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News Briefs for July 6, 2017

July 6, 2017

•For the first time since 1909, Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery is selling whiskey produced on-site. The Nashville, Tennessee-based distillery (minority-owned by Constellation Brands) launched Nelson’s First 108 Tennessee whiskey on July 4th, the birthday of founder Charles Nelson, and offered free tours and tastings all day. The whiskey, with a mashbill of corn, wheat, and malted barley, is available only at the distillery gift shop. There are two variants: Classic is a 45% abv blend of multiple barrels, while Single Barrel comes in at cask strength (which will vary depending on the barrel, but has clocked in at 60.5% abv or higher so far). Both whiskies are sold in half-size (375-ml.) bottles, priced at $40 for Classic and $60 for Single Barrel. Whisky Advocate has more.

•CIL U.S. Wines & Spirits, the U.S. arm of Camus Wines & Spirits, is extending Glencadam single malt Scotch stateside with the launch of a special edition 13-year-old. Limited to 3,000 bottles, the Glencadam 13-year-old ($65) is non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46% abv. The new expression commemorates the 2003 reopening of Glencadam distillery by Angus Dundee Distillers. Glencadam was originally established in 1825 and had been shuttered from 2000-2003. In addition to the new 13-year-old, CIL U.S. also handles Glencadam’s 10-year-old, 15-year-old and 21-year-old expressions.

•Hennessy Cognac has named Renaud Fillioux de Gironde as master blender and taster, effective July 1. Fillioux de Gironde is the eighth generation of his family to serve in the role, replacing his uncle Yann Fillioux, who is retiring as master blender for Hennessy after decades in the post. Fillioux de Gironde has served as a member of Hennessy’s Comité de Dégustation for the past 12 years, during which time he has also managed relations with the brand’s 1,500 winegrower partners.

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