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News Briefs for October 31, 2014

October 31, 2014

•Diageo has officially launched a range of new flavored whiskies under the Jeremiah Weed brand. The line includes Jeremiah Weed Spiced (70.6 proof), Cinnamon (71.2 proof) and Sarsaparilla (70.4 proof) flavored American whiskies, all retailing at $19 a 750-ml. bottle and suggested to be consumed as shots or mixed with cola. The Jeremiah Weed brand also includes Southern Style Sweet Tea Vodka and Blended Bourbon Whiskey offerings.

•Heaven Hill Distilleries is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in mid-November with events and the release of a commemorative Single Barrel Bourbon. The multimillion-dollar distillery and tourism experience on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail attracted 70,000 visitors this year, the company says. A 2005 Vintage Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon will be available for purchase at the Experience starting November 10. Bottles of the 100-proof offering ($99.99) are dipped in copper wax and feature Evan Williams Bourbon Experience First Anniversary on the label with only 420 bottles available. The Louisville facility includes a five-story bottle façade, indoor Bourbon fountain, tasting rooms and retail space.

•New York-based Europvin USA has added Spanish winery Bodegas Sierra Salinas to its portfolio effective immediately. Located in the Alicante D.O. of southeastern Spain, Bodegas Sierra Salinas has 227 acres of land planted with vineyards of Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha Tintorera and Petit Verdot. Its holdings include 103 acres of old bush Monastrell, which is indigenous to the region. The Sierra Salinas wines available in the U.S. include Mo ($10), Puerto Salinas ($15), Mira ($22) and Salinas 1237 ($60), all of which are predominantly Monastrell except for Salinas 1237, which is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha Tintorera. Sierra Salinas joins fellow Spanish wineries Cune, Emilio Lustau, Clos Mogador, Clos Figueras and Vega Sicilia, as well as the Rhône’s Domaine de Bonserine, among others, in Europvin USA’s import portfolio.

•San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling Co. has partnered with sister company Anchor Brewing to release Christmas Spirit, a new holiday entry. Featuring winter spice notes, Christmas Spirit is distilled using Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale, an annual beer release typically available from November through mid-January. The 45%-abv clear spirit will be sold throughout the holiday season, priced at $49.99 a 750-ml. Christmas Spirit marks the latest “beer-meets-spirit” collaboration from Anchor Distilling and Anchor Brewing, following their December 2012 launch of Hophead vodka ($29.95), made with hops from Washington state’s Yakima Valley.

 

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