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News Briefs for September 14, 2017

September 14, 2017

•Diageo’s Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur has released Pumpkin Spice, a fall seasonal offering. The 17%-abv liqueur was first launched last year and received a strong reception, selling out in three months. Baileys Pumpkin Spice will be available nationwide through November at a suggested retail price of $24.99 a 750-ml. In 2016, Baileys Irish Cream was up 2% to 1.3 million cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•William Grant & Sons is set to debut Glenfiddich 1973 Rare Collection Cask No. 7585 to luxury retailers in October. The 44.9%-abv whisky spent 44 years in an American oak hogshead and is bottled at cask strength. The luxury offering will be presented in a handmade leather box featuring Glenfiddich’s signature Stag. Glenfiddich 1973 Rare Collection Cask No. 7585 is a U.S. exclusive, with only 98 individually numbered bottles available, retailing at $6,000 a 750-ml.

•Bardstown Bourbon Co. and Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. have partnered to launch Collabor&tion, a pair of new limited-edition Bourbons. Sourced from Indiana’s MGP, the 10-year-old Bourbon used for the project was hand-selected by Bardstown Bourbon master distiller Steve Nally and Copper & Kings head distiller Brandon O’Daniel and has a mashbill of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% malted barley. Collabor&tion includes one expression finished in American brandy barrels bottled at 113 proof, and a second finished in Muscat Mistelle barrels bottled at 94 proof. Both Collabor&tion labels will be available at select retailers, priced at $125 each.

•Indiana-based MGP Ingredients will debut George Remus Repeal Reserve Bourbon in November. Retailing at $75 a 750-ml., Repeal Reserve is comprised of 50% 2005 Bourbon (21% rye), 15% 2006 Bourbon (36% rye) and 35% 2006 Bourbon (21% rye), bottled at 94 proof. The new entry will roll out in limited quantities across George Remus’s distribution footprint, which spans Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. The George Remus brand, named after the legendary bootlegger, also includes a Straight Bourbon retailing at $45.

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