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MAR
02
2014

In an absolutely thrilling finish on Sunday 2nd March 2014, Mike Tomasic of Sydney, Australia took the Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge Title from ten other international bartenders.....

DEC
05
2013

Angostura was crowned RUM GRAND MASTER 2013 at The Spirits Business Rum Masters Awards Luncheon held in the United Kingdom on Wednesday 4th December.....

NOV
21
2013

No. 1 is a celebration of the House of Angostura's rich heritage and artistry in blending some of the world’s finest rums....

NOV
20
2013

After the Miss Universe competition held in Moscow Russia on November 9th, Miss Trinidad and Tobago Catherine Miller....

NOV
20
2013

Mixologist from The Edgbaston, Birmingham will compete in international final in Trinidad & Tobago....

OCT
29
2013

Mixologist from Venezia bar, Greece will compete in international final in Trinidad & Tobago....

OCT
24
2013

VANCOUVER - October 24, 2013 – Hundreds of bartenders, cocktail enthusiasts, fans, friends and media enjoyed the fierce competition ....

OCT
21
2013

Angostura's Lemon, Lime and Bitters was proud to be a sponsor as Trinidad and Tobago's Olympic Sailor Andrew Lewis turned in one of the best ....

OCT
14
2013

Kester Blake will represent Trinidad and Tobago at the 2014 Angostura aromatic bitters Global Cocktail Challenge being held in Trinidad ....

OCT
14
2013

Port of Spain, Trinidad, Monday 14th October, 2013. Angostura® aromatic bitters Global Cocktail Challenge 2014 Caribbean Regional Finals ....

OCT
10
2013

The UK Final of the Angostura® aromatic bitters Global Cocktail Challenge took place on Thursday 10th October 2013, on The London Eye in London ....

SEP
8
2013

This summer a Rum Master-Class was conducted by Angostura’s Master Distiller John ....

JUL
26
2013

Angostura toasted to yet another successful year as a sponsor of the US’s premier cocktail industry event. On July 18, 2013. ....

JUL
24
2013

Angostura Limited continues to be the leader in the global aromatic bitters market with the recent launch of its Cocktail Recipe App. ....

FEB
23
2012

David Delaney Jnr from the USA is the winner of the 2012 Angostura® aromatic bitters Global Cocktail Challenge...

FEB
23
2012

Bitters sponsors many major annual events from around the world including destinations such as Europe, Australia, The Caribbean, USA & Canada. Take a look at some of the events.

OCT
25
2011

Mixologists from around the world are on a competitive footing as they vie for the opportunity to come to Trinidad and Tobago to experience Carnival fever in 2012...

OCT
17
2011

The Russian bar scene will never be the same! 5,000 bar professionals from Russia, the CIS and Europe discovered Angostura rums at the first ever Moscow Bar Show...

SEP
6
2011

Learn about the history of rum in the Caribbean & Angostura

AUG
9
2011

Angostura left an indelible mark on this year's Tales of the Cocktail Mixology Convention, helf in the effervescent city of New Orleans from the 20th - 23rd...

JUN
30
2011

Our first half results demonstrate the Company’s continued strong performance and is tangible proof of the consistency of the returns generated by our core business. Net sales are up $29.7M (10%) over the same period in 2010 and this growth rate is also evident in the 10% ($15.7M) increase in our gross profits..

JUL
14
2011

Angostura's rum range is the most awarded in the world. Rums in this impressive portfolio include Reserva, Anejo, Gran Anejo...

JUN
17
2011

Angostura’s International Rum portfolio has been named ‘the world’s most awarded rum range’ by the Rum Masters Awards 2011. The company’s fine range of rums has won the most Rum Medals to date – an outstanding eleven in total..

JUN
1
2011

Angostura aims to remain the go-to choice for bitters around the world while pushing its rum brands to an international audience..

JUN
14
2011

World renowned mixologist Charles Antony “Tony” Abou-Ganim thrilled an audience of 130 bartenders and students as he kicked off the Angostura® aromatic bitters Mixology Masters Series here in Trinidad and Tobago...

MAY
17
2011

Angostura Limited officially launched their international range of rums to rum connoisseurs, media personnel and bartenders from some of the best outlets in the United States...

APR
15
2011

21 Caribbean ADDY Awards for Single Barrel, Angostura® orange bitters, Bold Launch, Angostura® aromatic bitters and White Oak..

MAR
30
2011

Consolidated Financial Statements of Angostura Holdings Limited. December 31, 2010. Expressed in Trinidad and Tobago Dollars...

MAR
14
2011

New Zealander Andy Griffiths, representing Australia, is the new champion of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge held on Sunday March 6th at the exclusive Zen nightclub and runs away with US$10,000...

MAR
2
2011

The Eiffel Tower… Soaring above the City of Lights, Paris, it is perhaps the best-known symbol of France. And hidden within this iconic building, floating 125 metres above the city, is one of the Tower’s best-kept secrets: Le Jules Verne Restaurant...

MAR
2
2011

Angostura’s globally renowned International Rum Range is distributed in nearly 50 markets worldwide, and includes five incredibly smooth, exquisite rums. These rums are amongst the most award-winning in the world...

FEB
14
2011

The Finalists will shake, stir, toss, spin and pour... at the World Finals of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge,March 6th,2011!

DEC
11
2010

Our 2010 third quarter financial results reflect the continued success of Angostura (the Company) and the strength and resilience of our underlying business....

DEC
11
2010

ANGOSTURA HOLDINGS LIMITED UNAUDITED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS Nine months ended September 30, 2010 (Expressed in Trinidad and Tobago dollars)...

SEP
27
2010

The House of Angostura is extremely pleased and proud to introduce our Bold new line of packaging. This is an exciting and unique achievement for us...

AUG
31
2010

I am pleased to report that our 2010 Januart to August resuls continues to demonstrate the Company's recovery and growth over the preceding years...

AUG
20
2010

Angostura Limited has reported one of their most successful market launches ever with the appointment of Simple Ltd, based in Moscow, as the distribution partner in Russia for the Angostura International Range....

AUG
20
2010

This September 9th to 11th, 2010 will see the first Trinidad Rum Festival – Angostura’s first festival to celebrate the diversity of rum and its rapidly growing popularity...

JUN
30
2010

Angostura Holding Limited Unaudited Financial Highlights. Six months ended June 30th 2010...

MAR
26
2010

MC CANN ERICKSON, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, recently won 33 ADDY Awards, at the regional Creative Excellence Awards, the most any Agency has won...

MAR
17
2010

On March 17th, Angostura® aromatic bitters was featured in two segments during the Cocktail Moment on the Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC...

MAR
8
2010

Senior Vice President of Sales for Mizkan Americas Inc., Michael Smith, and his team of sales and marketing executives, visited Angostura Limited last week...

FEB
26
2010

Vidia Persad-Doodnath, executive manager – Technical Services, was appointed the newest member of Angostura’s Board of Directors at the board meeting held yesterday in the Executive boardroom....

FEB
22
2010

Proceeds from Angostura’s Spirits party held in December, was given to The South East Port of Spain Achievement Organization (S.E.P.A.O.)...

FEB
19
2010

Angostura Lemon, Lime & Bitters, popularly known as LLB, provided fans with an opportunity to win authentic bats personally autographed by cricketing legend and LLB brand ambassador Brian Charles Lara...

FEB
9
2010

Angostura held its staff calypso competition at their Laventille residence on Friday 5th February. Beverley De Freitas...

JAN
21
2010

Chairman of the board of directors of Angostura Holdings Limited (AHL), Dr. Shafeek Sultan-Khan, announced the appointment of Mr. Wayne Yip Choy and Mr. Joseph Teixeira...

JAN
15
2010

The staff of Angostura was quick to answer the call for help from Is There Not a Cause, the organization that requested assistance for the victims in Haiti...

JAN
13
2010

Angostura Limited, has appointed Mizkan America’s Inc. to distribute their famous Angostura aromatic bitters exclusively in the USA market, effective February 1st, 2010...

Australia wins! Mike Tomasic of Sydney takes the Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge 2014 Title

March 02, 2014

In an absolutely thrilling finish on Sunday 2nd March 2014, Mike Tomasic of Sydney, Australia took the Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge Title from ten other international bartenders, each of whom had already won his country’s finals. Finals for this coveted title took place at Aria Nightclub on Ariapita Avenue in Port of Spain.

The standard of the competition was world class. The competing bartenders were totally professional, each presenting two exquisite cocktails and displaying their unique sense of style and creativity, including even musical effects, mixing and shaking techniques and formal bartender dress. In addition to winning the title, Tomasic also won best ‘Freestyle Cocktail’. Nazar Markarov of Russia was in second place - he also won best 'Rum' Cocktail, and Máté Csatlós of the UK placed third in this competition which clearly challenged the judges. Judges, all mixology experts, included last year’s winner, Trinidadian Daniyel Jones, Head Judge Julie Reiner (New York), Philip Duff (Ireland), Ian Burrel (UK) and Carol Homer-Caesar (Trinidad).

Now on the international calendar, The Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge was well attended by bartenders and bar owners within the industry globally, cocktail enthusiasts and international media as well as students of the Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute. The event was followed by an after party featuring Patrice Roberts. The Cocktail Challenge was live around the world via Angostura® aromatic bitters Facebook page.

Trinidad hosts the Grand Finals! Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge 2014

1919 WINS RUM MASTER AWARD

December 05, 2013

Port of Spain, Trinidad. 5th December, 2013. Angostura was crowned RUM GRAND MASTER 2013 at The Spirits Business Rum Masters Awards Luncheon held in the United Kingdom on Wednesday 4th December. The results are as follows; Premium rum ANGOSTURA 1919 was awarded a Master, Angostura Reserva – Gold, Angostura 5 year old – Gold, Angostura 7 year old – Gold, Angostura 1824 – Gold.

Angostura 1919 was the only rum in the premium category to capture a Master award followed closely by its sister rum Angostura 1824, with a gold.

The judging panel were a daunting crew from very reputable locations; Stuart Randall from Marquis Vodka; Luca Cordiglieri, China Tang at The Dorchester; Becky Paskin, The Spirits Business; Shannon McCoy, Barchick; Tim Shanks, The Engineer and Kane Brooks of Drake & Morgan.

Genevieve Jodhan, executive manager international sales and marketing stated “2013 has been an exceptional year for the Angostura rum brand as we improved market penetration in the USA, Canada and Europe. The growth of our distribution network has allowed us to share our Pure Trinidadian rums to more consumers and the growing demand we have seen is very encouraging. This Master award demonstrates the strength of the brand in the industry and the increasing consumer appetite for premium rums.”

The Spirits Masers is a series of blind tasting competitions, drawing in entries from around the world. One of the key elements to its success is the quality and the dedication of the judges involved. Each spirit is judged on its own merit according to the category into which it is entered, and then awarded a Silver, Gold or Master medal.

Award-Winning Rum-Makers, HOUSE OF ANGOSTURA, Announce No. 1 – The First Premium Rum in A NEW Limited-Edition Range

November 21, 2013

“No. 1 is a celebration of the House of Angostura's rich heritage and artistry in blending some of the world’s finest rums. As the first rum to be introduced into The Cask Collection, we're thrilled to share this signature debut with rum aficionados and enthusiasts alike.”

– House of Angostura Master Distiller, John Georges

21st November, 2013. Trinidad & Tobago -- Known for their iconic bitters and rum-making heritage, the House of Angostura (www.angosturarum.com) - the only rum distillery in Trinidad today - announces No. 1 as the first premium rum in a new limited-edition range aged in special casks, aptly named, The Cask Collection. Bottled at 40%, No. 1 is smooth and well-rounded with a lasting array of woody notes reminiscent of dry, warm nights in the Caribbean islands. Only 9,600 bottles will be available in select markets worldwide.

Angostura No.1 is a testament to Don Carlos Siegert, son of the brand’s founder, who dreamt of making the “smoothest blend in the new world.” No. 1 is the combination of a carefully blended selection of aged rums, aged eight to ten years, that are then left to marry for 12 months in First Fill Bourbon Casks. This artistic approach results in a well-rounded blend, where each rum contributes to the finished flavour profile, without any one dominating.

Blending rum is an art - acquired from years of experience. Angostura’s blenders have been trained on original traditions and are celebrated experts who closely maintain guarded formulas and techniques. All Angostura rums are aged in American oak casks that were once used for aging bourbon. As the rum ages - the interaction of the liquid and the oak results in a mellow well-balanced rum – a smoothness that is characteristic of Angostura’s blends.

“We have a deep appreciation for the tradition, philosophy and talents of the House of Angostura. We are always proud to distribute Angostura rums in our community and the launch of No. 1 takes it to the next level. Simply put, No. 1 is exceptional and perfectly expresses the joys of the craft,” says Genevieve Jodhan, executive manager international sales and marketing.

For this special bottling of No. 1, Angostura produced a unique recipe with mature, high-quality aged rums - selected with care and precision, each chosen for their unique flavour and characteristics. The result to the eye is a beautiful rich amber hue with superb clarity. The nose is rewarded with a complex bouquet balanced with delicate notes of freshly cut almonds, crisp green apple and a hint of caramel.

As expected from a rum-maker winning more than 50 global awards, the House of Angostura enjoys sharing new creations and encouraging different ways of drinking and enjoying rum. With this one, as John Georges puts it, “No. 1 is delicious sipped neat, and equally enjoyable over ice and as an after-dinner drink. Close your eyes and savour the moment.”

 

HOUSE OF ANGOSTURA: A RICH HISTORY

The House of Angostura’s award winning rums are steeped in nearly 200 years of tradition. The journey started in 1824 when founder Dr. Johann Siegert first produced aromatic bitters in Angostura, Venezuela (today called Ciudad Bolivar). In the 1870’s, Dr. Siegert’s three sons migrated to Trinidad, among them Don Carlos Siegert, who pioneered the brand, establishing Angostura Aromatic Bitters as an integral ingredient in premium cocktails and ultimately a mainstay of cocktail culture. The family’s Siegert Bouquet Rum became a Trinidadian tradition up until the early 1960’s and part of the company’s rich rum heritage. In the 1970’s, The House of Angostura expanded, acquiring the Fernandes family distillery, which was founded in the 1890’s by Manoel Fernandes, an immigrant from Portugal, and known for making high quality rums.

 

HOUSE OF ANGOSTURA: A CELEBRATED APPROACH

The only rum distillery in Trinidad today, Angostura’s signature style stems from techniques that have stood the test of time:

  • Production with only the highest quality molasses
  • Fermentation using proprietary culture of yeast
  • Distillation in continuous stills
  • Aging in charred American oak casks, that were once used for aging bourbon (often referred to as First-Fill Bourbon Casks)

 

ABOUT MASTER DISTILLER, JOHN GEORGES

John Georges has been around the manufacturing and aging of fine rum for almost a third of a century. That makes him feel old but it’s noted with age comes a certain amount of experience. John joined Angostura in 1982, after he graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of the West Indies. Hi passion continues to this day in experimenting with different ways of aging Angostura rums. He’s been part of the team that pioneered the introduction of the multi-award winning International Rum Range.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

The company exports approximately 85% of its production to destinations in almost every country in the world. The House of Angostura®, distinguished by its excellence, has been recognised over the centuries by the granting of Royal Warrants of Appointment to the royal households of Great Britain, Prussia, Spain and Sweden as suppliers of Angostura aromatic bitters. Below is an overview of recent accolades.

 

International Rum Conference 2013

  • Angostura Gran Anejo – Platinum Medal
  • Angostura 1919 – Bronze Medal

 

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2013

  • Angostura 7 Year Old – Double Gold Medal
  • Angostura Reserva – Silver Medal
  • Angostura 1824 – Silver Medal
  • Angostura 1919 – Bronze Medal
  • Angostura 5 Year Old – Bronze Medal

 

Rum Masters Awards - The Spirits Business 2013

  • Angostura 1919 – Master
  • Angostura 1824 – Gold Medal
  • Angostura 5 Year Old – Gold Medal
  • Angostura 7 Year Old – Gold Medal
  • Angostura Reserva – Gold Medal

 

International Rum Conference 2012

  • Angostura Gran Anejo – Silver Medal
  • Angostura 1824 – Bronze Medal
  • Angostura 1919 – Bronze Medal
  • Angostura Anejo – Bronze Medal

 

International Wine and Spirit Competition 2012

  • Angostura 5 Year Old – Silver Medal
  • Angostura 7 Year Old – Silver Medal
  • Angostura Reserva – Silver Medal

 

International Spirits Challenge 2012

  • Angostura 5 Year Old – Bronze Medal
  • Angostura 7 Year Old – Bronze Medal
  • Angostura Reserva – Bronze Medal

 

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2012

  • Angostura 1824 – Double Gold Medal
  • Angostura 7 Year Old – Gold Medal
  • Angostura 5 Year Old – Silver Medal
  • Angostura 1919 – Bronze Medal
  • Angostura Reserva – Bronze Medal

 

Rum Masters/Design 2012

  • Angostura 1824 – Gold Medal
  • Angostura 1919 – Gold Medal

 

Rum Masters Awards - The Spirits Business 2012

  • Angostura – Grand Master
  • Angostura 5 Year Old – Gold Medal
  • Angostura 1824 – Gold Medal
  • Angostura 7 Year Old – Gold Medal

 

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011

  • Angostura 1919 - Double Gold Medal
  • Angostura 5 Year Old - Double Gold Medal
  • Angostura 1824 - Silver Medal
  • Angostura 7 Year Old - Silver Medal
  • Angostura Reserva - Bronze Medal

 

Rum Masters Awards - The Spirits Business 2011

  • Angostura 1824 - Masters Medal
  • Angostura 7 Year Old - Masters Medal
  • Angostura 1919 - Gold Medal
  • Angostura 5 Year Old - Gold Medal
  • Angostura Reserva - Gold Medal

 

The Spirits Business Rum Masters 2010

  • Angostura 1824 - Gold Medal
  • Angostura 5 Year Old - Gold Medal
  • Angostura Reserva - Gold Medal

 

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2010

  • Angostura 7 Year Old - Double Gold Medal
  • Angostura Reserva - Silver Medal

 

The Spirits Business Rum Masters 2009

  • Angostura 7 Year Old - Gold Medal

 

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2009

  • Angostura 1824 Best Rum - Double Gold Medal
  • Angostura 5 Year Old - Double Gold Medal
  • Angostura 1919 - Gold Medal

 

International Spirits Challenge 2009

  • Angostura 7 Year Old - Gold Medal
  • Angostura 5 Year Old - Silver Medal
  • Angostura Reserva - Silver Medal

 

International Wine & Spirits Competition 2009

  • Angostura 1824 - Gold Medal (Best in Class)
  • Angostura 7 Year Old - Silver Medal (Best in Class)
  • Angostura 5 Year Old - Silver Medal (Best in Class)
  • Angostura Reserva - Silver Medal

MISS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO WOW RUSSIANS IN MOSCOW

November 20, 2013

2013

Port of Spain, Trinidad. 20th November, 2013. After the Miss Universe competition held in Moscow Russia on November 9th, Miss Trinidad and Tobago Catherine Miller had the opportunity to meet many of Angostura’s clients, media and friends in that country. A special event was held to launch the company’s new rum Angostura No 1, a limited cask edition, on November 12th at the brand new Rose Bar in the heart of Moscow, hosted by SIMPLE Ltd., the distributor there. She was accompanied by Angostura’s senior manager Public Affairs and communications, and former Miss World, Giselle Laronde-West.

At the launch, Angostura Rums and rum-based cocktails were featured and the No 1 was tasted by everyone, who also got the opportunity to have their photo taken with the ladies from the twin island Republic. Autographs were signed and a lucky patron received a bottle of the No 1 rum which was signed by Catherine and Giselle. The Honorary Consul for Trinidad and Tobago in Russia, Gennady Novakhov and his wife were at the event and was presented with a bottle of the special rum, signed by the two Trinidadian beauties.

Prior to the event, Catherine and Giselle met the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2014 Russian finalist Nazar Makarov in City Space Bar. He showed Catherine how to mix his winning cocktail and offered several others for the visitors to sample. The reigning Miss Trinidad and Tobago was interviewed and photographed by BarNews magazine, Posta Magazine, Simple Wine News magazine, and Ne Spat! Magazine.

Máté Csatlós Crowned UK Finalist in Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge

November 20, 2013

Mixologist from The Edgbaston, Birmingham will compete in international final in Trinidad & Tobago

The winner of the UK final of the Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge (GCC) was announced last night at an exciting showdown at the London Eye that tested the flair and talent of the country’s finest mixologists.

Máté Csatlós from The Edgbaston in Birmingham was crowned the UK champion for his drinks, Il Conte and Madame Butterfly, overcoming stiff competition from five other finalists. The judges – Sandrae Lawrence from The Cocktail Lovers; Jamie Stephenson and Daniyel Jones, Angostura brand ambassadors; and Peter Holland from The Floating Rum Shack – selected Máté for his innovation and style both in the presentation and flavour combinations of the cocktail.

Máté has won the trip of a life time to attend the global final in Trinidad, the home of Angostura, during the internationally famous carnival. He will battle it out against the world’s top bartenders for the global prize - the coveted GCC trophy, $10,000 cash and a two year contract to be the Global Brand Ambassador for Angostura® aromatic bitters and Angostura® Rums.

Alison Gibb, Angostura International Brand Manager, Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd., said: ‘Angostura’s Global Cocktail Challenge is a fantastic platform for bartenders of all levels to showcase their talent. The judges had a difficult job on their hands this year - the standard of entries was extremely high.

‘Máté really engaged with the overall concept of the challenge, which was to explore new and distinctive ways of using Angostura® Rum and Angostura® aromatic bitters. Il Conte and Madame Butterfly stood out for the judges as it embodied the versatility and flavour of our brand.’

The final of the Global Cocktail Challenge will take place in Trinidad in March 2014.

Winning recipes
Cocktail 1 - Il Conte
Ingredients

40ml Angostura 1919
25ml Rubis
7.5ml Zucca Rubarbo
3 dash of St. Elisabeth Pimiento Dram
5 dash Angostura Bitters
Method

Rinse the glass with Black Bottle Scotch Whisky.
Garnish

Orange peel and 70% Dark Chocolate

Cocktail 2 - Madame Butterfly

Ingredients

40ml Apricot Palinka
25ml Plymouth Sloe Gin
25ml Yuzu & Lemon juice
10ml Grade B Maple Syrup
5 dash Angostura Bitters
Garnish

Edible fruit leathers /apricot, black currant, banana, apple/ and mandarin twist.

PANAGIOTIS GIOVANIS IS CROWNED WINNER IN EU FINAL OF ANGOSTURA® GLOBAL COCKTAIL CHALLENGE

October 29, 2013

Mixologist from Venezia bar, Greece will compete in international final in Trinidad & Tobago

Panagiotis Giovanis from Venezia bar in Greece was crowned the EU champion for his cocktails, Scarlet Ibis and Safe House, overcoming the incredible skills of the other 11 finalists. The judges – Gary Sharpen from The Cocktail Lovers; Jamie Stephenson and Daniyel Jones, Angostura® brand ambassadors; and Magnus Sundström , local drinks expert, selected Panagiotis for his innovation and style both in the presentation and flavour combinations of the cocktails.

The competitive final, which was held at Hotellet in Stockholm, brought together bartenders from countries throughout Europe.

Panagiotis has won the trip of a life time to attend the global final in Trinidad, the home of Angostura®, during the internationally famous carnival. He will battle it out against the world’s top bartenders for the global prize - the coveted GCC trophy, $10,000 cash and a two year contract to be the Global Brand Ambassador for Angostura® aromatic bitters and Angostura® Rums.

Alison Gibb, Angostura® International Brand Manager, Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd., said: “Angostura’s Global Cocktail Challenge is a fantastic platform for bartenders of all levels to showcase their talent. As we expected, the standard of entries was extremely high.

“Our judges were looking for someone who could explore the versatility of Angostura® and present a cocktail that was distinctive and fresh in both flavouring and style. Panagiotis has done just that. His winning cocktails, Scarlet Ibis and Safe House, are not only creative, but they embody the striking flavours of Angostura® Rum and Angostura® aromatic bitters.”

The final of the Global Cocktail Challenge will take place in Trinidad in March 2014.

Cocktails
Freestyle Category – Scarlet Ibis
5 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
45ml Angostura 7YO
10ml Homemade Walnut Liqueur
10ml Monin Creme de Peche Liqueur
20ml Fresh Lime Juice
15ml Homemade Spice Syrup

Glass: Vintage Martini Glass
Garnish: Vanilla Stick
Method: Shake

Homemade ingredient 1: Walnut Liqueur
2lt Metaxa 5
2kg Sugar
10 fresh walnuts (cut in quarters)
2 cinnamon sticks
8 cloves
Place all ingredients in a large airtight jar for 40 days and swirl around once a day.

Homemade ingredient 2: Spice syrup
300ml Water
300gr Sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1pc nutmeg
2pc all spice
Smash up the cinnamon stick, nutmeg and all spice, add all ingredients to a pot and boil the syrup.
Let it cool

Cocktail 2
Rum Category – Safe House
5 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
50ml Angostura 1919
20ml Remy Martin VSOP
5ml Green Chartreuse
10ml Homemade Vanilla-Nutmeg Syrup
Spray Ledaig

Glass: Vintage Old Fashioned
Garnish: Bitter Chocolate sticks
Method: Stirred

Homemade Syrup:
300ml Water
300gr Sugar
2 sticks Madagascar Vanilla
1 pc nutmeg

SHANE MULVANY, OF TORONTO, TO REPRESENT CANADA IN ANGOSTURA® AROMATIC BITTERS GLOBAL COCKTAIL CHALLENGE, FEBRUARY 2014

October 24, 2013

VANCOUVER - October 24, 2013 – Hundreds of bartenders, cocktail enthusiasts, fans, friends and media enjoyed the fierce competition at the 2013 Canadian Cocktail Challenge at Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar in Vancouver where Shane Mulvany, of Toronto, clenched the win.

"I'm blown away," said Mulvany after accepting a check for $5,000. "I didn't think I had it at all but it's great! $5,000 pays off some of my wedding and I can't wait to come to Trinidad and hopefully take it back for a Canada win."

Mulvany currently works as the head bartender at The Chase in Toronto's financial district. He has worked in some of the best cities for cocktails including New York and London and he recently won the Hogtown Shakedown at Toronto's Cocktail Week.

Mulvany's winning recipes:

  • Brian Lara Swizzle – Made with Angostura 5 Year Old Rum, Angostura bitters, carrot juice, sherbet and Cardamom Syrup and garnished with swizzle sticks in the red and black colors of Trinidad.
  • Banana au Rum – Made with Angostura 5 Year Old Rum, Wray and Nephew rum, Taylor's Velvet Falernum, clove syrup and garnished with a banana dolphin, this drink is an attention grabber.

Event judges included Trinidad native Wendy Fitzwilliam, former Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe, David Delaney Jr., 2012 Angostura® aromatic bitters Global Brand Ambassador and David Wolowidnyk, Bar Manager of Vancouver's West Restaurant.

LEWIS SAILS IN 4TH AT ISAF WORLD CUP

October 21, 2013

Port of Spain, Trinidad – Angostura’s Lemon, Lime and Bitters was proud to be a sponsor as Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic Sailor Andrew Lewis turned in one of the best performances of his young career, finishing 4th at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup (Laser men) in Qingdao, China on October 19th.

After entering the medal round in 7th place, Lewis pulled off an impressive performance wrapping up 4th – just missing the bronze medal by two points. In a top class finale that included Olympic silver medallist Pavlos Kontides and Olympic finalist and Tonči Stipanović (eventual winner), Lewis proved his maturity and a marked improvement in his racing.

The regatta began on October 12th. Lewis turned in a series of strong races daily, finishing no lower than 10th in each; all this in spite of being admitted to hospital for tonsillitis on day 3. Nevertheless, in race 5, he proved he understood the conditions perfectly. Lewis sailed past his accomplished opponents, completing that race in first place.

However, by the end of the preliminary rounds, Stipanović had an undeniable lead, and took the gold. Ten points separated the 2nd place sailor from the 7th place, demonstrating that everyone in the final had a realistic chance of medalling.

Commenting on his performance, Lewis was elated. “I have to say that this is probably my best regatta ever. After the first two races, I was unhappy with my speed downwind and began to worry. Thankfully, I was able to regroup and trust my instincts on the conditions. In the fifth race I realized what the currents were doing, so I am very proud of how I handled that tactically”.

He went on to say, “This event tested me mentally and physically. My confidence was growing as the regatta went on, but I became really sick by the third day. It was so bad, that I passed out in my boat between races and had to be admitted to a hospital. The doctors told me I had tonsillitis but luckily the medication I was given worked well, and I was able to sail the medal race and really perform”.

There is no time for Lewis to savour the performance as he now switches focus to the Laser World Championships in Oman, beginning November 7th. “I’ll be attending a training camp in either Barcelona or Portugal to fine tune before the World Championships. This (ISAF) regatta has done my confidence a lot of good, so I am excited to get back into training and work on the areas that I need to improve. Once I do that, I am confident that I’ll do well again in Oman”.

About the IASF World Cup

The ISAF Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions. The ISAF Sailing World Cup brings together the existing major regattas on the Olympic sailing circuit, starting in China, before moving on to Australia, the USA and finishing in Europe. Over 2,000 of the world's leading sailors representing 75 nations compete in the ISAF Sailing World Cup which offers a definitive guide to the best-of-the-best in the Olympic sailing world.

Via: http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/about/index.php

KESTER BLAKE WINS TNT’S FINALS TO TAKE PART IN GLOBAL COCKTAIL CHALLENGE 2014

October 14, 2013

Port of Spain, Trinidad, Monday 14th October, 2013. Angostura® aromatic bitters Global Cocktail Challenge 2014 Caribbean Regional Finals took place on Friday 11th October at the Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados. The winner was Rohan Hackshaw from the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados.

Other competitors included:

  • Grenada - Karan Woodroffe of- Coyaba Hotel
  • St Vincent - King Augustus Fields
  • St. Maarten – Paul Peterson of Temptation Restaurant
  • Antigua- Daniel "Timmy" Thomas of Non-Such Bay
  • St. Kitts - Adrian Tobias of Four Seasons Hotel

Rohan won $5000USD and an opportunity to be the Caribbean representative at the Angostura® aromatic bitters Global Cocktail Challenge 2014, being held in Trinidad and Tobago. He will be joined by bartenders from countries like South Africa, USA, UK, Canada, Ukraine, New Zealand, Cuba, the Caribbean and Russia, each vying for the coveted title and US$10,000.

The Judges were - Head Judge, Raymond Edwards- Chief Mixologist, Angostura, Jamaal Bowen, Angostura® aromatic bitters brand ambassador for the Caribbean region and Ralph York, Director at Sanojah's & Llew & Nary's Barbados.

Angostura looks forward to seeing how well this competitor will stack up against the best in the world and if he will make Barbados proud as Jamal Bowen did in 2012, when he placed third.

BAJAN WINS REGIONAL FINALS FOR ANGOSTURA’S GLOBAL COCKTAIL CHALLENGE

October 14, 2013

Kester Blake will represent Trinidad and Tobago at the 2014 Angostura aromatic bitters Global Cocktail Challenge being held in Trinidad on Carnival Sunday. He will be joined by bartenders from countries like South Africa, USA, UK, Canada, Ukraine, New Zealand, Cuba, the Caribbean and Russia, each vying for the coveted title and US$10,000. His winning cocktails were “Elderly Love” and “Velvet Frost”.

The finals was held in September on the first day of Angostura’s Rum Festival, where he competed against 7 others from various food and beverage establishments. In second place was Clinton Ramdhan and third place Karlina Permell. It was a tough decision for the three judges – Clayton Archer of Shakers, Giselle Laronde-West from Angostura and Jamal Bowen from Sandy Lane hotel in Barbados.

 

RUM COCKTAIL RECIPE

Name: "Velvet frost"
Ingredients:
2oz white oak reserve
3/4oz white sherry
1/4oz maraschino liqueur
1/4oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4oz guava syrup
Egg white
5 Dashes Angostura® aromatic bitters
Glass: Tall martini
Garnish: Cherry
Method: Place all ingredients in mixing glass with 5 dashes of aromatic bitters, add ice, hard shake then triple strain into chilled martini glass.

 

FREESTYLE COCKTAIL RECIPE

Name: "Elderly Love"
Ingredients:
11/2oz casa noble crystal
3/4oz st. Germain
1oz apple and elder flower juice
1/4oz honey
5 hog plums
1 leaf of shadow beni
5 Dashes Angostura® aromatic bitters

Glass: Coupe
Garnish: Apple fan
Method: Place plums, shadow beni and muddle then add all other ingredients with 3 dashes of aromatic bitters followed by 2 dashes of orange bitters, add ice, shake and triple strain into chilled coupe glass.

THE UK FINAL OF THE ANGOSTURA® AROMATIC BITTERS GLOBAL COCKTAIL CHALLENGE

October 14, 2013

The UK Final of the Angostura® aromatic bitters Global Cocktail Challenge took place on Thursday 10th October 2013, on The London Eye in London. The final was part of London Cocktail Week. Each finalist had to produce two cocktails; one an Open Freestyle and the other a Rum Cocktail using their choice of Angostura Rums. The judges were Angostura® aromatic bitters brand Ambassadors Jamie Stephenson and Daniyel Jones, writer Peter Holland, Floating Rum Shack and writer Sandrae Lawrence, The Cocktail Lovers.

After careful deliberation from the judging panel, Máté Csatlós from The Edgebaston in Birmingham was crowned UK champion with his magnificent cocktails "Il Conte" and "Madame Butterfly". Csatlós was also the runner up of the 2012 UK Final of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge and very determined to win this year’s competition. Csatlós will compete against the world’s best bartenders in Trinidad, March 2014 for $10,000USD in cash and a one year contract to be the Angostura® aromatic bitters global brand ambassador.

Winning recipes:

 

Cocktail 1 - Il Conte

Ingredients

40ml Angostura 1919
25ml Rubis
7.5ml Zucca Rubarbo
3 dash of St. Elisabeth Pimiento Dram
5 dash Angostura Bitters

Method

Rinse the glass with Black Bottle Scotch Whisky.

Garnish

Orange peel and 70% Dark Chocolate

 

Cocktail 2 - Madame Butterfly

Ingredients

40ml Apricot Palinka
25ml Plymouth Sloe Gin
25ml Yuzu & Lemon juice
10ml Grade B Maple Syrup
5 dash Angostura Bitters

Garnish

Edible fruit leathers /apricot, black currant, banana, apple/ and mandarin twist.

ANGOSTURA CREATES UNIQUE EXPERIENCES IN ANGUILLA- MASTER CLASS TRAINING & BARTENDER WORKSHOP

September 8, 2013

This summer a Rum Master-Class was conducted by Angostura’s Master Distiller John Georges at the luxurious, five star Viceroy Hotel in West End Village, Anguilla. Two individual sessions were held for Hotel owners, Purchasing Managers and Bartenders from across the island. The Rum Master-Class was well attended and participants immersed themselves in the history and taste of Angostura’s rums. A bartender workshop was also conducted by Angostura ®aromatic bitters Brand ambassador, Jamaal Bowen within the same week. Bowen’s workshop highlighted key topics such as: Classic and Contemporary Bartending Techniques, Bar Tools, Creating Signature Cocktails and Customer Service. Attendees of the bartender workshop were also given a sneak preview of Angostura’s soon-to-be-released DVD bartender education programme, “The Theatre of Mixing” hosted by world-renowned Mixologist Tony Abou Ganim.

DETROIT TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT AT THIS YEAR’S TALES OF THE COCKTAIL

July 24, 2013

Angostura toasted to yet another successful year as a sponsor of the US’s premier cocktail industry event. On July 18, 2013, nearly 400 beverage industry professionals gathered at The Joy Theatre in New Orleans as five finalists from across the country competed in the 2013 Angostura U.S. Cocktail Challenge. Winner Yani Frye of Detroit’s The Sugar House, was awarded a $5,000 cash prize and a trip to Trinidad, where he will represent the U.S. in the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge in February 2014.

Finalists had only seven minutes to prepare their two unique cocktail creations – one with Angostura® aromatic bitters and Angostura® rum, and another with Angostura® aromatic bitters and any liquor of their own choice. The event judges, included Paul Tuennerman, Jennifer Contraveos and Daniyel Jones, last year’s Global Cocktail Challenge Winner and current Global Brand Ambassador for Angostura. The judges evaluated each finalist on taste, creativity and presentation.

While Frye walked away with the grand prize, the real winner of the night was the craft of the cocktail. Angostura looks forward to continuing to spotlight the brightest mixologists that create inventive cocktails for generations to come.

In addition to the 2013 U.S. Cocktail Challenge, Angostura® aromatic bitters also created an orange-inspired tasting room at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, La. Hosted in the center of the festival at the Hotel Monteleone Pool, the event was a “hot” destination for Tales attendees from all walks of life. Guests sipped on tropical, creative cocktails including “Tsunami,” “Conquistador” and “Angostura Watermelon Cooler.” Angostura bitters-infused appetizers were also served to the crowd, including savory chicken bites and Angostura rum pineapple bites. Attendees were overwhelmed with excitement when they received one of the many giveaways. Many left the event proudly sporting their new gear – Angostura branded sunglasses, t-shirts, towels and of course, aromatic and orange bitters mini bottles.

ANGOSTURA® AROMATIC BITTERS COCKTAIL RECIPE I-PHONE APP

July 24, 2013

Angostura Limited continues to be the leader in the global aromatic bitters market with the recent launch of its Cocktail Recipe App. The App is currently available as a free download for the I-phone and will be released for Android and I-Pad within the next 4 weeks. A mix of classic and contemporary cocktails are featured that all contain either Angostura® aromatic bitters or Angostura® orange bitters. The App is a must-have for all aspiring mixologists or general cocktail and bitters enthusiasts and contains key facts and information on Angostura® aromatic bitters, the history of the cocktail and news about the brand and the company from around the world.

The company intends to release additional recipes on a consistent basis, some of which have been created by past Angostura® Global Cocktail Challenge champions, as well as world famous Master-Mixologists including Salvatore Calabrese and Tony Abou-Ganim. By the end of the year the App will also be available in French, Spanish and Russian. The free App can be downloaded at https://itunes.apple.com/tt/app/bitters/id673282920?mt=8

USA Mixologist Crowned 2012 GLOBAL COCKTAIL CHAMPION

February 23, 2012

Port of Spain Trinidad, Thursday 23rd February, 2012. David Delaney Jnr from the USA is the winner of the 2012 Angostura® aromatic bitters Global Cocktail Challenge. He was also the winner of the freestyle category in the competition. The final which was held in Port of Spain in Trinidad on Carnival Sunday, welcomed some of the most talented mixologists from around the globe including; USA, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia, China, South Africa, Malaysia, India, South America, the Caribbean and Trinidad and Tobago. Second place,and winner of the rum category, went to Rikki Carter from New Zealand with Jamaal Bowen from the Caribbean (Barbados) placing third.

The judging panel; American celebrity mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, Hine Cognac Cellar Master Eric Forget, Master Mixologist Jacob Briars, Executive Director Technical Operations at Angostura, Vidia Persad-Doodnath and 2011 Angostura cocktail champion winner Andy Griffiths, were faced with the challenging task of scoring all 30 cocktails created on the day to find the new champion, in a competition which they said was the closest they had ever witnessed.

Vidia Persad-Doodnath commented on this year’s event: ‘Now in its 5th year, the competition gets tougher every year and 2012 was no exception. The creativity and technical ability from our finalists was very impressive. It was a very close final but in the end David was crowned the winner.’

Each contestant was asked to create two original cocktails, one for the rum category and one for the freestyle category. The cocktails were then sampled by each of the judges and awarded points for Appearance, Aroma, Taste and Presentation. As the overall winner, David received US$10,000 and a year-long contract as Angostura’s Global Brand Ambassador.

Senior Manger of Sales and Marketing for the Americas, Alex Thomas also commented: “This 2012 Cocktail Challenge is by far the largest in the history of the competition. With 15 mixologists spanning the globe, we have definitely created some hype and excitement about the brand. We are certain the word will spread and the 2013 competition will be an even bigger event”.

The winner David Delaney Jnr said: “This has been such an amazing experience for me. To compete against some of the world’s best mixologists is a real honour, the competition was fierce. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead as Brand Ambassador for Angostura and teaching people about the uniqueness of this amazing brand.”

Global Cocktail Challenge

February 23, 2012

Angostura Bitters sponsors many major annual events from around the world including destinations such as Europe, Australia, The Caribbean, USA & Canada. Take a look at some of the events.

Port of Spain Trinidad, Thursday 23rd February, 2012. David Delaney Jnr from the USA is the winner of the 2012 Angostura® aromatic bitters Global Cocktail Challenge. He was also the winner of the freestyle category in the competition. The final which was held in Port of Spain in Trinidad on Carnival Sunday, welcomed some of the most talented mixologists from around the globe including; USA, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia, China, South Africa, Malaysia, India, South America, the Caribbean and Trinidad and Tobago. Second place,and winner of the rum category, went to Rikki Carter from New Zealand with Jamaal Bowen from the Caribbean (Barbados) placing third.

David Delaney Jr. - Winner

Freestyle Cocktail: On Second Thought

Ingredients: 
1½ oz Laird's Applejack
½ oz Benedictine 
½ oz Cherry Heering Liqueur 
½ oz Maple Syrup (medium grade "A") 
¾ oz Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice 
5 dashes Angostura® aromatic bitters

Glass: 5 oz Coupe

Garnish: Cinnamon dusted dehydrated lemon wheel

Method: Add all ingredients into mixing tin, add ice, shake and strain into pre-chilled coupe. Garnish and serve.

Rum Cocktail: Five Island Fizz

Ingredients: 
1½ oz Angostura® 5 Year Gold Rum 
¾ oz Velvet Falemum 
½ oz Fresh squeezed lime juice 
¼ oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 
1½ oz Barrits Ginger Beer 
5 dashes Angostura® aromatic bitters

Glass: 12 ox Collins Glass.

Garnish: Lime Wheel wrapped around a Luxardo Cherry

Method: Add rum, falernum, lime, and maraschino into mixing tin. Add ice, shake briefly and strain into Collins glass. Add ginger beer, fill with crushed ice and dash bitters to float on top. Garnish and serve.

Rikki Carter - 2nd and rum category winner

Freestyle Cocktail: Gregor's Legacy

Ingredients: 
40 ml Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old  
20 ml Mandarin Napoleon 
30 ml Mandarin Juice
5 dashes Angostura® aromatic bitters
10 ml Lemon Juice
1 bar spoon caster sugar

Glass: Coupe

Garnish: N/A

Method: Add all ingredients to mixing glass with ice. Shake vigorously and present in a coupe cocktail glass.

Rum Cocktail: Johann's Bittered Sling

Ingredients: 
30 ml Angostura® 1919 rum 
20 ml Suze 
5 dashes Angostura® aromatic bitters 
10 ml Licor 43 
10 ml Fresh squeezed lime juice 
50 ml Limonatta

Glass: Collins

Garnish: Lemon Zest

Method: Build in a cocktail glass adding all ingredients, ice and bitters. Stir well and garnish with lemon zest.

Jamaal Bowen - 3rd place

Freestyle Cocktail: Farmer's Affair

Ingredients: 
4 oz Orange Vodka
3 oz Kola Tonic
3 oz Bell Pepper Syrup
6 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
Juice of a lime
12 dashes Angostura® aromatic bitters

Glass: Pilsner Glass

Garnish: Bell pepper & pineapple skewers

Method: Place all ingredients (except bitters) into a large mixing glass and mix gently; place ice into pilsner glass and dash bitters on. Pour cocktail over ice, stir garnish and serve.

Rum Cocktail: Siegert's Quest

Ingredients: 
3 oz Angostura® 1919 rum
1½ oz Falernum
10 dashes Angostura® aromatic bitters
8 dashes Angostura® orange bitters
8 sage leaves
4 oz Mango juice

Glass: Lowball glass.

Garnish: Mango slices & sage leaves

Method: Muddle sage in a mixing glass with aromatic bitters and orange bitters. Add all other ingredients and ice then shake vigorously. Double strain into lowball glass the garnish & serve.

Angostura launches rums in the US

May 17, 2011

Angostura Limited officially launched their international range of rums to rum connoisseurs, media personnel and bartenders from some of the best outlets in the United States, at the fascinating Brandy Library Lounge in Tribeca New York on Sunday 20th February.

The quaint Bar and lounge was the ideal location for the launch of the company’s exquisite rums which have already become popular in many parts of Europe. The Angostura butterfly range of 3 year old, 5 year old and 7 year old rums, were introduced to the enthusiastic crowd who were eager to sample the new rums from Trinidad and Tobago. As one bartender said when asked about the quality of the 7 year old rum, “it is easily one of the best rums I have tasted in recent time.”

Wayne Yip Choy, CEO and managing director of Angostura, master distiller John Georges, senior communications manager, Giselle Laronde-West, Genevieve Jodhan executive manager export and business development and Alex Thomas, senior manager export, were present at the event. John spent several hours explaining the complex distillation process of the rums and the special elements which make the rums different and set them among the best. He was passionate about the key selling features of the products which he said are “unique to Trinidad and Tobago”. Much to their appreciation, he held individual tasting sessions with mixologists and journalists present, for them to get a better understanding of the key features of the rums.

Giselle Laronde-West, senior manager corporate communications, at Angostura expressed that the company was looking forward to working with the importers of the product into the United States, International Beverage Company, and thanked the CEO Peter Schwartz and his team for organizing such a successful launch. The company anticipates that these three new rums will make a great impression in the US market and if the overwhelming response at the event is any indication, they feel that the “new kids on the block”, will stand up well among the various choices available in that market.

To add to the knowledge and excitement of the country where the rums were created, Angostura gave the audience a taste of the “greatest show on earth”, the Carnival, which is around the corner. They took two women in butterfly costumes up to the launch to give the true trini flavour to the event. This was very well received and everyone thanked them for bringing sunshine to the cold grey New York city.

Andy Griffiths wins Global Cocktail Challenge

March 14, 2011

New Zealander Andy Griffiths, representing Australia, is the new champion of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge held on Sunday March 6th at the exclusive Zen nightclub and runs away with US$10,000. He excelled with his two creative drinks – “The Scarlet Ibis” and the “Orinoco Flip” - beating eight other bartenders from each continent of the world. He says he is “Ecstatic about his win as he knows that these are some of the best bartenders from around the world”.

Bar manager at the famous bar called Cookie, in Melbourne, Andy also won the freestyle category with the “Scarlet Ibis”, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Daniyel Jones won the rum category with his cocktail – “Rum up and Wine”. Third runner up was Wolfgang Mayer from Germany, representing Europe, and second place went to Kurt Schlechter of South Africa. Hundreds of people came out to witness this much talked about cocktail challenge. The atmosphere was very exciting and it was clear that there were definitely crowd favourites including the champion himself.

Originally a chef, Griffiths uses his knowledge of food to be creative in his cocktails which perhaps gave him the edge over his fellow competitors. Despite their defeat, the bartenders say that their visit to Trinidad and Tobago was indeed memorable and they were very happy to have the opportunity to see where the products they use in their bars all the time, are made.

The trip was both educational and fun as they were able to see the bitters museum and production areas, the rum distillery as well as participate in carnival playing in Harts. They also experienced the national instrument at the Panorama and enjoyed the Brian Lara fete. They definitely look forward to returning one day soon.

Angostura Launches in Russia

August 20, 2010

Angostura Limited has reported one of their most successful market launches ever with the appointment of Simple Ltd, based in Moscow, as the distribution partner in Russia for the Angostura International Range.

The appointment of Simple Ltd could prove to be a very important one for Angostura as their distribution network is strongly integrated into Moscow’s on-trade scene where key emphasis is on being placed in the top on-trade accounts. Their off-trade distribution covers all major Russian and International retail chains and in addition to this Simple VIP customers and the B2B department, with almost 40 sales reps, is a very important part of their business giving them access to key private and corporate customers in Russia.

To launch the Angostura range a number of events took place in Moscow and St. Petersburg last December. Tasting, training, presentations and master classes were done by the company’s Senior Manager, John Georges, and Senior International Marketing Manager, Brian Woods. In total 10 different events with over 500 people in attendance took place over 4 days in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In addition a round of press interviews were carried out by Russian journalists resulting in some excellent PR coverage. John Georges commented that there is a great opportunity for Angostura to introduce the rums from Trinidad, he said: “We are offering them another look and taste, and they seem to like it.”

Since the launch the introduction of Angostura into the Russian market has been very successful with sales of rum up in the first half of 2010. Thousands of bottles of the company’s Reserva, 5 Year Old and 7 Year Old rums, part of the International Rum Range, were ordered by the Russian distributor and a second order has already been placed. The launch has been so successful that the Angostura rum range is already listed in the top 20 bars and restaurants in Moscow and is pouring in some of the newest trendy Moscow bars (Rolling Stones, MAO) and has presented the opportunity to brand one of the hottest summer terraces in Moscow.

Simple is very much focused on the on-trade where the range is very at home. This has allowed them to focus on an on-trade brand building program which consists predominantly of bartender community related activities e.g. sponsorship of the Russian Bartenders Association training school, activity in the only Russian bartender magazine “Bar News” and focus on the bartender web page www.inshaker.ru. The program has also included the creation of a Simple mobile bar and the hiring of a well known Moscow bartender as a Brand Ambassador to run various presentations, tastings and events with the bar.

In 2009, Angostura’s 1919 rum started the upward move when there was more than 100% increase in sales over the previous year. Premium quality rum is creating a wave internationally and becoming more and more popular. Throughout Europe, rum has experienced the same tremendous growth which Scotch achieved 5-7 years ago and globally 10-15 years ago. The interest in Angostura’s rums in Moscow was a welcome surprise given that it was a new market for the range. When asked why there was such an interest, reference was made to the fact that among bar owners and bartenders, Angostura aromatic bitters was a well known, prized commodity. They were willing to try the rums and were impressed by their quality, flavour profile and packaging.

As the current trend continues and as further growth opportunities are presented, Russia is anticipated to be the No.1 export market for Angostura in 2010 and the coming years.

Brian Woods, commented: “We have a great partner in this charismatic, driven company and we look forward to working with them in building the market for the International Rum Range there.”

Angostura's First Rum Festival This September

August 20, 2010

This September 9th to 11th, 2010 will see the first Trinidad Rum Festival – Angostura’s first festival to celebrate the diversity of rum and its rapidly growing popularity. Whether you are a beverage enthusiast, rum connoisseur or just want to understand the history of rum and the role this industry has played in our island’s development, the Angostura Rum Festival, which is an adult social occasion, will have something for you.

Over the three days, visitors to the festival will discover many fascinating facts about rum and taste Trinidad’s finest rums both in drinks and food. Visitors will be able to experience the wonderful and diverse flavours that the popular drinks have to offer, as well as try some of the company’s famous signature rum cocktails. According to CEO, Wayne Yip Choy “It is a chance to get into the festive spirit and discover many fascinating facts about rum, which is part of our history and ingrained into the spirit of Trinidad and Tobago.”

Throughout the festival, visitors will view rum exhibits, tour the distillery, meet the Master Distiller and taste drinks and food made with our local rum. Those who are eager to become cocktail aficionados may visit the cocktail bar and attend the Cocktail mixing competition on Saturday 11th. Or for the more adventurous cooks and budding chefs, Wendy Rahamut will be teaching everything there is to know about creating divine gourmet dishes with rum. Because rum is so much a part of their tourism culture, students and teachers from the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute will also show patrons what they can do with rum in food.

Visitors may purchase rum from the Shoppe in Angostura, so they can continue the rum experience at home and share some new drink ideas with their friends. White and dark rums; standard and premium rums; will all be available. The event promises to be full of excitement, with the occasional prize to be won and the best part is that it will be absolutely free. See press for details.

McCann Erickson, Trinidad and Tobago

March 26, 2010

MC CANN ERICKSON, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, recently won 33 ADDY Awards, at the regional Creative Excellence Awards, the most any Agency has won. Out of the awards, three were for Angostura Advertisements. We are happy to announce that awards were won as follows:

Angostura Features on Maddow Show

March 17, 2010

On March 17th, Angostura® aromatic bitters was featured in two segments during the Cocktail Moment on the Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC. Rachel encouraged the audience to take their bottles off the shelves and start using them and also told viewers to stop hoarding their cherished bottles as the product was now becoming available across America again.

On the segment toasting St. Patrick’s Day, the bitters was used in the Oisin’s Dram, a whisky cocktail created by Greg Best - View the feature here - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#35922380. The product was also used by Ti Martin, proprietor of Commander’s Palace making the “Sazerac” in New Orleans, where the Cocktail first started.

Despite the use of Peychaud’s bitters which is part of the recipe, she decided to use the Angostura® aromatic bitters which she says, they add to the recipe in New Orleans. Visit the link to that segment. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#35266168.

Angostura is proud to have been part of the Rachel Maddow show.

US Distributors Visit Angostura

March 8, 2010

Senior Vice President of Sales for Mizkan Americas Inc., Michael Smith, and his team of sales and marketing executives, visited Angostura Limited last week to familiarize themselves with Trinidad and the company’s facilities for a better appreciation of the product they will be distributing in the United States – Angostura®aromatic bitters.

They took part in a Bitters Forum Review conducted by Angostura’s senior manager Export, Alex Thomas, looking at an overview of the company and the product. The Mizkan team, were able to meet with not only the local team, but also the distributors of the bitters in Australia. It was an opportunity for everyone to learn about each other’s markets and understand strategies planned for those regions.

Michael Smith and his team from the US and Les Page and his team from Australia, left excited about going back to continue selling the product that has changed the taste of many cocktails and food alike around the world - Angostura ®aromatic bitters. What was important to them was the ability to go back and be able to tell their people about the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, where the product is made. Miskan stated that already, thousands of cases of bitters have been shipped to the US shores and will soon find themselves on the shelves of many supermarkets, off licenses and community shops.

First Woman from Angostura Appointed to the Board

February 26, 2010

Vidia Persad-Doodnath, executive manager – Technical Services, was appointed the newest member of Angostura’s Board of Directors at the board meeting held yesterday in the Executive boardroom. She is the first woman working at the company to hold such a position in the 185 years of its existence.

The management and staff are indeed very proud of Vidia, who has been with the company for the past 33 years starting as a chemist in 1976. She eventually worked herself up to chief chemist and by 1987 she was also the manager of Rum and Bitters Blending operations. From 1988 she was appointed senior manager and by 2003, Vidia was appointed an executive manager, eventually handling all the technical services for the company. This includes the Laboratory, Maintenance and Distillery Departments as well as Internal Audit, Quality Systems, Health & Safety.

Dr. Shafeek Sultan-Khan, Chairman of the board, states that he is happy to welcome Vidia to the Board of Directors as he has no doubt that she will be adding great value to the board and by extension, Angostura Limited.

Angostura Gives Spirit Profits to S.E.P.A.O.

February 22, 2010

Proceeds from Angostura’s Spirits party held in December, was given to The South East Port of Spain Achievement Organization (S.E.P.A.O.). A cheque in the sum of $5,000 was presented to Ronald Timothy recently, for the organisation’s efforts in the community.

S.E.P.A.O. is a community activist group whose objectives include encouraging youths in the area to achieve; fostering sustainable employment; instilling respect, knowledge and understanding; developing an outlet for continual learning among children in the area and promoting cultural, sporting and academic achievements.

Among their activities last year the group gave out hampers to the elderly and treats to children for Christmas. A number of sporting events were also held in an attempt to unify members of the community. An ongoing guidance training programme offers children of primary and secondary school age, the opportunity to learn literacy skills; dispute resolution skills; leadership skills and generally, promote a deeper sense of community camaraderie.

Lucky Winners Receive Bats from Batting Legend

February 19, 2010

Angostura Lemon, Lime & Bitters, popularly known as LLB, provided fans with an opportunity to win authentic bats personally autographed by cricketing legend and LLB brand ambassador Brian Charles Lara. 15 lucky winners received their prized bats from the Batting star himself at a ceremony held at the House of Angostura. Among them were three young cricket fans of ages ranging from 8 to 13.

The recipients were in awe of the “King of Port-of-Spain” who was his usual charming self, meeting and greeting the winners and their family members who accompanied them to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Trinidad’s expert cricketer.

This was the result of a competition held by Angostura LLB (premium non- alcoholic sparkling beverage) for Christmas 2009. The Participating supermarkets included Hi-lo, Tru Valu, Cost Cutters, Arima West Side, Food Basket, Xtra Foods, Persad’s, G.N. Food Centre, MS Food City and JTA. Thousands of consumers across the various locations took part in the sweepstakes, where they had to collect 3 LLB closures or a 6-pack LLB wrapper and place them, with their contact information, in entry boxes for the opportunity to win the ultimate prize of a genuine Brian Lara autographed bat.

The winners went away feeling very proud and happy to have met their local hero, and each took home a six pack of LLB. Winners also received a picture of themselves with the cricket legend.

Lady "B" Wins Angostura Calypso Competition

February 9, 2010

Angostura held its staff calypso competition at their Laventille residence on Friday 5th February. Beverley De Freitas, from the Production department, under the sobriquet of “Lady Beverley” emerged the overall winner, beating her 11 other talented competitors. Her rendition was simply and suitably called – “Angostura Family”, which was also awarded a prize for the best lyrics.

In second place, also from production, was Patricia Hutchinson with “Doh know what to sing” which won the Road March title, and in third place was the 2010 Queen’s Park Oval Calypso Champion, Kenneth Philips, from marketing, with his song “Hell in All its Glory”.

Other special prizes were given to the Lab Girls Carla Marcelle and Desha Ravello singing “Spirits of Angostura”, for the Most Humourous rendition, and Chanika Cowie from Deliveries who copped the prize for People’s Choice with her song “Prayer is the only answer”. Judges Canute Spencer, Simone Harris and Francis Williams-Smith had a hard time choosing the winners, but they thoroughly enjoyed the presentations.

A party followed the calypso competition featuring Rikki Jai, Rhythm & Moods and Oscar B, James Zee Pee, Soca Elvis, Eddie Charles, The Road Marching Band Rhythm Section and a vibrant Tassa group. Staff came out in their numbers to support their favorite competitors and performers, bringing home the true essence of Carnival.

AHL Appointed Two New Directors

January 21, 2010

Chairman of the board of directors of Angostura Holdings Limited (AHL), Dr. Shafeek Sultan-Khan, announced the appointment of Mr. Wayne Yip Choy and Mr. Joseph Teixeira as directors of Angostura Holdings Limited at the board meeting held on Thursday 21st January 2010.

Mr. Yip Choy, who was appointed the chief executive officer of Angostura Limited last year, becomes the CEO and Managing Director effective immediately. Mr. Teixeira, is a former board member of Neal and Massy Holdings Limited, where he worked for over 20 years as chairman of the Trading and Distribution Group. He handled the Cannings and Hilo Food Stores brands in Trinidad and other distribution companies in the region including Jamaica, Guyana, Bahamas and Barbados.

The chairman also announced the resignation of Mr. Steve Bideshi and Mr. Michael Carballo from the AHL Board and thanked these gentlemen for their contribution.

Angostura Staff Provide for Haiti

January 15, 2010

The staff of Angostura was quick to answer the call for help from Is There Not a Cause, the organization that requested assistance for the victims in Haiti. Hundreds of bags of clothing and linen, large quantities of food stuff and cash donations, were gathered at the Angostura compound to add to the items being shipped to Haiti next week. The company is proud to see that its staff members, as usual, are willing to do yeoman’s service for the benefit of people in need.

Angostura Chooses Mizkan as USA Distributor

January 13, 2010

Angostura Limited, has appointed Mizkan America’s Inc. to distribute their famous Angostura aromatic bitters exclusively in the USA market, effective February 1st, 2010. It will involve the transfer of all customers from Angostura Spirits & Wines, the former distribution unit, to Mizkan during the upcoming weeks.

Mizkan is a leading condiment manufacturer in the USA with 13 manufacturing plants that serve the retail foodservice, specialty and food ingredient trade channels. It is a subsidiary of Mizkan Group and has a heritage that spans over 200 years. Mizkan also produces a wide variety of vinegars, mustards, cooking wines, sushi seasoning, jellies and salad dressings. Mizkan brands include NAKANO, Four Monks, Barengo and Mitsukan. The groups has operating facilities around the world including Japan, China, the United Kingdom, the United states, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

This association with Mizkan, together with the loyalty of Angostura’s existing customers in the USA, will place Angostura aromatic bitters in a very strong and competitive position and significantly strengthen the marketing and distribution presence in the USA.

Angostura expects that this transaction will provide significant benefits to both Companies and will deepen market penetration by the second quarter of 2010.