Despite seeing a drop off in the number of bottles offered, yesterday’s Hospices de Beaune wine auction saw a record turnout of 5.9 million euros raised for charity. [Telegraph UK]
In other charity auction news, The final bottle of Glenfiddich’s 55 Year Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve will go on sale in Los Angeles on December 5th, benefiting the World Resources Institute. An edition of 11, it has seen prices as high as $94,000, which currently holds the record for the most expensive bottle of whisky sold at an auction. [PR Newswire]
“Top Bourbon marketers are fueling category growth both in the U.S. and globally, with major investments in new product development, line extensions and marketing campaigns. Three of the top five Bourbon brands worldwide grew volume at double-digit rates last year: second-ranked Jim Beam (+10.4%), fourth-ranked Maker’s Mark (+17%) and fifth-ranked Wild Turkey (+11.1%). Top-ranked Jack Daniel’s (+6.4%) and third-ranked Evan Williams (+5.1%) also posted solid growth, according to Impact Databank.”
Now if we can only get it through the public (and industry) mindset that Jack Daniel’s is NOT BOURBON we’ll be all set. [Shanken News Daily]
The Scotsman features a lovely article on the roots of Scotch in the evolution of Japanese whisky. Hopefully this helps to keep momentum going in advocacy of more Japanese blends reaching foreign markets. [Scotsman]
And finally, The Spirits Business gives us its predictions for some of the best upcoming bars in North America for 2013. Much to everyone’s astonishment, three of the seven listed are in New York, and two are in California. So for anyone not living in those states: where is your favorite watering hole? We’d like to know. Drop us a line and tell us why. Maybe they’ll be featured here in 2013. [The Spirits Business]
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*you can thank the editor for not allowing me to go with my “Shanken…not Stirred” joke. Forgive me. I just saw Skyfall.