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News Briefs for November 19, 2019

November 19, 2019

•Laphroaig 16-year-old, Redbreast Small Batch, and whiskies from Cask & Crew and Wigle are among the new offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Kentucky’s Bardstown Bourbon Company has released two new whiskies, the latest offerings in its Discovery series and its Fusion series. Fusion Series No.-2 is a 60-40 blend of Bardstown’s own distillate with 12-year-old Bourbon sourced in Kentucky. The Bardstown 60% contribution is comprised of 18% three-year-old Bourbon and 42% Bourbon just under three years old. Fusion Series No.-2 is bottled at 49.45% abv and retails at $60 a 750-ml. Bardstown’s Discovery Series No.-2, meanwhile, is a blend of 44% 10-year-old Bourbon, 39% 12-year-old Bourbon, and 17% 14-year-old Bourbon bottled at 60.605% abv and retailing at $130 a 750-ml.

•California-based WX Brands has extended its Chronic Cellars label with a Sir Real Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. Retailing at $15 a 750-ml., the new entry is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petite Sirah. Chronic Cellars’ Sir Real Paso Robles Cab is rolling out nationally this month and includes an updated label and bottle. WX Brands’ portfolio also includes Bread & Butter Wines, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Jelly Jar Wines, Our Daily Wines, Reckless Love, and Sunday Funday wines.

•Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) has named Andy Quarm as executive vice president of RNDC Colorado and Randy Hecklinski as executive vice president of NDC Georgia. Quarm joined RNDC in 2004 and has served as vice president, sales, at RNDC Colorado since 2017. Hecklinski was most recently vice president, national retail development at Trinchero Family Estates, and has also served with Constellation, Pernod Ricard, and E.&J. Gallo over his more than two-decade industry career.

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