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News Briefs for October 8, 2021

October 8, 2021

•Walsh Whiskey has released a new limited-edition whiskey in the Writers’ Tears family. Writers’ Tears Icewine Cask Finish is a blend of Irish single malt and pot still whiskies finished in Inniskillin casks from Ontario, Canada for 12 months. 3,500 bottles of the 46% abv whiskey are being distributed to select retailers in Canada, Ireland, and the U.S., where the new release carries a suggested price of $85 a 750-ml. Hotaling & Co. imports Writers’ Tears in the U.S.

•Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., part of the Pernod Ricard portfolio, has launched TX Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Cognac Casks, the latest release from the Fort Worth-based distiller. The 50.8% abv whiskey is the third release in the Barrel Finish series, following Tawny Port and PX Sherry Cask finished whiskies. This release also marks the end of master distiller Rob Arnold’s tenure with F&R, as he is now stepping aside, allowing Ale Ochoa, master blender, and new master distiller Evan Brewer to take the helm. TX Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Cognac Casks is rolling out now throughout Texas for a suggested price of $65 a 750-ml.

•Maryland’s Redwood Capital Investments has acquired Ohio’s Heidelberg Distributing for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will give Redwood a footprint in Ohio and Kentucky, where Heidelberg has over 1,600 employees and 26,000 accounts, delivering drinks from over 700 suppliers, including Treasury Wine Estates, Constellation, Delicato, The Wine Group, Sazerac, and Pernod Ricard among others. Redwood also owns Anheuser-Busch distributors in Florida and Texas, as well as an interest in Illinois’ Lakeshore Beverage.

•Buchanan’s Scotch whisky, part of the Diageo portfolio, is launching a new campaign called “What Glory We Are,” celebrating Hispanic-American culture. The national campaign, which includes video and out-of-home ads, features prominent personalities with both Hispanic and American roots, including gold medal Olympian Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Los Angeles-based designer Brenda Equihua, and Texas-born Mexican-American writer Ernesto Macias among others. According to Impact Databank, Buchanan’s is the third-ranked blended Scotch brand by volume in the U.S., up 9% to just over 605,000 cases last year.

•Frankfort, Kentucky-based Castle & Key Distillery is expanding distribution to the Northeast. The move is being facilitated by Skurnik Wines and Spirits, which now distributes Castle & Key’s portfolio in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. That portfolio includes Sacred Spring Vodka, Roots of Ruin Gin, and Restoration Rye and is now available in 12 states overall, also including Texas, Arizona, Georgia, and Illinois, among others, with plans to launch online sales by year-end. Castle & Key began in 2014 as a project restoring the The Old Taylor Distillery in Frankfort with the goal of creating an immersive distillery experience.

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