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News Briefs for June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018

•Japan’s Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. is launching its Nikka From The Barrel whisky across the U.S. later this month. Imported by San Francisco-based Hotaling & Co., Nikka From The Barrel is a blend of more than 100 different batches of malt and grain whiskies, all aged in ex-Bourbon barrels, ex-Sherry butts, and refilled, recharred, and remade hogsheads. The 51.4%-abv whisky, which undergoes an additional three to six months of cellar aging prior to being bottled, is retail priced at $65 a 750-ml. Hotaling & Co. also imports Nikka’s Coffey vodka and gin labels in addition to its whiskies.

•Edrington’s The Macallan has announced the release of a 72-year-old single malt whisky to commemorate the opening of the new Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience. The 42%-abv whisky, available this September, is the oldest Scotch ever released by The Macallan. It’s bottled in a Genesis Decanter by Lalique and packaged in a custom wooden case by Burgess Studio. Only 600 bottles of The Macallan 72 Years Old in Lalique—The Genesis Decanter will be available worldwide, with 156 allocated to the U.S., retailing for a suggested price of $65,000 each.

•Kentucky-based Bardstown Bourbon Co., minority-owned by Constellation Brands, has opened a full-service restaurant and bar within its distillery. The first venue of its kind on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, according to Bardstown, Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar offers seasonal, locally sourced fare alongside a selection of more than 200 American whiskies. The vintage whiskey library was curated by whisk(e)y writer Fred Minnick and features many rare bottlings, including an 1890s Cedar Brook expression and a pair of early 1900s Old Overholt Rye whiskies. Bottle & Bond also serves craft cocktails, wine, and local draft beers.

•Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits’ Josh Cellars is opening a Father’s Day pop-up shop in New York City’s Grand Central Station from June 13-15. A partnership with mobile gift-giving app Giftagram, the pop-up will be an immersive experience outfitted like a family garage, featuring old family photos, workbenches, and antique tools. It will offer a series of curated gift boxes along with Josh Cellars wines, on which consumers can have special Father’s Day messages engraved. 100% of the profits from wine sold at the pop-up will benefit the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York. Last fall, Deutsch unveiled a $10 million digital push for Josh Cellars in which founder Joseph Carr shares personal stories about the brand’s namesake and inspiration, his father Josh Carr.

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