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News Briefs for January 18, 2022

January 18, 2022

Johnson Brothers has named George Marsden as chief commercial officer effective March 1. He joins the wholesaler from Gallo where he was vice president of sales, northern area. Doug McIntosh, currently executive vice president and chief sales officer, will be moving into a new executive leadership and advisory role supporting several key initiatives across Johnson Brothers. Victoria Snyder, currently executive vice president of operations and chief strategy officer, will expand her role to chief operating officer and chief strategy officer, continuing to report to Mark Hubler. Finally, Hubler’s role has been expanded to president and CEO, continuing to report directly to co-owners Michael and Todd Johnson.

•Bushmills 12 Year Old, Orphan Barrel Muckety-Muck 25 year old, and newcomers from Westland and Yellowstone are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details. 

•Cigar Aficionado has unveiled its full list of the Top 25 Cigars of 2021. The magazine bestowed its Cigar of the Year award on Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo (Natural), after revealing its top 10 cigars of 2021 in a countdown last week. The publication of the Top 25 Cigars of 2021 marks the culmination of Cigar Aficionado’s year-end awards, the result of test-smoking hundreds of cigars over the course of the year.

•Japan has become the 44th nation to recognize Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey as distinct products of the U.S., according to DISCUS. This recognition means that the nation will only legally sell Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey that meets the United States’ legal definitions of the spirits. In return, the U.S. is also developing standards for several Japanese products that will ensure their authenticity. Between 2010 and 2020, Japan grew from the fifth-largest export market for American whiskies to the top export destination, increasing by 51%. Exports totaled $89 million in the first 11 months of last year.

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