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News Briefs for November 6, 2019

November 6, 2019

•In a call with U.S. president Donald Trump, British prime minister Boris Johnson has urged a removal of the recent 25% tariffs imposed on single malt Scotch whisky exports to the U.S., according to a statement from Downing Street. Scotch distillers and U.S. importers have been wrestling with how to address the issue, with some racing to airfreight shipments to the U.S. ahead of the tariffs, which took effect October 18. A statement from the White House didn’t address specific topics discussed during the call between the two heads of state, but called for “a robust bilateral free trade agreement once the United Kingdom leaves the E.U.”

•Heaven’s Door Spirits, the collaboration between Bob Dylan and Spirits Investment Partners, has launched the first expression in its limited edition Bootleg Series. Volume 1 of the Bootleg Series is a 26-year-old, 111.5 proof Canadian whisky aged in ex-Bourbon barrels and finished in Japanese Mizunara oak barrels. It’s packaged in handmade ceramic bottles that feature an image of the Dylan painting, “Train Tracks,” and the bottle comes enclosed in an individually numbered leather journal. The limited edition is launching in a supply of fewer than 3,000 bottles, retailing at $500 apiece.

•Intrepid Spirits has introduced Egan’s Centenary, a special edition Irish whiskey commemorating 100 years since the passing of brand patriarch Henry Egan. The 46% abv whiskey is a blend of single malt and grain whiskies married in XO Cognac barrels. Centenary is a limited release—only 5,995 bottles are available worldwide—and is now available in select locations across the U.S. for a suggested price of $100 a 750-ml. Egan’s is imported by LeVecke Corporation in the U.S.

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