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News Briefs for November 22, 2021

November 22, 2021

•Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter, Frey Ranch Single Grain Series, and newcomers from Sagamore Spirit and St. George are among the offerings in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Market Watch Leader Kenneth Lee, owner of 23-store Nevada chain Lee’s Discount Liquors, died in a car crash Friday at the age of 53. The retail chain was founded in 1982 by his father Hae Un Lee, also a Market Watch Leader. Hae Un Lee also died this year after battling pancreatic cancer. Kenneth Lee is survived by his wife Nami and three children. With his father, Lee founded charity organization Lee’s Helping Hand, which has donated millions to various causes in Nevada.

•Denver-based Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey has launched the second edition of Mountain Angel, the distillery’s 10-year-old, limited edition single malt whiskey. Batch 2 is bottled at 47.3% abv and matured entirely in new charred American oak casks. The whiskey carries a suggested retail price of $130 and is available in very limited quantities (roughly 600 bottles for this release) at Stranahan’s distillery and in select retail locations. It joins the company’s original expression and sits alongside other limited releases like Snowflake. Stranahan’s is part of the Proximo Spirits portfolio.

•Sicily’s Donnafugata is introducing two new wines through U.S. importer Folio Fine Wine Partners. They include an Isolano white, made of Carricante grapes and retailing at $62 a bottle, and a Cuordilava red made of Nerello Mascalese and retailing at $95. Both were grown on the slopes of Mt. Etna and feature branding designed by Dolce & Gabbana, with which Donnafugata has also collaborated previously on wines including a Rosa rosé and a numbered edition of the red Tancredi 2016.

•Online distributor LibDib is entering the Maryland market. Producers can sign up now, and web and mobile app purchasing by restaurants, bars, and retailers will be available in early 2022. LibDib’s three-tier compliant, web-based distribution is now available across nine markets, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. LibDib is partnered with RNDC, and the two companies recently debuted LibDib@RNDC TX, a new sales division at RNDC within the state of Texas, which offers distribution for both established RNDC suppliers and emerging brands.

•The Whistler Irish Whiskey has announced the annual release of its Imperial Stout Cask and Calvados Cask whiskies. This year’s version of The Whistler’s Imperial Stout Cask Finish—dubbed Batch 002—was made in collaboration with O’Hara’s Brewery in Bagenalstown, Ireland. It’s a blend of 50% wheat whiskey, 35% malt whiskey, and 15% grain, aged six months in casks from O’Hara’s that originally housed sherry, and bottled at 43% abv. Calvados Cask Finish is a continued collaboration with Chateau du Breuil composed of 35% malt whiskey and 65% grain whiskey, aged 15 months in the Chateau’s Calvados casks and also bottled at 43%. Only 3,000 bottles from Batch 002 will be available in the U.S. for a suggested $40.

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