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News Briefs for September 1, 2017

September 1, 2017

•The Macallan, part of the Edrington portfolio, has unveiled Edition No. 3, the latest expression in its annual Edition Series. A collaboration between The Macallan master whisky maker Bob Dalgarno and perfumist Roja Dove, Edition No. 3 is a 48.3%-abv single malt Scotch aged in a combination of European and American oak casks. The specialty offering is limited to 250,000 bottles globally and retail priced at $95. The Macallan rose 8% to more than 230,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Armenian brandy label Ararat has launched in California, available at retailers such as BevMo, Total Wine, Mission Liquor and Remedy Liquor, among others. The Ararat lineup includes the Five Stars ($20), Akhtamar ($40), Nairi ($90) and Dvin ($90) labels, which range in age from five to 20 years. Produced by Yerevan Brandy Company, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, Ararat is imported by Beau Monde Wine & Spirits. The brand is also available in Seattle, New York and New Jersey.

•Bardstown Bourbon Co., minority-owned by Constellation Brands, has appointed Sazerac veteran John Hargrove as executive director of distillery operations. Hargrove, who replaces the retiring Tom Crume, was previously master distiller at Sazerac’s Barton 1792 distillery. In his new role, Hargrove will be responsible for day-to-day operations at Bardstown Bourbon Co.’s distillery, working closely with master distiller Steve Nally. Known for its “Collaborative Distilling Program,” which creates customized whiskies for craft distillers and brand owners, Bardstown began production at its new $25 million facility last fall.

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