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News Briefs for January 4, 2017

January 4, 2018

•It’s long been an open secret that a lot of “craft” distilleries buy and bottle whiskey from Indiana-based Midwest Grain Products (MGP). You only need flip over a bottle and see “Distilled in Lawrenceburg, IN” to know who’s doing it. Often it’s because the distillery’s own whiskey is still aging, and the company needs something to sell during the years of maturation. Dozens of brands offer hundreds of Bourbons and ryes that start—in theory—as the same, exact thing. And yet, why do so many of these MGP whiskeys taste so different? Whisky Advocate takes a look at a variety of MGP-sourced whiskies and the differences between them.

•Royal Dutch Distillers, the U.S. subsidiary of De Kuyper Royal Distillers, has added Cherry Heering Liqueur to its portfolio. The move will see Royal Dutch Distillers become the exclusive importer and sales and marketing force for the liqueur brand, which De Kuyper Royal Distillers acquired from Peter F. Heering in October for an undisclosed sum. Led by 11th-generation De Kuyper family member Marc De Kuyper, Miami-based Royal Dutch Distillers’ stable also includes Rutte Gins and Genever, Mandarine Napoléon, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, Half Hitch Gin and ChocoVine.

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