BourbonBlog Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:25:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Joy to the Glass on Twitter during the Holidays – #JoytotheGlass Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:16:12 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Raise your glass and tweet a photo as we all celebrating the holidays together on Twitter!

Tweet photos of cocktails, glasses of whiskey, favorite bottle, wine ,beer and more as along with, and, have joined up with other journalists / bloggers and brands to celebrate the holidays and new years in this world-wide social media virtual.

How to Join #JoyToTheGlass

Joy to GlassSimply take a selfie, shelfie, or photo of your favorite drink and share it on Twitter including the hashtag #JoyToTheGlass.

We’ll be watching the hashtag throughout the holidays, from now until January 2, 2015 and will be reposting and re-tweeting some of our favorites … as will some of your favorite wine, beer, spirits, cocktail, and other brands.

We also encourage you to tag @BourbonBlog@ManTripping and @ChickVacations as well as your favorite brands @ in your tweets to make sure we can toast you back by RT’ing the best photos!

Here’s some of our favorite posts so far:

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Sheriff May Know Identity of the “Pappy Thief” Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:20:55 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> CLICK ABOVE TO PLAY PODCAST

Stolen PappyFor the first time since the beginning of the Pappy theft investigation, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton tells that he believes he talked has talked the “Pappy Thief” during the investigation.

Listen to the podcast above as Sheriff Melton tells about the ongoing investigation including interviews his detectives have conducted with Buffalo Trace employees. While the sheriff may know who the culprit is, he admits that having all the evidence to prove it at this point may be a different story. However, Melton believes that progress is being made and welcomes tips.

A $10,000 reward is still on the table if information you provide the authorities leads to the capture and conviction of the thief (see below for contact details on how to report).

Melton says he believes the stolen Pappy has either been sold or consumed and is not resting in a secret location.

In October 2013, an investigation started after more than $26,000 of rare bourbon was reported stolen from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Among the stolen whiskey was 65 cases – with three bottles per case – of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year bourbon and nine bottles of Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye.

Melton was reelected as Franklin County Sheriff in November 2014.


Call the Sheriff’s Office at 502-875-8740

Text to Tip Hotline Franklin County Sheriff at 502-320-3306

Sheriff Pat Melton

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Spectre and Champagne Holiday Gift Suggestions Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:09:35 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Spectre James Bond Movie PosterAs the release of the new James Bond Film Spectre has been announced, celebrate with Champagne – one of 007’s favorite libations. However, not just any Champagne will do because in a world where Bond isn’t trapped in product placement, he wouldn’t choose mass produced Champagne brands.

Like his women, he would vary it up to experience only the finest that money or the power of a spy could buy.

Enter HenrJean Milan 1864 Champagnei’s Reserve is a curated e-boutique of family estate Champagnescreative gifts  and “first time” Champagne experiences.

The Champagnes, it offers, are for the most exquisite of tastes and styles and are nearly impossible to find.

Join with in counting down to the November 2015 release of Spectre by tasting new Champagnes every month in Henri’s Reserve Champagne Clubs - see details below. Club memberships can be overnighted.

BourbonBlog Friends Holiday Offer:

Henri’s Reserve is offering 10% off of everything now through the end of the holidays to our readers go to (excludes Champagne Clubs).

The ultimate gift to celebrate Spectre or for a Champagne lover that you know Champagne Clubs. Each club delivers 2 bottles from small estates that you will rarely find anywhere outside of France.

Henri’s Reserve Champagne Clubs details here 

James Bond Spectre

Learn more about Champagne Clubs on this link


Monthly – $1750 (2 bottles every month)
Bi-Monthly – $875 (2 bottles every other month)
Quarterly $575 (2 bottles three times a year)

About Henri’s Reserve:

The Family Estate Champagnes selected by Henri’s Reserve are the new darlings of wine critics and are featured on the wine lists of the world’s most celebrated restaurants (French Laundry, Per Se, Gary Danko, NOMA, etc.)

Unlike mass produced Champagne that are made in millions of cases a year, the Family Estate Champagne, on their site  reflect the terroir of France’s finest private estates, the artistry of the winemakers and the legacies of the families behind them.

Watch the Spectre movie trailer below.


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Stranahan’s Mount Bierstadt Snowflake Sat, 06 Dec 2014 19:10:38 +0000 Read more » ]]> stranahans_distillery_coloradoWhiskey enthusiasts began lining up at 1 pm on Friday at Stranahan’s Distillery for the chance to purchase one of the precious few bottles of Stranahan’s Mount Bierstadt Snowflake, batch #16.

While the doors to sell the Snowflake didn’t open at Stranahan’s until 8 am on Saturday December 6, had an early taste of this Snowflake with Msster Distiller Rob Dietrich. See our review below!

The Stranahan’s Snowflake continues to be one of the most celebrated, limited-edition whiskey releases of the year.

For this particular release, a Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey aged between 3 to 4 years in new American white-oak barrels with #3 char has been finished in an exquisite line-up of used barrels from all over the world. This in-house marriage of cask-finish barrels includes:

- 500 Liter Sherry Oloroso cask from Jerez de la Forntera, Spain.

- Several French oak Cognac casks from the Limousin forest in France,

- Cherry wine Barrel from local Balistreri Winery in Denver

Rob Dietrich Stranahan's Master Distiller

“One of my absolute pleasures in the world is nosing a fine whiskey and the Mount Bierstadt Snowflake is no exception” Master Distiller Rob Dietrich tells

  Stranahan’s Mount Bierstadt Snowflake Review

Stranahans_Snowflake_Whiskey.NOSE: Signature Stranahan’s Whiskey character with delicate sugars, nutmeg, and a complex “juiciness.”

TASTE: Remarkable depth which feels like a great night of sampling the world’s best liquor all rolled into one. Every layer from each barrel comes to life at different stages. The Cognac bursts out first with fresh fig and hints of apricot.

For me, the Sherry springs forward next and reminds me of my mother’s sherry bars that she coincidentally makes at Christmas. Marks of Sherry and creamy chocolate notes.

FINISH: At the end, a lively and tangy Cherry pipe tobacco is evident.

After finishing several Glencairns worth of Mount Bierstadt, even the glass still had an incredible nose of everything left behind.

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North American Bourbon and Whiskey Competition Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:52:30 +0000 Read more » ]]>

Many spirit competitions take place only behind closed doors. However, in Kentucky – and anywhere bourbon is involved – we’re all about sharing.

The inaugural North American Bourbon and Whiskey Competition will be in January 2015 the Louisville Marriott East “Bourbon Hotel.”
If you are distiller or brand, submit your bourbon and / or whiskey on this link. You will select from a variety categories linked here, which range from unaged whiskey and shine to mature Bourbons.

Additionally, there are whiskey influenced food categories and whiskey barrel aged beer categories.

We’re opening our doors up for a a tasting event and dinner giving 100 lucky enthusiasts the opportunity to sample many of the bourbons and whiskeys that have been judged at the Bold Flavors of Bourbon and Whiskey” Tasting – details below and link to buy tickets.

Bold Flavors of Bourbon and Whiskey Tasting Event

TICKETS: Purchase tickets here for $95, includes buffet dinner.

DATE: Saturday, January 17th, 2015, 7 to 9:30 pm EST

VENUE: Louisville Marriott East, 903 Embassy Square Blvd, Louisville, KY 40299

This is how the double-blind competition will work:

Glencairn glassA major or craft distillery submits a whiskey into one of over 75 categories that range from moonshine to bourbon. We’ve also set aside a portion for international
whiskey categories to celebrate the growth of global whiskeys and the fact that many international whiskeys are aged in used American whiskey barrels.

The judges nose, taste and score whiskeys from a variety of bourbon and whiskey categories. In each round, judges will be told what the specific category is such as a
rye or single barrel, but they won’t be told which distillery, brand or place it originates.

The whiskeys will all be scored on their own merits and not comparatively, so some categories may see gold and double-gold winners while others may only see silver or
bronze. This ensures no one is influenced by the origin or distillery.

Judges and Background on Competition

Tom Fischer and Chris Founder Tom Fischer Ihas partnered with Christopher J. Davies to start this competition as a new benchmark in whiskey. Davies also is a co-founder and producer of the Denver International Spirits Competition and an international beer and wine competition. (Fischer and Davies pictured left)

Our judges include: The Bourbon Review’s Co-Publisher Ryan Hardesty, Filson Society Bourbon Historian Mike Veach, World Whisky Day Founder Blair Bowman, Stephen Dennison Chef/Mixoligist, William Davis, CSS, CWE Wine Industry Professional/ Spirits Judge, Beth Burrows, Bar Manager, Down One Bourbon Bar and more.

A showcase of winning whiskeys will be included in the North American Bourbon and Whiskey Competition Roadshow, which will be held in Spring 2015 in New York and Los Angeles.

For more information on competition, email

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Midwest Rum Fest in Louisville, Kentucky Sun, 30 Nov 2014 09:54:51 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Midwest Rum Fest
Creative consortium 750four Productions has partnered with Puerto Rico native Federico Hernandez of The Rum Lab to bring the first ever Midwest Rum Fest to Louisville’s own Kentucky International Convention center on the 6th of December, 2014.

WHEN: Sat. December 6, 2014 – 3:00-8:00 PM, with rum tastings occurring every 15 minutes.

WHERE: Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202

ATTEND: Purchase tickets here begin at $30 and can be found along with further information by visiting

750four Productions has partnered with The Rum Lab in bringing tropical spirit to the Bluegrass. The event will function as both a convention and a celebration, showcasing nearly twenty of the biggest names in rum with tastings and seminars by distillers, brand ambassadors and respected author Ed Hamilton.

The day will be marked by salsa dancing lessons, a Best Piña Colada competition sponsored by Coco Reál with participants from ten of the city’s best beverage programs, and a flairtending competition hosted by former flairtending champion Levi Donaldson, as seen on ESPN.

Rum shotEntertainment for the event will include performances by a steel band, local funk artists the Smoke Shop Kids, and official DJ of the Indiana Pacers, DJZNYCE.

“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to bring the spirit of rum to bourbon country” says Tommy Johns of 750four Productions. “We’ve been certain to invite an array of professionals from the industry in the hopes of helping to forge synergistic relationships between the distinctly influential spheres of rum and American whiskey.”

About The Rum Lab

The Rum Lab is program focused on becoming the Official Rum Expo throughout the northern US States. USA is considered one of the most important countries in the entire rum industry. Before the American Revolution, rum was the most consumed spirit, and now an awakening is occurring.

The team produces Taste of Rum Puerto Rico, the Official National Rum Fest. The event originated on 2009 in Puerto Rico to promote Puerto Rican Rums to tourists. Since then it has become the official Rum Fest of the island and it has attracted thousands of tourists and local attendees.

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Lost Prophet 22-Year Old Bourbon is next Orphan Barrel Release Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:25:29 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> is first to report that Lost Prophet 22-Year Old Bourbon will be the new Orphan Barrel release.

This will mark the 4th release in Diageo’s Orphan Barrel collection which we were first to tell you about in November 2013.

The other releases in the collection have included Old Blowhard 26-year-old, Barterhouse 20-year-old, and Rhetoric 20-year-old.

For more update on Lost Prophet and new bourbon releases, subscribe to our free newsletter.

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President Obama Would Enjoy Having Bourbon With Mitch McConnell Wed, 05 Nov 2014 21:37:34 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Obama seems to need a good reason for a drink and shares one more reason that bourbon whiskey unites the world – regardless of political beliefs.

President Barack Obama said “I would having  to Have a Bourbon With Mitch McConnell” during a press conference today about the elections that saw Republicans gain a majority in the Senate.  Kentucky’s senior senator Mitch McConell is expected to become  the new majority leader.

President Obama and  Mitch McConnell Have Bourbon“I’m don’t know what his preferred drink is,” Obama said. Obama continued by complimenting McConnell, whom Obama says has always been “very straightforward” and never made a promise that him that he couldn’t deliver.

So when will this bourbon fest take place?

Subscribe to our free Bourbon Newsletter on this link and we will keep you updated on this story and bourbon industry news.

The GOP picked up more than enough seats Tuesday night to take control away from the Democrats. Republicans maintained and expanded their control of the House.

Obama says he’ll certainly be spending more time with McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur), adding that’s the only way the White House and Congress will be able to get anything done.

The president says McConnell has always been “straightforward” with him and has never made a promise he couldn’t deliver on.

Obama once jokingly suggested that getting a drink with McConnell wasn’t something he looked forward to doing.

Media credits to Huffington, CNN and AP

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Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Bourbon Update Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:48:44 +0000 Read more » ]]>

Old Forester Bourbons tells that their 1870 Original Batch will will roll out in select cities in late-November 2014 in Chicago, Denver, Louisville, Nashville, New York City, Seattle and San Francisco.

Bottled at 90 proof, 1870 will retail for the suggested price of $44.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

We first told you about Old Forester 1870 in our interview with Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris in this story which revealed details that not yet been reported.

Old Forester 1870 will commemorate the year Old Forester became the first batched bourbon. Prior to its release, bourbon was sold by the barrel causing quality and taste profile to vary. Old Forester’s founder George Garvin Brown changed the industry by batching bourbon from three different distilleries to create a product that was consistent.

George Garvin Brown Old ForesterTo emulate Brown’s pioneering 1870 batching process, the 1870 Original Batch bourbon is comprised of barrels selected from three different warehouses with a different day of production as well as a different entry proof and maturation period. Historically, the original distilleries where the barrels came from were Atherton Distillery in Bardstown, Mattingly Distillery in Marion and Mellwood Distillery in Louisville

The expressions will be batched together to create this 90-proof product which represents the innovative technique developed by Brown which has become an integral part of the bourbon industry.

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Bourbon and Beer Tasting – Share the Spirit Fundraiser at Edgewater Grille, Newburgh Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:40:53 +0000 Read more » ]]> Jason Carson Carsons Brewery invites Tri-State friends to an evening of bourbon and beer to raise money for a non-profit that puts shoes on Tri-State children in need.

Join us Thursday, November 6, 2014 as’s Tom Fischer will host a bourbon tasting at Edgewater Grille in Newburgh to benefit Share the Spirit Foundation.

Meet Carson’s Brewery owner / founder Jason Carson as he will be pouring Carson’s Brewery beers at the fundraiser.

Glencairn whiskey glassAlso enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres provided by Edgewater Grille!

A silent auction will feature many novelties from local boutiques, art, wine and even a round of golf for four.

Tickets are $35 each or a table of 10 for $300 – full event details below!

Tickets are available on this link may be purchased at the door.

All Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards purchasing new shoes for the children in need at Dexter Elementary School in Evansville. The “Shoes for Kids” event will be held at the Payless shoe store, 800 N. Green River Road, Evansville, IN on Friday, November 7 from 8:45-10:30 am.

If you are interested in volunteering for this fun and enriching experience with the children, you may contact Tonya Voepel, President, Share the Spirit Foundation, 217-494-2990 or

Visit the website at For questions about the fundraiser, contact Jordan Donner at 630-913-6935 or Annabelle Ismail at 812-455-3686.

Carsons Brewery Beer

Event Details

Edgewater Grille Newburgh WHAT: Bourbon and Beer Tasting – Share the Spirit Fundraiser
WHEN: Thursday, November 6, 2014
WHERE: Edgewater Grille, 1 E. Water Street, Newburgh, IN 47630
TICKETS: Tickets on this link are $35 each or a table of 10 for $300, purchase on this link or call 812-455-3686.

About Share the Spirit Foundation:

Share the Spirit FoShare_the_spiritundation is a 501(C)(3) public charity, funded by private donations and all proceeds go toward helping those in need. No travel costs or administrative expenses are received by the organization. To date, over 5,000 pair of shoes have been distributed and more events are being planned each year.

Share the Spirit Foundation works hand-in-hand with volunteers, communities and donors to assist those in need in a dignified manner. They organize shoe and school supply events for deserving local children and educate younger generations on “keeping the spirit alive” and sharing the burden of providing for those in need.

Share_the_spirit_nonprofit Founded by sisters-in-law Karen Voepel and Tonya Voepel, they work with local schools and social service agencies to give needy children the opportunity to shop for new shoes, just like others more fortunate.

Their mission is to share the burden of providing for those in need … after all, with everyone giving just a bit, the burden seems much lighter. In Illinois, Tonya has opened a “Shoe Closet” where the children in the homeless community may shop with dignity for new shoes.

In Colorado, Karen is driving the “Shoe Cruizer,” filled with new shoes, to those needy children living in the outlying areas of the state.

Share the Spirit also encourages others to use physical challenges to remind themselves to honor those enduring their own personal hardships. Visit for more information.

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Moonshiners Season 4 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:46:21 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Moonshiner Tim Smith tells that the premiere of Moonshiners Season 4 will be on November 4 – watch the official trailer above.

Moonshiners fans mark your calendars for Tuesday November 4, 9 pm EST / 8 pm CST on Discovery Channel and subscribe to our free newsletter on this link for more updates on the new season.

In the lead up to the Moonshiners season premiere on November 4, catch up with the shiners on MOONSHINERS: THE OFF SEASON on October 28 at 9PM ET/PT as they get in some

What to Expect in Season 4

Moonshine JarThis season, Tim is back, distilling legally, but his operation is quickly put to a halt when Limestone Distillery is the target of arson. As Tim gets to the bottom of who burned down his legal distillery, he has to make some hard choices, as Tickle, Tyler and Chico continue to make the shine in the mountains of Kentucky, keeping the outlaw distillers running and moonshine adventures rolling, while Jim Tom and Roy pair up to get their piece of the lucrative moonshine pie.

The stakes remain high and with the law on their trail, Jeff, Mark, and Lance decide to move their operation into forbidden and unknown territory. Not being at the mercy of the changing weather does come with a price, the chances of getting caught are much higher and they’re more susceptible to danger.

Tim Smith Making MoonshineIn the lead up to the Moonshiners season premiere on November 4, catch up with the shiners on MOONSHINERS: THE OFF SEASON on October 28 at 9PM ET/PT as they get in some last minute rest and relaxation. Tim spends his time training some rookie shiners in the old ways of making liquor. Tickle, Chico, and Tyler head to a dam to do a little fishing, and where Tickle goes, trouble usually follows. In North Carolina, Jim Tom hops on his hog and hits the town.

Mark decides to get back to his roots in the mountains, while Jeff & Lance go in search of a bigger, better still pot, hoping to increase production and make up for last season’s setbacks. Meanwhile in South Carolina, Josh and Bill head to pick up Josh’s new and improved truck, but Bill has some reservations about Josh’s flashy style.

Moonshiners Season 4

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National Liqueur Day 2014 Recipes Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:08:37 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> toasts to National Liqueur Day 2014 by sharing Drambuie cocktails from Anthony Caporale National Ambassador for Drambuie below.

If you haven’t tried Drambuie as a whisk(e)y fan, it may have been the world’s first flavored whiskey. We recommend this blend of aged Scotch whisky, heather honey, spices and herbs from a recipe said to date back 1746.

In 2011, the 15 Year old expression of Drambuie was also released. Drambuie 15  is still a liqueur and the flavor is more “whisky forward” as it is made with whiskies aged for at least 15 years.

The Drambuie portfolio also includes The Royal Legacy and The Jacobite Collection.

Drambuie Rusty Nail

Liqueur1 part Drambuie Liqueur
1 part Scotch Whisky*
Served over ice in a rocks glass

*or use your favorite brown spirit to spice it up, such as Mezcal, Dark Rum, Tequila, Bourbon or any Whiskey

Railroad Spike

Railroad Spike

-In a tall glass filled with ice, add:

1 part Drambuie  Scotch Liqueur
4 parts Iced Coffee

-Stir briefly, serve with a black straw.

Drambuie Highland Tea

In a mixing tin with ice, add:

2 oz. Drambuie Scotch Liqueur
2 oz. Fig Infused Black Tea*
1 Orange Peel, zest only (squeeze to extract oils and drop in tin)

Shake until the tin is frosted, double strain into a martini glass, float:
½ oz. Lavender Infused Cream (thicken in shaker with Dried Lavender Blossoms and double strain over bar spoon)

* steep 8 oz. hot water with loose-leaf Black Tea and 2 sliced dried
figs for about 5 minute

Rusty Ale

Guinness Cocktail1 shot of Drambuie Liqueur
1 pint of Guinness Draught (or substitute a favorite beer).

Pour shot of Drambuie in pint glass.

Fill pint glass atop shot with Guinness Draught.

Recipes Courtesy: Anthony Caporale U.S. Brand Ambassador for Drambuie

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BBC Bourbon Ale Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:19:36 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> BBC Bourbon Ale Beer Bluegrass Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Ale – that we were first to tell you about on – has been released and is now available in 4 packs in Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee and Ohio.

This ale is aged between 4 and 6 weeks in used Bourbon barrels.

Also find it in tap.. Taste it at the BBC Taproom in Louisville, Kentucky.

Look for it at ValuMarket and Liquor Barn.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of caramel and Kentucky Bourbon resonate from this copper colored ale. Bourbon Ale is a medium bodied malt forward ale that features a unique blend of malt sweetness and Bourbon Barrel character from freshly decanted KY Bourbon Barrels.

Bourbon Ale begins with a malt sweetness that transitions into dry finish with notes of vanilla and bourbon soaked oak.

With pride ALL of our beer is brewed in Louisville KY and aged in the finest Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.

ABV: 7% – 8%

IBU: 25

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Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey Returns for 2014 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 07:29:33 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Hudson Maple Cask is first to report that Hudson Whiskey will release a new batch of Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey in the coming months.

The original batch of this limited edition rye whiskey was released in 2013 and received praise for both its flavor and ingenuity.

Unlike other maple whiskeys, a barrel exchange program gave birth to this creation. A local Hudson Valley maple syrup producer took used Hudson Whiskey barrels to create bourbon barrel aged maple syrups. After the producers had fully aged and dumped their syrup, the empty barrels found their way back to their origin at Hudson Whiskey. Hudson then filled the maple syrup cured barrel with a their fully aged rye to give their whiskey a unique finish.

The rye is less than 4 years old and made from locally harvested New York rye grain.

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Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:47:47 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir FinishWoodford Reserve tells that they will release the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish in limited quantities in early November 2014 with a suggested retail price of $99.99 for 750ml.

The Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish was created by Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris, who partnered with Sonoma-Cutrer Winemaking Director Mick Schroeter to develop a release that challenges long held industry definitions of the category. Like Woodford Reserve, Sonoma-Cutrer Wines are also part of the Brown-Forman Corporation portfolio.

In a previous Master’s Collection, Woodford experimented with aging their bourbon in a used Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay barrel.

We’ll bring you our review of the new Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish soon on and we invite you to subscribe to our free Bourbon Newsletter on this link for the latest Bourbon news.

Released as the latest offering under the brand’s umbrella of nine total Master’s Collection expressions, the Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish was created by adjusting the whiskey’s fifth source of flavor—maturation. By finishing a batch of the original Woodford Reserve whiskey in a used Pinot Noir barrel that was shipped directly from the Sonoma-Cutrer winery in California, the release has a unique flavor profile that hasn’t been experienced in a bourbon before.

Originally, the barrels aged three unique vintages of the brand’s Burgundian style Pinot Noir, which Woodford says gives this Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish a “refreshingly fruit forward flavor profile.

Woodford says they want to make clear distinction that industry definitions require that bourbons be aged in new, charred oak barrel.Thus, the Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish is not technically a bourbon. Rather, it represents the overall direction of the category, one that sees inspiration stemming from ingenuity, passion and creativity. They say the Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish is a release that is inspired by, and pays tribute to, the original commitment to ingenuity that have been constant throughout the history of both brands.

“Our Master’s Collection has long been a favorite of mine to produce, as it gives me the chance to focus on and experiment with our five sources of flavor, one of the core attributes of Woodford Reserve,” Morris tells “The Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish allowed me to partner with Mick to develop a product that is particularly exciting, both for fans of Woodford Reserve and Sonoma-Cutrer.”

Sonoma Cutrer Pinot Noir wine“Both wine and whiskey are born out of a commitment to a craft that both pays tribute to tradition, and is inspired by a love of innovation,” says Schroeter, “Chris and I are excited to offer a spirit that brings the best of both categories to life for fans of the brands.”

About Woodford Reserve

Though today home to Woodford Reserve, the distillery has been a category pioneer as early as the mid-1800s, when owner Oscar Pepper and Master Distiller James Crow developed several key processes that shaped the early days of the category, and which continue to be used today, including sour mashing and charred barrel maturation. Today, the Woodford Reserve Distillery is visited by more than 130,000 visitors each year.

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Wild Turkey American Honey Sting Ghost Pepper Bourbon Liqueur Tue, 07 Oct 2014 18:16:18 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Wild Turkey tells that it will release a new expression of American Honey this month which has been infused with Ghost Peppers – known one of the world’s hottest chili peppers.

At 71 proof and $22.99 per 750 ml bottle, Wild Turkey says they are “perfectly balancing” the heat of the Ghost Chili Pepper with the sweetness of honey liqueur for a unique flavor that is “unexpectedly smooth.”

Wild Turkey Honey Liqueur old bottleWhile honey-infused and other flavored bourbons have seen an explosive growth the last several years, Wild Turkey Jimmy Russell, the longest-tenured, active Master Distiller in the world, pioneered the flavored Bourbon category in 1976 with the creation of American Honey. Until recently, the liqueur was known as Wild Turkey Honey Liqueur (see one of the original bottle photos to left).

For more updates on new bourbon releases, subscribe to our free bourbon newsletter on this link.

Will American Honey Sting help Wild Turkey reach new consumers?

Reports from food and beverage consulting firm Technomic, more than half of consumers (54%) said that hot or spicy foods are appealing, up from 46% in 2009. Their research showed that Millennials expressed the greatest interest in spicy foods.

Andrew Floor, Campari America Senior Marketing Director, Dark Spirits says, “Whereas American Honey was originally created in the 1970’s to help Bourbon reach a wider audience, with Sting we’re speaking to a generation of Bourbon-loving legal drinking age Millennials, both men and women, who are looking for new flavors and more spice.”

About the Ghost Pepper

Ghost chili pepper bhut jolokia In 2007, the Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia) was been certified by Guinness World Record “world’s hottest pepper” as it is 401.5 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. The Ghost Pepper is rated at more than 1 million Scoville heat units (SHUs).

In 2012, the Ghost Pepper was superseded by the Trinidad moruga scorpion as the world’s hottest hottest pepper. In 2013, the Guinness World Records rated the “Carolina Reaper” the world’s hottest pepper, moving the ghost chili to third place.

“I think people are going to get a kick out of how well the heat of the Ghost Peppers goes with the honey flavor. When you take a shot, you get the forward flavor sweetness and citrus of American Honey on your tongue first, followed by the Ghost Pepper that has a subtle heat to it,” Russell tells

About Campari

Campari America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI – Bloomberg CPR IM). At the heart of Campari America are two legends in the American spirits industry. The first, Skyy Spirits, was founded in San Francisco back in 1992 by the entrepreneur who invented iconic SKYY Vodka.

The second is the world-famous Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, where they have been making the world’s finest whiskies since the 1800’s. Both companies were purchased by Davide Campari-Milano and together they form Campari America, which has built a portfolio unrivaled in its quality, innovation and style, making it a top choice among distributors, retailers and consumers.

Campari America manages Gruppo Campari’s portfolio in the US with such leading brands as SKYY® Vodka, SKYY Infusions, Campari, Aperol, Wild Turkey Straight Kentucky Bourbon, American Honey, Russell’s Reserve, Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Forty Creek Canadian Whisky, Cabo Wabo Tequila, Espolón Tequila, Appleton Estate Rum, Wray & Nephew Rum, Coruba Rum, Ouzo 12, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, Frangelico, Cynar, Averna, Braulio, Carolans Irish Cream, Irish Mist® Liqueur, Sagatiba Cachaça and Jean-Marc XO Vodka.

Campari America is also the exclusive US distributor of BULLDOG Gin.

Campari America is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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Independent Spirits Expo in Chicago 2014 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:13 +0000 Read more » ]]> Indie Spirits Festival invites you to the INDEPENDENT SPIRITS EXPO in Chicago!

Use the code ” INDIECITY : to save $20 when you Buy Tickets on this link

WHEN: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

TIME: 4:30pm to 9:00pm

WHERE: The Hilton Downtown Chcago

720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60605

Meet the distillers, brand owners, importers and others who make it possible for you to enjoy a great a variety of small batch, unique and artisanal spirits from around the world and you taste vodka, whiskey rum, tequila, mezcal, cognac and more.

Featured Spirits

Anchor Distilling
Banks Rum
Barritt’s Ginger Beer
Big Bottom Distilling
Blaum Bros. Distillery
Bunnahabhain single malt scotch
Caledonia Spirits
Caledonia Spirits
Caorunn Gin
Carpano Antica
Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery
Spirits Expo ChicagoCharbay Distillery
Classic Imports
Compass Box scotch whisky
Craft Distillers
Deanston single malt scotch
Death’s Door
Del Maguey Mezcal
Demerara Distilling (El Dorado Rum)
Dimmi Liquore
Distillerie de Biercée
Duncan Taylor
Edinburgh Gin
Encanto Pisco
Fernet Branca
FEW Spirits
Gabrielsen Cognac
Glenfarclas single malt scotch
Glenrothes single malt
Gordon & MacPhail
Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach
Grand Marnier 1880
Great Lakes Distillery
Haas Brothers
Haus Alpenz
Heering liqueur
Jersey Artisanal Distillery
Journeyman Distillery
Kappa Pisco
Kavalan whiskey
Koloa Rum Co.
KOVAL Distillery
Letherbee Gin
Lyon Distilling Co.
Marnier Lapostolle
Martin Miller’s Gin
McClary Bros. Vinegars
New Holland Brewing & Distilling
North Shore Distillery
Old Petrero Rye
Oola Distilling
Orange V
Pacific Edge
Pig’s Nose scotch
Quincy St. Distillery
Redemption Rye
Rhine Hall Distillery
Scorpion Mezcal
Sheep Dip blended malt scotch
Shrubs & Co.
Siete Leguas Tequila
Sonoma County Distilling Co.
St. George Distillery
Tail Winds Distillery
Tequila Tapatio
Teeling Irish Whiskey
Templeton Rye
Tobermory single malt scotch
Tullibardine Single Malt Scotch
Veritas Brands
Warehouse Liquors
WhistlePig Rye
Zaya Rum
and many, many more to come!

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Old Forester Distillery Coming To Whiskey Row, Louisville Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:39:53 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Brown-Forman Corporation tells that they will open a distillery and bourbon experience for its founding brand, Old Forester, in two historic buildings on Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Old Forester Distillery will include fermentation, distilling, barrel making, filling and dumping, and bottling. The new distillery will allow the company to double its current production of Old Forester.

The historic properties at 117 and 119 Main Street, where the Old Forester Distillery will be located, were built around 1857 and used for warehousing barrels of whiskey produced at numerous distilleries in the areas. At least nineteen distillers, wholesalers, and other whiskey-related businesses called this block of West Main Street home.

By the mid-1870s, this stretch of Main Street was known as “Whiskey Row.”

The opening of the Old Forester Distillery is currently scheduled for  the fall of 2016 and will house a distilling operation and tourist destination to showcases the craftsmanship and authenticity of Old Forester. The company anticipates investing approximately $30 million in this project.

With the purchase of these two buildings, Brown-Forman owns five buildings on Louisville’s revitalized Main Street. Brown-Forman will potentially receive a total of $1.3M in various Kentucky tax incentives.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) has preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $900,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment (KBI) program. KEDFA also approved Brown-Forman for tax benefits of $400,000 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA).

Old Forester Bourbon“As demand for high quality bourbon continues to increase, the Old Forester Distillery will enable us to share not only one of the greatest tasting and most historic bourbons with more of the world, but share the story of one of Kentucky’s bourbon icons and celebrate the Brown family’s continuous ownership of Brown-Forman and their long-term support for nearly 150 years,” says Paul Varga, CEO of Brown-Forman Corporation.

History of Old Forester

Old Forester is Brown-Forman’s founding brand and often referred to as”the first bottled bourbon.” Founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown. Brown believed Old Forester was so pure Antique Old Forester Bottleand consistent that he sealed it, signed it, and pledged “There is nothing better in the market.” The Old Forester Distillery will celebrate Brown’s innovative spirit and his commitment to making the highest quality

“Between 1900 and 1919, Brown-Forman occupied 117 Main Street on Louisville’s Whiskey Row. We’re returning to our roots with this distillery, just another wonderful example Brown-Forman’s commitment to historic preservation and downtown development in Louisville,” said G. Garvin Brown IV, a 5th generation descendant of the company’s founder and the company’s current board chairman.

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Bourbon Twitter Party #IHeartBourbon Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:35:07 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> BourbonsFor the love of bourbon, invites YOU to join us at @BourbonBlog along with @ManTripping and @ChickVacations for the #IHeartBourbon Twitter Party on Tuesday, September 23 at 8 pm EST.

We invite you to register here to let us know we’ll see you on Twitter at the party! We’ll be talking and tweeting about all things bourbon to celebrate September as National Bourbon Heritage Month under the hashtag #IHeartBourbon.

There is no better way to spread the bourbon love on a Tuesday night as you drink (responsibility of course) as tweet with bourbon brands and other fellow whiskey enthusiasts.

While registration isn’t mandatory, it gives you the chance to win some exciting whiskey and bourbon prizes AND to let us know the great people like you we will be tweeting with.

Are YOU a brand interested in participating? Please email

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Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller, Louisville Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:54:44 +0000 Read more » ]]> The new Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller is now open. reports from ribbon-cutting ceremony as we join our friends in the Bulleit and Diageo family to celebrate the opening of the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller.

The Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Shively opened on Derby Day in 1935. For four decades, it thrived and was known for making the finest bourbons in the world. On June 30th, 1972, the company was sold. After a series of name and ownership changes, Stitzel-Weller is now owned by Diageo.

Hours of Operation at Visitors Center

Bulleit Bourbon 10Starting September 16, The Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller will be open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. -3 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 2 p.m. Admission, which includes a tasting, costs $10 for adults of legal drinking age.

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience Stitzel-Weller Address: 3860 Fitzgerald Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40216

Visitors will be able to see firsthand Bulleit founder Tom Bulleit’s working office and take a trip into the past of one of America’s most historic facilities. Guests will tour the warehouse where the rickhousing system was invented in 1879, the cooperage which remains unchanged since opening in 1935, and the historic foyer, inspired by Monticello. Beginning in early December, the tour will also include a look at a new finishing center, where visitors will be able to add customized engravings, etchings and hand-selected graphics to products available for purchase at the site.

Next Phase of Refurbishing

We first told you about as it started the renovations in February 2014 and this morning it officially opened and Diageo shared plans for additional renovations to the historic Louisville distillery.

This next phase of refurbishing the facility will include construction of a new bottling line, an on-site finishing center and a small batch craft still for the Visitor Center focused on innovation. This brings Diageo’s total investments in Stitzel-Weller announced in 2014 to more than ten million dollars.

In addition to distilling, the company will bring bottling capabilities back to Stitzel-Weller. A new bottling line is currently under construction and slated to start up in late 2014. Plans call for the new line to bottle a range of American whiskeys and bourbons.

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“As a Kentuckian and a son of the Bourbon industry, watching this national treasure come back to life has been an incredible experience,” said Bulleit Bourbon founder, Tom Bulleit. “Having Stitzel-Weller be the home of the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience gives me a tremendous amount of pride and a feeling of excitement for what the future holds.”

“Stitzel-Weller is widely recognized as an iconic part of bourbon’s past, and the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience we are opening today celebrates that history,” said Larry Schwartz, President, Diageo North America.

“Stitzel-Weller is sacred ground in our city, the home of iconic bourbon brands and now the home of the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

While Stitzel-Weller will remain home to the Bulleit Bourbon brand, the new small batch craft still for the Visitor Center will also nurture inspired experimentation and education. Fueled by innovation, it will embody the entrepreneurial spirit that has long lived within the walls of the historic site.

The facility will include an industry archive and serve as a resource for members of the trade, whiskey industry and other interested parties who are of legal drinking age.

This latest investment comes on the heels of Diageo’s ground breaking last month at the new Shelby County, Kentucky Bulleit Distilling Co. facility. The 1.8 million proof gallon (750,000 9-liter cases) distillery will distill Bulleit Bourbon, as well as a number of current and future Diageo bourbon and North American Whiskey brands. Construction plans are on track and Diageo aims to have the distillery operational in late 2016.

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WhistlePig Boss Hog Rye Whiskey “The Spirit of Mortimer” 2014 Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:20:19 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Watch the video above as WhistlePig Whiskey Founder Raj Bhakta talks with‘s Tom Fischer about the new Boss Hog “The Spirit of Mortimer” Rye Whiskey limited edition release.

This is the second edition of WhistlePig’s award-winning Boss Hog, which is a 100% rye whiskey aged nearly 14 years in a single barrel at cask strength – approximately 118 to 124 proof.

Only 50 barrels in total will be released. Mortimer was Raj’s pet pig who recently passed and this whiskey is in memoriam.

In this video, Tom and Raj also taste a new 12-year expression finished in used Sauterne and Cognac casks. While no information on the release 12-year-old expression is available at this time, Raj says they may call it the “Old World Series.”

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Parker’s Heritage 2014,13-year-old Wheat Whiskey Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:31:24 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Parker's Heritage 13 year Old Wheat whiskey is first to bring you the full details about Heaven Hill Distilleries releasing the 2014 Parker’s Heritage collection limited edition bottling.

For 2014, Parker’s Heritage will be a 13-year-old Wheat Whiskey with the retail cost of $89.99 for a 750 ml bottle, as it hits shelves in September and October 2014.

The release will be comprised of two small batch dumps, the first of which will be bottled at 127.4 proof (63.7% ABV). This cask strength and non-chill filtered whiskey aged for 13 years at the top floor of Rickhouse Y at Heaven Hill in Bardstown, Kentucky.

In June 2014, Heaven Hill decided to repackage their Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey and add a 7 year age statement. With the additional 6 years of maturation on Parker’s Heritage 2014, there is an even greater depth and complexity.

Last year’s edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection, called the “Promise of Hope” release, raised over $300,000 for the ALS Association’s Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund through a $20 per bottle contribution made from Heaven Hill.

Heaven Hill says they will continue this year with to raise funs and contribute $5 for every bottle of Parker’s Heritage sold.

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National Bourbon Heritage Month 2014 Sun, 07 Sep 2014 19:28:14 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> At we celebrates bourbon and American whiskey every month of the year.

As September is officially National Bourbon Heritage Month, we invite you to join us as we  celebrate…

Glencairn’s Tom Fischer will be appearing at a number of events and tastings and you can also have him host your own bourbon tasting for any group big or small click here for more information.

Subscribe to the BourbonBlog YouTube Channel on this link . Throughout September we’ll highlight our favorite bourbons, distilleries and add new video segments.

Tweet to us @BourbonBlog and include #Bourbon, we’ll be retweeting and actively and also connect with us our facebook page. Join us and make #Bourbon trend!

As both the craft and major bourbon distilleries in Kentucky work to keep up with global demand by producing and aging a large majority of bourbon, the heritage of bourbon is a story that will never truly end. A majority of states in the U.S. have a distillery which either has their own bourbon currently aging in barrels or has already released a bourbon made in their state . has been following the story of American craft distilleries for 10 years we’ll bring you more news about new bourbon releases soon.

Subscribe to our free Bourbon Newsletter for the latest updates in the bourbon world.

On August 2, 2007, the U.S. Senate made September official in observance in the United States that calls for celebration of bourbon as America’s “Native Spirit”.

As we always encourage responsible consumption, this resolution calls for consumers to use responsibility and moderation. The bill which recognizes September as National Bourbon Heritage Month 2014 reinforces the 1964 Act of Congress that declared bourbon “America’s Native Spirit” by celebrating the family heritage, tradition and deep-rooted legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States.

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NW Chophouse & Wine Bar Bourbon Heritage Month Bourbon Tasting Dinner Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:43:54 +0000 Read more » ]]> NW Chophouse Wine‘s Tom Fischer will host a bourbon dinner at NW Chophouse & Wine Bar of Newburgh, Indiana where 5 exciting courses and whiskeys will be featured.

This private event honoring National Bourbon Heritage Month will be limited to the first 50 who reserve, so call (812) 853-9500 to book your reservation.

“I’m proud to join Chef Nick Weisenborn – one of the most talented and creative in the entire region- to celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month” says Fischer. “We’re pairing the very best in bourbon with the ultimate culinary creations.”

Details and menu below!


WHERE: NW Chophouse, 7799 Indiana 66, Newburgh, Indiana, U.S.A.

WHEN: Sunday Sept 28th, 2014 at 5 pm CST

PRICE: $89 per person tax and 20% gratuity not included

HOW TO ATTEND: Call (812) 853-9500 to reserve your seat.


Johnny Drum Bourbon

1st Course:Johnny Drum Bourbon

paired with Large sea scallops and country ham drilled with bourbon infused butter.

2nd Course: Westchester Wheat Whiskey

paired with Bourbon vanilla bean vinaigrette salad with candied walnuts and fresh berry.

Westchester Wheat Whiskey

Walnut Salad

3rd course- Old Medley 12 yr. Bourbon

Old Medley Bourbon 12

paired with Fresh Grouper over a wild mushroom and bourbon risotto.

Fish Risotto

4th Course- Angel’s Envy Bourbon

paired with 
Bourbon and honey marinated Pork chop over grilled asparagus.

Bourbon Pork chops

5th Course: Booker’s Bourbon

paired with White chocolate and bourbon Crème brulee

Sweet Lucy Bourbon Cream LiqueurAfter dinner- Sweet Lucy bourbon cream over rocks or with coffee

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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2014 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:46:03 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2014
Buffalo Trace Distillery tells that the 2014 Antique Collection in late September and early October 2014 with a suggested retail price of $80 each. The highly anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs.

The Antique Collection was introduced more than a decade ago and has become a favorite among whiskey connoisseurs garnering numerous awards. Subscribe to our free bourbon newsletter to be first to learn more about whiskey releases like this.

Here’s what loyal fans can expect from 2014:

George T. Stagg

The 2013 release of this perennial favorite received the prestigious Chairman’s Trophy during the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Barrels for this year’s George T. Stagg bottling were selected from Warehouses C, H, I, K, L, P, and Q. This uncut and unfiltered bourbon was distilled back in the spring of 1998 and weighs in at 138.1 proof. Although still highly allocated, happily there are a few more bottles available this year, since Buffalo Trace increased distillation for George T. Stagg back in 1997. Buffalo Trace says the whiskey tastes of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and dates.

William Larue Weller

This bourbon registers in at 140.2 proof – the strongest Weller release ever in proof. The Antique Collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated recipe bourbon is William Larue Weller. The 2014 offering was distilled in the spring of 2002 and aged on the second, third, fourth, and sixth floors of Warehouses D, K, and L.Buffalo Trace says describes the bold flavors include dark molasses, plums, and toffee.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye

Thomas H. Handy is the uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. This year’s Handy was distilled in the spring of 2008, aged on the fifth floor of Warehouse M and weighs in at 129.2 proof. Tasting notes from Buffalo Trace describe it as Christmas cake, allspice, coconut, and clove.

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old

The 2014 edition has been aging on the second, third and sixth floors of Warehouses I and K. This bourbon was aged nearly two decades and tastes of oak, leather, cinnamon, and tobacco according to Buffalo Trace.

Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old

This 2014 straight rye whiskey release was aged in Warehouse K and all-spice, molasses and hints of mint, along with a long, dry finish are provided as the tasting notes.

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Cochon Heritage BBQ Louisville Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:18:39 +0000 Read more » ]]>

Cochon Heritage BBQ Tour

HERITAGE BBQ Louisville 2014

September 07, 2014 at 4pm – 8pm
21c Museum Hotels
700 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202


Similar to Cochon 555, Heritage BBQ presented by Goose Island Beer Co. is an all-inclusive event, a stand-up tasting where five notable chefs will each be given a 200 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts.

The five chefs from Louisville include: Tyler Morris, Levon Wallace, Brian Enyart, Jeffery Dailey, and Ryan Rogers (see photo below). 

A panel of 20 respected judges will vote for the city’s “BBQ King or Queen.” The events raise awareness for responsible family farms, culinary schools, local food producers, craft brewers, great winemakers, and prestigious distillers wanting to celebrate with an amazing food event during National Bourbon Month.

The cause is local, the flavors are global, the talent is unbridled…

Guest Services · · 678-PIG-LUVN

Ticker Prices

208.00 VIP (all-inclusive)

VIP – 4pm entry ($200 ticket + $8.00 service fee)

$105.00 GA (all-inclusive)

GA – 5pm entry ($100 ticket + $5 service fee)

Cochon 555 Louisville
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4th Ever Kentucky State BBQ Festival in Danville Kentucky Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:16:45 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Kentucky State BBQ Festival Danville
BBQ ribsOne of the greatest gatherings of celebrity BBQ pitmasters in the world returns to Danville, Kentucky  September 5-7, 2014 with sites, sounds and smells of the 4th Ever Kentucky State BBQ Festival. has brought you our coverage since the the first year of the festival and we invite you watch our past coverage on this link and in the videos below.

Admission and parking are FREE to the general festival which starts Friday, September 5th at 5 pm.

This festival also helps raise funds for Heart of Kentucky United Way, so attend the Arts Auction Round-Up on Friday – as tickets are on sale now with limited availability.

It is rare that celebrity pitmasters like the following are all in one place: Carey Bringle, Peg Leg Porker, Nashville, TN; Moe Cason, Ponderosa Barbecue, Des Moines, IA, BBQ Pitmasters Finalist; Mike Mills, 17th Street BBQ, Murphysboro, IL “The Godfather of BBQ”; Craig Kimmel, Firehouse BBQ, BBQ Pitmasters Finalist, Food Truck Challenge, DeLand, FL; Shelly Frisch, Desperado’s Barbecue, Angola, NY; Shane Draper, Draper’s BBQ, Cunningham, KY; Brad and Cindy Simmons, Lucky Dog BBQ, Danville, KY

The 4th Ever Kentucky BBQ Festival promises to be a fun-filled and exciting time. Come on out and be a part of this very special event.

Attend the KY State BBQ Fest

When: Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7, 2014

Friday: 5PM-10PM, Saturday: 11AM-10PM, Sunday: 11AM-5PM

Where: 2nd Street and Constitution Square, Danville, KY

What: BBQ Pitmasters cooking their specialties (Pork Shoulder, Texas Beef Brisket, Ribs and more).

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Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:33:12 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Makers Mark Cask Strength BourbonNot long ago, Maker’s Mark hardly had enough bourbon to satisfy demand which led to the Maker’s Mark proof reduction controversy. Ironically, Maker’s has now found enough whiskey to release their bourbon at cask strength at approximately 113.2 proof, or 56.6 ABV (uncut and unfiltered).

This cask strength expression won’t be cheap…

$40 for a 375 ml bottle (or nearly $80 for the same quantity as the standard 750 ml bottle).

Is it worth the price?

Compare this price to Booker’s Bourbon, which like Maker’s Mark, is also owned by Beam Suntory. Booker’s currently sells for nearly 40% less than Maker’s Mark Cask Strength at $50 for a 750 ml bottle and is bottled at an even higher proof, normally around 125 depending on the barrel.

Will you be buying a bottle or have you tasted it? Tell us below on this under comments on this link as we’d like to hear.

Maker’s Mark tells they will sell their Maker’s Cask Strength (only 375 ml bottles) at the Maker’s Mark Distillery gift shop starting September 1 and at select liquor stores in the region.

In February of 2013, Maker’s Mark COO Rob Samuels told that people were having a difficult time finding Maker’s Mark, so a 3% ABV permanent reduction in proof was necessary to keep up with demand. A week after the proof reduction announcement, Maker’s added that 3% ABV back to the whiskey due to public outcry.

Unnamed sources tell us Maker’s Mark had been contemplating a cask release for a while but may have needed a gap of time in between the proof reduction and cask strength release to avoid the obvious questions that follow the two extremes.

Suspicion always surrounded the proof reduction as some industry professionals and consumers both believe the Maker’s Mark proof reduction was a marketing ploy. However, both Rob Samuels and Bill Samuels, Jr. maintained in our exclusive podcast interview (linked here) on the day of the decision reversal, that this was never a marketing ploy.

While Maker’s Mark Cask Strength is apparently limited in availability, a total number of initial bottles has not been stated.

Until their release of Maker’s 46 in 2008 (which we were the first to review ), the brand had only sold two expressions of Maker’s Mark in the U.S. including Maker’s Mark Original and their seasonal pre-bottled Maker’s Mark Mint Julep. Subsequently, Maker’s also launched an un-aged expression of their bourbon called Maker’s Mark White.

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Four Roses 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:04:26 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> is first to report online that Four Roses Distillery will release 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon bottled at barrel strength in mid-September 2014, from barrels ranging in age from 9 to 13 years.

For 2014, 11,200 total bottles of the Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon will be released globally. This is the greatest quantity of any Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch ever compared to Limited Edition Small Batch 2013 with 8,000 global total bottles and around 4,000 in other prior years including 2012. According to Master Distiller Jim Rutledge, it was only within the last few years that a small portion of the production of limited edition bottles began being sold outside the U.S.A.

Master Distiller Jim Rutledge selected four of the Four Roses ten Bourbon recipes to create the 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon: 13-year-old Bourbon from Four Roses’ OBSV recipe, 12-year-old OESV, 11-year-old OBSF and 9-year-old OBSK.

“We’ve only scratched the surface with what we can do with our ten Bourbon recipes relative to varying flavor profiles for special releases,” Rutledge tells

We’ll bring you our complete review of the 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch soon. Four Roses says the following about this bourbon:

It is s both bold and refreshing, with aromas of light orange zest, glazed maple and fresh spearmint. The flavor profile includes orange citrus and mellow hints of honey, which are expertly mingled with a palate of mild cloves and cool mint for a long, bold and smooth finish.

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Elijah Craig 23-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:26:18 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> is the first to report online that Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. will release a new limited edition Elijah Craig 23-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon mid-August 2014 for the retail price of $199.99 at 90 proof in a 750 ml. size bottle. We’ll bring you a review of this Bourbon soon here on

Elijah Craig 23 will ship to a small number select markets across the country in August and retail shelves throughout September. Elijah Craig 23 is a successor to the Elijah Craig 21 released in the Fall of 2013 and the Elijah Craig 20 in Spring of 2012.

Heaven Hill tells us that Elijah 23 was drawn from barrels in the middle floors of their rickhouses, where the effects of long aging are mitigated by the more moderate temperature fluctuations.  Heaven Hill says as they hold the world’s second largest inventory of Bourbon and the most “extra-aged” barrels of any distillery particular and that they carefully selected from these all barrels for Elijah Craig 23 from their inventory of over one million aging barrels.

Elijah Craig 23 will be bottled the same familiar bottle as the 18, 20, and 21, but unlike the others this one will carry a green label.

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Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Bourbon Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:47:16 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Old Forester Bourbon First Bottled BourbonOld Forester 1870 Original Batch Bourbon will be a new permanent line extension of the Old Forester Bourbon brand in the Fall of 2014. This bourbon will be bottled 90 proof and will emulate George Garvin Brown’s original recipe selection of the Old Forester Bourbon as it was produced in 1870.

Chris Morris explains that in 1870, George Garvin Brown would select and purchase Bourbons from three different distilleries in Kentucky including Atherton Distillery in Bardstown, Mattingly Distillery in Marion and Mellwood Distillery in Louisville.

George Garvin Brown Old ForesterIn order to capture the essence of the 1870 recipe for this new release, Morris tells that he is batching small lots of different Old Forester barrels to honor the three distilleries as they were selected in 1870. Each of these lots originates from a separate Brown-Forman warehouse, with each being a single days’ production with a different entry proofs and age profiles.

Morris says the 1870 recipe remained nearly the same from 1870-1902. In 1902, Brown-Forman purchased the Mattingly Distillery and it was renamed the Brown-Forman Distillery. At that point, the master distiller from Atherton Distillery moved to the Brown-Forman Distillery. This distillery closed in 1918 and never reopened.

Chris Morris Master Distiller Brown FormanIn 1923, the Lynndale Distillery in Louisville became the new Brown-Forman Distillery up until 1981 when Brown-Forman moved to current distillery they operate from today.

For more updates on the release Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Bourbon and other new Bourbons, subscribe to our free Bourbon newsletter on this link.

Photos, above left: George Garvin Grown. Above: Master Distiller Chris Morris.

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New Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:38:26 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> is the first to report that Brown-Forman intends to release a new Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey as a permanent line extension in 2015.

Master Distiller Chris Morris tells that this rye whiskey will be aged 7 to 8 years when bottled, which is around the same age as Woodford Reserve Bourbon.

While few details are being released, Morris says that the flavor will be similar to the lucky few who were able to taste the pair of ryes in the limited edition Woodford Reserve Masters Collection in 2011.

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As details may change on this product as more information is released, we will keep you updated.

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Plantation Pineapple Rum Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:00:30 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Plantation Pineapple RumWhile some flavored spirits disappoint, a new pineapple rum impresses a crowd of the top bartenders and spirits experts at Tales of Cocktail 2014. Plantation Pineapple Rum Stiggin’s Fancy was created by Pierre Ferrand proprietor Alexandre Gabriel as he collaborated with spirits historian David Wondrich.

Watch the video above as‘s Tom Fischer interviews Gabriel about this limited edition rum. Only around 1,000 bottles of Plantation Pineapple were produced.

Gabriel tells that this not a product launch at Tales, but rather a rum created to share with friends for a special tasting. A few bottles are being donated for charity fundraisers.

Given the popularity of this rare and luscious elixir at Tales, we’re hearing rumors that another batch could be released. Rocky Yeh

Gabriel and Wondrich have also collaborated on other recreations including  Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula Cognac (2012 Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Award winner for Best New Product) and Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, a traditional French Orange Curacao based on a 19th century recipe (Winner of Spirit of the Year Award at 2012 Bar Covent).

In nineteenth-century England, pineapple rum was popular but it eventually its memory has faded. For reader of Charles Dickens’ immortal Pickwick Papers, it is the favored drink of the esteemed Rev. Stiggins. Thus, the name and Stiggin’s Fancy and a picture of Rev. Stiggin’s both appear on the bottle.

Gabriel and Wondrich relied on old recipes to recreate the rum, and added a few traditional techniques from their own bag of tricks. The 1824 English Journal of Patent and Inventions and the 1844 Journal of Agricultural Society were their main sources of inspiration—along, of course, with Mr. Dickens. They infused ripe Queen Victoria pineapples in rich, aged Planation Original Dark Rum for 3 months.

Rev stiggins charles dickensMeanwhile, they macerated, also in rum, the bare rind of the fruit (where the pineapple’s essential oil chiefly resides) and then distilled it, creating a bright pineapple essence to blend with the lushness of the infused Plantation rum.

“David and I did this project in part out of sheer curiosity. Mostly, however, we did it because the pineapple is the symbol of hospitality and also the symbol of the Tales of the Cocktail Apprentice program. Stiggins’s Fancy is our liquid “thank you” to the Tales Apprentices who do so much for all of us,” Gabriel tells us.

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Photos: Bartender Rocky Yeh (above left); Alexandre Gabriel and Tom Fischer (below). 

Video edited edited and filmed by Clayton Hunt. 

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Four Seasons of Cognac Tasting Room with BNIC at Tales of the Cocktail Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:24:25 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Drinks Tales of the Cocktail

One of the most popular and visited tasting rooms we find at Tales of the Cocktail 2014 is the Four Seasons of Cognac Tasting Room, sponsored by our friends at BNIC, (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac).‘s Tom Fischer interviews Alexandre Gabriel President and Owner, Cognac Ferrand in the tasting room. Gabriel is also one of the elected members of BNIC.

Gabriel praises Tales of the Cocktail for being instrumental in helping put quality Cognacs and spirits back behind the bar. “Cognac 150 years ago was central behind the bar,” Gabriel tells us. “That is very important because I remember 20 years ago, some would say ‘I don’t need a quality Cognac or a quality spirit I am just mixing.’ Now people want quality Cognac.”

From Winter to Summer, Cognac is every cocktail in this room as guests discover more about Cognac through a showcase of unexpected recipes. Tony Abou-Ganim, Allen Katz, H. Joseph Ehrmann and Adam Robinson are the featured mixolgoists creating unique recipes to show diversity of Cognac flavors.

Cognac FranceTales of the Cocktail Founder Ann Tuennerman was recently awarded BNIC Cognac Personality of the Year Award by the BNIC for all she has done for the Cognac industry, especially with regard to Cognac Cocktails.

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Video and photos at Tales of the Cocktail by Clayton Hunt.

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Jim Beam Harvest Bourbon Collection Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:05:12 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Jim Beam Brown Rice Bourbon Harvest was first to tell you about the new Jim Beam Signature Craft Harvest Collection in our interview with Fred Noe a few months back.

The six Bourbons in the Harvest Collection showcase distinctive flavors imparted by the distillation of different grains including Triticale, High Rye, Six Row Barley, Whole Rolled Oat, Soft Red Wheat and Brown Rice.

Soft Red Wheat and Brown Rice will be the first released in limited quantities during September 2014 with the four remaining expressions released in 2015. All are listed below and will carry a retail price of around $49.99 for a 375ml

Each of the Bourbons are aged 11 years of or more an carry a “11 year” age statement .

Until this collection, we’ve seen the trend of experimental grains becoming increasingly popular among craft distillers like Corsair with their Triticale Whiskey, Insane in the Grain and others. Harvest Collection from Beam could be yet another indication of how craft distillers are inspiring major distillers to push the limits and take risks with new expressions.

Regardless of where this particular inspiration came from, Jim Beam continues to prove that a big distillery can lead in innovation and not simply rest on their Bourbon laurels with only a couple of line extensions like other distillers.

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Jim Beam Signature Harvest Collection

High Rye
Six Row Barley
Soft Red Wheat
Brown Rice Bourbon
Whole Rolled Oat

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Drambuie’s Tales On Tap Winning Cocktail at Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:01:15 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Watch the video above as brings you coverage from the 2014 Drambuie Tales On Tap Competition at Tales of the Cocktail. Jake Bliven, a bartender at Ironside Fish and Oyster and The Davis in Chula Vista, CA was crowed the champion of the competition and winner of the for the $5,000 cash prize.

Fellow bartenders Joey Vargas from American Whiskey in Brooklyn, in second, and Adam Robinson from Rum Club in Portland, in third place. All recipes featured below.

Jake bliven Bartender drinks“I am humbled to be recognized alongside Adam and Joey. The Tales on Tap competition has been among my favorite,” Jake Bliven tells

Bliven’s winning draft cocktail recipe, “Rust and Roses”, combines Drambuie Liqueur with gin, Americano Rosa, and Peychaud’s bitters and is garnished with a grapefruit peel.

An independent panel of expert judges including ‘s own Tom Fischer, Tales on Tap 2012 Winner Jonathan Howard of American Whiskey and Drambuie National Brand Ambassador Anthony Caporale—chose the winning cocktail at the live finale.

“Each year, the competition has gotten more intense and it’s gotten harder and harder to pick a winner,” says Anthony Caporale. “This year was the closest yet. Every one of the finalists created a spectacular cocktail that captured the essence of draft cocktails and perfectly showcased Drambuie Scotch Liqueur.”

Caporale AnthonyThis competition invited bartenders nationwide to submit their recipes for draft cocktails, one of the hottest trends in the cocktail industry that’s being embraced by bars across the country. Bartenders’ draft cocktail (large batches of pre-made cocktails served in draft form) recipes were judged on the basis of taste, originality, presentation and for a creative take on the cocktail on tap concept.

Photos and video filmed and edited by Clayton Hunt. 

Rust and Roses

(First Place Winner) by Jake Bliven of Ironside Fish and Oyster/The Davis in Chula Vista, CA

Winning cocktail.5 oz. Drambuie
.5 oz. Hendricks gin
.75 oz. Cocchi Americano Rosa
2 dash Peyschaud’s bitters

garnish- grapefruit peel

Dispense from draft into a rocks glass with a large ice cube in it. Garnish with a grapefruit peel by rubbing on rim of glass and placing on top of cocktail. Smile and serve!

The Golden Bear

(Second Place Winner) by Joey Vargas of American Whiskey in Brooklyn, New York

1 dash orange bitters
.5 oz Drambuie liqueur
.5 oz Krogstad Aquavit
.25 oz Dolin Dry vermouth
.25 oz Beefeater gin

Drambuie LiqueurImperial March

Presented and stirred on a big rock to help prevent too much dilution

(Third Place Winner) by Adam Robinson of Rum Club in Portland, Oregon

.75 oz Drambuie liqueur
.75 oz Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos sherry
.5 oz Punt e Mes Sweet vermouth
.25 oz Smith & Cross London Jamaican rum

Garnish: Orange twist
Glassware: Nick and Nora or cocktail

Ice down cocktail glass. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice and stir until chilled.
Strain into the previously chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the orange twist.

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Ann Tuennerman at Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:06:44 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Tales‘s Tom Fischer interviews Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail, at Tales of the Cocktail 2014 in the video above.

See you next year at Tales of the Cocktail 2015 as the dates will be July 15-19, 2015.

Watch more of our coverage on this link Tales of the Cocktail.

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Jagermeister’s JagerBonds Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:29:21 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Jagermeister JagerbondsAt, we’ve been following innovation in the spirits industry for about 10 years. We came on the scene as one of the first websites in the business to offer quality video content covering the whiskey and spirits news combined with strong social media. We continue to watch trends in the industry. We’ve seen some liquor companies are throwing smart phone apps out there that did nothing but simply push irrelevant information to consumers.

Jagerbonds App iphoneAn ultra-branded spirits app won’t serve as a good reminder to buy X bottle or pour of liquor if it doesn’t engage or interest a drinker. If you are going to communicate brand loyalty and create a successful app, it must be well-thought.

Jägermeister proves they understand consumers with the launch of the new JägerBonds app. This app creates a short video at the end of your “legendary night out” comprised of photos and videos that you and your friends capture throughout the night.

It works like this:

JagerbondsYou specify on the JägerBonds how long you want it to capture all the content. You have the option of “bonding” with friends on Facebook and Instagram who are out joining you for the fun.

Finally, choose the song that you want in the background of your video (see list of current songs being offered below). At the end of the specified period, a personalized 30 second video is created, complete with edits, effects and music.

The message to other liquor companies from whiskey to liqueur: Consider creating an app that is interactive and gives loyal consumers a valuable “take away” they can will share on social media. The consumer keeps a memory of the night and can share it with friends and the brand benefits from the content featuring their product shared in a personalized fashion.

Below are some highlights of JägerBonds:

− A fun, short video without the timely process of video editing.

− Instant gratification and personalized content to share that spotlights the consumer vs. simply sharing a YouTube video with a model or a celebrity.

Watch the video below to learn more.

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SWIRCA & More Brew & Barbecue Fest 2014 Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:33:01 +0000 Read more » ]]> Boose_Field_evansville
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invites you to the 2014 SWIRCA & More Brew & Barbecue Fest in Evansville, Indiana featuring the largest event of its kind in the region.

Over 50 craft beers, 50 wines, 20 liquors (includes Bourbon, Whiskey and Vodka) and dozens of local culinary appetizers to sample at the 11th annual Brewfest at Evansville’s historic Bosse Field.

Details and Tickets

WHEN: Saturday, August 2, 2014

WHERE: Bosse Field, 1701 N Main St Evansville, IN 47711

TIME: 7-10 pm CST, VIP House at 6 pm

TICKETS: $35 pre-event, $40 at door; $70 VIP (Behind Home Plate) see details below


BENEFITS: All proceeds support SWIRCA & More, Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging.

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Drambuie Tales on Tap Competition 2014 at Tales of the Cocktail Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:01:27 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Drambuie Liqueur Draft cocktails have become one of the hottest trends in the cocktail industry. One of hte hottest events Drambuie Tales on Tap Competitiona and at tTlaes of the Cocktail 2014, the third annual Tales on Tap competition on Friday July 18..’s Tom Fischer will help select this years winner along with fellow judges Drambuie National Brand Ambassador Anthony Caporale Jonathan Howard, Beverage Manager at American Whiskey and 2012 DRAMBUIE Tales on Tap winner.

Watch our video coverage from last years Tales on Tap above.

Adam Robinson from Rum Club in Portland, Oregon, Joey Vargas from American Whiskey in Manhattan, and Jake Bliven from Ironside Fish and Oyster and The Davis in Chula Vista, California will put their draft cocktail up against each other for the chance of being named the third annual Tales on Tap champion which carries with it a $5,000 prize. With the recent resurgence of brown spirits, Drambuie Liqueur is sponsoring this competition for this largest draft cocktail contest in America.

“Draft cocktails is a trend that’s here to stay,” said Ann Tuennerman, Co-Founder of Tales of the Cocktail tells “It just made sense for us to celebrate those that are mastering the draft. I can’t wait to sample the work of our three finalists.”

Attend and Taste!

When: Friday, July 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where:  Royal Ballrooms C & D at the Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana

Who is Invited: All Tales of the Cocktail attendees with tasting room wristbands are welcome to sample the finalist cocktails

Tales CocktailThen stick around as an independent judging panel pick the winner of the largest draft cocktail contest in America, sponsored by Drambuie liqueur.

“This year’s entries were the strongest yet,” Anthony Caporale, Drambuie National Brand Ambassador tells “Bartenders are really starting to appreciate the benefits of serving draft cocktails, including faster service times, increased consistency, and greater cost control. Our three finalists nailed the spirit of the draft service, creating recipes that showcase the unique properties of this mixing style.”

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World Cup Final Game Cocktail Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:47:04 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Germany vs Argentina World CupAs the final game of the FIFA World Cup will be played today at 3 pm EST, Mixologist Chef Stephen Dennison creates a cocktail which blends the cultures of both Germany and Argentina in one glass.

No matter which country you support, toast with this great cocktail as the championship game is played and the winner will be determined.

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“The Final”

World Cup Game cocktailMuddle 6-8 raspberries in a cocktail shaker and add

1/2 oz. Cachaça
1/2 German Kirsch Brandy
4 oz. Chenin Blanc Wine

Dry shake above ingredients in shaker.

Then add 1 oz. Sprite. Double strain over ice in a wine glass.

Garnish with blueberries.

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Jagermeister Shotmeister Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:55:50 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Jagermeister ShotmeisterJägermeister seems to have come up with something cool. We’re talking really cool – like ice, cold shots poured on demand in your home bar.

In your younger days, you might have dreamt you would someday have your own Jägermeister Shot Dispenser in your kitchen.

Now you can. The Shotmeister was invented to give extra cold shots at home with a “state-of-the-art cooling technology designed to chill and dispense Jägermeister at temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit.” At $199, the Shotmeister is a small investment in your home bar and a great conversation piece.

Most owners of the Shotmeister will probably only use this every once in a while. For some, this could be adopted as perfect as a welcome drink tradition for certain gatherings.

With a fully-branded design, this goes to show that Jägermeister wants to bring home the feeling that you actually are in the environment where you usually might drink Jäger shots.

This raises a few questions:

Besides the people they meet, what do consumers most enjoy at an establishment that they don’t already have in their home bar?

If you can answering these questions, you might have the next new invention for home bar use.

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Old Forge Distillery Opens, Releases 1830 Original Moonshine Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:23:21 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Old Forge Distillery, a unique Tennessee mountain distillery crafting innovative small batch spirits with local flavors, has just opened in Pigeon Forge, TN. The Distillery, named after an Iron Forge that once sat on the land, is located a short distance from the historic Old Mill providing easy access to freshly ground grain.

Keener Shaton Old ForgeFor its first release, Head Distiller Keener Shanton is incorporating pure mountain spring water and locally-sourced, freshly ground corn into 1830 Original, a hand-forged 100-proof moonshine.

There are three mash bill recipe releases in the initial roll out including corn, rye, and malted barley.

“We have many innovative products in the works like beer-washed whiskey and our Tennessee Roots line – cocktail culture spirits using locally foraged mountain plants like sassafras and ginger root,” Shanton tells

1830 Original will be available for sale at Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge and select stores in Knoxville and Sevierville, TN. The Distillery will continue to experiment with different grains and flavors in future releases as its product line expands.

Shanton will work closely with the businesses in the Old Mill Square sourcing fresh ingredients from The Old Mill Candy Kitchen and freshly ground grain from the Old Mill. Special moonshine jugs crafted at the Pigeon River Pottery will be sold alongside spirits.

Old Forge Distillery“First came the Iron Forge, which Pigeon Forge is named after; then the Old Mill, now a fixture on the National Register of Historic Places; and most recently the Old Forge Distillery, to carry on the spirit of handcrafted quality,” says Distillery Manager Kris Tatum. “We’re fortunate to have such a rich history to draw from and so many great resources nearby at the Old Mill Square.”

Visit Old Forge Distillery

Old Forge Distillery Pigeon Forge

Visitors can stop by the Distillery which is housed in a 100-year-old barn constructed of Tennessee timber and equipped with a small batch copper column still, and enjoy samples of the hand-forged spirits at a tasting bar Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm.

Distillery Address: 

170 Old Mill Ave
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Jagermeister Spice Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:06:36 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Jägermeister Spice BottleThe flavoring trend is prevalent in whiskey and continues to show up many other spirits. The ones that are flavored right allow the original characteristics to shine through without being masked.

Two spices frequently considered to be favorites among consumers have been vanilla and cinnamon. In 2013, Jägermeister made a smart move by introducing their fans to a limited edition Jägermeister Spice with both cinnamon and vanilla. The popularity of the limited release caused Jägermeister to recently reintroduce Spice as the first major product extension in the U.S. in the brand’s 80-year history.

Unlike some flavored spirits, the two predominant spices are well-thought and artfully blended into the 56 herbs and spices present in the original formula. The cinnamon and vanilla are both pleasantly detectable at the forefront of entry, but not so overbearing or candy-coated that you forget this is Jägermeister.

The elegance and complexity of the flavor will cause some consumers to enjoy this one neat more than chilled or frozen. In their own literature, Jägermeister even encourages their fans to taste it neat.

When Jägermeister put our team to the test, we discovered original Jägermeister has some great cocktail applications that we only have begun to uncover. Jägermeister Spice will also take you way beyond the ice, cold shot you may have drank when you first became legal drinking age.

One of the first things we tried was pouring about 3/4 of a shot of Jägermeister Spice into both a lager and a mildly hoppy pale ale. Adding Spice gave each of the beers refreshing flavors by lightly spicing and sweetening them.

Another drink we experimented with was the Old Fashioned. A touch of the Jägermeister Spice substituted the muddled sugar cube and demonstrated that an old school classic and your old college favorite can join forces to for a new expression. Here is the Spiced Old Fashioned recipe below.

Spiced Old Fashioned


Bourbon Cocktail1/2 parts Jägermeister Spice
2 parts Bourbon whiskey
¼ part Simple Syrup
2 dashes of bitters
Lemon Peel


Combine all ingredients in the glass. Add ice and stir. Squeeze orange and / or lemon peel over the edge of glass to ensure oils fall into glass. Discard peels and serve with fruit garnish if desired.
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4 Independence Cocktails for the 4th of July Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:21:57 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> presents four new 4th of July Cocktails to help you celebrate Independence Day.

Coincidentally, all recipes below have either whiskey or Bourbon in them.

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Created by Mixolgist / Chef Stephen Dennison

This riff on the Brandy Alexander brings smoky flavors of Wasmund’s to represent a summer evening filled with smoke-filled skies after the fireworks. What could be better a better ending than a sweet and smoky nightcap? 

Wasmunds Single Malt Whisky2 oz. Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky
3 oz. Cinnamon Ice cream
3 ice cubes

Place all in a blender and blend until smooth.

Pour into large snifter,

Emperor’s Independence

Bourbon mint julepWhile Mandarine Napoléon hails fro Belgium, the French roots of Napoléon and the Cognac it is made with celebrate the aid France has provided and the historical relationship of our two countries.

Paired with Bourbon, this is symbolic toast to freedom.

.5 oz Mandarine Napoléon
1.5 oz Bourbon whiskey
7 Mint Leaves

Method: Muddle mint leaves, add crushed ice, top with a splash of soda. Garnish a mint sprig.

Drambuie Sangria

Created by Anthony CaporaleNational Ambassador for Drambuie

The combination of Drambuie’s heather honey, spice and herbs marries beautifully with a fragrant red wine and citrus fruits

Summer Sangria6 oz Drambuie Scotch Liqueur
1 Bottle Red Wine (Zinfandel Preferred)
8 oz Ginger Ale
4 oz Orange Juice
½ Lemon, Thinly Sliced
½ Lime, Thinly Sliced
½ Apple, Cored and Thinly Sliced

Combine ingredients in a 2-Quart pitcher.
Stir and refrigerate from 30 minutes to overnight
Pour into tall glasses filled with ice.

Stars & Stripes Spiced Ice

Created by Chris Wilkins (Louisville, KY)

Summer CocktailIngredients:

2 Parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 Part Simple Syrup
1/2 Lemon, Juiced
1 inch of Vanilla Bean
5 Basil Leaves
1 Basil Sprig


1. Combine Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, simply syrup, lemon juice, vanilla bean and basil in a blender
2. Add ice and pulse until ice is pea-sized
3. Pour into a rocks glass
4. Garnish with a sprig of basil

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Jura Brooklyn Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:12:35 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Jura Brooklyn Scotch
Scotland’s Jura Whisky is embracing America in way we’ve never seen at

In 2013, Jura sent Master Distiller Willie Tait to Brooklyn to craft a world-class single malt scotch, chosen by and for the people of Brooklyn. Representatives from group of Brooklyn’s most visionary and influential establishments (all listed below) gave their input on a variety of six whisky samples that Tait offered.

The winning sample? A Jura Whisky aged up to 16 years in American White Oak Bourbon, Amoroso Sherry and Pinot Noir casks and bottled 84 proof (42% ABV). Jura indicates that the used Bourbon casks to age the whisky came from Jm Beam.

Jura Brooklyn is currently available exclusively at stores in the New York Metro Area for $59.99 SRP (see list of stores below). 

Only 2,000 bottles of Jura Brooklyn have been released in New York, but they may release more based upon demand. This fall, Jura Brooklyn will be released natiowide. 

Could it be that America’s growing passion for whisk(e)y led Jura straight to Brooklyn?

To Jura Whisky, it seems it was about “breaking rules and taking on a fun, tasty experiment. Their literature reads:

It has been said that scotch isn’t cool. Or new. Or exciting. And that you can’t make a single malt Scotch whisky outside of Scotland (actually that is a rule). But we don’t like rules. We like to break them. Brooklyn, it turns out, does too.

More to come on this story and a review on

Jura Brooklyn whisky


Park Avenue Liquors
Winfield Flynn
Columbus Wine & Spirit
Beekman Liquors
Michael Towne Wine & Spirits
Scotto’s Wine Cellar
Greenpoint Wine & Liquor
De Wine Spot
Brooklyn Wine Exchange
Best Buy – Brooklyn/Coney Island
L&P Wines & Liquors
Lorimer Wines & Spirits
Met Wine & Liquor
Jura Brooklyn New York WhiskyD.O.C. Wine Shop
Slope Cellars
White Star Liquors
Union Square Wine & Spirits
Bowery & Vine Liquors
Astor Wines
City Wine Cellar


Bedford Cheese Shop, Brooklyn Winery, The Richardson, Post Office, Fine & Raw, New York City Food Truck Association, BAM, Brooklyn Brewery, Noorman’s Kil, Vimbly, Buttermilk Channel, and Brooklyn Magazine

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Discover Bourbonr Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:49:55 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> BourbonrAs we regularly review Bourbons at and often are first to review releases, we also are always curious to hear which whiskeys you are pouring.

We recently discovered Bourbonr, a new app that provides a great way keeping track of your own reviews and to explore which whiskeys others enjoy drinking. 

We invite Bourbonr Founder Blake Riber to describe more below. Use Bourbonr online by logging in via Facebook, Twitter or the iPhone app. was born from my own frustration in not having an easy way to track my bourbon reviews. Several years ago, when I started taking bourbon and whiskey drinking seriously, I wanted a way to keep track of the bourbon I tried and what I thought about it. For a while I kept my reviews in a small notebook until one day my glass spilled on the pages. I was left only with ink stained pages and a notebook that smelled like bourbon. I then tried tracking my bourbon reviews in a Google doc. This was adequate but it was neither convenient nor effective.

I couldn’t share a Google doc and none of my friends joined me to add their reviews The lack of a useful site is why I created

Bourbonr makes building your whiskey library easy. To start building your whiskey library you add bourbons and whiskies to your “MyWhiskey” page. After adding a bourbon or whiskey to your MyWhiskey page you can add a rating (0-100), notes and chart the flavor profile for each whiskey.

The two biggest problems Bourbonr solved for me:

1. I’d never forget which bourbons and whiskies you liked or disliked again

2. Bourbonr helped me make smarter purchases by looking at average reviews of a bourbon bottle before I bought.

Recently we added a wish list feature (which you can see at the bottom of your MyWhiskey page). That way you can keep track of all those hard to find bourbons you want (yes, I’m referring to Pappy and BTAC) and the easier to find bourbons that you just haven’t had the chance to try yet.
Bourbonr appFinally, we all know that bourbon tastes best when sharing with friends and fellow bourbon drinkers. That is why we created the Bourbonr group feature. Think of it as an online book club that you actually want to attend. You can create your own group or join a group review already in progress. If you create a group you’re able to add the bourbons you want to review and the friends you want to review the bourbons with.

What’s great about the group review is there’s a chat feature for all of the bourbon talk, a place to add your own review and at the bottom of the page you can see each group member’s review. It’s perfect for bourbon clubs to use when meeting at a physical location doesn’t work out.

We’re always looking to improve Bourbonr so if you have any tips or suggestions just let mknow.

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Bourbon Meister Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:14:22 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Jagermeister_liqueurIf you’re like most of us, Jägermeister has at entered your life at some point the form of a shot, sip, or maybe even a cocktail.

Jägermeister is now taking the opportunity to go back and explore what made them so successful for over 80 years while also diving into current culture through the new JägerBonds phone app and by reaching out to a few mixologists.

Jägermeister also reached out and we had our own Chef Mixologist Stephen Dennison to experiment with Bourbon and Jägermeister.

“It’s not just about the shots you may have taken in college. Jägermeister has a nice complexity and and sweetness that can bring a lot to a new experience, ” says Dennison.

Check out what we came up in the recipe below and watch the video below above.

Additionally, last October, Jägermeister launched a Limited Edition Cinnamon & Vanilla Spice Blend that proved so successful that is now becoming a permanent line extension of the brand…more to come on that.

Bourbon Meister

1/4 oz. Jägermeister
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
1/2 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Bourbon
1 Egg white


Dry shake to fluff eggs inside cocktail. Then add to chilled glass or over ice.

Cocktail created by Mixologist Stephen Dennison 

Jagermeister shots

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Bacon and Barrels in San Diego Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:40:50 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Bacon costumesJames Hills of reports from San Diego…

What’s better on a warm June afternoon than to hang out with hundreds of your closest friends and some of the best bars, restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries in Southern California with one purpose – celebrate bacon! As someone that is always on the lookout for a great guys weekend ideas that combined food, spirits, and fun times this event piqued my interest. That’s pretty much what Bacon and Barrels is all about and no one who attended could possibly be disappointed by what they found waiting for them!

While normally held near Santa Barbara, CA this year they decided to hold a second event in San Diego this year as well.

Among the highlights that I enjoyed yesterday were:

Cutlers Artisan SpiritsCutler’s Artisan Spirits – brought several of their gold-medal-winning spirits including their fantastically smooth 33 Bourbon, an Apple Pie Liqueur based on their vodka then blended with apple juice, organic cassia, and vanilla as well as other spices.

Most remarkable for me was their Gin since it was my first exposure to what they refer to as “New West Style” where citrus flavors are equal to the classic juniper notes. This created a remarkably refreshing spirit that I look forward to tasting more of on my next trip to their tasting room in Santa Barbara.

Twisted Manzanita Spirits – from San Diego was sharing their Moonshine including a Bacon Oaked variety. For someone used to moonshine from TN, KY, and GA to find one from CA with a rainbow painted bottle and distillersTwisted Manzanita Spirits who don’t claim to have it based on some ancient family recipe. Instead, the founder and Head Distiller are both simply committed to making the best spirit possible and innovating where there is an opportunity to do so.

On the beer side, it should be no surprise that any beer event in San Diego features a bunch of IPAs but what I was NOT expecting was to find The Ol’ Switcheroo, a double black IPA from Valiant Brewing from Orange County, CA. While still retaining the high IBU and ABV common for a double IPA, it also featured notes of chocolate that almost reminded me of a bock-style beer.

Bacon Crispy DuckThe winning food entry was created by Chef Kevin Templeton of San Diego’s Barley Mash and featured bacon-wrapped crispy duck skin with Jameson-smoked paprika aioli and micro cilantro.

On the food side, there was simply too much to share from bacon-wrapped jalapenos to “yak nuts” (chicken parts wrapped in bacon), pork belly waffles with maple bacon butter, and of course the Southern California favorite Slater’s 50/50 was there with their BBB Bacon Burger complete with a 50% bacon, 50% beef burger featuring two huge strips of bacon, bacon American cheese, egg, and bacon island dressing placed between a bacon pretzel bun!

Bacon and Barrels festival

This was paired with the Maple Bacon Old Fashioned cocktail created by the mixologists at Eureka!

While this year’s San Diego event is over, the Bacon and Barrels event near Santa Barbara is coming up July 18-20 at Saarloos and Son’s Winery in Los Olivos, California.

Article and photography by James Hills who writes about guys weekends and mancations for 

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Ole Smoky To Release Higher Proof Flavors Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:45:59 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Ole Smoky 80 proof flavored moonshineWatch the video above as‘s Tom Fischer interviews Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery founder Joe Baker. Baker tells us that Ole Smoky will release new expressions of their flavored shines at 80 proof (40% ABV).

The first flavors to be released at 80 proof under the “Lightnin” label will be Hunch Punch, Strawberry and Lemon Drop.

Ole Smoky’s current moonshine flavors are bottled (or “jarred”) at 40 proof (20% ABV).

Sweet Tea and Watermelon Moonshine flavors were recently released for summer 2014. Ole Smoky’s other flavors available year-round include Apple Pie, Blackberry, Peach, Pineapple and Moonshine Cherries.

Baker discusses the success of their distillery and the Original Ole Smoky Moonshine unaged corn whiskey made from a 10 year-old family recipe.

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Interview filmed on the banks of the Little Pigeon River near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

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