All Secrets Known, a new, limited-release bourbon distilled by Few Spirits master distiller Paul Hletko in collaboration with Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum-selling Seattle grunge pioneers ALICE IN CHAINS. Bottles feature a custom-designed label by artist Justin Helton.
All Secrets Known (SRP: $75/750 ml), a nod to the name of the opening track of ALICE IN CHAINS‘ 2009 gold-certified release “Black Gives Way To Blue”, is Few bourbon finished for six months in tequila barrels and bottled at the most rock and roll of proofs, 101 (50.5% ABV). Bold, sweet, and spicy bourbon top notes that have become the hallmark of Few and led to multiple category awards, are accentuated by grassy agave undertones.
The new All Secrets Known bourbon whiskey, according to those behind it, takes FEW Spirits’ regular bourbon offering and finishes it for six months in ex-tequila barrels before bottling it at 1o1 proof (50.5% ABV). The idea in creating such an expression as a tie in to Alice in Chains is that “there no two spirits that have a closer association with rock and roll than whiskey and tequila.” The bourbon is said to be “a nod to the name of the opening track of Alice In Chains’ 2009 certified Gold release Black Gives Way To Blue.”
Bethesda’s UK Twitter account announced that they entered a partnership with Rebel Distillers to make a Bone Vodka for Doom.
When all hell is breaking loose and the world is on the edge of destruction, there is only one thing for it – to hit the bottle. And with the launch of DOOM Eternal on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and PC on the horizon, Bethesda Softworks have teamed up with Rebel Distillers in the creation of DOOM Bone Vodka.
Europe’s first spirit that has been created and designed for a blockbusting video game, DOOM Bone Vodka launches today, ahead of the release of DOOM Eternal in November, and giving players the chance to really get in to the mood for the madness ahead.
Priced up at £45 for 700ml of fluid, the first batch of DOOM Bone Vodka is set to hit customers at the end of September. With Rebel Distillers founder Matt McGivern, Distiller Toby Sims, and renowned London butchers, The Ginger Pig, coming together we see the vodka created using the finest quality and ethically sourced beef bones and organic ingredients.
Matt McGivern of Rebel Distillers says, “We’re tapping into one of the world’s favorite hobbies, video games, to offer a unique perspective in spirit production. DOOM Eternal is a world of flames and demons, a barbeque pit with action – a smoked bone vodka is certainly a new take on spirit provenance.” “We’re also excited to partner up with The Ginger Pig,” McGivern said. “They’re one of the best butchers in the country where animal welfare is unparalleled, and a product often wasted can be put to good use. We’ll be making a limited amount of the product in the lead up to the game’s launch in November.
But what sets this vodka apart from the rest? Well, obviously that DOOM branding is a big thing but if it isn’t a drink of the highest quality then no-one will be interested. Thankfully the vodka itself is an organic wheat base, and once the bones have been roasted and smoked, the marrow is extracted and macerated in neutral grain alcohol. To extract the best flavour and the clearest spirit, it’s then distilled at a very low temperature in a vacuum still to collect the essence of what makes this flavour a delicacy.
If you’re a vodka lover then this is a drink for you – promising a dry, earthy start on the palate, with wonderful umami and a buttery feel on the tongue, all before being rounded off with a smokey and peppery finish which lingers on the palate. The vodka is best served ice cold and works great in classic cocktails like Martinis or your favourite mixer / energy drink. The hedonistic should try it in a bone marrow luge.
DOOM Bone Vodka comes in an utterly stunning bottle too, one produced in France by one of the spirit industry’s most exclusive cosmetic glass suppliers, while the labels are produced in England from FSC certified paper.
“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the Penny Dreadful London storylines,” Logan explained. “We will now be grappling with specific historical and real-world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same. There are no easy answers. There are only powerful questions and arresting moral challenges. As always in the world of Penny Dreadful, there are no heroes or villains in this world, only protagonists and antagonists; complicated and conflicted characters living on the fulcrum of moral choice.”
A new era has officially begun for the Penny Dreadful franchise. On Thursday, Showtimeannounced that their upcoming spinoff series, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, has officially begun production. The announcement was accompanied by a photo of series stars Daniel Zovatto and Nathan Lane in costume.
Whiskies A Song of Ice and A Song of Fire follow up on Johnnie Walker’s original GoT bottle from last October, the Winter Walker. These will be released in August in the U.S., with the rest of the world getting the whiskies in October.
● Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice: ingle malts from Clynelish, one of Scotland’s most northern distilleries, and exudes a crisp, clean taste like the unforgiving force of ice that shapes mountains and stops rivers. The new blend has an ABV of 40.2% and the bottle design evokes an icy setting with frosted blue and gray colors inspired by the North, known for its cold winters and frozen landscapes.
The label for Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice describes it as “a blended Scotch whisky inspired by wild dwellers of the North. Malt from Clynelish, one of Scotland’s most northern distilleries, give the blend a crisp, clean taste. The blend’s delicate flavor is green and grassy, with notes of vanila and tropical fruit”. A Song of Ice is bottled at 40.2% ABV and is recommended to be served over ice “for a cold, smooth finish”.
● Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire: Rich and spicy, boasting flavors of subtle smoke from the peated malts of the Caol Ila distillery with an ABV of 40.8%. Inspired by the dragons of House Targaryen, feared for their fire breathing, the bottle design evokes a fiery setting with deep-red colors.
The label for Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire describes it as “a blended Scotch whisky inspired by beasts of the sky. Peated malt from Caol Ila lends subtle smoke, tempered by a rich, rounded sweetnes. A full-bodied flavor delivers subtle red fruit, a hint of spice and a sweet smoke”. A Song of Fire is bottled at 40.8% ABV and is recommended to be served neat “for a warm, smooth finish”.
The second season of Netflix’s “Mindhunter” is headed our way on August 16th, with the new season exploring the “Atlanta child murders,” a series of real-life killings between 1979-1981. At least 28 African American children, teenagers, and adults were killed during that time.
The inaugural collection from Star Trek Wines includes two “limited edition” releases: a 2016 Chateau Picard Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux for $60 and a 2017 Special Reserve United Federation of Planets Old Vine Zinfandel for $50. The former is “from an estate in the heart of the world-renowned Saint-Estèphe region in France,” featuring “an 85-percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 15-percent Merlot blend” that “spends 14 months in oak, 70% seasoned and 30% new.” The latter is a massive 14.6-percent ABV blend of 87-percent Zinfandel, 12-percent Petit Sirah, and one-percent Syrah produced in California’s Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys in Sonoma County. Both wines are produced under license from CBS Consumer Products by the company Wines That Rock, which, as the name implies, is best known for their music-themed wines from the likes of The Rolling Stonesand KISS, but has also been behind branded wines for Downton Abbey and even NPR.
But in the Star Trek collection, the Chateau Picard is the star of the show for a serendipitous reason. As Wines That Rock explains, “Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series, which premieres in early 2020 exclusively on CBS All Access in the U.S., will recognize Chateau Picard as Jean-Luc Picard’s family vineyard in France’s La Barre region. However, Chateau Picard is also the name of an award-winning, multi-generational vineyard in the Bordeaux region of France.” As such, the brand “teamed with the actual Chateau Picard vineyard to introduce the Star Trek Chateau Picard wine.” Unlike a lot of branded wine, the coincidence makes for a pretty cool backstory.
Chateau Picard isn’t the only upcoming Star Trek-themed beverage. There is also a United Federation of Planes wine, which is a 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel made across the Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys in Sonoma County, California. This one is a blend of 87% Zinfandel, 12% Petit Sirah, and 1% Syrah. It contains strawberry, blackberry, and plum preserves with a chewy-layered mid-palate filled with hints of white peppercorn.