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News Briefs for January 12, 2022

January 12, 2022

•Limavady, the single barrel single malt whiskey from Northern Ireland, will add four new states and two new countries to its distribution footprint in the coming months, building on its existing five-state presence. In February, the brand will launch in bars and retailers in Texas, Illinois, Georgia, and Maryland. In the spring, Limavady will expand internationally, adding the rest of the U.K. and Australia. The brand, a revival of an 18th century whiskey, is led by master distiller Darryl McNally and the team behind WhistlePig, and retails at a suggested price of $50 a bottle.

•Claude Taittinger, who led Taittinger Champagne for nearly five decades, died Jan. 3. He was 94. Known as both a stylish gentleman and a savvy businessman, Taittinger is credited with growing his family’s young Champagne house, investing in a large collection of vineyards while also modernizing the marketing of Champagne as a luxury product. Over the decades, he grew the Champagne house, expanding production from 85,000 cases to 410,000 cases per year during his tenure. Wine Spectator has more on Taittinger’s life and career.

•New York City-based importer and distributor Skurnik Wines & Spirits has announced its expansion into Rhode Island’s wholesale market, effective February 1. The move will bring Skurnik’s wholesale business to its ninth state alongside New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and California. In Rhode Island the distributor will offer wines like Vilmart and Pierre Péters from France, Austria’s Schloss Gobelsburg and Bründlmayer, German wines like Selbach-Oster, and many more from Italy, Spain, and California. In addition to wines, Skurnik will distribute craft spirits like Real Minero and Charles Neal Armagnacs, among others, in the Ocean State.

•Appleton Estate, part of the Campari Group portfolio, is introducing Ruby Anniversary Edition, a limited release celebrating Master Blender Joy Spence’s 40 years at the Jamaican rum distillery. The liquid is a blend of five rare Jamaican rums, aged for a minimum of 35 years, and including rums as old as 45 years. A total of 500 bottles are being released, available at the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Retail Rum Experience in Jamaica and at select retailers starting this month.

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