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News Briefs for May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019

•Woodford Reserve’s newest barrel proof Bourbon, three peaty Scotches from Islay, a new batch of Booker’s, and craft whiskies are all featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whisky roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•William Grant & Sons has launched Sailor Jerry Savage Apple, the first offshoot of the spiced rum brand since its debut 19 years ago. The 35% abv spirit blends apple flavoring into a base of Sailor Jerry spiced rum and is now available in Florida and New York ahead of a national rollout this fall. Last year Sailor Jerry depleted 713,000 cases in the U.S., down 1.6%, according to Impact Databank.

•Symington Family Estates has announced the debut of Quinta da Fonte Souto DOC, a new upscale wine brand sourced from Portugal’s Alto Alentejo region. The Quinta da Fonte Souto lineup consists of three wines: Tinto ($30 a 750-ml.), a blend of Alicante Bouschet, Tinta Amarela, Alfrocheiro, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah; Branco Alentejo ($30), a blend of Arinto and Verdelho; and Vinha de Souto ($60), a blend of Alicante Bouschet and Syrah. The launch of Quinta da Fonte Souto marks Symington’s first label produced outside of the Douro Valley; the company purchased the 500-acre, Alentejo-based estate from João Lourenço in 2017.

•California’s Foley Family Wines (FFW) has assumed marketing and distribution duties for Florida’s American Freedom Distillery. The partnership will help American Freedom expand into new markets. American Freedom’s Horse Soldier family of whiskies includes a Straight Bourbon whiskey (43.5% abv), a Small Batch release (47.5% abv), a Barrel Strength release, and a 12-year-old Barrel Strength release. Foley Family Wines owns and markets wines from appellations across California, Oregon, and New Zealand.

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