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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, file photo, George Clooney arrives at MPTF's 95th Anniversary Celebration "Hollywood's Night Under The Stars" in Los Angeles. Global liquor behemoth Diageo says it will pay up to $1 billion to buy a tequila brand co-founded by movie star George Clooney. Clooney founded the Casamigos brand with partners Rande Gerber and Mike Meldma. Diageo says it will pay $700 million for Casamigos at first, and then pay another $300 million over 10 years if the brand reaches certain performance milestones. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

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Left to right: David Blackmore, Master Brand Ambassador for The Glenmorangie Company; Robin Naysmith, Scottish Government Counsellor, North America; Gavin Hewitt, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, Dave Pickerell, Master Distiller of Mount Vernon; Dr. Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation at the Glenmorangie Company; and Andy Cant, with Diageo toast together after corking their first barrel of a scotch style single malt whisky. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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John Campbell, Distillery Manager with Laphroaig, right, smells the scotch style single malt whisky he made with two other master distillers from Scotland, Dr. Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation at the Glenmorangie Company, left, and Andy Cant, with Diageo, center, using colonial style stills at George Washington's reconstructed distillery with the help of Mount Vernon's historic distillers. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)