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indexDiageo is adding to its single malt stable in the U.S. market this month with an extension to its Oban brand called Little Bay. Oban Little Bay is made from small batches of Oban that are married in small casks to allow the whisky more contact with the wood. Western Highland malt Oban is known for its use of tiny, lantern-shaped copper pot stills which are among the smallest in Scotland. The new Little Bay offering is at 43% abv and retails at $75 a 750-ml.

indexGatlinburg-based Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine has released its latest and highest-proof offering, Blue Flame. The 128-proof clear moonshine is made according to a family recipe and process, the company says. For now, Blue Flame is available exclusively at Ole Smoky’s two distilleries in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for $34.95 a bottle, with potential for further distribution in the future. The company currently offers 13 flavors of moonshine nationally, including its Original Moonshine (100 proof).

BOX_OPEN_Mario_TestinoThe Edrington Group has launched the fifth iteration of The Macallan’s limited edition Masters of Photography series in collaboration with fashion photographer Mario Testino. Six different casks were brought together from more than 200,000 maturing at The Macallan’s distillery to achieve the final blend. The Macallan’s Mario Testino Masters of Photography edition is available globally for about $3,500 and features four different variations of the photographer’s shots from a session conducted in a palace in Beijing across the 1,000 bottles released. The bottles are displayed in black lacquered boxes inspired by Asian cultural heritage. Previous editions of the series include collaborations with photographers Elliot Erwitt, Annie Leibovitz, Rankin and Albert Watson.

imagesSouth Carolina-based Charlestowne Premium Spirits is launching a new high-proof RTD brand, Real Cocktails, this month. Initially, Real Cocktails will be distributed in New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Including Real Cosmo and Real Margarita offerings, the cocktail line is 50 proof and retails at $20 a 750-ml. Charlestowne says it sees an opportunity to “shake up the current selection of watered-down, low-proof RTDs.”

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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