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News Briefs for October 5, 2020

October 5, 2020

•Bushmills 28-year-old, Cask-Strength Highland Park, and newcomers from Angel’s Envy, Orphan Barrel, and Calumet Farm are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Mount Gay Rum, part of the Rémy Cointreau portfolio, is launching a new limited edition, Master Blender Collection: The Port Cask Expression. Created by master blender Trudiann Branker, the new bottling is a blend of rums distilled in a traditional column still and aged for five years in Tawny Port casks, together with rums double distilled in a copper pot still and aged for 14 years in American whiskey casks and finished in Tawny Port casks for one year. Retailing at $175 a 750-ml., Mount Gay’s new luxury Port Cask expression is a cask-strength at 55% abv and is limited to 2,100 bottles in the U.S.

•Código 1530 Tequila is releasing a new limited-edition extra añejo expression, the George Strait Origen. The new expression aged over six years in French white oak barrels that previously held Napa Valley Cabernet. The 40% abv spirit will retail for $350, with only 1,200 bottles available nationwide. The six barrels used to create the Tequila were hand-selected by Código co-founder and country music legend George Strait. Código 1530 reports that it’s seen rapid gains in the year-to-date, registering growth of 40%.

•Diageo is bringing back Cîroc vodka’s White Grape expression for the holiday season. Five times distilled from French grapes, Cîroc White Grape is rolling out now. Cîroc slipped 9% to 1.4 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank, amid intense competition in the U.S. vodka category. In Diageo’s full fiscal year through June, the brand’s net sales fell by double-digits, with the decline partially offset by good results for limited-time offers like White Grape.

•High Road Spirits, a collection of international brands covering a variety of drinks categories, has signed on with importer and distributor Skurnik Wines & Spirits in California. High Road’s portfolio includes Japanese whiskies like Ichiro’s Malt, Akashi, and Kanosuke; gins like Hapusa and Jin Jiji; and Agave-distilled spirits like Cruz de Fuego Mezcal and Trianon Tequila; among other global spirits and beer. This new accord expands High Road and Skurnik’s partnership, which already covered the Northeast, including New York and New Jersey.

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