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News Briefs for July 7, 2022

July 7, 2022

•Moët Hennessy-owned Tequila brand Volcan de mi Tierra has unveiled a new high-end expression called X.A. The newcomer is a blend of Reposado, Añejo, and Extra-Añejo Tequilas all made with 100% Blue Weber Agave and aged in specific casks made with American oak. Packaged in a tall bottle with a gold stopper, it will be distributed only to about 250 nightclubs and restaurants globally.

•Symington Family Estates has launched Cockburn’s Tails of the Unexpected, a new line of Port wines aimed at expanding Port’s audience to younger drinkers and encouraging use in cocktails. The line consists of three Ports—Ruby Soho, a young ruby Port; Tawny Eyes, a tawny Port; and White Heights, a medium dry white Port—all line priced at $30 a 750-ml. The Tails of the Unexpected line is now available in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Colorado, with a national push expected in 2023.

•Diageo has reopened the Singleton Distillery at Glen Ord to tourism. The new experience—funded by the company’s £185 million (roughly $220 million) investment in Scotch tourism—features a 90-minute tour as well as bars, tasting rooms, and a deli counter serving locally sourced Scottish foods. To commemorate the reopening, the brand has released The Singleton of Glen Ord Celebratory Bottling, a 51.8% abv single malt that is exclusively available at the distillery. The Glen Ord distillery is the fourth of Diageo’s Scotch distilleries to be revamped for tourism, following Glenkinchie, Clynelish, and Cardhu distilleries. The next two distilleries, Talisker and Caol Ila, are set to welcome visitors later this summer.

•Russell’s Reserve, part of the Campari America portfolio, is launching the second release of its 13-year-old Bourbon. The limited release is bottled at a barrel-strength 114.8 proof and non-chill-filtered. Russell’s Reserve 13-Year-Old will be available nationally at $100 a 750-ml. bottle for a limited time at select retailers in the U.S. It will continue to be released in small quantities as part of an annual release series moving forward. Russell’s Reserve was up 31% to 72,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Winebow Wholesale has promoted Sean Woods to senior vice president, sales, overseeing the Northeast region. Woods joined Winebow in 2016 and had been serving as vice president of sales for New Jersey and Delaware. Additionally, Winebow Imports has named Deena Miskiel vice president, Portfolio Strategy–Heritage; Francois Rousseau divisional vice president, Heritage–East; Giovanni Caveggia director of Italian brand management–Heritage; and Christina Shoemaker to the new role of brand manager, Italian strategy–Heritage.

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