Beverage Industry Veterans Launch Line of Terpene-Infused Tequila Seltzers

Targeted at Younger Drinkers, El Hempe Brand Comprises Three Different Ready-to-Drink, 100%Agave Spirits that Replicate the Nose and Flavor of Cannabis Without THC

PORTLAND, OR – El Hempe, a new brand of terpene-infused agave tequila seltzers, today launched in California and Oregon, according to El Hempe CEO Tony Bash.

“El Hempe is the first non-cannabis, terpene-infusedalcoholic beverage that replicates the nose of cannabis,” Bash said. “The RTD market is booming right now, especially among younger drinkers, and tequila itself has experienced double-digit growth in popularity over the past decade.”

The canned spirits are available in three flavors:Lemon-Lime OG Kush (5% abv), Mixed Berry OG Kush (5% abv) and Hibiscus DurbanPoison (8% abv). Although the essence of cannabis is apparent immediately aftera can is opened, the seltzers contain no THC or CBD.

El Hempe scientists were able to match the scents and flavors of two strains of cannabis – OG Kush and Durban Poison – using non-cannabis botanicals, which deliver all the flavor without psychoactive properties.

The El Hempe brand is helmed by Bash, former CEO of cannabiscopacker Form Factory and longtime VP for LiDestri Food & Drink. FormerBrown Forman and LiDestri senior executive Joe Ragazzo serves as Chief RevenueOfficer, and LA-based Efrain Romo, who was instrumental in launching the wildly popular Cazadores Tequila brand, is Chief Marketing Officer.

El Hempe’s rollout begins in California and Oregon, wheretequila and cannabis are particularly popular, and will gradually move intoother states throughout 2021.

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