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News Briefs for October 3, 2022

October 4, 2022

•Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Unforgotten, Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series BRT, and newcomers from BenRiach and Compass Box are among the offerings in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Don Sebastiani & Sons is adding low-alcohol sparkling wine brand Libby to its portfolio. Under a new sales agreement, Don & Sons will manage Libby’s national distributor network, while the brand will maintain control of its direct-to-consumer channel, production, and marketing operations. After a direct-to-consumer launch into 20 markets this past spring, Libby will seek to strategically expand distribution nationally, starting with four launch markets this fall—California, Oregon, Wisconsin. and Tennessee— through the Don Sebastiani & Sons distribution network. Libby, which is bottled at 7%-8% abv, includes a rosé blend and white blend and retails at $18 a bottle or $22 a four-pack of cans on its website.

•Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has named Bob Brooks as vice president, general manager, Tennessee. Brooks will report to Mike McLaughlin, president, central region. In his new role, Brooks will take charge of SGWS’ operations and strategic development in the Memphis region. He brings a decade and a half of experience at SGWS, starting as a sales trainee in Arkansas and rising though management and leadership positions.

•Lawrenceburg, Indiana’s Ross & Squibb has released Remus Gatsby Reserve, the latest Bourbon from the brand, which is part of the Luxco (MGP) portfolio. The whiskey, named for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, is a 15-year-old Bourbon bottled at cask strength of 48.9% abv. The new whiskey is rolling out this month in extremely limited quantities across the U.S. for a suggested price of $200 a 750-ml.

•Constellation Brands’ High West Distillery has announced two new limited edition whiskies in the A Midwinter Night’s Dram collection. First up is A Midwinter Night’s Dram: Act 10, a 49.3% abv take on the distillery’s Rendezvous Rye finished in Tawny and Ruby Port barrels. It carries a suggested price of $150 and will be available across the U.S. in limited quantities. The second whiskey, A Midwinter Night’s Dram: The Encore, is limited to the brand’s general store in Park City and its distillery in Wanship, Utah. The 50.8% abv whiskey is also based on Rendezvous Rye but in this case is finished in white Port barrels. It also carries a $150 price tag.

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