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News Briefs for September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

•Woodford Reserve has launched Woodford Reserve Four Grain a new, limited edition whiskey. A blend of Woodford Bourbon, rye, malt, and wheat whiskies—all aged in new charred oak barrels—Woodford Reserve Four Grain is bottled at 45.2% abv and retail priced at $50 a 375-ml. Four Grain is the latest addition to the brand’s annual Distillery Series, which was created to showcase innovative expressions. Woodford Reserve was up 22% last year to just under 800,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.

•Denver-based Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey has announced Mountain Angel 10 Year Old, the oldest release yet from the Proximo-owned distillery. The 47.3% abv whiskey is made from locally sourced malted barley and aged in charred new American oak barrels, with some barrels losing up to 80% of their contents due to evaporation. The whiskey is rolling out now in extremely limited quantities; fewer than 500 bottles will be available in Colorado, California, and New York, with some bottles allocated as part of a special weekly tasting program at the brand’s distillery. Stranahan’s Mountain Angel 10 Year Old retails for around $130 a bottle.

•New Jersey-based Royal Wine Corp. has added two new wines to its portfolio. From its Herzog Wine Cellars label comes the Herzog Variations Be-leaf Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, a certified-organic, kosher offering that retails at $25 a 750-ml and is available nationwide. And within its South African J. Folk label is a new, canned rosé, marking the first dry, kosher rosé to debut in a can, according to the company. The J. Folk canned rosé is retail priced at $15 a 4-pack of 250-ml. cans, and is currently limited to New York and New Jersey, with eventual distribution to Florida, California, Maryland, and Illinois planned.

•Infinium Spirits’ Templeton Rye has unveiled the 2020 release in its barrel finish series, Caribbean Rum Cask Finish. The 46% abv whiskey was distilled in Indiana by MGP and matured for five years before finishing for six months in rum casks previously used to mature Jamaican rum. This is the second release in Templeton’s barrel finish series and follows last fall’s Maple Cask Finish. Templeton Caribbean Rum Cask Finish is rolling out now in limited quantities across the U.S. for roughly $45-$50 a 750-ml. Last year, Templeton was at 63,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.

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