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News Briefs for December 19, 2016

December 19, 2016

•Whisky Advocate has named Lagavulin 25-Year-Old (50.9% abv, $1,200) as its Islay Single Malt Of The Year. Meanwhile, Brora 38-Year-Old (Diageo Special Releases 2016, 48.6% abv, $2,200) took home honors in the Highland Single Malt category, and Alisa Bay (48.9% abv, $68) from William Grant & Sons was awarded as the Lowlands/Campbeltown Single Malt of the Year. Whisky Advocate’s annual awards will culminate with the naming of a Lifetime Achievement honoree tomorrow and the Distiller of the Year announcement on December 21.

•New Orleans-based Sazerac Co. has announced plans to build a museum in its hometown that will celebrate the Sazerac cocktail and New Orleans cocktail culture. Sazerac Co. has purchased a pair of historic but long-vacant buildings in the city’s central business district to house the museum, which is expected to open in late 2018. Sazerac says Southern Comfort, which it acquired earlier this year, will also be featured in the museum. The liqueur brand was created in New Orleans more than 125 years ago.

•Bowmore Scotch whisky has globally released the final 50 bottles of its Bowmore 1961 50-year-old expression. This represents the last of a 200-bottle total for the 1961, and the U.S retail price is $23,000. Going forward, Bowmore plans to offer similar vintage releases as part of a six-part program called the Bowmore 50-Year-Old Collection Series, making supply available in the U.S. and in Europe.

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