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News Briefs for December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018

•Whisky Advocate’s countdown of the Top 20 Whiskies of 2018 continued today with the unveiling of the year’s No. 4, No. 3, and No. 2 whiskies—a single malt Scotch, a Tennessee whiskey, and a rye. The magazine will reveal its Whisky of the Year tomorrow, and the full Top 20 list will be published on December 5.

•Grey Goose is launching a holiday pop-up at New York’s JFK Airport. Open today through January 1, the Grey Goose Holiday Marché is located in JFK’s Terminal 4 and will feature samples of cocktails from bartenders like Jillian Vose of Dead Rabbit, Evan Hawkins of Broken Shaker, Liana Oster of Dante, and Channing Centeno of Otis. The brand will also sell its Holiday Tin special edition ($45) at the location. About 5 million travelers pass through JFK each December.

•Hine Cognac is releasing Domaines Hine Bonneuil 2008, the latest in its line of single-harvest estate Cognacs. Sixteen casks of the 43%-abv entry—equating to 7,200 bottles—were produced, retailing at $140 apiece. The 2008 Hine Bonneuil follows 2005 and 2006 vintages in the single-harvest series. Hine is part of the Hotaling & Co. portfolio in the U.S.

•Banhez Mezcal Artesanal recently launched five new single expression varietals in select markets across the U.S. They include a 100% Wild Arroqueño ($105), 100% Wild Cuishe ($85), 100% Wild Tepeztate ($90), 100% Wild Tobala ($105), and Pechuga ($90). Handled by New York-based speciality importer CNI Brands, Banhez’s new single-varietal mezcals are sourced from a cooperative of family-run palenques in Ejutla, Oaxaca. Banhez’s base blend of Espadin/Barril is on track for 15,000 cases in 2018, up from 6,500 cases in 2017.

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