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News Briefs for April 19, 2018

April 19, 2018

•Montelobos Mezcal, imported by William Grant & Sons, is set to launch a new expression, Tobalá, this July. Retailing at $80 a 750-ml., Montelobos Tobalá is billed as having a more prominent green agave profile with milder smoke, wood, and cooked agave notes in comparison with Montelobos’ original product, Mezcal Espadín. While Espadín agave accounts for around 90% of mezcal production, the Tobalá agave—which takes up to 15 years to mature—is a rarer variety that generally grows in the wild in rocky terrain and shady soil at high altitudes. Montelobos cultivates its own Tobalá agave in Puebla, Mexico.

•Upscale Tequila brand Los Arango has joined Infinium Spirits’ import portfolio in the U.S. A 100%-agave range, Los Arango offers a Blanco ($40 a 750-ml.), as well as a Reposado ($45) aged in American oak for six months and an Añejo ($50) aged in American oak for 13 months. The brand joins Seagram’s Vodka, Templeton Rye, Tequila Corralejo, Fernet-Branca, and Zaya Rum, among other brands, in Infinium’s existing import, sales, and marketing lineup.

•Quintessential Brands has introduced G&J Distillers’ Thomas Dakin Small Batch gin to the U.S. market. Made with a blend of 11 botanicals, including juniper, orange peel, English coriander, cubeb, and horseradish, Thomas Dakin Small Batch was distilled in a small pot still prior to bottling. The 42%-abv gin is currently available throughout New York—where it’s handled by Domaine Select Wine & Spirits—and New Jersey in both on- and off-premise accounts, retail priced at $35 a 750-ml.

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