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News Briefs for September 2, 2022

September 2, 2022

•Edrington’s Highland Park has announced the third release in the distillery’s cask strength series. Cask Strength Release No.3 comes in at 64.1% abv and was matured in a combination of first-fill Sherry and European oak casks, with a smaller portion of the whisky coming from refilled casks holding peated whisky. Highland Park’s latest bottling will begin rolling out soon, including in the U.S., where it carries a suggested price of $100 a 750-ml.

•San Francisco’s Hotaling & Co. has added Australian single malt Morris to its U.S. distribution portfolio. The new deal will bring two of Morris’s single malts to the U.S.—Australian Single Malt Signature Whisky and Australian Single Malt Muscat Barrel Whisky—with the former bottled at 44% abv and retailing for $60, and the latter at 48% abv and retailing for $90. In addition to adding the new whiskies to its portfolio, Hotaling has also signed a new distribution agreement for Wisconsin. Hotaling’s portfolio will be handled in the state by General Beverage and Saratoga Liquor Company.

•Johnnie Walker is debuting a limited edition Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Dundas Master Set. For the launch, the brand is partnering with BlockBar (the direct-to-consumer NFT marketplace for luxury wine and spirits) and Vayner3 (the Web3 consultancy under the umbrella VaynerX, founded by Gary Vaynerchuk). This release explores the character of rare whiskies from the Glasgow “ghost” distillery of Port Dundas. Collectors can secure 1 of 75 limited edition Master Sets exclusively available on BlockBar starting at 10am on Sept 9, priced at $775 each.

•ChocoVine, the chocolate liqueur created by De Kuyper Royal Distillers, has launched a limited edition espresso-infused version of its wine-based liqueur. ChocoVine Espresso is made with French Cabernet Sauvignon, Dutch chocolate, and comes in at 14% abv. The new line extension will be available in 22 states across the U.S. The brand is handled by De Kuyper’s U.S. subsidiary Royal Dutch Distillers

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