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News Briefs for October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

•Diageo has announced the latest release in the Singleton line of single malt Scotch whiskies. The new release was distilled at Glen Ord and matured for 38 years in a combination of ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry, and new American oak casks before bottling at 49.6% abv. This limited release was drawn from eight casks and is rolling out now around the world for a suggested retail price of roughly $2,760 (£2,100.) Last year, the Singleton was at 19,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•Former Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge has partnered with Blue Run Spirits to introduce Blue Run 13-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Retailing at $170 a 750-ml., the newcomer is at 113 proof and is rolling out to the Kentucky (RNDC) and Georgia (Savannah Distributing) markets this month in an edition of 2,600 bottles. Rutledge will have more whiskies coming under the Blue Run banner, a new company formed by former Nike and Facebook veterans, among others.

•Edrington has unveiled the latest expression in The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection—a vintage Scotch distilled in 1993. The new whisky matured for 27 years in Sherry-seasoned American oak and is bottled at 50.2% abv. Only 256 bottles are available worldwide, retailing at a suggested price of $18,000 a 750-ml. The Fine & Rare Collection now includes 57 vintages from 1926 to 1993. The Macallan is the second-largest single malt brand in the U.S. at around 270,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.

•Southern Glazer’s has matched Constellation Brands’ $100,000 donation to support charities focusing on wildfire relief funds. The wine and spirits distribution giant has donated $50,000 each to the Napa Valley Community Foundation and Sonoma County Resilience Fund, organizations providing much needed disaster assistance to local residents impacted by the California wildfires.

•St. Paul, Minnesota-based distributor Johnson Brothers has named Matt Colasanti vice president of national accounts. Prior to joining the middle tier, Colasanti served as a senior director on E.&J. Gallo’s Drive team, leading sales technology development. Colasanti will report to AJ Atta, Johnson Brothers’ vice president and general manager leading the national accounts division. Additionally, Nathan Johnson has been promoted to director of regional chains. Previously, Johnson was in charge of the wholesaler’s chain business in Minnesota.

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