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News Briefs for December 16, 2016

December 16, 2016

•Whisky Advocate has named Glenrothes Vintage Reserve as its Speyside Single Malt of the Year. Glenrothes Vintage Reserve is 40% abv and retails at $55 a bottle. Whisky Advocate is announcing its annual award winners from across 11 different whisky segments one day at a time on its blog throughDecember 19. The awards will culminate with the naming of a Lifetime Achievement honoree onDecember 20 and the Distiller of the Year announcement on December 21.

•Timo Sutinen has been appointed president of New Jersey-based Niche Import Co., a subsidiary of Dutch group Marussia Beverages. Sutinen was previously vice president, marketing at Imperial Brands (now Marie Brizard Wine and Spirits Americas). Niche Import’s brands include Bärenjäger liqueur and Barr an Uisce Irish whiskies among others.

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