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News Briefs for December 19, 2017

December 19, 2017

•Edrington’s The Macallan will release a 40-year-old, Sherry cask-aged expression in late December. The Macallan 40-year-old is a 44%-abv ultra-limited release that’s blended from three casks—two Sherry butts and one hogshead. This year’s Sherry Oak release is only the third non-vintage release of a 40-year-old Macallan whisky in the distillery’s history. The Macallan 40-year-old will retail at a suggested price of $9,000 a 750-ml. Only 465 bottles will be available worldwide, with 70 allocated to the U.S. market.

•Stoli Group USA has detailed pricing on the Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia single malt Scotch whiskies set to join its portfolio on January 1. Loch Lomond, a Highland malt, will include an Original ($24.99 a 750-ml.), 12-year-old ($34.99) and 18-year-old ($79.99). The Glen Scotia line, from Campbeltown, will include five variants: Double Cask ($49.99), 15-year-old ($69.99), Victoriana ($89.99), 18-year-old ($109.99) and 25-year-old ($399.99). The two malts were previously handled in the U.S. by A. Hardy. While the duo accounts for less than 10,000 cases in the U.S. currently, Brian Cox, chief marketing officer at Stoli Group USA, told SND the Loch Lomond brand can be an entryway into single malt for newer consumers, offering non-chill-filtered, 46%-abv whiskies at an accessible price point. The brand will “compete with Bourbon, Irish and Canadian whiskies and thereby recruit new consumers into the Scotch whisky category,” Cox added.

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