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News Briefs for October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

•Ireland’s Waterford Whisky, founded by industry veteran Mark Reynier, has unveiled a new whisky called The Cuvée, which will become the distillery’s flagship offering. Retailing at $95 a 750-ml. and carrying an abv of 50%, The Cuvée was inspired by the great châteaux of Bordeaux and created via the winemaker’s art of assemblage. It includes 25 component whiskies, each distilled and matured from a single barley harvest of a single Irish farm. Waterford head distiller Ned Gahan separately assessed each whisky for its terroir-driven attributes, then blended them to create The Cuvée, which is bottled at natural color, is not chill filtered, and features a “terroir code” that links to details on the component whiskies and production.

•Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao, Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 8, and newcomers from Paul John and Penderyn are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•The House of Suntory has announced the 2021 limited-edition bottling of Hibiki Harmony. The special bottling features flowers and flowing water across the 24 faces of the bottle, which represent the seasons according to the Japanese lunar calendar and pays tribute to the Ryusui-Hyakka (one-hundred flowers and flowing water). The whisky is bottled at 43% abv and will be available in limited quantities across the U.S. at a suggested price of $125 a 750-ml.

•Pernod Ricard is extending Malibu rum with a new range called Cocktails in a Can. Available in Piña Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri expressions, the new cocktails are made with Caribbean rum and natural flavors. They’re rolling out nationwide in four-packs of 12-ounce cans and weigh in at 7% abv. Including its flavored varieties Malibu rum reached 2.7 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank, averaging 5.2% annual growth over the past 10 years.

•Smirnoff is launching a new Poco Pico seltzer variety pack including four flavors, Mango Chili, Pineapple Jalapeno, Spicy Tamarind, and Spicy Margarita. Smirnoff’s Poco Pico Seltzer comes in a 12-pack of 12-ounce cans retailing at $16. The Diageo-owned brand is also relaunching Spicy Tamarind as a flavored vodka ($15 a 750-ml.), which performed strongly in its initial outing last year.

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