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New 'light' vodka products launch to welcome in warmer months

Two new vodka-based products capturing the low-calorie and low-ABV markets are launching in the UK in time for summer.

It comes amid a slow easing of Covid-19 restrictions across the UK, allowing outdoor social gatherings to take place as the weather warms.

Pinnacle Vodka has announced a new low-cal product line, Pinnacle Light & Ripe, created with natural ingredients and without added sugar.

It launches with two flavours, Apricot Honeysuckle and Guava Lime, which are both fewer than 75 calories per serve.

Meanwhile CleanCo, the low-ABV spirits brand founded by Made In Chelsea's Spencer Matthews, has used vodka as the inspiration for its latest product.

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E. & J. Gallo Winery acquires Agave Loco LLC

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Your Martini Is Missing Mineral Water

If there’s one lesson that the cocktail revival has taught us, it’s that every detail of a drink matters. Part and parcel to this way of thinking has always been the importance of ingredients as seemingly insignificant as water—whether it be in the reverence of clear ice, or the immutable dictums of how long to stir or shake a cocktail to achieve proper dilution. Now, bartenders have turned their attention to a different sort of dilutant: mineral water.

Without seltzer’s rise to prominence (looking at you, LaCroix) we might not be having this conversation. While mineral water has been a European staple for centuries, the majority of Americans have only recently caught on to what the category has to offer after riding the wave of the seltzer boom. With bartenders now well-versed in the world of seltzers, mineral water has positioned itself as the sensible progression for the cocktail-savvy looking to augment their highballs and prediluted cocktails with a terroir-driven ingredient. Mineral water’s subtle salinity and distinctive characteristics offer endless applications in drinks of all stripes.

“I love experimenting with different sparkling mineral water in my cocktails,” says Bruce Govia, assistant general manager at Little Bat Bar in London. “Compared to soda water, it can really elevate a drink in so many ways. The various salts and minerals really allow flavors to explode, and even add texture and body to a drink.” Soda water, by comparison, is devoid of the natural mineral content that makes its counterparts so dynamic. While some brands supplement their products with salts, powdered acids and bicarbonate of soda for subtle flavoring, there is no replacing the unique character of a mineral water.

As with any spirit, each expression of mineral water adds something different to the cocktail, whether in texture or flavor. After all, any given mountain range or valley has its own soil and specific mineral content that impacts a water’s flavor and mouthfeel. Water, just like wine, has terroir—that is hardly a new notion. In fact, one reason Kentucky’s limestone-rich soil is prized by bourbon enthusiasts and brands alike is the subtle, site-specific mineral character it adds to the whiskey by way of water. But, increasingly, bartenders have been going straight to the source to add nuanced mineral character to cocktails.

Two of Govia’s favorite mineral waters to use in cocktails, the Welsh Tŷ Nant and Spanish Vichy Catalan, bring unique characteristics to the backbar. The latter has a total dissolved solids (TDS) count of 2,900 milligrams per liter—an exceptional amount of minerals—while the former is subtler with 165 mg/L. “[Y]ou can have lots of fun playing around with different brands, but you have to be careful as some can overpower delicate ingredients in a cocktail,” says Govia. Low-TDS waters can have a slight tannic effect, while high-TDS waters taste viscous and sometimes even milky, depending on the source.

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HotelApp – Touch-less Guest Service App for Hotel by International Travel Awards

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The International Travel Awards launched a HotelApp – contact-less Mobile App for Hotel partnered with KSA Software Technology

BANGALORE, KARNATAKA, INDIA, April 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- HotelApp – New Touch-lessGuest Service Appfor Hotel byInternational Travel Awards

The International Travel Awards launched a HotelApp – contact-less Mobile App for Hotel partnered with KSA Software Technology, a leading software technology company, QR Code App for Hotel that allows guests to book and access facilities during their stay at the hotel.
Considering the pandemic situation HotelApp is suitable for every hotel. Yes it comes with simple monthly subscriptions starts from GBP 69 and there is NO big investment required.

The Hotel App does not require any installation, and hoteliers can obtain real-time reviews at the click of a button. Not just that the hotel team can manage all the requests, complaints from the guest instantly from their console.

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Nevada bill would allow some first-time offenders to avoid jail

John Sadler

The Legislative Building in Carson City is the seat of Nevada state government.

CARSON CITY — Arresting a suspect is a time-consuming process for law enforcement officials between detaining, transporting and booking the individual. And then there’s the paperwork.

All told, it’s about a 90-minute process.

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After years of splashy moves, Golden Knights expecting quiet NHL trade deadline

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Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61), left wing Max Pacioretty (67) and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) celebrate the team’s overtime win against the San Jose Sharks in an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Friday, March 5, 2021.

It’s been nearly six months since the Golden Knights traded defenseman Nate Schmidt to Vancouver. Not counting when the sport shut down last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s the longest Vegas has ever gone without swinging a deal.

The NHL’s trade deadline is noon Monday, and in the past the Golden Knights have never been afraid to pull the trigger on a big move.

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As pandemic loses grip on Las Vegas, crucial plasma donations rebound

Steve Marcus

Michael Morales donates plasma at CSL Plasma on Nellis Boulevard, Thursday, April 1, 2021. Donors spend much of thier time relaxing with a needle in their arm as a machine pulls out blood, separates the plasma, and reinfuses the red cells, white cells and platelets to the body. 

At a CSL Plasma center in the east Las Vegas Valley, first-time donor Michael Morales overcame a fear of needles to give a unit of plasma, the protein-rich liquid blood component that transports blood cells throughout the body and is critical to clotting and fighting infection.

Morales’ brother-in-law is a regular plasma donor who turned him on to giving after noting that his usual crew had thinned out over the last few months because of the pandemic. Donors also receive compensation, which can be as high as $700 in the first month.

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Beachgoers take note: Southwest beginning daily service to Santa Barbara

Steve Marcus

A Southwest Airlines passenger jet takes off from McCarran International Airport June 5, 2017.

With demand rising for flights to leisure destinations, Southwest Airlines is starting daily flights from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara, Calif., where visitors can enjoy beaches, hiking and shopping.

Starting Monday, flights will leave McCarran International Airport every day at 9:45 a.m., 3:10 p.m. and 8:40 p.m., according to the airline.

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New Sensor Technology for Displacement and Position Sensing From ElastiSense, a Danish entrepreneur company


New sensor technology capable of performing in the harshest of environments.

AABENRAA, DENMARK, April 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- NEW ground-breaking sensor technology from Danish entrepreneur company ElastiSense

After years of research and development, innovative Danish entrepreneur company ElastiSense now introduces a unique technology for position and displacement sensing. The technology has been developed in cooperation with key customers and is entirely based on its ability to provide value to industrial applications in settings and environments where position sensing has traditionally been difficult and expensive. Furthermore, ElastiSense have had Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT trends in mind during the whole development process, to accommodate the need for future-proof solutions ready for the future of industrial applications. The result is a technology capable of providing data in any given form to the control system of any given application. This makes monitoring and automation easy and efficient.

The technology is introduced in the new DS-Series displacement sensors from ElastiSense and is created with the purpose of providing customers with the opportunity to monitor their applications reliably and accurately, securing predictive maintenance and a significant reduction or complete elimination of unexpected and expensive downtime. The technology is built for harsh environments, both indoor and outdoor as well as for aggressive applications where shock, vibration, unpredictable movement, and misalignment occur.

The DS-Series displacement sensors
Thanks to the unique design of the DS-Series sensors they can monitor applications where alternative solutions fail. What makes them truly unique, is their solid-state characteristics in combination with an extremely strong and durable high-grade silicon rubber encapsulation. The sensing element inside is an equally unique hyper-elastic high-strain rubber strain-gauge capable of 100% strain, enabling the use of the sensor for accurate position and displacement measurement even in the presence of misalignment. The sensor is built to hold, and the high-grade silicon rubber encapsulation makes sure that it even tolerates harsh environments, both in tough indoor industrial processes and in outdoor applications operating in all kinds of weather and exposed to mud, sand, dirt, dust, water, extreme heat or cold or even saltwater in offshore applications. To make the product complete, the electronics are integrated, to make them just as weather- and environment proof as the rest of the sensor.

Industrial applications
The ElastiSense technology can potentially ad value in all thinkable industrial application, but primarily shines in environments and settings where other position and displacement sensors fail. The technology has shown very promising results in applications within, Structural Health Monitoring, Off-Road Machinery, and Factory Automation which all have in common that they typically operate in harsh and unpredictable environments. Competing technology such as non-contact sensors and cylinder-based sensors, will typically fail here, because of factors such as misalignment, shock, vibration, or weather-related obstacles including heavy rain, snow, wind, extreme heat or extreme cold.

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Review: Larsen Cognac Aqua Ignis VS

Larsen Cognac Aqua Ignis VS

Christopher Null April 7, 2021

Larsen’s new Aqua Ignis has a curious claim to fame: It is the first spirit in the world aged in steam-toasted barrels, specifically “triple-steamed brasero toasted barrels.” What does that mean? Instead of only toasting the barrels with open flame, they are immersed in hot water, then toasted in a brasero, causing the water to evaporate. This process is repeated twice. The resulting barrel is significantly different than the traditionally toasted/charred barrel, lacking the “alligator char” of classically charred barrels and looking much more like a smooth piece of darker, polished wood.

One of the fundamental goals of this approach is to bring out a stronger mocha character, and that is born out here in what is technically a VS categorized brandy. While the nose of Aqua Ignis exudes some youth in the form of a sharper, clean linen note, it is indeed laden with chocolate and coffee notes right from the start. Those are amplified on the palate, which is richly fruited with spiced raisin and plum notes, the classic trappings of Cognac, segueing from there into a rich and nutty milk chocolate character. Notes of rich almond nougat, more baking spice, and a gentle warmth arrive on the finish.

Aqua Ignis doesn’t change the game completely, but the formula they’ve hit on is impressive and inventive. It’s lovely stuff, especially at this price level. Feel free to cocktail with it.

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Speciality Brands brings new Waterford whisky to UK

Speciality Brands is launching a new whisky from Ireland's Waterford Distillery into the UK market.

Following the successful introduction of Waterford Organic Gaia 1.1 in 2020, Speciality Brands is launching Grattansbrook 1.1, a single farm origin whisky, as a UK exclusive.

The whisky is the first release from the 2015 harvest of Taberna barley from Grattansbrook Farm in Co. Kildare, which has been farmed by the same family for nine generations and is managed according to the 'Farm for Nature' protocol.

Grattansbrook 1.1 is non-chill-filtered and has been aged for almost four years in multiple casks including first-fill, virgin American and French oak.

It will be the first in a series of single farm origin whiskies from Waterford exploring Irish terroir, including how varieties of barley, areas of cultivation, microclimates and other growing conditions affect a whisky's flavour.

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Jameson opens new TasteHouse at Dublin Airport

Travellers at Dublin Airport will have the chance to experience Jameson like never before with a new travel retail venue.

The Jameson TasteHouse opens in The Loop, operated by Aer Rianta International (ARI), in Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport this month.

It is a first for the brand in travel retail, which demonstrates Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail's commitment to innovate in a channel which has been challenged like few others by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new venue will give customers the chance to learn more about the brand using touchless technology, and will showcase products including the GTR exclusive Jameson Triple Triple and the Irish Whiskey Collection and brand home exclusive Jameson Crested x Eight Degrees, as well as other products from the Midleton Distillery portfolio.

Visitors will also have the chance to sample Pernod Ricard Global Travel Retail's Irish whiskey portfolio with regular tasting and cocktail-making sessions, once pandemic-related restrictions allow.

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Cratering Blues running out of time to salvage season

John Locher/AP

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) gives up a goal to Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Las Vegas.

Craig Berube stood back and watched his St. Louis Blues practice battle drills so he could see how players handled the situation amid a seven-game losing streak.

Anyone looking in from the outside can spy a team in deep trouble.

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Lawmakers call YouTube Kids a 'wasteland of vapid' content

Jenny Kane / AP

This April 25, 2018 file photo, the YouTube app and YouTube Kids app are displayed on an iPhone in New York.

A House subcommittee is investigating YouTube Kids, saying the Google-owned video service feeds children inappropriate material in “a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content" so it can serve them ads.

The inquiry comes despite Google agreeing to pay $170 million in 2019 to settle allegations that YouTube collected personal data on children without their parents’ consent.

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NRA exec sheltered on borrowed yacht after mass shootings

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This Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md.

DALLAS — After school shootings that left dozens dead in recent years, National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre said the resulting outrage put him in such danger that he sought shelter aboard a borrowed 108-foot yacht.

During a deposition, the head of the powerful gun-rights group’s acknowledged sailing in the Bahamas with his family as a “security retreat” in the summers following a 2012 school shooting in Connecticut and a 2018 massacre in Florida.

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California to move to statewide reopening plan in June

Damian Dovarganes / AP

Fashion designer Josie Vand wears a facemask as she retrieves a bag with organic vegetables from a farm box from County Line Harvest in Los Angeles on Friday, April 2, 2021. California has been easing COVID-19 restrictions as it recovers from a deadly winter surge, although public health officials still urge people to follow social distancing and mask-wearing protocols. Rates of hospitalizations and deaths have plunged, and the rate of people testing positive for the virus is at a near-record low.

SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has led the nation’s most populous state through the pandemic using complicated metrics, county-by-county rules and a color-coded tier system dictating what people and businesses can do.

But with summer approaching, more Californians getting vaccinated, and a recall threat looming, he’s now taking a simpler approach: Come June 15, almost all restrictions will be lifted.

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Minneapolis officers line up to reject Chauvin's actions

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In this image from video, Minneapolis Police Lt. Johnny Mercil, a use of force trainer, testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.

MINNEAPOLIS — The parade of Minneapolis police officers rejecting a former officer’s actions in restraining George Floyd continued at his murder trial, including a use-of-force instructor who said officers were coached to “stay away from the neck when possible.”

Lt. Johnny Mercil on Tuesday became the latest member of the Minneapolis force to take the stand as part of an effort by prosecutors to dismantle the argument that Derek Chauvin was doing what he was trained to do when he put his knee on George Floyd’s neck last May.

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Survey: Even as schools reopen, many students learn remotely

Charlie Riedel / AP

In this Wednesday, March 31, 2021, file photo, students wait to enter Wyandotte County High School in Kansas City, Kan., on the first day of in-person learning. The district was one of the last in the state to return to the classroom after going virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Large numbers of students are not returning to the classroom even as more schools reopen for full-time, in-person learning, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Biden administration.

The findings reflect a nation that has been locked in debate over the safety of reopening schools. Even as national COVID-19 rates continued to ebb in February, key measures around reopening schools barely budged.

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New Littlemill Release is a Testament to the Past – Scotch Whisky News

New Littlemill release is a testament to the past

Limited release of 250 Littlemill Testament decanters launched globally

Four unique decanter sets complete the collection

Littlemill Testament, the oldest Littlemill expression to be released to date, has launched.

The new release celebrates Littlemill’s legacy as Scotland’s oldest licensed distillery and is contained in a luxury decanter which skilfully incorporates treasured remnants of the original distillery manager’s house giving collectors the opportunity to own a true piece of Scotch Whisky history. These pieces, which date back to 1772, include reclaimed glass, slate, wood and stone sourced from the roof, windows, walls and floors of the building, allowing Littlemill collectors to possess their very own piece of history.

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society April 2021 Outturn – Scotch Whisky News

Whether you’re tackling a high peak or exploring your surroundings, pick the perfect dram from our colourful collection to take your outdoor experience to new heights!


CASK NO. 68.41

CASK TYPE:  1st fill hogshead

AGE:  11 years

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