As consumers prepare for the holidays, their thirst for cocktails continues. In the Readers’ Choice: New Product Poll for November, Beverage Industry readers selected Sebago Lake Distillery’s Barrel Rested Portland Rum as their favorite new product release.
With 37 percent of the vote, Barrel Rested Portland Rum features oaky flavors similar to old Bourbon, some spiciness from the Rye that formerly inhabited the barrels, as well as the full mouthfeel and caramel goodness similar to a 100 percent pot still rum, said Dan Davis, head distiller at Sebago Lake Distillery. SLD rums are available at select retailers in the New England area.
Second place in this month’s Readers’ Choice poll is Miss Mary’s Bloody Mary Mix. Packaged in a 32-ounce bottle, the mix contains minced garlic and onion, mixed with herbs and tomato spices, the company says. Miss Mary’s is available nationwide.
Third place this month was fairlife smart snacks, a collection of snack-sized beverages designed to curb hunger in between meals, the company says. Available in Rich Chocolate, French Vanilla and Creamy Strawberry, each flavored variety offers 15 grams of protein and 5 grams of dietary fiber in each 8-ounce bottle, it adds. The protein beverages are available in select retailers nationwide.
There are never a shortage of new product releases, so be sure to check back Jan. 3 for the launch of the December Readers’ Choice poll.