News Briefs for November 13, 2020November 13, 2020
•Crown Royal 16 Year Old Rye, Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt, and newcomers from Widow Jane and Rampur are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.
•Bardstown, Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Distillery has announced a new limited edition Bourbon to celebrate the company’s 85th anniversary. The single barrel whiskey is bottled at 53.5% abv—a tribute to the distillery’s original barrel entry proof—and matured for 13 years. The whiskey comes in a custom wooden box with twin H’s on either side and blue satin interior trim. Heaven Hill 85th Anniversary 13-Year-Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be available soon at the company’s Bourbon Heritage center and in limited Kentucky retailers for a suggested price of $300 a 750-ml.
•Irish Distillers (Pernod Ricard) has announced the return of the Blue Spot, the fourth entry in the Spot family of single pot still Irish whiskies. The cask strength whiskey is coming back to market after a 56-year absence and completes the family of luxury-priced whiskies. The Blue Spot is blended from whiskies aged in Bourbon, Sherry, and Madeira casks and bottled with non-chill filtering. The Blue Spot is rolling out in Ireland, UK, France, Canada, Northern Ireland, and Global Travel Retail now, and will launch in the U.S. in February 2021 with a suggested retail price of around €80 (around $94.50).
•Breakthru Beverage has named Darcy Traer as the company’s new executive vice president for Breakthru’s Canadian arm, effective January 1. As leader of Breakthru Beverage Canada, Traer will be responsible for guiding sales and growth for both the company’s supplier and provincial board partners. Traer succeeds the recently promoted Julian Burzynski and comes to his new role with substantial industry experience; prior to Breakthru, he spent 10 years in leadership roles at Diageo Canada. Traer will report directly to Breakthru CCO Lloyd Sobel.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.