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News Briefs for August 26, 2021

August 26, 2021

•Washington-based Woodinville Whiskey, part of the Moët Hennessy portfolio, will unveil a special distillery-only Harvest Release whiskey on September 11, Moscatel Finished Woodinville Straight Bourbon. The new entry was finished in 200-gallon Moscatel De Setúbal barrels, a rare fortified wine produced on the Setúbal Peninsula of Portugal. Bottled at 100 proof, the special edition will retail at $70 a bottle.

•An extremely rare set of single cask Japanese whiskies, named the Legend of Asama, have come to market. The whiskies were distilled in 1981 and matured for 20 years at the Karuizawa Distillery before being transferred to Chichibu Distillery. The two Karuizawa 1981 35-Year-Old Single Cask Japanese Single Malt whiskies in the set—from casks 4059 and 6183—were bottled at cask strength in 2017, when the majority of bottles were sold. Only 30 sets, encased in Glencairn Crystal glassware and lunawood casing, are available worldwide through Legend of Asama’s website.

•New York-based importer Cognac One has brought a new sparkling French wine, René Briand, to the U.S. The new brand, made by Boisset Effervescence, makes its U.S. debut with a Brut Blanc de Blancs and a Brut Rosé with grapes for both sourced from sustainability certified vineyards. René Briand is now available across the U.S. for a suggested price of $16 for the Blanc de Blancs Brut and $17 for the Brut Rosé.

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