News Briefs for December 30, 2019December 30, 2019
•Ed Belfour’s Bourbon and Rye, Tommy Bahama Spirits, and Woodcraft Spirits Riverboat series are among the new offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.
•Diageo has received the go-ahead from local authorities for its plans to resurrect the Port Ellen distillery on Scotland’s island of Islay. As part of the plans the distillery’s historic pagoda-roofed kiln house will be restored alongside the creation of new state-of-the-art production buildings. The new stillhouse will include two pairs of stills: one pair that will exactly replicate Port Ellen’s original copper pot stills; and a second, smaller pair intended for experimentation with new whisky styles. Diageo announced its £35 million ($46m) investment program to bring back Port Ellen on Islay and Brora distillery in Sutherland—both of which closed in 1983—in October of 2017.
•Rock Rose gin is entering the Florida market, building on a distribution footprint that already includes Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. Imported by Vision Wine & Spirits, a division of Martignetti Cos., Rock Rose includes a flagship 41.5% abv gin as well as a 57% abv Navy Strength offering. The brand will be distributed by International Wine & Spirits in the Florida market. Made by Scotland’s Dunnet Bay Distillers, Rock Rose is also slated to expand to the West Coast and Connecticut moving forward.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.