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News Briefs for October 25, 2021

October 25, 2021

•Booker’s 2021-03 “Bardstown Batch,” Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost, and Rare Pittyvaich are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Heaven Hill and members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union have come to terms on a five-year contract deal, ending a weekslong strike, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Workers had rejected a previous Heaven Hill proposal on September 9, and 400 of them subsequently went on strike for six weeks. The two parties have now reached agreement on “key priorities, such as preserving affordable health care, increasing pay, maintaining overtime provisions, and strengthening retirement security,” the UFCW stated.

•Scotch producer Compass Box Whisky has announced another installment in its limited edition series No Name. The final release of the series, No Name, No. 3, is a blended malt whisky based on liquid from the Laphroaig Distillery aged in recharred hogsheads, augmented with additions from Bowmore Distillery and the Compass Box Highland Malt Blend. Compass Box will market 10,794 bottles worldwide. No Name, No. 3 is at 48.9% abv and will be available from spirits retailers beginning November 1 for $130 a 750-ml.

•Sotheby’s is going to France. The longtime auctioneer, one of the leading players in collectible wine and spirits sales, announced it will soon open new offices in Beaune and Bordeaux to meet European demand and increase efficiency. The French offices will be the fourth major wine hub for the auction house, which already hosts sales in London, New York, and Hong Kong. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Mount Gay Rum, part of the Rémy Cointreau portfolio, has unveiled the newest expression in its limited edition Master Blender Collection: Andean Oak Cask. The fourth offering in the series, Andean Cask is available nationwide, retailing at $195 a 750-ml. Made by master blender Trudiann Branker, the new rum was double distilled in a traditional copper pot still, aged for 14 years in ex-Bourbon barrels, and then finished in Virgin Andean Oak, an evergreen tree that grows across the mountains of the Colombian Andes. Mount Gay had U.S. volume of 144,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Miami-based importer Origins Organic, the U.S. arm of Domaine Bousquet, is introducing Le Petit Verre, a new canned Argentine wine brand. French for “The Small Glass” and a nod to the French origin of the Bousquet family, Le Petit Verre debuts with a Malbec and a Bubbly Rosé, each packaged in 250-ml cans retailing at $13 a 4-pack and $3.50 an individual can. Le Petit Verre is rolling out in major markets nationwide. The 100% certified organic fruit for the new range comes from the Tupungato Valley, a high-altitude sub-zone of Mendoza’s Uco Valley.

•Tanteo Tequila is launching a limited edition seasonal expression. Tanteo Navidad is an ultra-premium Añejo Tequila rested for 18 months in American oak barrels, then hand-infused with pequin chilis, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, and cocoa beans. Retailing at $60 a bottle, it will be available exclusively on Tanteo’s website. 10% of profits will go towards Un Salto Con Destino, a charity providing essential medical services to underprivileged members of Tanteo’s Mexican community.

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