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News Briefs for September 30, 2014

September 30, 2014

Glenmorangie has released a new single malt, Taghta, which it says is the world’s first crowdsourced whisky. Created over the past 18 months with input from whisky enthusiasts in more than 30 countries, Taghta—which is Scots Gaelic for “The Chosen One”—will be available globally in a supply of 12,000 bottles, retailing at £70 ($114) apiece. The new malt was developed by—and will be sold through— Glenmorangie’s Cask Masters program, led by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the brand’s director of distilling and whisky creation. Through the Cask Masters program, consumers helped decide in which casks the spirit was matured and assisted with packaging design and imagery associated with the finished malt. An Impact “Hot Prospect,” Glenmorangie has more than doubled its U.S. volume to 108,000 cases over the past three years.

•Paso Robles’ Rotta Winery has introduced a new line of wines inspired by the field blends consumed by Italian and French immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The winery’s new red blend is composed of Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet and Merlot and retails at $20. Its white blend, primarily Sauvignon Blanc, and its rosé—made in the “Saignee” or “bleed-method”—are both positioned at $17. Rotta is also releasing a new single-vineyard Osso Balena Zinfandel at $42, and continues to produce its Black Monukka dessert wine ($31). Rotta, which was founded in 1908, appointed a new winemaker last year, Jeff Branco, previously of Justin Vineyards & Winery.

•Phillips Distilling’s UV vodka has launched UV Salty Caramel Apple, the brand’s first limited edition seasonal flavor. Featuring notes of apple, caramel and salt, the fall-inspired offering will be available nationwide, retailing for $11.99 a 750-ml. and $12.99 a 1-liter. Salty Caramel Apple joins UV’s existing range of more than 20 flavored vodkas, including its recently released UV Sugar Crush and UV Sriracha entries. UV vodka is projected to hit 2 million cases this year, according to Phillips Distilling.


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