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News Briefs for June 2, 2021

June 2, 2021

•Kilchoman Loch Gorm, Port Charlotte PAC: 01 2011, and newcomers from Glenlivet and Orphan Barrel are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Campari America has launched the latest limited-edition whiskey from the Wild Turkey Distillery: Russell’s Reserve 13-year-old. The 57.4% abv Bourbon is non-chill filtered and bottled at barrel strength, and showcases the combined decades of experience in the industry from master distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell. The whiskey is now available across the U.S. for a limited time at a suggested price of $70 a 750-ml.

•Conecuh Brands has released two new whiskies in the Clyde May’s family. First up is Clyde May’s Special Reserve Straight Bourbon, a new 55% abv permanent addition to the portfolio. It’s aged for five years and retails for $70 a 750-ml. Conecuh has also unveiled this year’s edition of Clyde May’s cask strength release, a 13-year-old Bourbon bottled at 56% abv, which is available in limited quantities for $180 a 750-ml.

•Brown-Forman has added a new single barrel rye to the Old Forester brand. The unfiltered rye whiskey is bottled at barrel proof and is the first expansion for Old Forester rye since the whiskey was introduced in 2019. Old Forester Single Barrel Rye is now available across the U.S. for around $80 a 750-ml.

•Danish whisky brand Stauning, part of the Diageo-backed Distill Ventures portfolio, is launching in the U.S. Initial offerings include Stauning’s flagship rye whisky (48% abv, $80), Stauning Kaos triple malt (46% abv, $90), and Stauning Smoke (47% abv, $100), a peated and heather smoked malt. Situated on a fjord in West Jutland on the west coast of Denmark, Stauning’s whiskies are made from local grain, floor-malted in-house, and distilled in 24 direct-fired small copper pot stills.

•Uncle Nearest has announced the formation of a $50 million venture fund that will invest in rapidly growing minority-founded and owned spirit brands. The fund has already chosen its first two investments, with each company to receive initial funding of $2 million. They include London-based Equiano, an Afro-Caribbean rum founded by Ian Burrell and Aaisha Dadral; and Jack From Brooklyn, Inc., maker of mixology darling Sorel Liqueur. Uncle Nearest founder and CEO Fawn Weaver unveiled the fund on the centenary of the Tulsa race massacre, which destroyed 35 square blocks in the city, an area known as “Black Wall Street.”

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