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News Briefs for September 8, 2022

September 8, 2022

•William Grant & Sons’ Glenfiddich single malt Scotch brand has expanded its lineup with a new series of ultra-aged Scotch whiskies. The Time Re:Imagined Collection contains 30-, 40-, and 50-year-old single malts, called Suspended Time, Cumulative Time, and Simultaneous Time, respectively. The trio are limited releases, with only 220 decanters of the 50-year-old available. The whiskies will carry suggested prices of $1,299 for the 30, $4,600 for the 40, and $50,000 for the 50-year-old whisky.

•Diageo has announced the latest release in its series of bonded George Dickel whiskies from Cascade Hollow Distillery. This edition, Bottled in Bond Fall 2008, Aged 13 Years, is the fourth release in the series and is rolling out now across the U.S. for a suggested price of $45. The whiskey, bottled at 50% abv, is made from a mash of 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley, and was selected by Nicole Austin, Cascade Hollow’s distiller and general manager. In 2019, Dickel’s Fall 2005 bonded whiskey was chosen as Whisky Advocate’s Whisky of the Year.

•Stoli Group’s Kentucky Owl is set to launch the brand’s latest limited release, a Bourbon made in collaboration between the company’s master blender and Japanese blender Yusuke Yahisa. The 50% abv release was blended by Yahisa, the blender at Japan’s smallest distillery, Nagahama, from 4-, 5-, 6-, and 13-year-old Kentucky straight Bourbons, selected by Kentucky Owl’s blender, John Rhea. Kentucky Owl Takumi Edition Bourbon whiskey will be available beginning in October for a suggested price of $150 a 750-ml.

•Accolade Wines has appointed Ming Alterman as director of marketing, Americas. Alterman joins Accolade following his tenure at Treasury Wine Estates, where he was brand director for 19 Crimes. Accolade has also named Shannon Grant as executive vice president of sales. The 25-year industry veteran was previously executive vice president of national sales at Purple Brands and the CEO/founder of Harden Brands. The Australia-based company recently unveiled a new brand partnership with NBA star James Harden, marketing wines under the J-Harden label.

•Molson Coors Beverage Company has released the second batch of Five Trails Blended American Whiskey, made in partnership with Bardstown Bourbon Company. The 47.5% abv whiskey is blended from 4-year-old Indiana wheated Bourbon, 4-year-old Kentucky four grain Bourbon, 6-year-old Colorado single malt, and 12-year-old Kentucky Bourbon. In addition to the standard release, Molson Coors has also launched three limited edition extensions: a 59.5% abv barrel proof variant; a variant blended from different whiskies than the standard batch and finished in Imperial Porter barrels from AC Golden Brewing; and a 47.5% abv small batch blend made from 4-year-old Indiana wheated bourbon, 4-year-old Kentucky four grain bourbon, and 8-year-old Colorado single malt whiskey with 17-year-old Tennessee whiskey.

•Distill Ventures, the Diageo-backed drinks accelerator, has committed an additional $5 million in funding dedicated to assisting growing drinks brands from a diverse array of creators. The additional funding comes as the company announced that it had invested its entire initial $5 million fund in growing brands led by women, Black people, LGBTQ+ people, as well as other diverse communities. The initial round of investments covered a variety of categories including ready-to-drink brands Vervet and Lot42, Vascano Tequila, Kromanti rum, and Atōst American aperitif.

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