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News Briefs for November 8, 2022

November 8, 2022

•Heaven Hill is releasing of the Fall 2022 edition of Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon, a 19-year-old whiskey that’s the oldest in the series to date.

The new entry meets the strict requirements of a bottled-in-bond whiskey: the product of a single distillery from a single distilling season, aged a minimum of four years, and bottled at 100 proof. This edition is available at a suggested retail price of $240 a 750-ml. and is on allocation. Overall, Heaven Hill maintains over 1.9 million barrels of whiskey aging in 65 warehouses throughout Kentucky’s Nelson and Jefferson Counties.

•Napa-based importer and marketer Quintessential Wines has been named the sole U.S. importer for two New Zealand brands—Forrest Wines and Rongopai. Forrest Wines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($22) will be available nationally by January. A new low-alcohol label from Forrest, Brigid Sauvignon Blanc ($23) and Pinot Noir ($23), will also launch early next year. The 2022 Rongopai Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($16) and Pinot Noir ($25) is also slated to debut nationally by January.

•Japan’s Fuji Whisky has launched its 30-year-old single grain whisky in the U.S. The 46% abv whisky is distilled from grain in a style similar to Canadian whiskies before maturing in used American oak for between 30 and 40 years before bottling. Fuji’s 30-year-old single grain whisky carries a suggested price of $3,000 a 700-ml. and only 100 bottles will come to the U.S. this year. The rare whisky joins Fuji’s flagship single grain whisky, which launched in the U.S. last year for around $95 a bottle.

•Construction of a new $30 million distillery is underway in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. The Western Kentucky Distilling Co. expects to open the site in mid-2023 as the first official distillery in Ohio County. The distillery will launch under the leadership of eighth-generation distiller and Kentuckian Jacob Call, who will serve as COO and master distiller, alongside Kentucky native and president of the distillery, JD Edwards. The 25,000 square foot distillery, which includes a Vendome 36” copper still, is on 80 acres and will feature 15 warehouses, adding an additional 300,000 square feet. It will have the capacity to distill 50,000 barrels per year and store 250,000 barrels.

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