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News Briefs for October 2, 2019

October 2, 2019

•Knob Creek Quarter Oak, Batch 9 of Kentucky Owl, and a 53-year-old expression of The Singleton are among the new offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Jack Daniel’s is introducing Tennessee Apple, a blend of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and apple liqueur. Launched this month, Tennessee Apple is at 35% abv and is in national distribution in 50-ml., 375-ml., 750-ml., and 1-liter bottles, retailing for $27 a 750-ml. It joins Tennessee Honey and Tennessee Fire in the Jack Daniel’s flavor portfolio. Tennessee Honey and Fire combined for over 1.1 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Italy’s Zardetto, known for its Prosecco, has updated its range and introduced new packaging. The brand’s redesign includes a new bottle shape and dual-layered labels that peel away to reveal artwork and contemporary Italian phrases conveying the brand’s celebratory feel. Under the portfolio’s revamp, a Prosecco DOCG Extra Dry replaces the former Zeta Prosecco Superiore DOCG Dry, while a DOCG Long Charmat Brut (formerly known as Tre Venti), has been renamed to convey greater clarity about its production process. Zardetto’s wines, part of Winebow’s Leonardo LoCascio Selections portfolio in the U.S., retail between $13 and $30.

•Retired NHL goaltender Ed Belfour, along with his daughter and son, has launched a new line of whiskies under the Belfour Spirits brand in Texas and Illinois. The brand is produced at Southern Distilling in Statesville, North Carolina in a partnership between Dayn Belfour (vice president of distilling) and the distillery. The debut spirits include Belfour rye whiskey (47% abv) and Bourbon whiskey finished with Texas pecan wood (46% abv). Also launching is a limited edition Straight Rye whiskey (50% abv and produced at Colorado’s Woody Creek Distillery during Dayn’s internship there). The brand is bottled in decanters designed to evoke the 1920s and is distributed by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

•J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has named second-generation co-owner Cynthia Lohr as chief brand officer, reporting to founder Jerry Lohr. Cynthia, who has served in a variety of roles at the family winery, including vice president of marketing, was most recently trade and brand advocate, focusing on strategic initiatives and relations with trade, partners, and consumers. In her new role, she will be involved in day-to-day oversight and management of the company while continuing to develop the J. Lohr brand across all channels. J. Lohr has a portfolio of 35 wines totaling 1.7 million cases.

•Edrington has appointed Kirsteen Campbell as the Macallan’s master whisky maker. Campbell joined Edrington in 2007 as a whisky quality technologist and has worked on brands across the company’s Scotch portfolio. In her new role, she leads a team that also includes Stuart MacPherson, master of wood; Sarah Burgess, lead whisky maker; and whisky makers Polly Logan and Steven Bremner. Campbell’s appointment follows the April departure of Nick Savage, Macallan’s previous master distiller.

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