Nashville, TN – August 18, 2016 — R.S. Lipman Company announced today that Spirit and Sanzone Distributors, based in Syracuse, NY, will distribute Old Hickory Great American Whiskeys. The partnership increases brand availability to 17 additional New York counties. Old Hickory offers a Straight Bourbon (White Label – 86 Proof) and a Blended Bourbon (Black Label – 80 Proof). Both expressions have received multiple accolades in blind tasting competitions, including Best in Class/Platinum at the 2015 SIP International Spirits Awards.
“Spirit and Sanzone Distributors are excited to add Old Hickory Great American Whiskeys to our current lineup of quality spirits,” said Spirit and Sanzone President Bill Sanzone.
After acquiring the trademark in 2013, R.S. Lipman Company hand-selected the barrels and mash bills in conjunction with longtime Seagram’s master blender, Pam Soule, and the Lawrenceburg, Indiana, distillery team. Old Hickory Great American Whiskeys are intentionally crafted to maintain the heritage of the Old South’s whiskey culture through rich, sensuous and intense flavors.
“The R.S. Lipman Company is pleased to partner with Spirit and Sanzone in upstate New York,” said Robert S. Lipman, CEO and President of R.S. Lipman Company and Lipman Brothers. “We look forward to the opportunities Sanzone Distributors presents for Old Hickory Whiskey and other products in our portfolio.”
OId Hickory Great American Whiskeys celebrate the legendary era of Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson, an acclaimed U.S. President, General and Statesman. A connoisseur of finewhiskey, Old Hickory enjoyed his own blends from a distillery on the grounds of the Hermitage, his Tennessee plantation home. For more information, visit OldHickoryWhiskey.com.
R.S. Lipman Company
R.S. Lipman Company is a Nashville-based international supplier of wines, spirits, beers, and mixers. In 2011, R.S. Lipman began creating and acquiring brands to build a diverse beverage alcohol portfolio. The company’s portfolio now includes: Country Club Vodka (established in 1957), Lonely Cow Wines from New Zealand, Hap & Harry’s Tennessee Beers, U.S. Veteran owned Heroes Vodka, Red Eye Bloody Mary Mixes, El Diamante del Cielo Tequilas, Old Hickory Great American Whiskeys, Hidden Jewel California Wines, Saturday Night Red Wine, Napa & Sonoma Smith Wines, and the Napa Smith Brewery collection of craft beers. RSLipman.com.
About Spirit and Sanzone
The story of Spirit and Sanzone Distributors begins over 100 years ago when Samuel Joseph Sanzone (Savatore Guiseppe, prior to his arrival at Ellis Island), Sicilian immigrant, came to the United States with his family in 1909. Following his service to the United States Army in World War I, Sam started F. Sanzone and Son’s Fruit Stand in Rome, NY in 1920 along with his father Filippo. In 1927, Samuel and his father acquired a 7UP franchise to add to the fruit business. Then in 1933, following the repeal of prohibition, the company was able to enter into beer distribution with Haberle Congress Beer and later Genesee. After Samuel’s passing in 1964, Samuels son Francis (“Bud”) took over the company and expanding into other brands such as Miller Brewing Company in 1969. Bud went on to make a number of acquisitions to expand the overall territory, portfolio and service area to 9 total counties. With the expansion into Onondaga County in 1993, Bud moved the headquarters to East Syracuse, NY in 1994. William Xavier (“Bill”) joined the company in 2004 and was able to add additional brands and territory. Then in 2009, Bill was named President, with Bud still active in the business. In 2011, Spirit and Sanzone Distributors further expanded their portfolio when they were issued a wine distribution license, and have since gained a Liquor license, further diversifying our portfolio of brands and products. Over the last 93 years, Spirit and Sanzone has grown from a small fruit stand in Rome, NY, to a full service distributor active in a total of 17 counties in New York State; 4 of those proudly with the ECA (Onondaga, Oneida, Herkimer, Madison counties).