Scottish Spirits Association is warning consumers “not to be taken in “by The Whisky Exchange new product line claiming to be “Clean Spirits Alcohol Free Vodka , Alcohol Free Rum , Alcohol Free Whisky, Alcohol Free Gin , Alcohol Free Cognac ” and is signaling its intent to fight against the introduction of an illegal product.
UK Based The Whisky Exchange says on its website “Its alcohol free Whisky, Gin, Vodka , Rum, Cognac ” will soon be available on the market but the SCOTTISH SPIRITS ASSOCIATION says that Whisky, Gin, Vodka, Rum and Cognac are internationally, understood to be a distilled beverages.
The Whisky Exchange launched what it describes as “ Alcohol free Whisky, Gin, Vodka, Rum, Cognac “, the company says that the product is designed as “ Introducing Clean Spirits: a range of great-tasting alcohol-free spirits from The Whisky Exchange. Forget clean eating, this is clean drinking… ”
Claiming that The Whisky Exchange promotional claim describing the product as “CLEAN DRINKING…. ” is illegal under UK and EEC laws.
Claiming that The Whisky Exchange promotional claim, describing the product as Alcohol Free Whisky produced of Scotland, Alcohol Free Cognac produced of France , Alcohol Free Vodka produced of Russia, Alcohol Free Rum produced of Jamaica , Alcohol Free Gin produced of Scotland is illegal under UK and European Law, the Scottish Spirits Association says that laws are in place in EUROPE and USA to maintain the reputation of Scotch Whisky , Gin, Vodka, Rum, and Cognac as a quality product to protect the consumers.
The Scottish Spirits Association has alerted the respective brand owners of the liquors illustrated on The Whisky Exchange web Site http://blog.thewhiskyexchange.com/2017/04/clean-spirits-a-new-alcohol-free-range-from-the-whisky-exchange/ to inform them of the situation.
The Scottish Spirits Association commented today that it will endorse Electronic Liquors to help reduce alcoholism across the world.
We are here to help reduce alcohol-related harm by helping people to make better choices about their drinking, we believe that Electronic Liquor may become a tool to end alcoholism.
This Innovation could simply revolutionize the way we drink. Electronic Liquor in contact with the tongue sends stimuli to the brain, the illusion operates, and the mucous membranes of smell and taste saturate and make the consumer believe that he is drinking alcohol.
But beware, no drunkenness, no adverse effect, this is the advantage of Electronic Liquor. It reproduces the taste of the liquor but not the negative effects of alcohol.
The Scottish Spirits Association is committed by helping The Scottish Spirits Industry grow their businesses and strongly believes that supporting Electronic Liquor will help the community by reducing the negative effect of alcoholism and at the same time promoting the Scottish Spirits Industry.
With this endorsement the Scottish Spirits Industry will reach a higher level of responsibility and recognition.
“Non Alcoholic Gin” War breaks out as THE SCOTTISH SPIRITS ASSOCIATION accuses again SEEDLIP of illegal promotional claim.
The Scottish Spirits Association is warning consumers “not to be taken in “by SeedLip a new product claiming to be “The World First Non-Alcoholic Spirits Copper Pot Distilled” and is signaling its intent to fight against the introduction of an illegal product.
UK Based Seedlip drinks says “Its alcohol free botanical Gin” is available on the market but the SCOTTICH SPIRITS ASSOCIATION says that GIN is internationally, understood to be a distilled beverages.
Seedlip launched what it describes as “The World First Non Alcoholic Spirits Copper Pot Distilled “, the company says that the product is designed for individuals as”what to drink when you are not drinking”
Claiming that Seedlip promotional claim describing the product as “POT DISTILLED SPIRITS” is illegal under UK and EEC laws.
Again Seedlip promotes its drinks as WORLDS FIRST NON ALCOHOLIC GIN !