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News Briefs for July 6, 2022

July 6, 2022

•Jack Daniel’s Small Batch Coy Hill High Proof and newcomers from Michter’s and Douglas Laing & Co. are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Rémy Cointreau has introduced a new bottle and label design for its namesake liqueur, Cointreau. The new bottle is made from two-thirds recycled glass and is longer overall, to make pouring easier. The new label features oranges and the brand’s distillery (which is also engraved on the bottle), as well as a QR code to take buyers to the brand’s website and cocktail directory. The new bottling is rolling out now in Europe and will hit shelves in the U.K. and U.S. this fall before launching in Asia and Australia by the end of the year. Last year, Cointreau was up 20.5% to 418,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•Chef and World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés recently confirmed he will be opening a new location of the Bazaar at Washington, D.C.’s Old Post Office building later this year, following years of anticipation. The latest Bazaar has been designed by Spanish firm Laìzaro Rosa-Violaìn, taking over a space previously occupied by David Burke’s BLT Prime. The restaurant will sit within one of D.C.’s most historic edifices. Built in the Romanesque Revival school, the Old Post Office served as D.C.’s general post office for about 15 years beginning in 1899. It is now operated as a hotel—as of last month, the Waldorf Astoria Washington, D.C. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•New York’s State Liquor Authority (SLA) has introduced a new regulation that would limit fees imposed by distributors for purchasing less than a full case of wines and spirits. Currently, distributors are allowed to charge on- and off-premise establishments a fee for buying less than a full case of a given product. The new regulation would cap the split-case fee at $0.62 per bottle. The SLA will accept public comments on the new regulation until September 14 and will likely vote on the regulation on September 28.

•Luxco’s Tequila El Mayor has released Extra Añejo Port Cask Aged Tequila to retailers nationwide. The spirit aged for 42 months in Port casks before bottling at 40% abv. The luxury Tequila is packaged in an embossed bottle in a burgundy-colored box and carries a suggested price of $130 a 750-ml. This is a limited release, with only 6,000 bottles being made available across the U.S. at this time.

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