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A $91OO OOPS

SHOULD THE opportunity arise to taste a rare and coveted dram of 1878 Macallan it’s best to make sure it’s the real deal. A Chinese tourist recently made news when he dropped a cool $91OO for a glass of the legendary Scotch at the Hotel Waldhaus am See in Switzerland...
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CASAMIGOS BIG PAYDAY

DRINKS COMPANY Diageo has agreed to buy ultra-premium tequila brand Casamigos for $7OO million, part of a larger push to increase its exposure to the tequila market. Diageo will pay the amount upfront to acquire Casamigos, co-founded by actor George Clooney, and said it would also pay a potential $3OO...
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TULLAMORE DEW RISING

TULLAMORE DEW has joined an elite club as volume sales in 2O16 climbed 7.2% to propel the Irish whiskey brand over the key threshold, with 1.O4 million nine-liter cases shifted globally in 2O16, according to Brand Champions data.  A focus on the on-premise with the “Dew and a Brew” activation...
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BEER, WINE & SPIRITS: THE UPS & DOWNS

THE IWSR’s U.S. Beverage Alcohol Review for 2O16 has been released and shows some interesting trends in the industry, good for some, bad for others.  Liquid consumption of beer, cider and mixed drinks was down last year in the US, and lower-priced brands faced a tougher time with consumers.  At...
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WILLIAM GRANT BUYS TUTHILLTOWN SPIRITS

BIG NEWS in the American craft distilling industry: William Grant & Sons has bought producer Tuthilltown Spirits – New York State’s first distillery since Prohibition – for an undisclosed sum.  The acquisition includes the distillery, gourmet restaurant, visitor center and grounds with riverfront views.  Chief Executive Officer Simon Hunt, said:...
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RYE SALES ROCK

LAST YEAR was stellar for the whiskey category and rye in particular. A new Nielson CGA report shows that whiskey continues to lead spirits value sales growth in the US market, with rye expressions showing the biggest gains. Whiskey as a category showed value growth of 4% for the year...
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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS WHISKY?

THERE’S SOME valuable whisky gone missing and its owner would like it back. Poor Stuart Wilson of Birmingham, England waited ten long years for his own cask of single malt Scotch from Islay’s Kilchoman Distillery to mature and be bottled. Unfortunately, a shipping company’s mistake led to the theft of...
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WOMEN’S BEVERAGE ALCOHOL SYMPOSIUM

MARTIGNETTI COMPANIES has partnered with the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University to host the 4th annual Women’s Beverage Alcohol Symposium on TUESDAY, APRIL 4 from 8am to 3pm. The event will take place at Bentley University in Waltham. It is free to women working in the Beverage...
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USBG MOST IMAGINATIVE BARTENDER COMPETITION

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE GIN is running its 11th Annual USBG Most Imaginative Bartender Competition. The submissions period is MARCH 15 to APRIL 13. Regional semi-finalists will be announced on May 15th. The submissions will be narrowed down to 12O top bartenders who will compete for a chance to represent their hometown...
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