Atelier Vie Announces A Magnificent Pair of Whiskey Releases and an Old Friend with a Brand New Name: Louisiana Single Malt Cask Strength 5 Year; Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey; and Barleycorn Magic

January 23, 2023—New Orleans. Innovative New Orleans distillery Atelier Vie starts off 2023 with a trio of barrel-aged releases: Louisiana Single Malt Cask Strength; Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey; and Barleycorn Magic.

3 shot of Louisiana Single Malt Cask Strength; Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey; and Barleycorn Magic

Louisiana Single Malt Cask Strength
Atelier Vie marks a new chapter in our Louisiana whiskey tradition with a rare and limited release that is both our oldest release ever and our strongest whiskey release to date. This release of Louisiana Single Malt is over five years old; is a single barrel release; and is being released at cask strength.

Louisiana Single Malt is fermented and distilled from 100% malted barley wash at our New Orleans distillery. It is double pot distilled and aged in oak barrels. We began production of Louisiana Single Malt in 2017 and this release is the final portion of our first production run. This release is our oldest whiskey release to date and our first cask strength release.


This bottling of Louisiana Single Malt was entered into the barrel on November 30, 2017. On Boxing Day, December 26, 2022, we emptied the whiskey from the barrel in preparation for bottling. Due to the significance of this barrel as part of the inaugural run, and the amazing taste straight out of the barrel, we elected to bottle this release at cask strength, exactly as it came out of the barrel.

After distillation in 2017, the new make Single Malt was entered into a 53 gallon former bourbon barrel at 112.71 proof for aging. Over time, whiskey is lost to the “angel’s share” and the proof changes as the whiskey matures. We find that our barrel aged releases increase in proof over time and that was the case with this release. After five years and 26 days of aging, the whiskey came out of the cask at 59.05% ABV, or 118.1 proof.

Throughout the production process, the alcohol level of a spirit undergoes a variety of changes. Louisiana Single Malt begins as a “distiller’s beer” at a lowly 7% alcohol by volume. After the initial “stripping run” the resulting “low wines” come at around 25% ABV. Next comes the spirit run, where the “new make” spirit comes off the still at around 75% ABV, or 150 proof. Then, the spirit is brought down to barreling strength with pure water. After aging, the alcohol level of the spirit would normally be lowered further to a standard bottling strength.

A “cask strength” release omits this last step and preserves the strength of the spirit exactly as it came out of the barrel. Cask strength releases are somewhat rare. Because the alcohol level is higher, a barrel yields a smaller number of bottles. Additionally, during over five years of aging, over 40% of the whiskey was lost to the “angel’s share,” which reduces the number of bottles even more. The total yield was just 149 bottles.

Louisiana Single Malt Cask Strength is available immediately at the Atelier Vie tasting room for purchase during visits. Louisiana Single Malt and our other spirits can also be purchased for pickup via our online store. This Louisiana Single Malt Cask Strength release is bottled in 750ml at 59.05% ABV, (118.1 proof) and is priced at $125. This price includes all of our notoriously high sales taxes. A limited allocation may also be made available through distribution and national online stores.

Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey
The Rice Whiskey story began before the distillery was even formed. Stories about “rice whiskey” being made in various parts of Asia were part of the original inspiration, along with awareness of the abundance of rice grown in Louisiana.


We have been distilling Riz for over ten years now. The first release was as an unaged clear whiskey, but since then we have been filling more barrels and aging for ever longer periods of time. Most recently, we released a four year old Bottled in Bond expression. Today, we release a larger bottling of what might be called our standard three year old expression.

Riz is handcrafted in small batches from 100% Louisiana rice in our New Orleans distillery and aged in a variety of barrels. This release was aged in a combination of five gallon and twenty five gallon former whiskey barrels.

This release of Riz is bottled in 750ml at 45% ABV, (90 proof) and is priced at $75. This price includes all of our notoriously high sales taxes. Riz is also available through our Louisiana distributor, International Wines & Spirits.

Barleycorn Magic
Today we also welcome back an old friend with a brand new name. We have distilled several barrels of spirits from beer produced by our neighbors Zony Mash. After an initial release under a different name in late 2020, Barleycorn Magic is the second release in the series. But what is it, exactly?


The government says that whiskey is a spirit distilled from grain. Barleycorn Magic is distilled from beer, which is of course made from grain, namely, malted barley. However, since beer is brewed with hops, and hops are not grain, the resulting spirit cannot be called “whiskey.” So sayeth the Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. So please don’t call this spirit “whiskey.” Absolutely not.
Instead, you must refer to it as spirits distilled from grain with natural flavors. The natural flavors were of course the hops, but other flavors made their way into the mix as well.

Barleycorn Magic was distilled from a medley of beers. First, an assortment of “fluffy” IPA variations, which were distilled and entered into a fifteen gallon barrel; then a witbier with citrus peel and coriander, which was distilled and entered into a five gallon barrel.
The smaller barrel was aged for fourteen months, while the larger barrel was aged for twice as long: twenty eight months. After aging, the barrels were blended and brought to bottling proof.

What does it taste like? Some might call it the most concentrated beer you’ll ever taste. Some might use another word, starting with the letter “W,” which, as noted above, you may absolutely not use in conjunction with the spirit. (Unless, of course, you are some kind of boundary-crossing individual who doesn’t pay attention to The Rules.) Be all that as it may, 114 bottles were produced and Barleycorn Magic is bottled in 750ml at 42% ABV, (84 proof) and is available in our tasting room for $65.

Atelier Vie’s Spirits
In addition to these new releases, Atelier Vie’s lineup includes a variety of other spirits. Our gin lineup includes Euphrosine Gin #9, Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve, and Euphrosine Gin #9 Bottled in Bond. Rum releases include Calio Rum, Barrel Aged Calio Rum, and Calio Rum Bottled in Bond Gin Barrel Edition. In addition to Louisiana Single Malt Cask Strength, we also have a standard expression of Louisiana Single Malt bottled at 94 proof; and in addition to our standard expression of Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey, we also have a Bottled in Bond expression. Our brandy, Orphan Street Brandy, “El Jefe” Edition, is reserved for “those who have paid the cost to be the boss.” Among our most well-known spirits are Toulouse Red, Absinthe Rouge, and Toulouse Green, Absinthe Verte, the latter of which is made with wormwood grown at the distillery. We also bottle Buck 25 Vodka, which is bottled at 125 proof for use in rapid infusions.

The Company
Inspired by our renowned culinary culture, Atelier Vie creates flavorful new spirits in one of the greatest drinking cities of the world. Our motto: “Liquor is art you can drink.” Atelier Vie was founded in 2011 by Jedd Haas.

Visiting Hours at the Distillery
The distillery is open for tastings and discussion of the distillation process by appointment only, with appointments generally being available at 10am, noon, and 2pm on weekends; and with limited availability during the week, depending on the distillery’s production schedule. There is no charge to visit the distillery and the company’s full line of spirits is available for retail purchase during these visits. Spirits can also be purchased from the Atelier Vie online store for pickup at the distillery. Visitors should see the company web site for directions, store link, and additional details; http://ateliervie.com/visit.

Contact:
Jedd Haas
504-534-8590 (distillery line, leave message)

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Toulouse Red Now Available In Pennsylvania

We’re pleased to announce that Toulouse Red, Absinthe Rouge, is now available in Pennsylvania, thank to our partnership with innovative craft spirits store BOTLD.

BOTLD has created a fascinating business model in which they acquire spirits in bulk from a variety of distilleries and then bottle them under license in Pennsylvania. While independent bottlers have been around for a long time, BOTLD gives this model a new twist by bottling spirits under the name of the original producer and with identical packaging.

Thus, if you buy a bottle of Toulouse Red from BOTLD in Pennsylvania, it will look (almost) exactly the same as the bottles we distill and fill in New Orleans. The only difference is on the back label, which indicates that BOTLD bottled the bottles. (Try saying that three times fast.)

Another interesting aspect of the BOTLD model is the way they have used Pennsylvania’s extremely restrictive liquor laws to their advantage. Pennsylvania is a “control” state, where the state controls both distribution and retail sales of spirits. Navigating the byzantine regulations of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is a major challenge for small distilleries. Getting listed by PLCB and then selling through Pennsylvania state-owned liquor stores requires significant effort and investment.

With that said, Pennsylvania has created a rather enlightened system for in-state producers. If you produce spirits in Pennsylvania, you can sell directly to the public and you can have up to five retail stores located around the state. On top of that, these stores can ship directly to in-state residents. Furthermore, if you bottle a spirit, you are considered the producer as a matter of law.

Are you catching on to the astoundingly clever nature of the BOTLD business model? Andrew Auwerda and his team at BOTLD source spirits from distilleries that would typically be unable to enter the Pennsylvania market the traditional way. (We know all about this as we looked into it previously and tried.)


The BOTLD Beta Shop at Rittenhouse Square, Philiadelphia, PA
Photo credit: BOTLD

After bottling them, they sell these spirits directly to the public at their store and via their web site. (Buy Toulouse Red in Pennsylvania.) So far, they have opened their “Beta” store and are taking orders on their web site. But we suspect a bigger presence may be coming in the future. Likewise, we’re just getting started in Pennsylvania with Toulouse Red. For now, we’re saying “CHEERS!” to BOTLD and to Toulouse Red arriving in Pennsylvania.

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A Successful Wormwood Harvest

We recently wrapped up a series of gin runs and are looking ahead to our next absinthe runs. Wormwood is the key ingredient in absinthe and our home grown wormwood is essential for Toulouse Green, Absinthe Verte.

Anyone who cooks knows that a fresh herb has an entirely different flavor quality to one that may have been sitting on the shelf for some time. Overcoming extreme summer heat, insect attack, drought, and other perils, enough wormwood has survived and thrived to provide a bountiful harvest.

True winter weather including a hard freeze was predicted for several days, which also made this an opportune moment to harvest. The wormwood roots can survive the cold temperatures, but the leaves may be damaged in the freeze.

After harvesting and trimming off any dead leaves, we hang up the wormwood to partially dry. After drying, it’s a wonderful silvery green color.

We trim off the minor stems and leaves and discard the main stems. When production begins, the wormwood instantly turns a brilliant green when it is submerged in the spirits for infusion.

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Introducing Calio Rum Bottled in Bond, Gin Barrel Edition

May 25, 2022 – New Orleans. Atelier Vie is pleased to introduce a special release of Calio Rum. This release has been aged over four years in a single barrel which was formerly used to age both whiskey and gin; and is Bottled in Bond.

Calio Rum Bottled In Bond Gin Barrel Edition

At Atelier Vie, we experiment frequently. Sometimes we have an end goal in mind; other times we suspend disbelief and simply roll the dice. Some experiments work, while others never see the light of day. Sometimes we almost forget about long term experiments as they languish in barrels for years.

This time around, we’re releasing an experimental rum from a unique single barrel.
Back in 2018, as we were developing Calio Rum, we fermented some batches with a whiskey yeast. For those who may not be aware, yeast selection can have a tremendous influence on flavor. While we eventually selected a rum yeast for our ongoing rum production, we barreled the distillate made with the whiskey yeast and let it age. But instead of aging it in just any old barrel, we put the majority of the distillate into a barrel most recently used for our Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve and originally used for whiskey.

Then we let it ride.

The rum aged for over four years, and could therefore qualify to become a Bottled in Bond release. To qualify, the spirit must meet all of the relevant standards for the class and type of the spirit in question; it must be distilled and bottled at the same distillery; it must be a minimum of four years old; and it must be bottled at exactly 50% ABV (100 proof).

Of course, you want to know what it tastes like. A difficult question! The flavor has an unusual combination of elements. The warm smooth molasses rum taste is present, along with gin overtones and whiskey notes from both the whiskey yeast and the whiskey originally stored in the barrel. It’s a mélange of flavors, coming together to create a new combination. Visit our tasting room for a free sample.

Calio Rum Bottled in Bond, Gin Barrel Edition, is available now at the Atelier Vie tasting room. The tasting room price is $65, which includes all of our notoriously high sales taxes. The bottle size is 750ml and the strength is 50% ABV (100 proof). Bottles can also be purchased for pickup through our online store.

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Atelier Vie Strikes Gold and Double Gold in San Francisco World Spirits Competition

April 12, 2022 – New Orleans. Innovative New Orleans distillery Atelier Vie is pleased to announce a major victory in the most prestigious spirits competition in the world. Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey, Bottled in Bond, won the Double Gold Medal. Additionally, Barrel Aged Calio Rum and Louisiana Single Malt Whiskey were both awarded the Gold Medal.

“It appears that Riz and Louisiana Single Malt are the first Louisiana whiskies to earn Double Gold and Gold medals, respectively, in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition,” said Jedd Haas, Atelier Vie’s distiller. “We’re pleased to gain this recognition from the spirits competition that is viewed by many industry professionals as the most serious and significant spirits competition in the world. We went head to head with brands produced by billion dollar companies and took home some top medals. It’s a great day as we continue to establish new high points in our Louisiana whiskey tradition,” Haas continued.

The Competition
The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is open to all distilleries and spirits brands throughout the world, with no limitations or exceptions. Atelier Vie has previously won multiple gold medals at the San Francisco competition, but this year reached another level in the “Distilling Olympics” with Double Gold for Riz.

Judging Criteria
According to the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, here are the judging criteria for these medals.

Double Gold
Awarded to the entries that receive a Gold medal rating by all members of the judging panel; these are among the finest products in the world.

Gold
Exceptional spirits that are near the pinnacle of achievement; these products set the standard for their categories.

Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey Bottled in Bond
Riz is handcrafted in small batches from 100% Louisiana rice in our New Orleans distillery. Riz is double pot distilled and entered into used barrels for aging. This Bonded release was aged initially in a 53 gallon former bourbon barrel for over two years; then aged over two more years in a 25 gallon former wheat whiskey barrel. Per Bottled in Bond requirements, this release of Riz is bottled at exactly 100 proof and is bottled in 750ml. At this time, the Riz Bonded release is available exclusively at the Atelier Vie tasting room, priced at $100, which includes all of our notoriously high sales taxes.

Louisiana Single Malt
Louisiana Single Malt is distilled from 100% malted barley at our New Orleans distillery. It is double pot distilled to less than 160 proof and aged in oak barrels at less then 125 proof. After several previous releases of Louisiana Single Malt, this new release is the oldest to date and has been aged in a complex process involving three different types of barrels: first aged in two kinds of bourbon barrels and then finished in a former rye whiskey barrel. Louisiana Single Malt is bottled in 750ml at 94 proof and is priced at $75 in the Atelier Vie tasting room.

Barrel Aged Calio Rum
Calio Rum is pot distilled from Louisiana molasses at our New Orleans distillery. No sugar or other additives are added to Calio, either during fermentation, or after distillation. Calio is full of deep molasses flavor and is intended for rum connoisseurs who want to taste the true terroir of Louisiana molasses. The current release is aged over two years. Barrel Aged Calio Rum is bottled in 750ml at 90 proof. The retail price at the distillery is $45.

Visiting Hours at the Distillery
The distillery is open for tastings and discussion of the distillation process by appointment only, with appointments generally being available at 10am, noon, and 2pm on weekends; and with limited availability during the week, depending on the distillery’s production schedule. There is no charge to visit the distillery and the company’s full line of spirits is available for retail purchase during these visits. Spirits can also be purchased from the Atelier Vie online store for pickup at the distillery. Visitors should see the Visit page for directions, store link, and additional details.

Atelier Vie’s Spirits
In addition to Riz, Louisiana Single Malt, and Barrel-Aged Calio Rum, Atelier Vie distills three kinds of gin, two kinds of absinthe, a clear rum, brandy, and an ongoing series of limited edition experimental releases. Spirits currently available are listed on the Visit page.

The Company
Inspired by our renowned culinary culture, Atelier Vie creates flavorful new spirits in one of the greatest drinking cities of the world. Our motto: “Liquor is art you can drink.” Atelier Vie was founded in 2011 by Jedd Haas.

Contact:
Jedd Haas
504-534-8590 (distillery line, leave message)
jedd@ateliervie.com

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The Angel’s Share


When spirits are entered into barrels for aging, a portion of the precious liquid is lost over time. These lost spirits are called the angel’s share. Legend has it that the term originates with ancient monks in Scotland and Ireland.

The monks would distill the “water of life” and store it in barrels. Over time, they noticed that some of the spirit disappeared. Their explanation was that angels were so tempted by the slumbering whiskey that they made off with a surreptitious swallow under cover of night.

While the alleged guilt of said angels has yet to be conclusively established, we can attest that liquid does disappear from the barrels through evaporation over time. Regardless of the reasons for the disappearance of the spirit, the term remains in common use.

That brings us to why this story accompanies this picture of two cheerful visitors who came to the distillery recently. Greg (on the right) and Angel (on the left) are smiling, among other reasons, due to the delights contained in the rather large box shown with them.

At the conclusion of their lively discussion over which bottles to select, Angel remarked that half of the box was “Angel’s share.” Indeed! Fortunately, the sealed bottles prevent any interloping angels from making off with even a single drop.

Would you like to visit the distillery, make some memories, and leave with your own precious cargo of amazing spirits? Just call or text the distillery line at 504-534-8590 to inquire and make your reservation. All calls to this number go to voicemail, so please leave a message if you call. You can also purchase bottles via our online store for pickup at the distillery.

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The Calio Rum Gold Medal Master Plan Story

Back in 2019, we conceived a master plan. The American Distilling Institute (ADI) Convention was coming to New Orleans in April, 2020. ADI also holds a yearly spirits competition; this competition is one of the most prestigious competitions for craft spirits.
The plan was simple. We’d enter a spirit, win a gold medal, and walk off the stage with a victory for the home team! Of course, the persnickety judges would have a say, so perhaps it wasn’t quite that simple.

Nonetheless, we forged ahead and selected our horse for this race: Calio Rum. Calio is pot distilled from Louisiana molasses which comes to us from a nearby sugar mill. It has a rich molasses flavor and no sugar is added, either during fermentation or to the finished rum.
We sent the bottles to the competition and waited for the results, which were scheduled to be announced in April, 2020.

Well…

Then came Certain Events in March 2020 and all previous plans were null and void. The convention was cancelled. Sadly, that announcement from the stage wouldn’t take place. In fact, we were so distracted with the tumult of events that we barely got off a tweet when the results came in.

And what were those results?

They were even better than we’d hoped for. We won not only the Gold Medal, but also the 2020 Best of Category for Pot Still Rum. Against a field of around 20 pot still rums from around the country, Calio Rum was the top pick!

Of course it’s always our top pick for drinking rum, mixing cocktails with rum, and all other rum-related activities. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our favorite Calio cocktail, the No Sugar Daiquiri. Combine equal parts Calio and lime juice, shake in a tin with ice, and serve on the rocks. A bracing and refreshing drink for the hot days of summer.

No matter how you slice it, Calio Rum is an incredible pot still rum. If you love the rich flavor of molasses, Calio Rum will satisfy.

While the full story of our big win was delayed, Calio Rum is still just as delicious.

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Atelier Vie on WGSO 990AM Dine Wine & Spirits Show with Tim McNally

We had a great conversation with Tim McNally on WGSO 990AM and discussed our new Bottled in Bond release of Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey; and also talked about our new three year release of Louisiana Single Malt.

In fact, we managed to talk about the whiskies and related topics for the entire one hour show!

Conversation begins around the 6 minute mark.

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A Significant Pair of Exquisite Whiskey Releases from Atelier Vie: Bonded Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey and 3 Year Louisiana Single Malt

January 23, 2022—New Orleans.

Atelier Vie starts the new year with a significant pair of new whiskey releases: Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey, Bottled in Bond, and aged over four (4) years; and a triple-barreled release of Louisiana Single Malt aged over three (3) years.

Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey, Bottled in Bond

Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey, Bottled in Bond




Riz, Louisiana Rice Whiskey Bottled In Bond
To qualify as Bottled in Bond, the spirit must distilled and bottled at the same distillery; and be aged a minimum of four years; and bottled at exactly 100 proof (50% ABV). The whiskey must also be distilled during a single distilling season, which is defined as either the first half or second half of the year.

This release of Riz was distilled in the Fall season of 2017, and was entered into a 53 gallon former bourbon barrel on October 10, 2017. After aging for over two years, a portion of the whiskey was transferred to five gallon barrels and later released after it was three years old. The remainder of the whiskey that was entered in the original barrel was entered into a 25 gallon former wheat whiskey barrel on December 26, 2019. The whiskey then aged in this second barrel until the barrel was emptied on January 12, 2022. Overall, the whiskey was aged for four years, three months, and two days.

This release of Riz is Atelier Vie’s second Bottled in Bond release and it is our first Bottled in Bond whiskey release. This release is also believed to the first Bottled in Bond whiskey release by a Louisiana distillery and is Atelier Vie’s oldest whiskey release to date. In 2020, Atelier Vie had the first Bottled in Bond release of any kind by a Louisiana distillery, with a Bonded expression of Euphrosine Gin #9.

Riz is handcrafted in small batches from 100% Louisiana rice in our New Orleans distillery. The production process is similar to a corn whiskey or bourbon; the rice is cooked and gelatinized; the rice then undergoes liquefaction and saccharification. After being cooled to fermentation temperature, a whiskey yeast is added and a distiller’s beer of around 8% ABV is produced by the yeast. This whiskey wash is double pot distilled; the initial stripping run produces low wines at around 60 proof (30% ABV) and then the spirit run produces new make whiskey at around 150 proof (75% ABV). This new make is gently diluted to barreling strength and entered into the barrel. In the case of this Bonded release of Riz, the original entry strength was around 114 proof. After the initial aging, the proof had risen a couple points and was around 116 proof when it was entered in the second barrel.

Riz, Bottled in Bond, is available immediately at the Atelier Vie tasting room for purchase during visits. Riz and our other spirits can also be purchased for pickup via our online store. This new Bottled in Bond release of Riz is bottled in 750ml at exactly 100 proof, and is priced at $100. This price includes all of our notoriously high sales taxes.

Louisiana Single Malt

Louisiana Single Malt


Louisiana Single Malt Three Year
Louisiana Single Malt is distilled from 100% malted barley at our New Orleans distillery. It is double pot distilled to less than 160 proof and aged in oak barrels at less then 125 proof.
After several previous releases of Louisiana Single Malt, this new release is the oldest to date and has been aged in a complex process involving multiple barrels.

After distillation in 2018, the new make Single Malt was entered into a 53 gallon former bourbon barrel for initial aging. After one year and six months, the whiskey was transferred into a number of six gallon barrels that were previously used for a different bourbon. After approximately thirteen months, the whiskey was transferred to a 25 gallon former rye whiskey barrel for approximately ten months of aging. The total aging time was three years, four months, and twenty two days.

This is our oldest release of Louisiana Single Malt to date and with the triple barrel aging process, it has gained a distinctive complexity and layering of malt, bourbon, and rye flavors.

Louisiana Single Malt is available immediately at the Atelier Vie tasting room for purchase during visits. Louisiana Single Malt and our other spirits can also be purchased for pickup via our online store. This new Louisiana Single Malt release is bottled in 750ml at 94 proof, and is priced at $75. This price includes all of our notoriously high sales taxes.

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Atelier Vie on Distillers Talk Podcast

Join in as we discuss a multitude of topics on this episode of the Distillers Talk podcast.

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