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News Briefs for April 27, 2016

April 27, 2016

•Louisville, Kentucky-based Michter’s Distillery is bringing back its US*1 Barrel Strength Rye on a limited basis. The Kentucky straight rye is bottled at barrel strength (between 110.2 and 114.8 proof), compared to the 84.8 proof of Michter’s Single Barrel Rye. Michter’s other offerings include small-batch American whiskey, sour mash whiskey, single barrel Bourbon and small-batch Bourbon.

•Serrallés USA is launching a limited edition 2005 Don Q Signature Release Single Barrel Rum to the U.S. market. Aged for more than 10 years, the Puerto Rico-sourced offering is the first in a series of Don Q single barrel releases, with a 2007 Single Barrel expression to follow in 2017. Don Q Signature Release Single Barrel 2005 (40% abv) retails at $39.99 a 750-ml., with 3,000 six-bottle cases coming to the U.S.

•CIL US Wines & Spirits, a subsidiary of Camus Wines & Spirits, is extending its Glencadam single malt Scotch whisky brand with two new entries, a 25-year-old and Glencadam Origin 1825. Glencadam 25-year-old is 46% abv and retails at $500 a bottle. Glencadam Origin 1825, named for the year of the distillery’s founding in the county of Angus in the Scottish Highlands, was aged in American white-oak Bourbon barrels and finished in Oloroso Sherry butts. Intended to attract new single malt drinkers, Origin 1825 is bottled at 40% abv and retails at $45. All of Glencadam’s other expressions are bottled at 46% abv.

•Boston-based Latitude Beverage, best known for Impact “Hot Brand” 90+ Cellars, is introducing Lila Wines, a new range of premium canned wines. Lila is launching in 35 states with a Provence rosé, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Italian Pinot Grigio, all selling in four-packs of 8.4-ounce cans ($12-$13). Latitude president Kevin Mehra tells SND that the new brand is targeted at the 21-36-year-old demographic and will compete against beer and cider as well as other premium wines.

•David Trone, president and co-owner of retailer Total Wine & More, lost Maryland’s 8th Congressional Democratic primary yesterday. Trone was beaten by Jamie Raskin, a state senator and constitutional law professor at American University, who garnered 34% of the vote. Trone finished second with 27%, while Kathleen Matthews, wife of political commentator Chris Matthews, finished third with 24%. The remainder of the field trailed far behind, with single-digit percentages. Trone reportedly spent more than $12 million in his bid to win the seat.

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