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News Briefs for November 9, 2020

November 9, 2020

•Brown-Forman-owned The GlenDronach single malt Scotch whisky has launched a new Port-pipe finished expression across the U.S. The GlenDronach Port Wood is bottled at 46% abv, non-chill filtered, and is first matured in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso Sherry casks before its Port finishing. It’s now available in select retailers nationwide at a suggested price of $90 a 750-ml. The GlenDronach, which was first released in the U.S. in 2013, depletes around 10,000 cases in the U.S. annually, according to Impact Databank.

•The Fladgate Partnership has unveiled Taylor Fladgate Very Old Tawny Port, Kingsman Edition. Debuting in tandem with 20th Century Studios’ upcoming film “The King’s Man,” the special bottling includes rare wines from Taylor Fladgate’s Oporto cellars with an average age of 90 years. It’s presented in a bespoke crystal decanter with gold detailing and a luxury presentation box, of which 100 are being distributed at a retail price of $3,800 apiece.

•Irish whiskey brand Writers’ Tears is getting a packaging refresh across its full line. All six expressions of Writers’ Tears now feature a cork and foil closure. The brand’s tall, Victorian-style bottle now also features an embossed teardrop above the label and debossing on the Writers’ Tears name on the glass base, and the bottle is 2mm wider and slightly heavier than before. The main labels have also been redesigned and feature additional writerly elements, like expression-specific “chapter numbers” denoting the order in which each release was originally created. Writers’ Tears is produced by Carlow, Ireland-based Walsh Whiskey, which also produces whiskey line The Irishman. Writers’ Tears is handled by Hotaling in the U.S.

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