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News Briefs for January 25, 2021

January 25, 2021

•Single Malt Scotch from Arran, Single Cask Penderyn, and Maple Syrup Cask Finished Rye from Wigle Whiskey are profiled in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Ardbeg is releasing a new limited edition bottling that represents its first rye cask matured offering. A non-age-stated 51.8% abv expression wholly aged in ex-rye casks, Arrrrrrrdbeg! is a tribute to distillery manager Mickey Heads, who retired late last year after 13 years at the distillery’s helm. It’s launching exclusively to the Ardbeg Committee’s 100,000 members on February 1, priced at $180 a bottle. Islay-based Ardbeg is part of the Moët Hennessy-owned Glenmorangie Co. Its 5-year-old Wee Beastie expression recently ranked sixth among Whisky Advocate’s Top 20 Whiskies of 2020.

•Newport Beach, California-based the Cooper Spirits Company has announced a 20-year-old bottling of its Lock, Stock & Barrel rye whiskey. The 56% abv whiskey is sourced from Alberta Distillers and aged in new charred American oak barrels that were not toasted, a move the company says has allowed the whiskey to age gracefully over two decades. Only 1,000 3-pack cases have been released and the whiskey is now available at select retailers across the U.S. for a suggested price of $389 a 750-ml.

•Infinium Spirits has named Webb Banks as its exclusive distributor for travel retail in the Americas, cruise lines, the Caribbean basin, and select Central American markets, effective immediately. Under the agreement, Webb Banks will exclusively distribute and represent Infinium’s Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Templeton Rye American Whiskey, Zaya Rum, and ultra-luxury Tequila brand Tears of Llorona Tequila. Webb Banks’ distribution portfolio also includes Tito’s, Jägermeister, Disaronno, The Macallan, WhistlePig, Robert Mondavi, Stags’ Leap, Caymus, Penfolds, and Rodney Strong Vineyards, among other key wine and spirits labels.

•Brockmans Gin has appointed Guy Lawrence as CEO. He joined the company a year ago as managing director and is taking over for co-founder Neil Everitt, who will remain on the board of directors. Before Brockmans, Lawrence held senior leadership roles at Mast-Jägermeister, Russian Standard Vodka, and Bacardi, among others. As CEO Lawrence will focus on growing Brockmans in the U.S. as well as globally. The super-premium brand is distributed in 22 U.S. states by Blue Ridge Beverage and is available in 54 countries where it enjoys particularly strong support in the U.K. and Spain. Brockmans retails for $35 a 750-ml.

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