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News Briefs for February 2, 2017

February 2, 2017

•Campari America is reviving a pair of heritage Bourbon brands with the launch of its new Whiskey Barons Collection. The Whiskey Barons lineup includes Bond & Lillard and Old Ripy, both of which were popular during the pre-Prohibition era. Bond & Lillard is a Kentucky straight Bourbon aged a minimum of seven years and charcoal filtered, while Old Ripy is a blend of 8-year-old Kentucky straight Bourbon with 12-year-old and younger whiskies and is non-chill filtered. Both whiskies are distilled at Wild Turkey’s Anderson County, Kentucky-based facility. Bond & Lillard and Old Ripy will retail at $50 a 375-ml., available at the Wild Turkey Visitor Center and across California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York City, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

•Edrington’s The Macallan has extended its limited edition Fine & Rare Collection with the launch of a 1991 vintage single malt Scotch. Bottled at 49.4% abv, the 1991 Fine & Rare vintage features liquid from an American oak Sherry-seasoned cask, which was filled with The Macallan new make spirit in March 1991. The 25-year-old expression, available in limited quantities, will retail for around $10,000 a 750-ml. The Macallan’s Fine & Rare Collection aims to showcase the brand’s rarest vintage single malts, with the series’ earliest distillation dating back to 1926.

•Stamford, Connecticut-based Serrallés USA is debuting a new Oak Barrel Spiced Rum under its Don Q brand. Retailing at around $30 a bottle, Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced is a 90-proof blend of rums aged from three to six years. The newcomer, which is rolling out now nationwide, joins Cristal, Gold, Añejo, Gran Añejo and others in the Don Q rum portfolio.

•Pernod Ricard has closed its acquisition of a majority stake in West Virginia-based craft producer Smooth Ambler Spirits, in a deal originally announced December 8. Smooth Ambler, whose spirits include Contradiction Bourbon and Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon among others, offers Pernod added exposure to the fast-growing brown spirits category, as well as a foothold in the burgeoning craft segment. Smooth Ambler co-founder and head distiller John Little will become the craft distiller’s CEO, while John Foster will remain as director of sales and marketing.

•MillerCoors is extending its Henry’s Hard Soda franchise with the launch of Henry’s Hard Grape Soda. The 4.2%-abv entry joins Hard Ginger Ale, Hard Orange and Hard Cherry Cola in the brand’s lineup. Henry’s is also planning a March debut for a sparkling, low-carbohydrate extension that comes in at under 95 calories a serving. Henry’s Hard Soda is available nationwide in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles, with select flavors also sold in 16-ounce single cans.

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