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News Briefs for June 8, 2016

June 8, 2016

•Iowa-based Templeton Rye is launching its first new product in 10 years, a 6-year-old limited edition rye. Aged in new American oak barrels, the new 6-year-old is at 45.75% abv, compared with the core Templeton Rye’s 40% abv. Templeton co-founder Keith Kerkhoff said, “We believe mixologists will be particularly interested in the 6-year because they recommend higher-proof, aged whiskies for craft cocktails.” Templeton’s 6-year-old rye will be widely available but in limited quantities, retailing at around $50. The brand’s core rye retails at about $40.

•Chile’s Viña Montes has introduced a Spring Trinity collection, featuring revamped expressions of Montes Cherub and Montes Twins, as well as a Spring Harvest Sauvignon Blanc. Montes Cherub ($16), previously a rosé of Syrah, is being released as a Syrah-Grenache blend this year, while Montes Twins ($16), formerly a 50-50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, is now composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenere and Tempranillo. Spring Harvest ($15), sourced from the Leyda Valley, rounds out the trio. Meanwhile, Viña Montes has unveiled a fresh global campaign backing its flagship Montes Alpha, under the tagline “The Stars Are Out.” The Viña Montes lineup is handled in the U.S. by Guarachi Wine Partners.

•Heaven Hill Brands is releasing a bottled-in-bond expression of its Christian Brothers Brandy called Sacred Bond. The 100-proof, small-batch Sacred Bond Brandy was aged in Heaven Hill white oak Bourbon barrels for four years. It’s distilled in copper pot stills in the method traditionally used in Cognac production. Christian Brothers Sacred Bond Brandy is launching in limited markets for about $26 a 750-ml. Earlier this year, Heaven Hill debuted a Christian Brothers Apple flavor extension (35% abv, $11).

•Beverage alcohol delivery provider Drizly is expanding its presence in Florida with entry into Ft. Lauderdale and Coral Springs through retail partner ABC Fine Wine & Spirits. The move into southern Florida brings Drizly’s coverage to 22 markets around the U.S. Last November, the company first partnered with ABC for delivery in Tampa and St. Petersberg. Top-selling items in Tampa have included Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Mark West Pinot Noir and Coors Light. Drizly recently told SND it is aiming to expand its U.S. footprint to a total of 30 U.S. markets this year.

•Prestige Beverage Group is adding a new extension under single malt brand Glen Moray, a Chardonnay Cask Finish Scotch whisky. Retailing at around $30 a bottle, the new entry is first matured in ex-Bourbon barrels before being finished in Chardonnay casks for eight months. Chardonnay Cask Finish joins Glen Moray’s Classic Range, joining earlier release Port Cask Finish.

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