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News Briefs for October 8, 2019

October 8, 2019

•The Balvenie has released a new expression within its Tun 1509 series. A blend of 21 unique Speyside single malt whiskies that come from used Sherry butts, ex-Bourbon American oak barrels, and Sherry casks that once held The Balvenie DoubleWood expression, The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 6 spent three months aging in the distillery’s Tun marrying vessel prior to bottling. The new whisky is available in limited quantities and retail priced at $400 a 750-ml.

•Minnesota-based Phillips Distilling Co. has launched Prairie Organic Navy Strength Gin. The 57% abv gin is infused with citrus, angelica root, and juniper, among other botanicals, before bottling at a higher proof to allow the gin to stand out in cocktails. All of Prairie’s spirits are made from organic and Midwest-sourced grains. The new release is rolling out now across the U.S. in select on-premise and retail locations where it will sell for $35 a 750-ml. Last year, Prairie Organic vodka was up 3.6% and crossed 100,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•Palm Bay International has been appointed sole U.S. brand agent for Buffalo, New York-based Tommyrotter Distillery. Palm Bay will have exclusive rights to Tommyrotter’s portfolio and will assume responsibility for its U.S. sales, distribution, and marketing activities. Currently present in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania, Tommyrotter’s range includes an American Gin, Cask-Strength Bourbon Barrel Gin, Cider Cask Finished Tennessee Whiskey, Triple Barrel American Whiskey, Napa Valley Heritage Cask Bourbon, and Small Batch Vodka.

•Champagne Beau Joie has formed a partnership with the NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights under which it will become the hockey team’s official Champagne brand. The multi-year accord includes events, retail promotions, in-arena LED branding and an “Own The Knight” feature during select home games where the team will present a bottle of Beau Joie to an honoree celebrating a special occasion. A zero-dosage Champagne, Beau Joie is imported by Las Vegas-based Toast Spirits.

•Santa Rosa, California wholesaler Epic Wines & Spirits has appointed Bill Young as executive vice president of sales. Young will be responsible for managing Epic’s sales in all divisions and across all channels. Prior to this appointment, Young was Treasury Wine Estates’ general manager for California. In his 15 years at TWE Young also served as vice president of national accounts, and as the vice president for both global and national on-premise accounts. Bill Foley of Foley Family Wines acquired Epic in 2013.

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