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News Briefs for August 16, 2022

August 16, 2022

•The Dalmore 14 year old, High West Campfire, and newcomers from Bruichladdich and Jameson are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Brown-Forman has announced the latest releases in the King of Kentucky series, with two bottlings to celebrate the high-end brand’s fifth anniversary. The first whiskey is a 15-year-old straight Bourbon bottled at 65.3% abv carrying a suggested price of $250 a bottle. This release will be available in Kentucky, Ohio, and Illinois, with the majority of the roughly 3,500 bottles available in Kentucky. The second King of Kentucky release for 2022 is more limited and the roughly 250 bottles will only be available in Kentucky. Bottling number two is an 18-year-old straight Bourbon bottled at 65.15% abv and carrying a suggested price of $350.

•Sazerac has announced new distribution partners in Colorado and Washington state. In both markets, Sazerac is stepping away from RNDC to partner with smaller distributors. In Colorado, the Buffalo Trace and Pappy Van Winkle distiller will shift to Eagle Rock Distributing, with the transition set to be complete by October 1. In Washington, Sazerac has partnered with Columbia Distributing to handle the majority of the Sazerac portfolio, effective October 15.

•Zamora Company USA has promoted Juan Vega to the newly created role of national sales director, effective September 4. He was formerly the company’s Eastern Region sales director, responsible for the company’s portfolio of brands, including Licor 43, Yellow Rose Whiskey, Double Cross Vodka, Martin Miller’s Gin, and Ramón Bilbao wines. Reporting to Zamora Company USA CEO Bill Corbett, Vega will manage and lead all U.S. sales for the organization. Prior to joining Zamora in 2018, Vega spent 18 years with Banfi.

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