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News Briefs for April 8, 2022

April 8, 2022

•After making a triumphant return in 2021, WhiskyFest is bringing back its slate of spring events, starting with WhiskyFest Chicago on May 13th. Just six months after visiting the Windy City for an evening of great whiskies, WhiskyFest will be back at the Hyatt Regency with new opportunities to meet distillers, taste a range of whisky styles, and celebrate together. Here’s a preview from Whisky Advocate.

•Diageo has announced a new batch of Don Julio Primavera, the company’s limited release cask finished Tequila. For 2022, 26,000 cases will be released, with each bottle retailing for around $149 a 750-ml. The Tequila—a Reposado finished in casks that held orange-peel macerated wine—is bottled at 40% and is now available while supplies last. Don Julio crossed the 1.5-million-case mark in 2021, earning Impact “Hot Brand” honors.

•Ireland’s Walsh Whiskey has announced this year’s release of Writers’ Tears Cask Strength Whiskey. Bottled at 54.6% abv, it blends Irish single malt and single pot still whiskies, with both components matured in Bourbon barrels. Only 2,100 bottles will be available in the U.S., where the whiskey carries a suggested retail price of $150. In the U.S., Writers’ Tears and the Walsh Whiskey portfolio are handled by San Francisco’s Hotaling & Co.

•Boann Distillery is launching Silks Irish Dry Gin. Distilled in Boann’s custom copper pot stills, the new brand contains 14 botanicals and is billed as a contemporary gin with bright citrus aromas. The brand was inspired when members of the Cooney family, Boann Distillery’s owners, captured a swarm of bees that then pollinated 6,500 apple trees in their orchards, which provide all elements for the contemporary gin. Silks is bottled at 42% abv and is priced at $40 a 750-ml. It’s available now in select U.S. markets through Prestige Beverage Group.

•After investing in Austin Cocktails in 2018 as part of the Constellation Ventures Focus on Female Founders initiative, Constellation has now fully acquired the cocktail producer for an undisclosed sum. The brand includes offerings like Cucumber Vodka Sparkling Mojito, Fred’s Ruby Red Sparkling Grapefruit Cocktail, and Bergamot Orange Sparkling Margarita and sells in both 750-ml. bottles and 4-packs of cans for around $15, ranging from 12% to 15% abv. Austin Cocktails are currently distributed in 28 states and grew rapidly in 2021, Constellation said, as RTDs continue to show strong growth.

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