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The Singleton announces one-of-a-kind Sensorium – Scotch Whisky News

The Singleton announces one-of-a-kind Sensorium

The Singleton of Glen Ord Single Malt Scotch Whisky unveils plans to debut a new ‘Sensorium’ in Hong Kong, at the four-day culinary festival Taste of Hong Kong from 22-25 March 2018.

The Singleton of Glen Ord Sensorium is soon to open its doors to whisky enthusiasts at the Central Harbourfront in Hong Kong, where visitors step inside a giant purpose-built cask, surrounded by a 360° video projection in a full immersion experience.

The thirty-minute tasting experience begins by virtually transporting sixteen guests, at one sitting, to the Scottish Highlands to explore The Singleton of Glen Ord’s rich history, unique production process and flavour profile. Renowned brand ambassadors will guide guests through the sights, sounds, smells and taste of The Singleton of Glen Ord’s 12, 15 and 18-year-old expressions.

View inside the Singleton Sensorium experience

Inside the Singleton Sensorium experience

Created to mirror the rich tasting notes of The Singleton of Glen Ord offering, the sensorium is designed with the influence of American and European Oak, which emulates The Singleton of Glen Ord’s casks in which the whisky ages; crafting an alluringly dark, elegant, and complex interior.

Behind the scenes inside the new Singleton immersion experience

Behind the scenes inside the new Singleton immersion experience

Founded in 1838, The Singleton of Glen Ord collection holds three exquisite whiskies including the Glen Ord 12 Year Old – a fruity, well-balanced Singleton, the 18 Year Old – a subtle spicy, mature, and deep-flavoured counterpart, and the much-anticipated 15 Year Old – a rich and complex whisky with delicate hints of ginger, vanilla and melon, which debuts in Hong Kong in March.

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The Singleton of Glen Ord Sensorium at Taste of Hong Kong:

  • Thursday 22 March 2018: 6pm- 10pm
  • Friday 23rd March 2018: 12.30pm- 4.30pm and 6pm- 10pm
  • Saturday 24th March 2018: 12.30pm- 4.30pm and 6pm- 10pm
  • Sunday 25th March 2018: 12.30pm- 5.30pm

For ticketing details and more information please visit: www.tasteofhongkong.com

Blood Oath Series Continues With Release of Pact No. 4 – American Whiskey News


Blood Oath Series Continues With Release of Pact No. 4

Fourth expression in ultra-premium series debuts with commemorative packaging

(St. Louis) March 12, 2018 – The fourth installment of the acclaimed Blood Oath ultra-premium bourbon series – Pact No. 4 – has launched this month. Blood Oath combines rare, top-notch bourbons, blended and bottled by hand for a distinctively exclusive and unimagined Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey.

Pact No. 4 continues the tradition with a masterful union of three well-bred Kentucky straight bourbons that come together for a unique and complex flavor profile. The first is an extra-aged 12-year bourbon that provides a mellow finish with deep oak undertones, and the second is a rich 10-year bourbon that adds caramel and honey flavors. The third, a nine-year bourbon, rounds out the flavors as it is finished in toasted bourbon barrels – adding deep chocolate, vanilla and spice flavors.

“We finished the nine-year bourbon in a toasted barrel to add an extra layer of flavor. The gentle heating adds more caramel and chocolate accents, as well as a spicier flavor. The toasted barrels, combined with the aging in traditional charred barrels, create a uniquely complex bourbon like no other,” says John Rempe, creator of Blood Oath and head distiller and master blender at Lux Row Distillers. “This bourbon starts off with a strong oak nose and finishes with a robust spice, followed by an ultra-smooth lasting caramel, vanilla and oak.”

This year’s release will also be sold in a commemorative stained wooden box, reminiscent of the toasted barrels used during the finishing process. Like its predecessors, the bottle is topped with a custom, eco-friendly natural cork, sealed and labeled with certificate-style paper stock signed by John Rempe and bottled at 98.6 proof. Pact No. 4 is available nationally in 750ml bottles, with a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Pact No. 4 is limited release, with only 12,000 cases (3-packs) created; this bourbon will never be made again. The Blood Oath series launched in 2015 with Pact No. 1, and will highlight a different variant, or Pact, each year.

Blood Oath Pact No. 4 launches just as Lux Row Distillers – the future home of the Blood Oath series among other bourbon brands – begins production and prepares to open its doors for visitors this spring as a new distillery experience coming to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

For more information about the distillery, visit www.luxrowdistillers.com. You can also like Lux Row Distillers on Facebook or follow the distillery on Instagram @luxrowdistillers. For more information on Blood Oath, visit www.bloodoathbourbon.com. 

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About Luxco
A leading producer, supplier, importer and bottler of beverage alcohol products, Luxco’s mission is to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of consumers, associates and business partners. Founded in St. Louis in 1958, Luxco remains locally owned and operated by the Lux family. Lux Row Distillers is bringing the family’s legacy to the heart of Bourbon Country in Bardstown, Kentucky and is now the home of Luxco’s bourbon portfolio, including Rebel Yell, Blood Oath, David Nicholson, and Ezra Brooks. Luxco has also built a new distillery in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico – Destiladora González Luxco – where the company’s 100 percent agave tequilas, El Mayor and Exotico, will be produced. Luxco’s innovative and high-quality brand portfolio also includes Everclear Grain Alcohol, Pearl Vodka, Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream, and other well-recognized brands. For more information about the company and its brands, visit www.luxco.com.

Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 198: Redbreast Lustau Edition – Irish Whiskey News


Mark’s Whisky Ramblings 198: Redbreast Lustau Edition

Mark Dermul, Belgian whisky blogger, tries the latest Redbreast. This Irish single pot still is loved by many and rightfully so. But for their Lustau Edition, they even went a step further and collaborated with the highly praised Lustau bodega in Jerez, Spain. Lustau created casks specifically for this Redbreast release. After 9 to 12 years of maturation on bourbon and oloroso sherry casks, the whiskey was finished for 12 months in the bespoke Lustau casks. The result is atypical, but delicious.


Scotch Tasting: Benromach Friday, April 6, 5 – 7 PM at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Scotch Whisky News


Friday, April 6, 5 – 7 PM

Scotch Tasting: Benromach

Join us for an evening of traditional Speyside single malt! Founded in 1898, Benromach is the smallest distillery in Speyside – only three distillers passionately handcraft every release.The result is a dram reminiscent of ancient Speyside – beautifully balanced, with a light touch of smoke.

This in-store tasting features new and rare scotches by Benromach distillery, presented by whisky experts.

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The Whisky Shop “Looking for something special for your collection?” – Scotch Whisky News


Clear some space on your shelf!

Whether you have an enviable collection or just a few bottles, The Whisky Shop has the perfect addition to your whisky shelf! With rare limited editions and exclusive single cask expressions you simply can’t find anywhere else, you’ll be sure to find your next treasured bottle at The Whisky Shop.

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Glenglassaugh 1986 30 Year Old

Part of the third batch of Rare Cask Releases from Glenglassaugh, this Highland single malt was distilled on 19th February 1986 and aged in a single Pedro Ximenez sherry puncheon, cask #1393, for three decades before bottling in November 2016 at a cask strength of 42.6% abv. Limited to just 425 bottles.

The nose has dark chocolate notes with red grape and blackcurrant, black pepper and a floral oak spice. On the palate there’s fresh plum syrup, heather honey, gentle chocolate notes and candied ginger, with soft barley sugar.

£310 Buy Now


GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9 24 Year Old

Specially selected by Master Blender, Rachel Barrie, from The GlenDonach’s finest sherry casks from 1990, 1992 and 1993, this limited edition has been aged for at least 24 years in sherry wood. Only 1,487 bottles have been produced, each one individually numbered by hand.

The nose has stone fruits, chestnuts, leather and sandalwood. The palate brings sherry-laced fruitcake, sultanas, baked orange cake and black cherries. The finish is long and smooth with dark chocolate, raisins and a touch of menthol.

£595 Buy Now

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Whisky Wednesday – Midleton Very Rare – Irish Whiskey News


Continuing our Irish them, i had a great time on St. Patrick’s Day, how about the rest of you? Slight change to the usual setup, going old school today as our usual production guys are very busy so, here i am, in my living room! Midleton is a great distillery with a heritage and a history that rivals any distillery in the world. THis is the Very Rare, it’s the top line of the standard range and as a blended whisky it features products from grain and pot still all aged for roughly 15 years and upwards. If you like the delicacy of JW Blue but want a deeper and more Irish feel to everything, this is the one for you! Cheers!


Gordon & MacPhail Unveils Rare 1950s Single Malt Whisky from Linkwood Distillery – Scotch Whisky News

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Gordon & MacPhail Unveils Rare 1950s Single Malt Whisky from Linkwood Distillery 

An exceptionally rare single cask from the 1950s has been unveiled as one of the oldest Linkwood single malt whiskies ever bottled.

Leading single malt whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail today announced the release of Private Collection from Linkwood Distillery 1956 by Gordon & MacPhail. This is the last 1950s cask from Linkwood Distillery in Gordon & MacPhail’s unrivalled inventory; it is believed to be the final remaining 1950s cask globally.

Just 53 decanters of the 60-Year-Old single malt whisky have been released for sale worldwide with a UK RRP of £22,000.

Mahogany and chestnut brown in colour, Private Collection from Linkwood Distillery 1956 by Gordon & MacPhail is an intricately layered whisky. Rich, warm aromas lend to a sweet full-bodied experience with highlights of blueberry, fruitcake, and dark chocolate. This ultra-aged single malt, a testament to the knowledge and expertise curated over four generations, culminates in a resoundingly rich finish.

Filled at the Linkwood Distillery on the 3rd January 1956, Cask 20 is from a defining period in the company’s history. It was one of the last casks laid down by John Urquhart, first generation member of the family that owns Gordon & MacPhail, before he retired the following month. Cask 20 matured for six decades under the watchful eyes of John’s son, George, and subsequent generations until the decision to bottle was made by the fourth generation of the Urquhart family.

Founded in 1895 in Elgin, Scotland, Gordon & MacPhail is the curator of many of the oldest and rarest single malt whiskies in the world with an unrivalled stock inventory. For over 120 years, generations of the Urquhart family have matched new-make spirit from distilleries across Scotland with carefully selected oak casks, patiently maturing these to achieve the perfect harmony between the spirit and oak.

Stephen Rankin, Director of Prestige and fourth generation member of the Urquhart family, said: “Private Collection from Linkwood Distillery 1956 by Gordon & MacPhail encapsulates the company’s dedication to the art of single malt whisky maturation and tireless pursuit of perfection. This incredible whisky is the culmination of the unrivalled knowledge and skills passed down and strengthened, over the decades, through four generations of my family.

“It is the deep understanding of the relationship between the oak and the spirit that has allowed Gordon & MacPhail to nurture this cask for six decades while retaining the unique distillery character.”

Private Collection from Linkwood Distillery 1956 by Gordon & MacPhail is the second of four exclusive single casks unveiled as part of the ‘Private Collection’ range. The first, Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 by Gordon & MacPhail, a rare wartime cask, was released in October 2017.

Beautifully packaged using an award-winning design, the landscape surrounding the Linkwood Distillery inspires the unique contours etched into the gold base and stopper of each bespoke decanter. All 53 decanters are hand-blown and individually numbered with a certificate of authenticity signed by Stephen Rankin.

Whisky writer and rare whisky specialist Jonny McCormick, author of the commemorative book that accompanies each bespoke decanter, said: “Amidst an exalted world of luxury and prestige, Gordon & MacPhail commands the one inherent quality that every whisky connoisseur desires: rarity.

“As this remarkable cask completes its journey, this alluring Linkwood whisky is exquisitely presented in a manner that does justice to the craftsmanship of the whisky makers and the custodianship of the Urquhart family. In the years to come, opportunities to experience world-class whisky exhibiting this maturity and complexity from the Fifties will be very scarce indeed.”

Private Collection from Linkwood Distillery 1956 by Gordon & MacPhail was matured in a first fill Sherry hogshead for sixty years. Only 53 decanters, bottled at cask strength (49.4% ABV), have been released for sale worldwide. A number of decanters are available for purchase directly from the company’s ‘spiritual home’, the South Street retail shop in Elgin at an RRP of £22,000. Prices may differ in international markets due to local taxes and duty.

For more information, please visit www.gordonandmacphail.com.


G&M PC Linkwood 1956 Decanter and Box


Gordon & MacPhail

Gordon & MacPhail is a family-owned Scotch whisky specialist based in Elgin, Moray, since 1895. Four generations of the Urquhart family have continued the tradition of maturing the finest and rarest Scotch whiskies.

Since its foundation, Gordon & MacPhail has carefully nurtured relationships with Scottish distillers. These included The Glenlivet, Linkwood, and Mortlach distilleries in Speyside as well as a number of others across Scotland. From the beginning, Gordon & MacPhail has carefully matched spirit to  highest quality oak casks. These casks are sent to distilleries throughout Scotland, filled with new-make spirit, and matured either at the distillery of origin or in the firm’s own bonded warehouses in Elgin.

Now one of the world’s leading malt whisky specialists, Gordon & MacPhail exports to more than 60 countries. It offers more than 300 presentations of own-bottled single malts. In 2009, Gordon & MacPhail was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade; an honour that was bestowed on the business again in 2013 with a visit from HRH The Princess Royal.

The Linkwood Distillery 

Established by Peter Brown in 1821, the Linkwood Distillery began distilling in 1825. Located on the outskirts of Elgin in the Speyside region, the distillery remained in the Brown family until the end of the nineteenth century. In 1933, the distillery was sold to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (SMD), now a subsidiary of Diageo.

During the years Roderick MacKenzie worked as Distillery Manager (1945-1963), Linkwood Distillery saw very little change – from the in-house floor maltings to the cobwebs in the warehouses. Although MacKenzie oversaw the rebuilding of the distillery in 1962, it was SMD that managed the build of a second four still Linkwood Distillery in 1971. The original distillery was renamed Linkwood A and the new adjacent site, Linkwood B. The older Linkwood A site ceased regular production in 1985. Aside from some experimental distillation runs in the 1990s, the stills remained silent until the old buildings were demolished in 2012.

Gordon & MacPhail and the Linkwood Distillery have been close for more than a century both geographically and in terms of the strength of relationship between the Urquhart family and the owners of the distillery.

G&M PC Linkwood 1956 Decanter in open Box


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March 2018 saw Waterford Distillery become the first distillery to create Irish whisky from biodynamic barley.

The innovative Irish distillery set an industry milestone in 2016 when it distilled Ireland’s first organic whisky. The new biodynamic distillation takes it to a whole new level, creating a significant first for the Irish drinks industry.

Biodynamic agriculture, ultimate organics, is the controversial agricultural principal outlined in 1924 by Austrian philosopher Dr Rudolf Steiner, the codified manual, the culmination of 10,000 years of farming know-how. To others it’s just folklore.

The concept involves a farm becoming self-sufficient for all its needs, relying on home-made organic fertilisers and naturally occurring plant insecticides.

As our forefathers knew, the astrological calendar not only predicts tides but guides planting, growing and harvesting. Preparations, unusual to us, such as “horn manure”, made from buried, manure-packed, cow horns, is super efficacious stimulating microbial activity in the soil, seed germination and root development, say adherents; barking mad, say critics.

Working closely with Minch Maltsters, the pioneering farmers that answered the call to grow the biodynamic barley were John McDonnell, Co. Meath; Alan Mooney, Kilcock, Co. Kildare; and Trevor Harris from Naas, Co. Kildare.

The distillery received the prestigious Demeter certification from the Biodynamic Association, which it holds alongside its existing certification from the Organic Trust.

Waterford Distillery CEO, Mark Reynier, said: “Biodynamics is a farming philosophy, a way of life. It’s fascinating to see the world’s greatest wine makers attracted to this time-consuming way of running their farms.

“It started with the fear of losing the accumulated knowledge of millennia to the march of the agrochemical industry last century. It’s about minimal treatments, ancient homeopathic remedies, natural fertilisers focused on enhancing the biodiversity of a naturally healthy soil.

“It all sounds pretty crazy, it’s easy to dismiss as cranky tree-hugging bunkum, but yet it’s funny how the greatest wines in the world are made under this unusual regime. Only natural we should give it a go for our whisky. As part of our extensive research we travelled Alsace, to see bioydynamics in action. So I wanted to extend my thanks to Olivier Humbrrecht and Jean Paul Zusslin – as well as to Trevor Harris, John McDonnell and Alan Mooney for rising to the challenge when I first raised the idea in 2015.”

Though biodynamic farming methods may appear eccentric, many of the greatest wine producers, including the legendary Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Romanee Conti, and Chateau Margaux, maintain biodynamic vineyards.

Head Brewer Neil Conway, added, “When Mark first mentioned the idea, we thought he was mad. We had to educate ourselves on what exactly biodynamic farming is and how biodynamically grown grain may effect the production process in the distillery. I’ve found biodynamics fascinating, particularly the preparations involved and understanding how they activate and mobilize different nutrients that the barley crop needs.

“The most satisfying part has been the openness of all the people involved in this project. It’s been a real team effort from the biodynamic growers, our maltsters and everyone at Waterford Distillery. We’re all learning from each other during this new chapter of malting, brewing and distilling.”

A new generation of consumers is taking ever-more interest in the provenance of their drinks – how and where the ingredients are grown – which is key to the Waterford philosophy. The distillery’s unparalleled production methods involve distilling barley from 61 individual Irish farms, one a week, in isolation from eld to barrel – with complete traceability.

Like no other distillery, by celebrating and exploring the differences in soil, location and microclimate, or terroir as it is known, and extolling the virtue of super-premium wood, both French and American oak, Waterford Distillery aims to create the world’s most profound – and natural – single malt whisky.

The special spirit distilled from biodynamic barley won’t be bottled for several years, but the distillery’s first whiskies are on the horizon.

Waterford Distillery does not source spirit from other producers to be used in its products.


Waterford Distillery is a major whisky project by Mark Reynier, the man behind the renaissance of Islay’s Bruichladdich single malt whisky.

We’re embarking on a long journey, a voyage as ambitious as it’s pioneering. The destination is to create not just the most compelling Irish whisky, but the world’s most profound single malt.


We chose Waterford, for here on the banks of the river Suir, on Ireland’s sunny south-eastern coast, we have an exceptional state-of-the-art facility originally built by Diageo in 2004 and converted to distilling in 2015. And we have the nest quality raw materials: the purest of spring water from renowned ancient wells; a team of passionate distillers that share the vision; and the very best barley in the world.


The provenance of our barley, where and how it is cultivated, is therefore key. Taking proven principles from Islay a giant step further, we have sourced an unprecedented 61 Irish farms, some organically- run, growing barley on 19 distinct soil types. With a pioneering digital logistical system keeping track, each farmer’s crop is harvested, stored, malted and distilled separately. Thus we can capture in spirit each farm’s terroir, that subtle character shaped by micro-climate and soil. Individuality and integrity from eld to barrel.


The goal of this precision, provenance with total traceability, is to provide us with an unparalleled library of maturing, nascent single malt whisky as each farm’s barley is distilled, one per week throughout the year.


The first whisky ran in January 2016. After maturing for several years in the best of French and American oak, we believe these component “single”, single malts, each one exhibiting its own nuances, will come together making the most rofound single malt whisky ever created.


Web: waterforddistillery.ie
Email: press@waterforddistillery.ie Phone: +353 (0)51 303 508 Twitter: @WaterfordWhisky Facebook: @WaterfordDistillery Instagram: @WaterfordDistillery


CEO: Mark Reynier
Head Distiller: Ned Gahan
Head Brewer: Neil Conway Distillery Manager: Paul McCusker Chief Engineer: Anthony Brazil


A special thank you to Minch Malt. It was Minch Malt’s agronomists and the Biodynamic farmers that delivered this unique product to Waterford Distillery.

Wemyss Malts introduces Nectar Grove – Scotch Whisky News

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Wemyss Malts introduces Nectar Grove

Family run, independent bottler Wemyss Malts is releasing a new blended Scotch malt whisky called Nectar Grove.  Wemyss has selected Highland Scotch whiskies and finished them for a further period in casks which had previously held Madeira wine.

In keeping with other releases from Wemyss Malts, such as The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney; this new whisky has been given a flavour led name by the Wemyss tasting panel which reflects its succulent and luscious fruit character.

In Wemyss’ first foray into finishing, the Highland blended malt has been imbued with the fruity and complex sweet flavours of Madeira wine and reminiscent of a ripe fruit grove of peaches, nectarines and citrus.  The finish is of gentle oak spice, sweet pastries and juicy stone fruits. This fruity and fragrant malt whisky is ideally suited for enjoying during warm summertime’s and can be used to make a refreshing whisky cobbler cocktail.

Nectar Grove is bottled at its natural colour which has a beautiful peachy golden hue and at 46% non-chill filtered to retain the intensity of flavours and aromas in this whisky.

The eye-catching packaging design was inspired by Portuguese ceramics and fretwork, reflecting the vibrancy and variation within the whisky.

William Wemyss, Founder and Managing Director at Wemyss Malts, commented: “We are delighted with the results of our first “finished” blended malt.  Nectar Grove continues our line of limited edition blended malts which has previously included World Whisky Award winners Velvet Fig and Kiln Embers. ”

9000 bottles of Nectar Grove will be available from selected retailers in the UK, EU and Asian markets with suggested retail price of £43.95.

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  • Edinburgh based Wemyss Malts is owned by the Wemyss family and their family seat in the brand logo is Wemyss Castle in Fife where they’ve lived since the 1300s.
  • Nectar Grove Limited Edition joins 3 other blended malts in the 46% core range series that include The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney. Wemyss Malts has 2 other blended malt series that include the Batch Strength range and the Wemyss Family Collection.
  • Wemyss blended malts have won prestigious World Whisky Awards five times: The Hive 12yo in 2012, Spice King 12yo in 2013, Velvet Fig in 2015, Kiln Embers in 2016 and Peat Chimney Batch Strength in 2017.
  • The Wemyss family premium wines and spirits brands also include Lord Elcho blended Scotch whisky and Darnley’s Gin, together with the premium wine estate of Rimauresq Cru Classé in Cotes de Provence.
  • The family has opened a single malt distillery at Kingsbarns, near St. Andrews in Fife and in July 2017 also opened Darnley’s Gin distillery on site. www.kingsbarnsdistillery.com

“Glenfarclas Family Casks Selection – 1st Edition” at Hard to Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News



We have just received a hugely exciting collection of rare Glenfarclas Family Casks whiskies that are now available for purchase.

These exceptional whiskies are all from the original batch of 43 single cask releases that took the Whisky World by storm back in 2007.

The original batch of Family Casks was an ambitious collection of single cask releases, bottled at cask strength, with vintages spanning five decades from the 1950’s through to the 1990’s. Many of these whiskies were bottled at impressive ages of up to 50 years old, with a few being even older.

Ten years and hundreds of bottlings later, the series continues to go from strength to strength, and are firm favourites amongst connoisseurs, enthusiasts, collectors, and investors alike. This original series of releases are the rarest and most sought after of all.

Most of these legendary bottles are now little more than a memory in the minds of those who have been fortunate enough to drink them. As such, it is very rare to see such a comprehensive selection come on to the market at once.

Whether you are a whisky drinker, collector, or investor, this is a rare opportunity purchase an exciting piece of whisky history. All bottles are in excellent condition and are offered with their original wooden boxes, booklets, and packaging.

As you would expect, stocks are extremely limited and will be available on a first come first served basis.


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