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News Briefs for November 7, 2022

November 7, 2022

•Angel’s Envy Cask Strength (2022 Edition), Booker’s 2022-03 “Kentucky Tea Batch,” and newcomers from Balvenie and Old Ezra are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Hotaling & Co.’s Hirsch Selected Whiskeys has added a new limited-edition cask strength Bourbon to its portfolio. The 6-year-old whiskey is blended from 54 barrels sourced from Bardstown, Kentucky and comes out at 62.5% abv. Before bottling, the Bourbon is finished in 30-year-old Hine XO Cognac barrels for 18 months. Only 9,000 bottles are available across the U.S. and the whiskey has a suggested price of $200 a 750-ml.

•Diageo’s George Dickel has released the second batch of George Dickel x Leopold Bros Collaboration Blend, following its debut in 2021. The 50% abv whiskey blends Leopold Bros’ Three Chamber Rye with a column still distilled rye made at Dickel’s Cascade Hollow distillery. As with the previous release, the combination of ryes is meant to hearken back to pre-prohibition and earlier styles of American rye whiskey. The whiskey is rolling out now across the U.S. for a suggested price of $110 a bottle.

•Tequila brand Código 1530, in which Pernod Ricard recently took a majority stake, has announced the ultra-limited release of a 14-year-old Extra Añejo bottling. The release is bottled at 40% abv and was matured in two different types of barrels, first French oak used to mature Cabernet Sauvignon and second in a used Cognac cask. Only 400 bottles will be available globally and each one is individually numbered and comes in a wooden display box with two Riedel tasting glasses. Código 1530’s 14-year-old Extra Añejo retails for a suggested price of $3,900.

•Earlier this year, the Douro and Port Wine Institute (IVDP) created a new Port wine category, adding a 50-year age designation to the permitted 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-year classifications. Port house Kopke is launching both a 50-Year-Old White and a 50-Year-Old Tawny in accordance with the new category. Kopke 50-Year-Old Tawny Port ($250/750ml) and a very rare Kopke 50-Year-Old White Port ($175/375ml) are now hitting shelves. The 300-acre Kopke estate has 220 acres planted to traditional Portuguese grape varieties, with its wares imported in the U.S. by New Jersey-based Wine In Motion.

•Reyes Beer Division (RBD) has closed on its acquisition of DET Distributing Company in Nashville and Jackson, Tennessee. The new operations will now do business as DET Beverages. The acquisition adds over 5,000 customers and approximately 9 million cases to RBD’s overall operations, and includes brands from key suppliers such as Molson Coors, Constellation, Boston Beer, Mark Anthony, Diageo, HUSA, Pabst, Sweetwater, Lagunitas, and Gambrinus.

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