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News Briefs for May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020

•As the whisky world continues to adapt to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, yet another event is going virtual after in-person festivities were cancelled. The Islay Festival (Fèis Ìle), the annual celebration of music and single malt, announced via its website on March 18 that the 2020 festival scheduled for May 23-30 would be cancelled due to the Scottish government’s guidelines during the pandemic. Yet the island’s distilleries, which prepare for this festival all year, couldn’t let the week go by without some kind of event, and several are bringing the celebration online—and reaching many more whisky fans in the process. Whisky Advocate has more.

•New Zealand-based Invivo & Co. has debuted a new rosé in its Invivo X, SJP line, a collaborative effort with actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Sourced from vineyards in the South of France, Invivo X, SJP Rosé ($20 a 750-ml.) will be available May 26 on Wine.com, with a wider nationwide rollout set to follow this summer. The new rosé joins a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in the Invivo X, SJP range, which is imported to the U.S. by Taub Family.

•Teeling Irish whiskey is launching a special Father’s Day edition of its single malt expression. Selling exclusively on ReserveBar through June at $60 a bottle, the limited edition is finished in five different types of wine casks. $5 from every bottle sold will go to the Raise Your Spirits campaign supporting bars and restaurants. In the U.S., Teeling is handled by Bacardi, which also holds a minority stake in the brand. Teeling jumped 24% to 20,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Rosé Water, a canned beverage billed as a hybrid of rosé wine and sparkling water, has expanded to 15 states, including North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, South Carolina, California, and Illinois, among others. The 4.9%-abv entry is made from Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Cabernet Franc sourced from France’s Loire Valley, blended with sparkling water from the Austrian Alps. It retails at $13-$17 a six-pack of 8.5-ounce cans, which are also sold individually at about $3 a can. Each can has 69 calories. The Wilmington, North Carolina-based company is aiming to be present in 48 states by the end of the year.

•Brown-Forman has teamed up with Whiskey Barrel Foods to create Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cocktail Bitters, designed to complement Jack Daniel’s flavor profile when used in cocktails. The bitters are at 46.9% abv and bring flavors of vanilla, wood, berry, ginger, and maple. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cocktail Bitters are now available on Whiskey Barrel Foods’ website for $15 a 3-ounce bottle.

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