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News Briefs for October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

•William Grant & Sons has launched The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 8, the final release in the Tun 1509 series. The 52.3% abv whisky was blended from 18 rare casks selected by malt master David Stewart and rested together for three months in the collection’s namesake Tun, or large oak vessel for marrying whiskies. Batch 8 is rolling out now in limited quantities across the U.S. for a suggested price of $410.

•Bodega Luigi Bosca, part of the Frederick Wildman & Sons portfolio, has announced Luigi Bosca De Sangre, a new line of wines from select vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina. The collection, which contains seven wines and is line priced at $25 a 750-ml., has three Malbecs (a 2018 vintage, a 2019 wine from the Lujan de Cuyo D.O.C., and a 2017 from vineyards in Finca Miralejos, in Paraje Altamira), as well as a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet Franc, a red blend, and a white blend. The Luigi Bosca De Sangre collection will be available nationally through Frederick Wildman’s distribution network.

•Duckhorn has priced its latest offering of common stock—a tranche of 12 million shares mostly held by majority owner TSG Consumer Partners—at $20.50 a share. The offering is expected to close on October 19, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Following the offering, investment funds affiliated with TSG will own approximately 65.1% of Duckhorn’s common stock, or 63.6% if the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional shares, down from about 75% currently.

•Louis XIII Cognac is introducing a new special edition aimed exclusively at upscale nightclubs. The luxury Cognac’s N°XIII edition is packaged in individually numbered red decanters with six red bespoke crystal glasses made by glassmaker Saint-Louis. Only 200 N°XIII editions were created, and they’re targeted to select nightclubs. N°XIII will officially launch today at Omnia in Las Vegas.

•Windsor Canadian Distilling Co. has released a new limited edition “Outdoors” label for its Windsor Supreme Canadian Whisky PET 750-ml bottle. Aimed at connecting with Windsor’s outdoor-minded consumers, the design features a motif including whitetail deer, waterfowl, and navigation and camping elements and is rolling out now in select markets, retailing at $11 a bottle. Windsor is imported in the U.S. by Minnesota-based Prestige Beverage Group.

•Tullamore Dew, part of the William Grant & Sons portfolio, has debuted Tully Chips, a new package of six 50-ml. bottles of the brand’s flagship Irish whiskey. The minis are packaged in a bag reminiscent, like the name suggests, of those used for potato chips. Tully Chips are now available in select retailers in Illinois, South Carolina, Texas, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., as well as through caskers.com in Florida and California.

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