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News Briefs for October 17, 2016

October 17, 2016

•Angel’s Envy, part of the Bacardi portfolio, is introducing a limited edition cask strength whiskey finished in Port barrels to select markets. The brand’s 2016 Cask Strength edition (62.3% abv) retails at about $180 a 750-ml. bottle and is available in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Washington D.C. Previous Angel’s Envy cask strength limited editions have sold out quickly. Angel’s Envy producer Louisville Distilling Company is currently building a new distillery and visitor center in downtown Louisville, which is slated to open this fall.

•Quintessential Brands, the company formed by former Campari CEO Enzo Visone and former investment banker Warren Scott in 2011, recently launched a North American unit and is backing four of its core offerings with a multimillion-dollar marketing initiative. Greenall’s Gin ($18 a 750-ml.), Opihr Gin ($29), The Dubliner Irish Whiskey ($28) and The Dubliner Honeycomb Liqueur ($28) are being reintroduced in select U.S. markets this holiday season, with marketing activity slated to ramp up leading into 2017. Quintessential works in partnership with importer and distributor Prestige Wine & Spirits in the U.S. The company is not to be confused with wine importer and marketer Quintessential Wines, based in Napa.

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