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Whisky Advocate Names High West As Its Distiller Of The Year

December 21, 2016

Whisky Advocate has announced Utah’s High West as its Distiller of the Year for 2016. The award comes as High West, led by chief executive John Esposito, joins the Constellation portfolio. Constellation acquired the fast-growing craft distiller this fall for an estimated $160 million.

High West’s core four brands are Rendezvous rye ($59.99 a 750-ml.), Double Rye ($34.99), American Prairie Bourbon ($34.99) and Campfire ($64.99), a blend of Bourbon, rye and peated Scotch. Under Esposito, who will continue to oversee the business, High West’s annual volume has risen to around 70,000 cases this year, up from just 35,000 cases just two years ago, according to Impact Databank. Next year, the company is projecting volume of 95,000-100,000 cases. The Distiller of the Year honor concludes Whisky Advocate’s 23rd annual awards.

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