The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall for Bombay Sapphire brand London Dry Gin from the marketplace due to high alcohol content. Consumers should not drink or use the recalled product.
This recall was initiated after the discovery that during production, one batch was bottled before correct dilution to achieve the stated 40 percent alcohol content by volume. As a result, the affected batch has alcohol content by volume of 77 percent.
A Good Idea? Really?
Meanwhile, south of the border, 11 small distilleries in and around Philadelphia have come up with a “Distillery Trail” to make it easier to find them. Six are in Philadelphia, which has a mass transit and bus system; a seventh is in nearby Camden, New Jersey, where a ferry operates from May to early September. But the rest require a car to visit.
Also in the news, Bevriqo Corp. bought MEDEA Vodka this week for an undisclosed sum. Distilled in the Netherlands, MEDEA’s bottle has an LED display that can be programmed to wish the consumer a “Happy New Year” or “Happy Birthday” or just about any happy phrase. The brand is sold in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America and parts of Africa and Russia. MEDEA costs an average $30 a bottle and the LED display can be programmed from any iPhone.
It’s Not Saké
And finally, North Carolina-based Graybeard Distillery debuted Bedlam Vodka, which is distilled from rice, at the 2017 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s Convention & Exposition (WSWA) in Orlando, Florida. It is not saké, which undergoes a different fermentation process. It is currently available only in North Carolina for $21.95, but after its debut at WSWA, a spokeswoman said the company “has a ton of meetings lined up” with distributors.