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The Hilhaven Lodge Toasts Hollywood at the Oscars®

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Since 1927, the historic Hilhaven Lodge estate in Beverly Hills has been the scene for some of Hollywood's most legendary celebrations for many of Tinseltown's most recognizable stars. This year the legend will continue, as The Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey will star during the Oscars® and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Ball after-party on February 26, 2017, as the perfect whiskey for those celebrating Hollywood's biggest night.

The Hilhaven Lodge is an award winning whiskey created in partnership with renowned director and producer Brett Ratner. Inspired by Ratner's home, The Hilhaven Lodge is a blend of three whiskeys, from three different decades, commemorating some of Hollywood's most star-studded celebrations – many of which have taken place at the historic Hilhaven Lodge.

The fabric of Hollywood is woven throughout the estate – Hilhaven Lodge has been renowned as a posh playground for entertainment's elite since 1927. Ingrid Bergman, Kim Novak, James Caan and Allan Carr are among the remarkable names to have called Hilhaven Lodge home before handing the keys off to Ratner in 1999.

Throughout the Oscars evening, in addition to The Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey, Hollywood's finest will also enjoy top shelf spirits from the Diageo Luxury Brands collection, including CÎROC Ultra-Premium Vodka, Tanqueray Premium Imported Gin, Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky, and Zacapa Rum. 

"The Oscar is the pinnacle of one of the world's great art forms, honoring the best in cinematic storytelling," said Dan Sanborn, SVP, Culture and Partnerships. "In honoring this great craft that brings joy to millions across the globe we are pleased to offer a toast with one of America's greatest crafts, The Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey." 

For the vodka drinkers among Tinseltown's best, CÎROC will be offering a modern twist on the classic French 75 made with CÎROC Vodka, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup topped with champagne.

Following the award show, attendees at the Governors Ball after-party will enjoy The Hilhaven Lodge Old Fashioned, a classic cocktail for a timeless evening. For the contemporary whiskey enthusiast, The Road Less Traveled, features a mixture of Bourbon Vanilla Chai Tea, Burdock and Dandelion Soda starring The Hilhaven Lodge. The Lodge is a one-of-a-kind serve with The Hilhaven Lodge flash infused in a Japanese drip tower and then combined with Sweet Vermouth, Sherry and Chocolate Bitters for a show-stopping pour.

These cocktails make a statement for Hollywood's most memorable evening, and are just as legendary for at-home Oscars viewing parties.  Whether celebrating at the Governors Ball, or at home, The Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey always encourages revelers to toast responsibly and ensure they have a safe ride home. 

About The Hilhaven Lodge
Diageo collaborated with Ratner to release The Hilhaven Lodge in 2016, bringing together three different whiskeys – aged bourbon, rye and Tennessee Whisky – from three different decades in an effort to commemorate some of Hollywood's most star-studded celebrations.  The Hilhaven Lodge is bottled at Stitzel-Weller Distillery and the variety of whiskies combine to offer an unbelievably smooth taste. Bourbon contributes candied fruit notes, while Tennessee Whisky adds dark brown caramel notes and the mid-palate is full of light spice notes of clove, coming from the aged rye. The finish is long and smooth, with silky notes of lush vanilla, a subtle sweetness and a vibrant oak nuance. The Hilhaven Lodge has earned high praise, winning a double gold medal from the 2016 San Francisco Spirits Competition. 

About CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka:
CÎROC Ultra Premium is made from Fine French grapes, which are distilled five times, providing a crisp, clean taste and citrus nose. CÎROC Ultra Premium launched nationwide in January 2003. In October 2007, DIAGEO - the world's largest spirits and beer company - made spirits history by entering into a strategic alliance with entertainment entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs, in which Mr. Combs and Combs Enterprises assumed the lead on all brand management activities for CÎROC. The infused Vodka flavors in the portfolio to date include CÎROC RED BERRY, CÎROC COCONUT, CÎROC PEACH, CÎROC PINEAPPLE, CÎROC APPLE, and CÎROC MANGO in addition to CÎROC TEN Vodka. The brand received a 2013 Beverage Industry News Award of Excellence, was named 2011 Spirits Brand of the Year by Market Watch, and earned a double gold medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2010.

About Diageo
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan's whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at Visit Diageo's global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.  

Follow us on Twitter for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA. Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.


Allison Fleischer

Elisabeth Blum


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