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News Briefs for October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

•Bacardi is debuting three new offerings from its Exceptional Cask series of single malt Scotch whiskies: Aberfeldy 18 Years Old ($120, 43% abv), Aberfeldy 20 Years Old ($200, 43% abv), and Craigellachie 24 Years Old ($300, 52.2% abv), all of which are rolling out this month. Each expression in the Exceptional Cask series is hand-selected by malt master Stephanie Macleod.

•Dolores Cakebread, co-founder of Napa Valley’s Cakebread Cellars, passed away peacefully in her sleep October 2, at the age of 90. She and her husband, Jack, started their winery in 1973, and from the start, Dolores stressed the importance of great food paired with great wine, helping build Napa’s reputation for hospitality. Wine Spectator has more on Cakebread’s life and career.

•Sweet Amber Distilling Co. has announced a new cask strength program for the Blackened American whiskey line. The whiskey, called Batch 106, is a blend of Bourbon and rye that’s bottled at 55.35% abv. According to the company, the whiskies in the blend are an average of eight years old. Like the wider Blackened release, Batch 106 is finished by playing music through the spirit, in this case Metallica’s S&M2 collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony. Blackened Batch 106 is available for around $55 in Kroger Supermarkets in Kentucky and in Tampa, Florida at Luekens Wine & Spirits.

•Volley Tequila Seltzer has expanded into Georgia, Tennessee, and New Jersey, following its initial launch in July. The company, which makes four flavors of RTDs from juice, Tequila, and seltzer water is now available in Tennessee through Athens Distributing Company, in Georgia through Savannah Distributing Company, and in New Jersey through Allied Beverage. The new partnerships bring Volley into distribution in five states, including Florida and New York. Four-packs of Volley’s 5.25% abv seltzers retail for around $14.

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