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News Briefs for August 1, 2019

August 1, 2019

•A new distillery in the heart of Edinburgh is testing the limits of whisky flavor. Officially opened on July 30 with whisky production starting this month, Holyrood Distillery has a focus on innovative production processes and pushing the bounds of what’s expected for Scotch. Holyrood is one of a few new single malt distilleries setting down roots in the Scottish capital, which was once a bastion of whisky production, although its last distillery closed in 1925. Whisky Advocate has more.

•Edrington has announced the latest release from the Macallan’s Exceptional Single Cask range, a single malt whisky distilled in 1950. The 53.4% abv Scotch was matured in first fill Sherry cask for over 60 years before bottling in September 2018. The 1950 Macallan Exceptional Single Cask will launch this month. Only 336 bottles will be available globally for a suggested price of $58,000. Last year, the Macallan was up 4.6% in the U.S. to 261,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.

•Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey, the brand from Irish MMA-star Conor McGregor’s Eire Born Spirits, has expanded into Canada. It’s now available in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Yukon Territory through its global distribution partner, Proximo Spirits. The companies are preparing to roll out the whiskey in the rest of Canada in the coming months. The brand is donating $5 to charities supporting emergency personnel and first responders for every case of Proper No. Twelve sold.

•Molson Coors has announced the retirement of its current CEO Mark Hunter, effective September 27. Hunter served as CEO for nearly four years, and is retiring after more than 30 years in the beer industry. In his place, Gavin Hattersley, CEO of U.S. subsidiary MillerCoors, will take over as Molson Coors’ chief executive. Prior to serving as MillerCoors CEO, Hattersley was the company’s chief financial officer.

•Sokol Blosser Winery has appointed Chris Langan as vice president of sales, a newly created role. Langan joins the Dayton, Oregon-based winery from K Vintners/Wines of Substance in Washington, where he worked on regional and national chain sales programs for Charles Smith brands over the past four years. At Sokol Blosser, Langan will develop and execute strategic plans to expand distribution and sales of the winery’s portfolio.

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