Heaven Hill Distilleries has secured a US licensing agreement with the owners of Tabasco brand Spicy Tequila.

The family-owned spirits company said yesterday (9 September) that it will produce and launch the Tequila in selected markets in the US for Louisiana-based McIlhenny Company starting this month.

"We are tremendously excited about the prospects of Tabasco brand Spicy Tequila and this licensing agreement with McIlhenny," said Heaven Hill president Max Shapira. "Like our company, McIlhenny is family-owned and independent, so this is a partnership built on commonalities and mutual benefits."

Tabasco brand Spicy Tequila will be available in 750ml bottles that features the Tabasco 'Diamond' logotype graphic on the face label, with red and gold foil flames rising behind to the edges of the rectangular border.

Offered at a suggested retail price of $21.99 for the 750ml bottle, Tabasco brand Spicy Tequila will be available in Dallas, Houston, Georgia, Indiana and North Carolina. The brand will be supported by a range of on- and off-trade point-of-sale material, including a branded website www.TABASCOtequila.com, all utilising the 'Heat Up the Night' tagline and graphics.