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News Briefs for January 4, 2019

January 4, 2019

•Plantation rum has unveiled two new ultra-premium expressions. The newcomers, Plantation Jamaica HJC 1996 (56.2% abv) and Plantation Jamaica ITP 1996 (54.8% abv), were both distilled at Jamaica’s Long Pond Distillery and aged 21 years in Jamaica in Bourbon casks and one additional year in France in Cognac Ferrand casks. Part of Plantation’s upscale Extreme No. 3 collection, the two high-end rums are rolling out to select markets this month, retailing at $250 a bottle.

•New Jersey-based Worldwide Libations has been named as the sole U.S. importer of Douglas McGibbon’s Clan Denny Scotch whisky. Clan Denny collects Single Cask expressions from across Scotland and bottles at 46% abv. Worldwide Libations will focus on the Clan Denny’s Single Malt and Single Grain ranges. The initial shipment includes single cask 10-year-olds from Islay’s Bunnahabhain, Speyside’s Craigellachie, and the Highlands’ Fettercairn, in addition to a 14-year-old Single Grain from the now-closed Port Dundas. Each of these whiskies will retail for a suggested $55.

•Winesellers, Ltd. has appointed brothers Adam and Jordan Sager as co-presidents. The two brothers were previously vice presidents at the family-owned firm. Their father, founder Yale Sager, will remain CEO of the company. Winesellers imports from Argentina, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand, among others, distributing to all fifty states.

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