News Briefs for September 27, 2021September 27, 2021
•Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series FAE-02, Macallan 30 year old Double Cask, and newcomers from Highland Park and Westland are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.
•Rémy Cointreau is bringing back its Cosmos for a Cause program for a second year, inviting consumers to help support local restaurants and bars across the U.S. by ordering Cosmopolitan cocktails at participating establishments. Cointreau will make a $100,000 donation to the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) to support recovery from the pandemic. Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has signed on as a partner and will make a matching donation to the IRC. “Our Cosmos for a Cause program this past holiday season was a significant success,” said Ian McLernon, president and CEO of Rémy Cointreau Americas. “Many businesses are still on the road to recovery, and we will continue to provide the support and commitment needed to further benefit the great people in our local bars and restaurants across the country.” The full list of bars and restaurants participating in Cosmos for a Cause will be revealed October 15 on Cointreau’s website.
•PaQuí Tequila and Lejana y Sola Mezcal are expanding into six new states, including Florida with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. with Opici Family Distributing; and West Texas with Reed Beverage. The two brands, owned by Tequila Holdings, Inc., led by industry veteran John Chappell, are now distributed across 11 U.S. markets. PaQuí includes Silvera ($50), Reposado ($55), and Añejo ($65) Tequilas. Lejana y Sola, retailing at $60, which debuted with a mezcal blending Espadin and wild Cuishe agaves, is now launching a second expression with Espadin and wild Arroqueño agaves.
•The Producer, a new mezcal brand, is rolling out now in the U.S., making its debut with two expressions: Ensamble ($47) and Tepeztate ($98). The 40.2% abv Ensamble is made from 7-year-old Espadin agave plants and 9-year-old Cuishe agave plants that are distilled in a copper pot still following open-air fermentation. Tepeztate is also bottled at 40.2% abv and is made from agave plants sourced from Sierra Sur, Oaxaca, a coastal region. The wild agave for this mezcal is harvested after roughly 16 years.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.