2021 USA SPIRIT RATINGS AWARDS BLUE MARBLE COCKTAILS

2021 USA SPIRIT RATINGS AWARDS BLUE MARBLE COCKTAILS

2021 USA SPIRIT RATINGS AWARDS BLUE MARBLE COCKTAILS

August, 2021

Blue Marble Cocktails in High Spirits After Receiving Multiple Awards

Blue Marble’s ready-to-drink cocktails, vodka-based seltzers and premium vodka are worth their weight in gold. Blue Marble makes alcoholic beverages that include rum, vodka and tequila. Judges from the competition included tasting notes from their experience and are shared below.

Blue Marble Vodka

Vodka

10x distilled vodka spirit

82 pts. Silver Medal

Judges’ Tasting Note:

“Very Smooth and refined with a clean and bright finish.”

Blue Marble Cocktails

15% abv., Featuring Vodka, Rum and Tequila ready-to-enjoy canned cocktails.

Screwdriver Cocktail

Screwdriver

91 pts., Gold Medal

Judges’ Tasting Note:

“Strong orange nose, with hints of ripe citrus. Seems like a fresh squeezed orange juice with hints of spices.”

Bloody Mary Cocktail

Bloody Mary

75 pts., Bronze Medal

Judges’ Tasting Note:

“Nuances of fresh herbs and spices on the nose. The palate is driven by spices, grilled herbs and bitter finish.”

Coconut Island Cocktail

Coconut Island

74 pts., Bronze Medal

Judges’ Tasting Note:

“Aromas of lime, coconut and fresh mango on the nose. Pineapple and toasted coconut aromas leap from the glass. Mouthfeel is creamy, leaving an impression of pina colada flavors.”

Cosmo Cocktail

Cosmo

78 pts., Bronze Medal

Judges’ Tasting Note:

“Nice presence of lime and cranberry on the nose.”

Blue Marble Spiked Seltzers

5% abv., 1 carb, 95 calories, sparkling water and ultra-premium vodka in each can.

Spiked Seltzers Tropical Retreat

Tropical Retreat

90 pts., Gold Medal


Judges’ Tasting Note:

“…Perfectly fruity and light. A true tropical retreat in a can.”

Spiked Seltzers Pure Love

Pure Love

88 pts., Silver Medal


Judges’ Tasting Note:

“Soft and subtle nose leads into a light palate.”

Spiked Seltzers Berry Bliss

Berry Bliss

88 pts., Silver Medal

Judges’ Tasting Note:

“…This is just as crisp and refreshing as any seltzer on the market, only cleaner and dryer. Light, fruity and refreshing”

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Blue Marble Wins at 2021 Bartender Spirits Awards

Blue Marble Wins at 2021 Bartender Spirits Awards

2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Announces Blue Marble Wins

June, 2021

Results from this years’ competition are below accompanied with point ratings and judges tasting notes.

Blue Marble Spiked Seltzers

Spiked Seltzers Citrus Joy

Citrus Joy

84 points, Silver

Tasting Notes: Light, bright, and balanced. A dry style of seltzer with light lemon zest nuances.

Spiked Seltzers Tropical Retreat

Tropical Retreat

80 points, Silver

Tasting Notes: Tropical flavors as sweet as candy finished with crisp bubbles on the finish.

Spiked Seltzers Pure Love

Pure Love

78 points, Bronze

Tasting Notes: Straightforward with a clean finish. A good vodka for a base cocktail.

Spiked Seltzers Berry Bliss

Berry Bliss

Blue Marble Cocktails

Vodka Soda Cocktail

Vodka Soda

81 points, Silver

Tasting Notes: Nuances of light citrus. A rich and satisfying texture from the natural juice.

Coconut Island Cocktail

Coconut Island

80 points, Silver

Tasting Notes: Flavors of coconut and sugar upfront. Overall sweet and refreshing.

Mojito Cocktail

Mojito

80 points, Silver

Tasting Notes: Nice pre-made mojito flavors. A touch on the sweeter side.

Screwdriver Cocktail

Screwdriver

80 points, Silver

Tasting Notes: Flavors of orange on the palate. A touch sweet on the finish but would be good over ice.

Bloody Mary Cocktail

Bloody Mary

78 points, Bronze

Tasting Notes: Slight notes of tomato and Worcestershire. Pleasant and balanced. A robust Bloody Mary cocktail that is spicy, savory, and rich.

Cosmo Cocktail

Cosmo

76 points, Bronze

Tasting Notes: Strong taste of cranberry and orange. Nuances of lime on the finish.

Marble-rita Cocktail

Marble-rita

74 points, Bronze

Tasting Notes: Flavors of sticky lime. A nice sweetness on the palate.

Blue Marble Spirits

Blue Marble Vodka

Vodka

74 points, Bronze

Tasting Notes: Flavors of sticky lime. A nice sweetness on the palate.

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2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Announces Blue Marble Wins

2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Announces Blue Marble Wins

2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Announces Blue Marble Wins

June, 2021

Results from this years’ competition are below accompanied with point ratings and judges tasting notes.

Blue Marble Vodka

Vodka

  • 92 points, Excellent, Highly Recommend
  • Great Value Award
  • TASTING NOTE: Vivid and clean on the nose, which is awash in hints of white currant, citrus oil, peach pit, and white flowers. The palate is mineral and crisp, with slight touches of biscuit dough and black pepper which last on the tongue.

Blue Marble Cocktails

Greyhound Cocktail

Greyhound

  • 90 points, Excellent, Highly Recommend
  • Great Value Award
  • TASTING NOTE: This is a tropical, juicy, and flavorful cocktail. The flavor of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is perfectly matched by the sweetness and natural tartness. The touch of bitterness adds complexity and balances the luscious profile of this summery drink.
Mojito Cocktail

Mojito

  • 89 points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: Abundantly minty and green fruited on the nose with hints of apple, lime zest, cucumber, and honeydew melon. Salty and sweet at the same time, lime juice and mint are dominating on the palate with a slight spritz which makes it very refreshing.
Screwdriver Cocktail

Screwdriver

  • 89 points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: Perfect for brunch or a sunny-day picnic, this is a refreshing combination of fresh orange and a clean vodka, resulting in a rich and quenching cocktail that will likely disappear before the ice has melted.
Vodka Soda Cocktail

Vodka Soda

  • 88 points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: One of the more potent vodka sodas on the market, this has a splash of fresh lime to brighten up the profile. Very dry, with big, persistent bubbles to drive the flavors and satisfy the palate, it finishes on a bitter lime zest note.
Marble-rita Cocktail

Marble-rita

  • 86 points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: Sweet up front, but a citrus kick of lime and peppery tequila balance out the drink for a refreshing and classic profile of margarita. Pour over ice or add sparkling water for even more zesty refreshment.
Cosmo Cocktail

Cosmo

  • 85 points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: Tart and bright with generous flavors of cranberry and lime, this cocktail refreshes while remaining punchy and delivering concentrated fruit flavors. Perfect for summer parties and picnics, enjoy over ice or mix with club soda for a fun one-and-one.
Bloody Mary Cocktail

Bloody Mary

  • 82 points, Good, Recommended

Blue Marble Seltzers

Spiked Seltzers Pure Love

Pure Love

  • 87 points, Very Good
  • Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: Crystal clear color with a vibrant brightness in the glass. The palate is ethereally light, offering an energizing, invigorating, and thirst-quenching freshness. The very fine bubbles are incredibly persistent and spritzy creating a spring-water-like crisp finish.
Spiked Seltzers Berry Bliss

Berry Bliss

  • 87 points, Very Good. Strong Recommendation
Spiked Seltzers Tropical Retreat

Tropical Retreat

  • 86 points, Very Good, Strong Recommendation
  • TASTING NOTE: Opening with a perfumey mélange of tropical fruit candy and sugary tiki cocktail notes, this unsweetened seltzer packs a lot of ripe flavor but finishes completely dry, with the lingering fragrance of orange and pineapple. 
Spiked Seltzers Citrus Joy

Citrus Joy

  • 82 points, Good, Recommended
2021 SIP AWARDS Announces Blue Marble’s Winning Spirits

2021 SIP AWARDS Announces Blue Marble’s Winning Spirits

2021 SIP AWARDS Announces Blue Marble’s Winning Spirits

May, 2021

2021 SIP AWARDS, a consumer evaluated international spirits competition, awards Blue Marble with multiple awards at this years’ event. Measuring premium cocktails and spirits against competitors in their respective categories via blind taste test format, the judges of the competition are industry experts and consumers. Blue Marble cocktails, vodka and seltzers were awarded consumer’s choice, double gold, and innovation awards at this years’ competition, proving that ultra-premium beverages are achievable in a can.

Blue Marble Vodka Double Gold & Consumers’ Choice Award
Blue Marble ultra-premium vodka seltzers Berry Bliss – Double Gold; Pure Love – Gold; Tropical Retreat – Gold
Blue Marble ultra-premium cocktails Bloody Mary – Double Gold; Cosmo – Double Gold; Mojito – Double Gold & Innovation Award; Greyhound – Gold; Marblerita – Gold; Screwdriver – Gold; Coconut Island – Silver & Innovation Award.

Keep The Blue Marble Blue by recycling your empty can. The Blue Marble thanks you.

See results on SIP Awards

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Blue Marble Ultra-premium Spiked Seltzers for the Win!

Blue Marble Ultra-premium Spiked Seltzers for the Win!

Blue Marble Ultra-premium Spiked Seltzers for the Win!

December 2020

Blue Marble Cocktails make gold-winning, lightly spiked, vodka-based seltzers as seen in this year’s Canned Challenge competition. All Blue Marble’s seltzers are made with vodka and sparkling water with 95 calories and 1 gram carbohydrate. The flavor evoking names Berry Bliss, Citrus Joy, Pure Love, and Tropical Retreat are just part of the endearment of this line of lightly spiked seltzers coming in at 5% abv. In a sea of canned cocktails and malt-based seltzers on the shelf, it could be overwhelming to decide what to buy. Knowing that esteemed judges in the industry believed in Blue Marble, should ease that decision.

About Canned Challenge

The judges consisting of sommeliers, retail buyers, journalists, mixologist and beverage directors conducted the competition in a double-blind process. All judges undergo a calibration course prior to the competition to ensure consistency, fairness in evaluation and scoring of all spirits.

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Hard Seltzers News announced 14 best Moscow Mules - Blue Marble included

Hard Seltzers News announced 14 best Moscow Mules - Blue Marble included

14 BEST MOSCOW MULES IN A CAN FOR 2020

by “Hard Seltzer News” – November 23, 2020

Cold weather has arrived, and so has Moscow Mule season. The warming combination of spicy ginger and just the right amount of spirits make the Moscow Mule a favorite drink this time of year. With the rapid rise of the Moscow Mule cocktail-in-a-can, it can be confusing to sort through the Drizly listings for a delicious cocktail hiding behind the fancy graphics on the aluminum can. Our panel of tasters found the 14 best Moscow Mules in the US for 2020.

MOSCOW MULE BY BLUE MARBLE

Blue Marble makes a wide variety of hard seltzers and RTD cocktails, including this delicious Moscow Mule, coming in at 15% ABV. The taste is so well balanced that it is easy drinking in a high ball glass (or copper mug, if you insist) over ice. Blue Marble recently launched their award-winning Bloody Mary in a new 8-pack at Costco Wholesale Clubs. The vodka that is used in Blue Marble canned cocktails can also be purchased, so you can create your own cocktail. Blue Marble also has a canned water offering that will be coming in the near future. Products are available in AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NY, ND, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, WA, and DC.

See the full article on Hard Seltzers News

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2020 TASTINGS - Spiked Seltzer Tropical Retreat gets the Gold medal

2020 TASTINGS - Spiked Seltzer Tropical Retreat gets the Gold medal

2020 TASTINGS - Spiked Seltzer Tropical Retreat gets the Gold medal.

June, 2020

Seltzers are the hottest drinks this summer, and we know there are many choices in a sea of bubbly canned cocktails. Blue Marble’s lightly spiked seltzers are the gold-winning choice for many seltzer drinkers who prefer a smooth, vodka-based seltzer.  The esteemed judges awarded Tropical Retreat a remarkable score of 93 points and a Gold, claiming an exceptional beverage. All Blue Marble’s seltzers are 5 percent alcohol by volume, 95 calories, 1g carbohydrate and made with ultra-premium vodka and no artificial ingredients. If you were thinking of trying a lower percentage cocktail or a seltzer, why not try one that has been awarded gold?

About Tastings: They are an independent product rating and review source that provides beverage guides and education for consumers as well as the trade. Judging method is done by blind tasting by trained expert panelists, professional retailers, restaurateurs, journalists, buyers, and bartenders.

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BevSource: Revolutionizing The World of Premium Cocktails, One Can at a Time

BevSource: Revolutionizing The World of Premium Cocktails, One Can at a Time

Revolutionizing The World of Premium Cocktails, One Can at a Time

BevSource

BevSource – June 12, 2020

A part of our Beverage Business Breakthrough Series, featuring stories, advice, and insights from beverage entrepreneurs who’ve broken down barriers to reach remarkable goals.

Imagine building a line of ready-to-drink cocktails, hard seltzers, spirits, a co-packing manufacturing business from the ground up, getting the largest distributor in the world to carry your products, and winning countless gold medals, including “World’s Best Pre-Mixed Cocktail.” Now picture accomplishing all of that with no prior beverage industry experience. Alan Miller, Founder, and Danyelle Rabine, Co-founder of Blue Marble Cocktails and Blue Marble Productions, are proof that passion for your product and smart business practices can turn obstacles into beverage building opportunities.

In Search of a Better Cocktail

A successful entrepreneur in the medical technology space, Miller’s journey into the beverage industry started when he couldn’t find a flavorful ready-to-drink cocktail.

“Danyelle and I just wanted a great-tasting cocktail we could easily serve to our friends on our boat,” says Miller. “We couldn’t find anything that wasn’t watered down, loaded with sugar, or poorly packaged.”

For Miller and Rabine, the gap in convenient cocktail options signaled an opportunity worth investigating. They spent a year researching the market to learn what it would take to be successful. They met with flavor houses and co-packers and worked on costing and business models. As they learned more about the intricacies of the beverage industry, they quickly realized what they needed to do to launch a successful product.

“The vision behind Blue Marble is to be a company that stands out with premium, all-natural ingredients, and superior products that help make the world a better place through our “keep the blue marble blue” donation program,” says Miller.

Beginning with The End in Mind

With the vision in place, Miller set out to gather his team and get investors. While looking for the right investors Miller invested himself personally and still owns nearly 68% of the company’s stock. Having skin in the game was one of the most important considerations he has for success. From his success in his previous businesses, he knew he needed people with established relationships for distribution and on-premise and off-premise sales. He also needed an exit strategy. It may seem counterintuitive to think about exiting when you’re just starting, but Miller explains why it’s essential for success.

“Having an exit strategy is like plugging in the address of your destination before you leave on a trip,” he says. “Once you know where you’re going, you can estimate how long it will take and measure how decisions will impact your journey.”

Miller has been open about his plan to build Blue Marble nationally and eventually position it for a buyout to expand globally.

Blue Marble curated a staff of industry experts with backgrounds in areas like product development, ingredient procurement, and distribution, as well as leaders from outside the beverage world who could bring in a fresh perspective.

“I don’t care about what’s been done in the past unless it’s applied to what consumers want now,” says Miller, who worked with his in-house PhD and Purdue University to formulate cocktails with ingredients like real lime concentrate. “We knew that with enough passion, talent, and bandwidth, we could navigate the challenges and end up with a dynamite product. And we wouldn’t settle for anything less.”

If You Can’t Find It, Build It

With distribution contracts in place from day one, the biggest challenge Blue Marble faced early-on was finding a facility with the quality standards and capacity to produce the product. When Miller reached out to find co-packers who could package his eight flavors into 200ml cans, he realized that the manufacturing partner he needed might not exist.

“The facilities I reached out to couldn’t do what we needed without a substantial upfront investment in building a new line,” says Miller. “There were canning lines for low-volume production, and there was high-volume capacity, running 1,000 cans per minute for companies like Molson Coors. There really wasn’t anything in between.”

So, Miller set out to build out a canning line in 60 days. He went to Pack Expo and bought machines and materials off the show floor. Blue Marble Productions started small with a 35,000 square foot facility producing 600 cases on a “big” day. But soon, they began receiving requests from other companies for 200ml – 355 ml cans. They upgraded the line and can now produce 350 cans per minute with the flexibility to easily switch between can-type and end-packaging.

“Consumers are changing,” says Miller. “It’s not just Coke and Pepsi in the running. This is the era of craft beverages and cocktails. Companies need more options to meet demand efficiently.”

Canning Gets an Upgrade

Starting a manufacturing company wasn’t originally in the plans. Still, Miller quickly saw the opportunity to bring his background producing medical-grade lasers to create a highly-technical and extremely flexible beverage manufacturing facility.

In addition to incorporating world-class practices in traceability, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, and accounting, Blue Marble Productions uses automation to advance beverage manufacturing innovation.

“We’ve gone outside the industry to look at robots, lasers, high-speed cameras, and other technology to improve efficiency and maximize output and quality,” says Miller. “We’re looking at everything to see how we can do it better with more flexibility and less cost.”

The company is also helping brands become more sustainable by reducing waste and introducing non-plastic packaging options like biodegradable, edible trays, and cornstarch wrap.

Blue Marble Productions is already producing for some of the top beverage companies in the world and bringing more processes in-house every day. From managing ingredients and packaging to label design, the ultimate goal is to make premium products more affordable by offering one-stop beverage production.

“I see Blue Marble Productions as a place where Google meets canning,” says Miller. “We have a top-of-the-line facility and a fun environment. We offer premium wages and creative incentives like corn-hole, go-kart racing, and tastings. Even as a relatively small company, we’re attracting top talent.”

What’s Next for Blue Marble

For Miller, it’s all about expansion. The new Blue Marble Productions facility (opening this summer) is 181,000 square feet and has enough room to house six complete lines including can sleeving, pasteurization, in-house batching, in-house laboratory testing, and 3PL services. Blue Marble is already canning alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including sparkling/still water, energy drinks, kombuchas, spiked/hard seltzers, and of course, ready-to-drink cocktails. “We want to offer turnkey services to our co-packing clients including private labeling so we can lower their overall cost and give them more of a competitive pricing strategy to their distributors/retailers and ultimately the consumer. If we can help them be successful it means we are more successful,” says Miller. He’s excited about growing Blue Marble’s line of premium products, advancing its support of global conservation and environmental initiatives, and inspiring others.

Blue Marble’s line of beverages has already been expanded to include nine RTDs, four vodka-based hard seltzers, and their own ultra-premium vodka.

“With the onset of COVID-19 we have been approached by restaurants, bars, and more on-premise businesses like arenas, and golf courses, seeking a solution for no-touch or one-touch cocktail service for their patrons.

I am passionate about learning everything I can to advance the brand and our mission,” says Miller. “I want to use what I know and learn to help others succeed. So many people have helped me on my journey, and I am always looking for ways to pay it forward.”

As for advice for aspiring beverage entrepreneurs-Miller says it’s all about passion. “Be fully immersed in whatever you do and make sure you plan on having at least double the money for whatever is in your business plan,” Miller says. “There are no quick wins, but if you believe in what you’re doing and are passionate about it, that will carry you through.”

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What’s In Your Seltzer?

What’s In Your Seltzer?

What’s In Your Seltzer?

May 2020

Canned seltzers are one of the most trending and interesting ready-to-drink segments in the spirit industry this year. Variations of malt-based and vodka-based seltzers with varying percentages of alcohol keeps consumers on their toes. San Francisco World Spirits Competition placed our vodka-based seltzers in high regard this year as Blue Marble collected medals for Berry Bliss, Citrus Joy, Tropical Retreat and Pure Love.

About San Francisco World Spirits Competition

This competition is controlled with blind tasting and judges do not receive information about the producer or price point, ensuring that the competition is fair and without bias. Blue Marble’s Pure Love Spiked Seltzer won GOLD, meaning this is an exceptional spirit and near the pinnacle of achievement. Silver medals appointed to Tropical Retreat, Berry Bliss and Citrus Joy are merited as an outstanding product in their category and show refinement, finesse, and complexity in this category. For placing so high, we will be listed in an upcoming issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine, which reaches over 90K beverage-trade decision-makers.

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2019 U.S.A. TASTE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 U.S.A. BEVERAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

2019 U.S.A. TASTE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 U.S.A. BEVERAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

2019 U.S.A. TASTE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 U.S.A. BEVERAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ready to drink seltzers

Northern California – September 27, 2019

Blue Marble Seltzers was selected as a winning product line in the retail category of “Premium Ready-To-Drink Seltzers In Cans.”

Their submissions in this product category, Ultra-Premium Spiked Seltzers: Pure Love, Citrus Joy, Berry Bliss and Tropical Retreat were all judged superior in Northern California by a panel of Masters of Taste selected by Chefs In America.

The protocols of “triple blind” judging include the following ground rules to ensure accurate and fair judging results.

Evaluators do not know:
1. Who the manufacturer is
2. What the product variety or appellation is
3.What the other evaluators’ scores and comments are during evaluation

The American Masters Of Taste judging panel stated that, “These Ready-To-Drink Vodka-based seltzers in cans, continue to demonstrate Blue Marble’s commitment to creating flavorful, well executed, refreshing, low calorie cocktails for people to conveniently enjoy wherever.”

Although panelists do not see the product packaging prior to the evaluation, they commented afterwards that the sleek, narrow 12 ounce cans with attractive graphics also add to the visual appeal of Blue Marble’s product presentation.

The judging was part of the on-going U.S.A. Taste Championships and U.S.A. Beverage Championships founded in 1986 with the establishment of Chefs In America, whose professional culinary board members gather weekly to conduct taste tests on a myriad of foodservice and retail grocery products.

Blue Marble Ultra-Premium Seltzers was declared a 2019 U.S.A. Taste Champion and 2019 U.S.A. Beverage Champion.

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