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News Briefs for October 11, 2017

October 11, 2017

•Ian Macleod Distillers announced that it will reopen Rosebank Distillery after acquiring the trademark from Diageo and agreeing to acquire the site from Scottish Canals. The project—which includes a visitor center, along with production and warehousing—will cost £10-£12 million ($13.2-$15.9m), and construction is projected to take about two years, with a goal to begin distillation by 2019. In the meantime, Ian Macleod has also acquired all Diageo’s remaining stocks of Rosebank whisky—just “several dozen casks,” according to Ian Macleod’s operations director Gordon Doctor. The company will release that old whisky bit by bit until the modern liquid is mature. Whisky Advocate has the full story.

•Sazerac Co. is reportedly eyeing a property in Murfreesboro, Tennessee for construction of a new distillery. Tennessee state senator Bill Ketron told the Daily News Journal that Sazerac is considering making the site—about 30 miles outside Nashville—the seat of its “number-one distillery in the country.” Late last year Sazerac acquired the Newport, Tennessee-based distillery that produced whiskey brand Popcorn Sutton. Sazerac didn’t buy the Popcorn Sutton brand, but did retain the distillery’s master distiller John Lunn and master blender Allisa Henley.

•Old Potrero has introduced Hotaling’s 11-year-old whiskey, a new limited edition single malt rye offering. The 50%-abv expression from Anchor Distilling is aged in once-used charred fine-grain American oak barrels previously filled with Old Potrero Straight Rye Whiskey. Limited to less than 200 bottles, Hotaling’s 11-year-old will be available in Texas, California, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey, retail priced at $115. The label joins the Single Malt Straight Rye Whiskey and an 18th Century Style Whiskey in the Old Potrero lineup.

•Louisville-based Michter’s Distillery is releasing a batch of its 25-year-old Bourbon for the first time since 2008. Retailing at $800 a 750-ml., the 2017 edition of Michter’s 25-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon is bottled at 116.2 proof and slated to roll out in November. Its launch follows Michter’s recent debut of its US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye ($75) in September.

•Wynwood, Florida’s John Drew Brands has announced a distribution deal with MS Walker for expansion into the Massachusetts and Rhode Island markets. Three spirits from the John Drew Brands portfolio are rolling out on- and off-premise across both states: the Bourbon-rye blend Brixton Mash Destroyer ($39.99 a 750-ml.), the Florida-sourced Dove Tale rum ($34.99) and the Canadian distilled, oak barrel–aged John Drew rye ($49.99).

•Republic National Distributing Co. says it has achieved record support for its annual RNDC Relief Fund campaign, which provides financial assistance to RNDC associates impacted by natural disasters. The 2017 campaign raised $750,000 from 1,350 donors, and will be fully matched by the company’s owners. The record support is especially timely in that Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Nate have recently impacted multiple RNDC markets. 100% of funds raised go directly to RNDC associates in need.

•Vision Wine & Spirits has been named the U.S. importer for Ron Centenario rum. Produced in Costa Rica by Centenario International, the portfolio includes 7-, 9-, 12-, 18-, 20-, 25- and 30-year-old rums retailing from $19.99 on the 7-year-old to $149.99 for the 30-year-old. Along with the new import agreement, Ron Centenario is also upgrading its packaging, debuting proprietary bottles intended to convey “a more modern and premium appearance.” Vision Wine & Spirits is a division of Martignetti Companies.

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