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We love to hear about entrepreneurs in the wine and spirits business. Hats off to a letter carrier in Holstein, Iowa who is distilling rum. Holstein Rum is already in local stores and its creator, Greg Brunelle along with wife, Karen, hopes to have it in 300 stores by the end of the year. They have already expanded into Dark Holstein Rum and are waiting for approval for three new flavors – mango, raspberry and coconut.


Cruzan Rum
has introduced The Cruzan Distiller’s Collection – Cruzan Estate Diamond Dark Rum, Cruzan Estate Diamond Light Rum and Cruzan Single Barrel Rum. The light and dark rums were aged for five years and retail for $19.99 for a 750 ml bottle; the single barrel rum was aged for 12 years and is priced at $29.99.

If you live in New England, you can pick up a bottle of revolutionary Pumpkin Spice Whiskey from Rhode Island distillery Sons of Liberty Spirit Company. Over 2,000 pounds of Rhode Island grown pumpkins were used, aged in American oak infused with pumpkin pie spices such as clove, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla and sweet orange. The company suggests adding it to warm apple cider or in a Manhattan.

At this time of year the pumpkin rules, even in Poland. Spud Partners from Key Largo, Florida have some really interesting flavors of imported Polish vodka made from potatoes, including Ginger Lemongrass, Red Hot Chili Pepper and Heirloom Tomato. Now they are releasing Sweet Potato Pumpkin Spice Vodka and it’s certified gluten free. It is rolling out nationally and is definitely Halloween themed with a sweet potato carved like a Jack-o’-lantern on the label. A 750 ml bottle costs $22.99; the 1.75 ml is $34.99.


Last year’s successful launch by Pinnacle Vodka of the Pumpkin Pie flavor will see a reprise this year and it will be joined by Pinnacle Peppermint Bark. Can Christmas trees be far behind?