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News Briefs for December 6, 2016

December 6, 2016

•Edrington has launched The Macallan Edition No. 2, the second offering in an annual limited edition series.

Made with seven cask types sourced from four different Spanish bodegas and cooperages, The Macallan Edition No. 2 was created in collaboration between Macallan master whisky maker Bob Dalgarno and Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca, co-founders of Catalonia, Spain-based restaurant El Celler de Can Roca. The limited single malt is rolling out now, priced at $90 a bottle. The Macallan, which unveiled its Edition No. 1 late last year, was up 6.9% to 217,000 cases in the U.S. for 2015, according to Impact Databank.

•Beam Suntory has opened its new global headquarters in downtown Chicago. The new office is located on the 16th floor of the Merchandise Mart, an architectural landmark in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The 110,000-square foot space has been renovated and includes a bar called Fred’s Rackhouse, named for Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe. The company has relocated its Americas region and global marketing personnel from its former base in suburban Deerfield, Illinois, to the new Chicago space, with corporate functions to follow in 2017.

•Ireland’s Teeling Whiskey Co. has released Teeling 24-Year-Old Irish Single Malt as the latest small batch expression in its Vintage Reserve Collection. Distilled in 1991, Teeling 24-Year-Old Single Malt is double matured, first in Bourbon casks and later in Sauternes wine casks. The limited edition entry is debuting this month, retailing at $500 a 750-ml., and joins Teeling Whiskey’s existing Small Batch Irish Whiskey, Single Grain Irish Whiskey and Single Malt Irish Whiskey offerings. The Teeling Whiskey portfolio is imported into the U.S. by Infinium Spirits.

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