BourbonBlog Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:17:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.

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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.

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

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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.

SWIRCA Brewfest Evansville


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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.

This is a sponsored story. We will never allow any type of sponsorship to interfere with the thoughts and opinions we share nor will we permit sponsorships from brands that we don’t want to talk about. If you ever feel that we haven’t been objective, we invite your feedback and comments detailing why. 

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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.
Jagermeister cinnamon vanilla spiceJagermeister cinnamon vanilla spice

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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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World Cup Cocktails for All Teams Tue, 17 Jun 2014 03:59:20 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

As the Caipirinha cocktail is in the spotlight to celebrate FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, elevates Brazil’s national drink to new levels.

For our new Caipirinha cocktail recipes featured below, Chef / Mixologist Stephen Dennison replaces the sugar component of the original with an indigenous liqueur or popular ingredient from each continent as a substitute.

So pick the team you support that coordinates with the continent below and you’re ready to honor Brazil while toasting your team!

Now the world can drink from one cup uniting the globe to savor the tournament that only comes along ever four years.

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We invite you to experiment with your twists and combinations and share them under comments below.

South America (The Original)

Caipirinha Cocktail2 oz. Cachaça
.5 oz. Simple Syrup
Juice of 1 Lime Muddled

Muddle lime first. Shake ingredients over ice to incorporate. Strain into a glass of ice.

Garnish with lime wheel


North America

Representing American whiskey and a long tradition of sweet and spice, Southern Comfort adds the right amount of Americana.

Southern Comfort Liqueur.5 oz. Southern Comfort
2 oz. Cachaça
Juice of 1 Lime Muddled

Muddle lime first. Shake ingredients over ice to incorporate. Strain into a glass of ice.

Garnish with lime wheel






An original like the World Cup deserves another original like the first triple sec in history dating back to 1834.

Combier Triple Sec.5 oz. Original Combier (The World’s First Triple Sec)
2 oz. Cachaça
Juice of 1 Lime Muddled

Muddle lime first. Shake ingredients over ice to incorporate. Strain into a glass of ice.

Garnish with lime wheel



Domain de Canton French GingerZesty limes and Asian ginger kick some zing in the game!

.5 oz Domaine de Canton Liqueur
2 oz. Cachaça
Juice of 1 Lime Muddled

Muddle lime first. Shake ingredients over ice to incorporate. Strain into a glass of ice.

Garnish with lime wheel


Australian lychees give the Caipirinha a touch of floral, sweet and fresh.

.5 oz.Bols Lychee Liqueur Bols Lychee Liqueur
2 oz. Cachaça
Juice of 1 Lime Muddled

Muddle lime first. Shake ingredients over ice to incorporate. Strain into a glass of ice.

Garnish with lime wheel


African pomegranates liven up the Caipirinha with a hint of tart and juicy notes.

Bols Pomegranate.5 Bols Pomegranate
2 oz. Cachaça
Juice of 1 Lime Muddled

Muddle lime first. Shake ingredients over ice to incorporate. Strain into a glass of ice.

Garnish with lime wheel

All new cocktail recipes by Stephen Dennison.

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Belmont Stakes Official Cocktail 2014 Sat, 07 Jun 2014 20:59:06 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> California Chrome Triple continues to cover California Chrome as we ask the question, “Do you think California Chrome will win today’s Belmont Stakes becoming the Triple Crown Winner?”

Tell us who YOU think will win below under comments on this link.

No matter who your money is on, we suggest a Belmont Stakes Jewel cocktail (see recipe below). Knob Creek’s sponsorship brought about the introduction of the Belmont Jewel a while back as it replaced The Belmont Breeze as the official cocktail.

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The Belmont Jewel Recipe

1.5 ounces of bourbon (Belmont uses Knob Creek)
2 ounces of lemonade
1 ounce pomegranate juice

Shake vigorously with ice and serve in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist or red cherry.

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Stranahan’s Pikes Peak Snowflake Sat, 07 Jun 2014 15:49:17 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Stranahans Pikes Peak SnowflakeA few times a year, Stranahan’s releases an extremely limited edition “Snowflake” whiskey which keeps the fans up all night. As I write this review, a crowd is growing outside the Stranahan’s Distillery in Denver so they can be the first to buy a bottle of this summer’s Pikes Peak Snowflake (see photo below). These always sell out the day of the release.

Earlier this week, was given the opportunity to be the first to review this 15th edition to their Stranahan’s Snowflake cask-finished series released only at the distillery in June 2014. Each bottle is hand-numbered

Stranahans DistilleryOur tasting notes and review are below.

Overall, this is yet another stunning release showcasing exciting new flavors showing the beauty and versatility of the original.

The Pikes Peak Snowflake was cask-finished in both Port and Sangiovese barrels. This unique marriage of wine-barrels and Stranahan’s whiskey has given this a complexity and somewhat tropical vibrancy that is perfect for summer.

The whiskey in this bottle started as Original Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey aged from two to four years, and was then married together in gallon Port wine barrels, as well as a Sangiovese barrel from Denver’s own Balistreri Winery. The whiskey then rested for almost two years in both the Port & Sangiovese barrels before being harvested and blended together.

“This unique whiskey should be enjoyed with just a small dash of cold water to open up the flavors, allowing them to bloom and dissipate the heat of the spirit, while encouraging the rich flavors of the whiskey to come through,” says Rob Dietrich, Head Distiller, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. “Pair the Pikes Peak Snowflake with a great cigar, such as the Liga Privada 9 or a Nica Rustica, and you’ve got yourself an experience to be envied!”

Stranahan’s Pikes Peak Snowflake Review

Pikes peak stranahansWhiskey: Stranahan’s Pikes Peak Snowflake

Number of Bottles Producer: 987

Proof: 47% ABV , 94 Proof

Age: 6 years old total inculding whiskey aged normally for 2 to 4 years, and 2 additional years in Port and Sangiovese.

Nose: Mellow grains, citrus laced barrel, hints of port barrel.

Taste: Cantaloupe, but not overly fruity. Soft and tropical notes against the original Stranahans have softened the whiskey with touches of melted butter and honey, golden raisin. Light mouthfeel.

Finish: Toasted coconut and warm linger with pleasant sugars.


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Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Thu, 29 May 2014 16:17:06 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>
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wants to remind you that Tales of the Cocktail 2014 is coming soon July 16-20, 2014 and tickets are on sale now at  Watch one of our Tales videos below from 2013 and check out part of our coverage from the last several years on this link: Tales of the Cocktail.

This years theme is ” All Hail the Cocktail!”

“The world’s premier cocktail festival” brings together the international spirits community for five days of what’s now, what’s new and what’s next in bartending.

Held annually in New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail has something for bartenders and spirits professionals with opportunities to mix and mingle with the brightest minds in mixology during an always-spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches.

Join us in New Orleans July 16-20 for the 12th Annual Tales of the Cocktail where for five days the cocktail reigns supreme.

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Joes vs. Pros Cocktail Angel’s Envy Cocktail Competition, Nashville Thu, 29 May 2014 05:32:35 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Angels Envy Bottle invites you to an Angel’s Envy Boubon cocktail competition in Nashville where it’s “Joes” vs. “Pros.”

Happening every last Thursday of the month at 7 pm at Bound’ry, this competition brings together both bartenders and home bartenders.

And the best part? Attendees have the chance to taste the competing cocktails.

“We wanted a cocktail competition where the consumers would actually have the opportunity to try the cocktails in addition to watching,” says Angel’s Envy Whiskey Guardian Baker Hoffman.’s Tom Fischer will be a judge of the competition on Thursday, May 29…so stop on by, Nashville friends!

Bound’ry is located on 911 20th Ave S in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask Bourbon Wed, 28 May 2014 22:04:21 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask is first to bring you the news and a review of Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask Bourbon. Tom Fischer interviews 7th Generation Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe in the video above as they taste the Bourbon.

While Noe tells us he is working with this Bourbon to perfect it, we’re impressed with this quarter cask Signature Craft expression as it is extremely smooth with beautiful, deep oak notes.

The version we taste in this video is a 12-year-old Jim Beam Bourbon which has been finished for several months in a quarter cask and bottled at 86 proof. Noe says it may be a number of months before this quarter cask Bourbon is released.

Fred Noe Jim Beam Bourbon

Laphroaig, also owned by Beam Suntory, released their first quarter cask Scotch in 2004. Laphroaig says that quarter casks allow for 30% great surface contact with whiskey.

Thus, when a smaller barrel used, the oak influence will be stronger than when maturing or finishing in a standard size barrel.

Fred also tells us that a new Kentucky Fire cinnamon flavored Bourbon and a new Harvest Collection showcasing a variety of unique grains are also coming soon.

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Photos and video by Tommy Johns Photography . Special thanks Jim Beam Family and Fred Noe

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The Imbible Wed, 28 May 2014 01:41:49 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Click Below to Stream Podcast

The ImbibleListen to the podcast above as‘s Tom Fischer talks with host and producer of Art of the Drink Anthony Caporale about his new one-person show showcasing the history of drinking, cocktails and alcohol called The Imbible.

The Imbible is a first-of-its-kind production written by Caporale about the evolution of drinking based his sold-out presentations, lectures, and classes at venues such as Talks at Google, The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, and The Institute of Culinary Education. During the production, Caporale will also be joined onstage by a barbershop quartet.

Premiering this August 2014 at The New York International Fringe Festival, the specific dates of The Imbible will be coming soon.

In The Imbible, Caporale combines his passions as a bartender, educator and actor as he also gives live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits and guides the audience through cocktail tastings.

Anthony CaporaleYes, three craft cocktails are served during the production are served to each audience member.

“If you don’t think I’m funny, you can drink me funny,” laughs Caporale as he talks about the show.

For spirit brands and consumers interested in getting involved and attending, check out 

For consumers and enthusiasts who want to help to fund the project, click here to put a few bucks in the tip jar.

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Mix Your Bourbon: Mixology with Stephen Dennison Sun, 25 May 2014 21:02:20 +0000 Read more » ]]> Stephen Dennison MixologistWhether you live in Louisville or you simply enjoy peeking in on the fun we have in the heart of Bourbon Land, there couldn’t be a better person to teach you how to make specialty cocktails.

You can experience‘s Chef / Mixlogost Stephen Dennison teaming up with Bourbon Barrel Food in Louisville, Kentucky. Stephen Dennison, who you’ll see bartending at Bistro 1860, will appear at Bourbon Barrel Foods’ Kitchen Studio (pictured below) on Thursday, June 26th at 7:00pm.

Just as Dennison is globally recognized as one of the most creative and talented mixologists, Bourbon Barrel Foods are innovators in food who have invented such products like Bourbon Smoked Sea Salt Bourbon Barrel aged “Bluegrass Soy Sauce.”

Tickets for this event are $45.00 per guest and are reserved by calling 502-333-6103 x 4. Guests will enjoy the full three course menu as listed below consisting of specialty cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres that explore Bourbon Country’s unique flavors.

Menu items include an Umami Gazpacho, Kentuckyaki Filet Mignon, a Smoked Manhattan, and other innovative small plates and cocktail pairings.

Bourbon Barrel Foods kitchenOver the past decade, Dennison pursued his passion for underground dinning, creativity, and innovation in the kitchens of Majid’s, Z’s Oyster Bar, and Limestone.

Matt Jamie founded Bourbon Barrel Foods in 2006 as America’s only soy sauce microbrewery. Bourbon Barrel Foods quickly became a cornerstone to Bourbon Country’s rich heritage.

We’ve been following their progress since the company’s beginning, the product line expanded to include a gourmet sauces, bourbon smoked spices, artisan sugars,and a partnership with Woodford Reserve®. Bourbon Barrel Foods is located in Louisville’s historic Butchertown Market.

Cocktail Party at Bourbon Barrel Foods

Thursday, June 26, 7:00

First Course

The Countess – Plymouth Gin, Punt E Mes, Aperol, Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pepper

Napoleon – Crispy Pita, Salmon, Queso Fresco, Sorghum Vinaigrette, Fresh Herbs

Second Course

Bourbon barrel foods louisvilleUmami Gazpacho - 

Tito’s Vodka, Tomato, Garlic, Celery, Cucumber, Bourbon Barrel Soy Sauce

Brochette –

Bourbon Barrel Teriyaki, Filet Mignon, Onion, Celeriac Root

Third Course

Smoked Manhattan – Ancient Age Bourbon Punt E Mes, Bourbon Barrel Smoked Vessel Cheese Triple Cream

Cheese-  Raspberry, Puff Pastry, Pimm’s #1 Reduction

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Refreshing Gin Cocktails Sun, 25 May 2014 02:46:09 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

We find that some whiskey enthusiasts appreciate the complexities in gins. One of the gins that our whiskey friends have responded to most favorably with compliments over the years has been Nolet’s Gin.

Priced at $45, it is slightly more expensive that some premium gins and well worth money for unique spice, texture and depth that it offers. While we recommend drinking this gin neat or on the rocks, we’re sharing a couple refreshing gin cocktail recipes below.

With over 300 years in the business, Nolet’s Distillery has been passed down from father to son for 10 generations making it one of the oldest companies in the world which is still in the hands of the founding family.

Founded in 1691 in Schiedam, the Nolet Distillery also produces Kettle One Vodka and Harlem Kruiden Liqueur.

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Nolet’s Silver Peach Lemonade Punch

Peach Lemonade1 bottle (750 ml) NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin
2.25 L Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
375 ml Elderflower Liqueur
2 Bags Frozen Peaches

Mix all ingredients in a pitcher or infusion jar and stir. Serve over ice in a highball glass and garnish with a peach slice or raspberry skewer.

Nolet’s Silver Sangria

Sangria Cocktail8 oz. NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin
750 ml Dry White Wine
4 oz. White Grape Juice
4 oz. Sugar
4 oz. Sliced Seedless Grapes
1 Sliced Apple (Green or Red)
16 oz. Ginger Ale or Club Soda

In a pitcher, dissolve sugar in white wine, NOLET’S Silver, and grape juice. Add grapes and apple slices and chill overnight. Add ice and top with ginger ale or club soda prior to serving.

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Bourbon Classic Returns to Louisville in 2015 Fri, 23 May 2014 17:00:16 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Bourbon Classic organizers tell that they will return to Louisville in 2015 on Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

We attended the first two Bourbon Classic and we were amazed how whiskey enthusiasts and industry professionals were united in a way never seen before in the world of Bourbon.

This first of its kind of event continues to explore all facets of Bourbon education, from production to promotion, and Bourbon enjoyment, from cocktails to culinary creations.  Get “up close and personal” with the industry’s rock stars

Highlights of the Bourbon Classic 2015 will include:

− Bourbon Classic Cocktail Challenge featuring chefs and bartenders
− A general session with master distillers
− Bourbon Classic University educational sessions
− The Ultimate Bourbon Experience, featuring Bourbon related products and tastings from distillers, chefs, and hundreds of key vendors

The Urban Bourbon Trail is returning as the welcoming sponsor of this event.

Tickets are on sale now on this link.

Bourbon Classic Louisville

“We always try to put together an experience for those who come to Bourbon Country that they’ll never forget. With our mixture of Bourbon brands, Master Distillers and nationally known chefs, bartenders and authors, it’s almost impossible to find this type of experience in Bourbon Country for the price of admission,” co-founder Justin Thompson tells “If folks look what we have delivered the last two years, I don’t think they’ll find a Bourbon experience quite like it in an urban setting.”

Highlights of the event include a national cocktail competition, focused on classic and contemporary Bourbon cocktails paired with a chef’s Bourbon-themed culinary complement; a master distillers panel; breakout classes focused on a variety of Bourbon-themed topics; and ample opportunities for the public to sample top brands of Bourbon and Bourbon-inspired products.

The Bourbon Classic was co-founded by Tony Butler of FSA Management Group, an event planning company based in Louisville, and Justin Thompson, Seth Thompson, and Bob Eidson of The Bourbon Review.

Josh Durr Mixology“For the third year running, we’re bringing the broader Bourbon experience to enthusiasts all over the nation,” says Tony Butler, co-founder. “From cocktails to culinary executions, this is a unique event that shows how popular, versatile and prolific this spirit really is—and the special role our hometown plays in its heritage.”

Seth Thompson adds, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be in our third year of Bourbon Classic. This event has blossomed beyond our wildest dreams, and it truly captures the essence of bourbon, the soul of the South, and shows the world that Kentucky is a first class culinary destination. Creating something that marries Kentucky to a very unique lifestyle medium is the achievement of a lifetime to our team.”

For more information visit

Buffalo Trace BottlesFounded in 2012 by FSA Management Group and The Bourbon Review, The Bourbon Classic is weekend event exploring the “best of the best” in the authentic world of bourbon. Bourbon Classic 2015 will take place at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on February 20 – 21.

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Bulleit Juleps and Summer Drink Recipes from Dale DeGroff Wed, 21 May 2014 16:33:19 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>‘s Matt Capucilli reports from a recent Bulleit Bourbon Derby event he attended in NYC at Maysville, an American whiskey bar and restaurant with a Kentucky theme.

Dale DeGroff was on hand to make Mint Juleps, and we’re sharing the recipes with you too. How much better can it get? 

Mint Julep recipes
It’s hard to imagine that the original Mint Julep recipes didn’t even require whiskey, but it’s true. Originating in the 1860’s, the first Juleps of this nature relied on Cognac and Rum, and were much sweeter than today’s kind. Now a much simpler, Bulleit Bourbonclassic recipe, with less sweetness and more kick, the Mint Julep is a true icon of the south and of the Kentucky Derby.

Bulleit Bourbon works particularly well for Mint Juleps because of its spiciness. Mixing bourbon obviously dilutes some of the flavor, but Bulleit’s cinnamon notes shine through along with the vanillas and caramels.

What really takes this drink to new heights is crushed ice and a chilled metal cup (especially when the ice is hand-smashed by cocktail expert Dale DeGroff). Something about the metal and ice combination makes the drink super-refreshing, with every sip giving your nose a twinge of cool mint.

While Derby has already passed this year, the Juleps will remain a wise drinking choice all summer long.

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All recipes below by Dale DeGroff

Mint Julep DerbyModern Mint Julep


1.3 oz Bulleit Bourbon
.07 oz. Simple syrup or a teaspoon of sugar
4 mint leaves and a sprig of Mint (use tender , young sprigs–last longer and look better)

Prepare some very cold very dry powdered ice with chunks of ice and a canvas ice bag. Bruise the mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup with sugar syrup. Add ice to the three quarter mark and half of the bourbon. Stir to chill the julep cup. Top off with more powdered ice and the remaining bourbon and continue to stir until the outside of the cup begins to freeze. Garnish with the mint sprig and set aside to rest while the julep cup freezes over on the outside. Pick up carefully to imbibe.


Whisky Smash


3 lemon pieces (cut a lemon in half and then quarter one of the halves, use three of the quarters)
5 mint leaves
1 ounce simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces Bulleit Bourbon Bourbon
Lemon wedge for garnish
1 mint sprig for garnish

Muddle the lemon pieces, mint leaves, and simple syrup in the bottom of a Boston shaker glass. Add the Bourbon and shake well with ice. Strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wedge.

Cognac Julep 1863

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac4 or 5 Mint leaves
.5 oz Merlet Créme de Pêche
2 oz Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac
Brugal Extra Viejo Rum
Garnish: Mint sprig
Glass: Julep


In a Julep cup, muddle the mint and crème de pêche. Fill three-quarters of the way with finely crushed ice and pour in 1 ounce of the cognac. Stir until the outside of the cup begins to frost. Fill with more crushed ice, add the remaining 1 ounce of cognac and stir briefly. Top with a splash of rum and garnish with a mint sprig. Let the drink rest until a layer of frost has formed on the outside of the glass.


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Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest in Lexington, Kentucky Sat, 17 May 2014 14:10:11 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Alltech Craft Brews Food Fest invites you to Alltech for Lexington, Kentucky for Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest, one of the region’s largest craft beer and food festivals happening Saturday, May 17  at the Lexington Center on 430 W Vine St.

Alltech Bourbon Barrel AleWHAT:
           More than 120 beers brewed by 41 breweries from across the nation. The beer will be served alongside artisan food samples from 13 local and international food vendors. Sensory sessions with master brewers and distillers will occur hourly.

The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest will serve as one of the culminating events for the 2nd Annual Lexington Craft Beer Week May 10-18, a celebration of Lexington’s craft beer culture and best brews.

WHO:           Local and national breweries and food vendors.

Various collaboration brews between Lexington’s Country Boy Brewing, Blue Stallion Brewing, West Sixth Brewing, and Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. including Kentucky Stallion Bourbon Barrel MaibockKentucky Boy, and Country Western Volume II. The newly-launched barrel-aged seasonal from Alltech, Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat, will also be on tap.

Other breweries include:

Hammerheart, Victory, Deschutes, Stillwater Artisan Ales, Darkhorse Frewing Co, Cumerland Crews, Lagunitas, Dogfih Head, Falls City Beer, Goose Island, Bell’s Brewing, Sterling Beer, Smuttynose, Schlafly, West Sixth Brewing Company, Green Flash, Evil Twin, Apocalypse, Oskar Blues Brewery, Southern Tier,  Sixpoint, New Holland, North Coast, Avery, Brookyln Brewying, Sone Brewing Co, BBC Brew Pubs, Sierra Nevada, Sweetwater, Against the Grain, Founders Brewing, Country Boy Brewing, Blue Stallion Brewing, Abita, BBC Beer Company, Highland Brewing Company, Great Lakes Brewing Co, Three Floyds, Rivertown Brewing, Left Hand Brewing Three Floyds beer Space Station Middle Finger

A few other special beers will include:

Bell’s Black Note Stout

3 Floyds’ Space Station Middle Finger

 Evil Twin’s Imperial Biscotti Break

Brooklyn Brewery’s Cuvee La Boite

 Rivertown’s Pomegranate Lambic.

Bites from Bourbon Barrel FoodsKentucky’s Smokin’ Grill, Seymour’s of Cork, Enoteca, Dupree, and The Sweet Spot will be featured, along with several others.  Local entertainment will be available all day, including performances by Coralee and the TowniesJordan English, Ben Lacy, and the DeBraun Thomas Trio.

WHEN:           Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT.

WHERE:         Heritage Hall, Lexington Convention Center at the Lexington Center, 430 W Vine St, Lexington, KY 40507.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel StoutTICKETS:       All tickets will include 15 3-ounce samples, a commemorative glass, food samples, and free entertainment. Designated driver tickets are available for $10. Tickets can be purchased online for $30 or at the door for $35. Attendees must be 21 to enter.

 Follow the conversation on Twitter using @Alltechbrews and hashtag #AlltechBrews.

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World Whisky Day 2014 Sat, 17 May 2014 05:00:15 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

World Whisky Day invites you to be part of the 3rd annual World Whisky Day 2014 by responsibly drinking any type of whisk(e)y on May 17, 2014.

Watch’s Tom Fischer interview World Whisky Day Founder Blair Bowman in the video above. This interview was filmed at Whisky Live NYC where we finally happened to meet Blair in person after speaking with him and helping him promote World Whisky Day virtually over the past 3 years.

Whether it is a small event amongst friends at your house, a party at your favorite bar or even a larger gathering, officially register your event here to be counted among those celebrating AND share your events with #WorldWhiskyDay on social media.

We congratulate Blair for creating a day that unites whisk(e)y lovers across the world and has grown by multitudes as he works hard to gain support and momentum all year for this unique day.

For more updates in the world of Bourbon and all whiskeys, subscribe to our free newsletter on this link.

Listen to our other podcast interviews with Blair from past World Whisky Days linked below:

2012  interview with Blair Bowman

2013  interview with Blair Bowman
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Rhetoric 20-year-old Orphan Barrel Bourbon Coming in June Fri, 16 May 2014 19:20:11 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> was the first media outlet to bring you news about Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company collection of rare whiskeys and Bourbon. The next Bourbon to be released in the series is called “Rhetoric” and will hit U.S. shelves in June 2014 for suggested retail price of $85.

Rhetoric is a rare 20-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that will be progressively aged and released over the coming years – the 20-year-old variant will be released this year, the 21-year-old will be released in 2015, and so on. This approach will giive whiskey enthusiasts the chance to compare these exclusive offerings as they mature and collect the series of Rhetoric Whiskies.

Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling CompanyThe Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company was created in early 2014 to locate the best barrels of craft whiskey from around the world. Rhetoric, the third variant to be released from the company is aged 20 years for its first release.

Rhetoric stocks were discovered in warehouses at the Stitzel-Weller facility in Louisville, Ky., and distilled in both the New and Old Bernheim distilleries in Louisville. The whiskey is beautifully aged and hand bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn.

We’ll bring you our review soon, but for now we’re told that Rhetoric has a smoky and leathery nose hinting of ripe apples, tastes of smoked vanilla, toasted rye and dried fruit before a long full finish of cherry blossom and bitter chocolate.

“Aging whiskey is a fascinating process and one that whiskey aficionados around the world love learning about,” Ewan Morgan, Orphan Barrel Master of Whiskey tells “I’ve no doubt the progressive aging and release of Rhetoric will merit some spirited debate among us whiskey geeks about which year tastes best!”

Rhetoric’s packaging features an intricate gold label with a hummingbird rising above chaos and confusion to clarity and reason. The background, reminiscent of the oak barrels in which the whiskey aged, will grow deeper in color as Rhetoric is progressively aged and released in the years to come.

The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company is headquartered in Tullahoma, Tenn. where the whiskies are bottled.

To-date, the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company has released three variants – Barterhouse, Old Blowhard and Rhetoric.

Diageo has hinted that they will not only continue to release additional Bourbons under the Orphan Barrel collection, but also potentially other whiskeys, Tequila, Scotch and more in their Orphan Barrel collection.

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Josh Henderson of Dallas on J.R. Ewing Bourbon Wed, 14 May 2014 20:19:26 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

J R Ewing Dallas‘s Tom Fischer interviews actor Josh Henderson (John Ross Ewing III on TNT”s revival of Dallas).

Henderson talks about the newly released J.R. Ewing Bourbon and says he has autographed some bottles, but is still yet to taste it.

If you want a to taste this Bourbon first, subscribe to our newsletter to be first to learn where and how to buy a bottle of J.R. Ewing Bourbon.

J.R. Ewing Bourbon is currently available in North Texas and will soon be available nationwide.

According to our recent interview with Prairie Creek Beverages, J.R. Ewing Bourbon is a 4 year old Bourbon from a distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky with 88% corn and 12% wheat.

Josh Henderson also talks about the legacy of Larry Hagman.

Interview filmed at the Fillies and Stallions Derby Party.

Photos and video by Tommy Johns Photography Josh Henderson John Ross Dallas

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Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon 2014 Review Tue, 13 May 2014 21:24:35 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Four Roses 2014 Limited Edition Single Barrel BourbonWhile Four Roses won’t release their Limited Edition Single Barrel 2014 until mid-June, is first to review this 11-year-old single barrel Bourbon. We actually tasted it with Four Roses Brand Ambassador Al Young at the recently Whisky Live NYC (see video above).  We revisit the flavors in the review below.

The 2014 release is a standout which balances chocolate and creamy notes while showcasing refined age and barrel characteristics. As only around 5,000 bottles will be released, this Bourbon is a lovely example of the of OESF recipe from Four Roses (click here to learn more about the 10 unique recipes of Four Roses Bourbon).

Some distilleries release limited edition Bourbons boasting higher price tags than they are worth, however this release is a a bargain at $90 in most liquor stores.

Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon 2014 Review


Uncut and non-chill filtered, barrel sample at 120 proof / 60% ABV, actual release is expected to be close to this range.


Buttery vanilla


Candied and luscious yet not sweet, smooth entry. Serious Bourbon ball flavor with notes both chocolate and creamy fondant center.

Burnt caramel and orange hints make also make it taste like an orange chocolate truffle.

Overall, a bold dessert-like nature with the main elements being fruit, creamy vanilla, and some chocolate.


Medium linger with a touch of fresh mint and cherries.


More about this release

Whisky Live New York“This year’s Limited Edition Single Barrel is a tribute to the loyal following we are so fortunate to have,” Master Distiller Jim Rutledge tells “This bourbon went into the barrel and was put away at a time when Four Roses had just returned to the states and it’s remarkable to see how far we’ve come as a company since then.”

The Limited Edition Single Barrel bottle pays tribute to Four Roses’ loyal fans by including a toast submitted during the Year of the Toast campaign that celebrated Four Roses 125th Anniversary. The campaign encouraged consumers to submit their favorite toasts via email and social media, with one toast selected to appear on this year’s Limited Edition Single Barrel bottle.

After reviewing hundreds of submissions, Four Roses executives chose the toast from Frank Wheatley of Louisville, Kentucky: “If I could age like bourbon, I wouldn’t mind getting old.”



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Boy George interview and DJs Whipped at Derby Party Sun, 11 May 2014 21:41:36 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Boy George Live‘s Tom Fischer interviews Boy George in the video above as George walks the red carpet at Barnstable Brown Derby Gala 2014.

Boy George is DJing several live sets in select cities during his world tour with his band to support his new album This Is What I Do.  Boy George selected Kentucky Derby 140 to be among his live DJ appearances.

Boy George says it’s his first time to visit Kentucky and he is impressed by southern hospitality, kindness and the Derby experience.

The interview portion of this video was filmed at Barnstable Brown and the DJ portion was filmed at Boy George’s Whipped at Derby Party at Play Club in Louisville where he DJed with Marc Vedo as Pinnacle Vodka cocktails were poured.

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Boy George DJ
Photos and video by Tommy Johns Photography. Thanks Play Louisville for having us in. 

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The Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim interviewed Sat, 10 May 2014 23:22:20 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Tony Abou‘s Tom Fischer interviews The Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim in the video above about his new book Vodka Distilled: The Modern Mixologist on Vodka and Vodka Cocktails. We catch up with Tony during Kentucky Derby 140 week at the Kentucky Bourbon Experience event.  Tony tells us about one of his original Derby cocktails called “The Clermont Smash” made with Knob Creek Bourbon, which happens to be one of  Fred Noe’s favorites.

Recipe for The Clermont Smash and other enticing whiskey cocktails can be found Tony’s first book The Modern Mixologist

Several years back we interviewed Tony during Derby as he appeared with Guy Fieri for a fundraiser, watch this video from our archives.

Buy Tony’s new book on this link: Vodka Distilled: The Modern Mixologist on Vodka and Vodka Cocktails

Video edited and filmed by Tommy Johns Photography


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Run for the Rosés for a Bubbly Derby Sat, 03 May 2014 16:39:11 +0000 Read more » ]]>


As the official Kentucky Derby 140 race itself is also called the “Run for the Roses,” our friends at Henri’s Champagne are offering a Rosé Champagne tasting sampler called “Run for the Rosés.” 

Just as you enjoy limited edition Bourbons and the artisanal cheeses, these boutique, family estate Champagnes are for those ready to graduate from mass produced Champagnes to delicious treasures the French keep unto themselves.

We hope you pick the winning horse, but even if you don’t, we suggest bubbly fans visit to discover the finest collection of boutique Champagnes. More on the rosé sampler on  this link.

Post time for the 140th Kentucky Derby is 6:24 p.m. ET.

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Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience Fri, 02 May 2014 16:46:08 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Mike Veach‘s Tom Fischer interviewed Mike Veach after Veach hosted the inaugural Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience at 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville. This splendid tasting kicked off Derby week and benefited the Filson Historical Society.

Veach poured six tastings from Louisville-based distilleries and also had a special chocolate truffles from Arteatables paired with Bourbon. Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps and Old Fashioneds were served along with hors d’oeuvres prepared by 21c Chef Levon Wallace. The Bourbons featured were from Michter’s, Brown-Forman, and Heaven Hill.

Special thanks to our friends at The Bourbon Review for inviting us over and also Erin Patrick of Across the Board Corporate Events.

Video and photos by Tommy Johns. Tom Fischer Bourbon 21c Museum Hotel

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Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala 2014 Thu, 01 May 2014 16:52:21 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Barnstable Brown Mansion Louisville KentuckyOne of our favorite events of Derby week at that bring you coverage from is the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala 2014. See celebrity guest list for 2014 below.

The celebrity packed gala, known for its musical extravaganza, has raised and donated approximately $9,600,000 to the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky over the past eight years.

Founded by twin sisters Patricia Barnstable Brown and Priscilla Barnstable, along with Patricia’s late husband Dr. David E. Brown, this year’s gala will be held on Friday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m.

Ticket Inquiries: 502-491-6778

The star studded bash is held at the Louisville, Kentucky home of Patricia Barnstable-Brown, who co-hosts the event with her twin sister Priscilla Barnstable. “Our 26th year is going to be extraordinary,” said Patricia. “It’ll be one for the history books.”

This internationally recognized as the “premier” Kentucky Derby gala and counted among the “Ten Best Parties in the World” by Condé Nast, is proud to announce the celebrity lineup for its 26th annual gala.


Celebrity Lineup

Kings of Leon Band PhotoKings of Leon
Stephen Amell, of Arrow
Boyz II Men
Miranda Lambert
Heart (Ann and Nancy Wilson)
Tom Brady
Kix Brooks
Dierks Bentley
Aaron Rodgers
Gene Simmons
Shannon Tweed
Richie Sambora
Bode Miller
Morgan Miller
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Lily Aldridge
Pete Wentz
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
Mary Wilson of the Supremes
LeeAnn Womack
Josh Henderson
Johnny Gill
My Morning Jacket
Terry O’Quinn
Jennifer Holliday
Travis Tritt
Taylor Dayne
Joey Fatone
Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery
Tracy Byrd
Jason Dufner (guest of the PGA)

barnstable brown party 020509Wes Welker (Denver Broncos)
Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers)
Vince Wilfork (New England Patriots)
Larry Birkhead
Olivia Henken
Jodie Meeks (University of Kentucky, Los Angeles Lakers)
Doron Lamb (University of Kentucky, Orlando Magic)
Kris Humphries (Boston Celtics)
Charissa Thompson (Fox Sports)
Stephen Van Treese (University of Louisville)


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New Bourbon Ale from Bluegrass Brewing Company Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:35:14 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]>

Bluegrass Brewing Company Bourbon AleBluegrass Brewing Company (BBC) of Louisville, Kentucky gives the exclusive on their new Bourbon Ale.

Following the continued success of BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout, BBC’s new release is an ale is aged between 4 and 6 weeks in used Bourbon barrels. BBC President Phillip Dearner recently invited me in to taste the new Bourbon Ale.

The flavors hit everywhere you hope that a Bourbon beer will and more. This ale is creamy with the right balance: Light enough to sessionable and yet bold enough to stand up in food pairings while impressing aficionados with serious Bourbon notes. The craftsmanship of the ale is only enhanced in the barrel aging.

BBC Bourbon Ale will be released near the beginning of July in 4 packs throughout Kentucky and then shortly after to Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia and Ohio. You can also taste it now in Louisville at their own BBC Taproom on 636 E Main Street. 

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Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Bourbon Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:34:06 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Bourbon Wild Turkey’s Jimmy Russell is the longest-serving, active Master Distiller of a major whiskey brand in not just Kentucky, but all of North America. To honor his father and their dynamic personal and professional relationship, Eddie Russell created a limited-edition mingling of 13- and 16-year-old whiskies, called Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary.

It will be available exclusively from May to August in the Wild Turkey Visitor Center and then nationwide in late summer, Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Edition has an SRP of $124.99.

This year is actually being called the “Year of Jimmy Russell” as Jimmy is a living legend among the Kentucky distilling community. Marking 60 years in the industry this year, the integrity he has brought to the bourbon trade remains unparalleled and is reflected in every bottle of Wild Turkey. Wild Turkey tells No other American Master Distiller in history has reached this milestone.

As was among the first to tell you about the new Wild Turkey Visitor Center when construction started in 2012, this new, 9,140- square-foot, state-of-the-art Visitor Center is now officially open to the whiskey-drinking public today. This $100 million+ investment by Gruppo Campari thoroughly modernizes and expand the distillery experience.

A grand opening of the Visitor Center tonight officially announced that Wild Turkey declares 2014 the “Year of Jimmy Russell” in honor of his landmark 60th (celebration pictured below).

Wild Turkey Visitor Center Opening


“Last year, our Visitor Center was housed in a tiny 1,000-square-foot house from the 1800s and we still saw a 16 percent spike in visitors to Wild Turkey Hill,” said Jean-Jacques Dubau, President and CEO of Campari America. “With our gleaming, new architectural masterpiece, we finally have a Visitor Center worthy of Wild Turkey’s legacy, as well as an outstanding calling card for Kentucky’s Bourbon industry”

Visitor Center Experience

Designed as an architectural and spiritual centerpiece for the whiskey, which has more than a 100-year legacy on Wild Turkey Hill, the Visitor Center is a new destination for bourbon lovers and Wild Turkey fans across the globe. The distillery expects to welcome approximately 80,000 guests this year, up from the previous 62,000 in 2013.

Wild Turkey Visitor CenterWith stunning views, the structure features a mélange of natural wood materials, including Rough-cut Ash, Cypress, Douglas Fir, Yellow Pine and American White Oak, that seamlessly blends into its environment. As a clever nod to the brand’s beloved turkey icon, the exterior wood siding pattern was inspired by the display plumage of a wild turkey, while the vegetation surrounding the building is part of a wild turkey’s natural habitat.

Massive glass windows peer down on the majestic Kentucky River, giving visitors a chance to drink in the Commonwealth’s spectacular beauty, while also sampling some of the world’s finest whiskies. The wood, steel and glass structure was the brainchild of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, a Louisville, Kentucky-based firm selected to helm the project. The Wild Turkey Visitor Center is a recent recipient of an HD Award, honoring excellence in design.

From portfolio tastings in the Angel’s Share room to the Wild Turkey Wall of Fame, guests can sip and savor Bourbon seven days a week while receiving an historical indoctrination into one of the oldest distillery operations in Kentucky. Exclusive keepsakes in the gift shop include recent, limited-edition products allowing visitors to bring a taste of Kentucky home with them wherever they may live.

Guests of the Visitor Center will also benefit a good cause as Wild Turkey will donate $1 from every Visitor Center ticket sold to its charity partner – The Boot Campaign, a national non-profit dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military by providing assistance for the challenges troops face when returning home.

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Five Whiskeys Worth Stealing Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:37:29 +0000 Like this article? Here are some other articles of interest: ]]> Want to get away with experiencing such flavor that you’ll feel almost like you got way with the Pappy Van Winkle Heist?

We’re not advocating theft. It sometimes feels like we’re guilty of the most respectable crime of good taste considering our access to all the fine Bourbon we have as Kentuckians.

With all the Pappy hype, I wanted to take a moment and spotlight other limited edition Bourbons and rare whiskeys by hosting a unique whiskey event. One of the best ways to score a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle is to make friends with a liquor store owner who will hold one back for you.

You might stand a better chance of acquiring Pappy if you opened your own liquor store and held them all back for yourself.

Bourbon Bistro, Louisville KentuckyThus, the easiest route to perfection and rare flavor is attending the event I’m hosting at Bourbon’s Bistro in Louisville next Tuesday, April 8.  I’ll be joined by my good friends John Morrison and Jason Brauner, who are the owners of this Bourbon establishment that enthusiasts and foodies regularly cite as their favorite, as we lead a tasting we’re calling “Five Whiskeys Worth Stealing.”

Bourbons, whiskeys and details listed below, see you there. Cheers! Tom Fischer

Five Whiskeys Worth Stealing Event

PRICE: For $125 – you’ll taste everything below plus passed appetizers. This is a steal considering the price that  you would actually pay for a taste of each if you could find them all in one place. Pappy Van Winkle won’t be poured at this event – though Bourbon’s Bistro has Pappy Van Winkle in stock now to pour, and by all means buy yourself a pour of this rare and fine Bourbon too.

DATE: Tuesday, April 8 2014, 7-9 pm EST.

RESERVATIONS: Space is limited. To RSVP, text WHISKEY along with your name to (502) 208-8996, you’ll receive a text back to confirm.

WHERE: Bourbon’s Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

Bourbons Bistro’s Four Roses Private Label

Four Roses Single Barrel Private labelChosen by Bourbons Bistro owner, Jason Brauner. You can only have this bourbon at Bourbons Bistro.

Orphan Barrel 20-year-old Barterhouse Whiskey

Barterhouse Bourbon orphan barrelRecently launched as one of the first two releases in the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company collection, this 20-year old Bourbon discovered in old warehouses at the Stitzel-Weller facility in Louisville, Kentucky.

The whiskey’s mellow taste includes notes of roasted grain, charred oak and a brown sugar finish. Barterhouse Whiskey is bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Michter’s 20 Year Single Barrel Bourbon

Michter’s considers 17 to 20 years the “Fork in the Road Point” when certain barrels of whiskey can achieve an extraordinary level of quality. It is these particular barrels that their Master Distiller Willie Pratt personally selects for their very limited bottling of Michter’s 20 Year Single Barrel Bourbon.

Michter’s 25 Year Old Rye

This is the most allocated of Michter’s limited production items. This 25 Year-Old Rye, subject to the costly evaporation of a quarter century of “Angel’s Share,” continues the Michter’s tradition of sparing no expense in striving to produce the finest whiskey possible.

Michter's 20 year old Bourbon

Jefferson’s Reserve Ocean II

Jefferson's Ocean Aged At Sea BourbonOcean II inspired by the original Jefferson’s Ocean, which was new-filled bourbon barrels, the Jefferson’s Ocean II: Aged at Sea takes older bourbon barrels and brings it around the world.

Stopping at 5 different continents and crossing the equator 4 times, this bourbon truly is a world beater.

Surprise Offering

A Surprise so rare, we can’t divulge our secrets.

About Jason Brauner

Jason Brauner has been in the restaurant industry for close to twenty-five years. His love of bourbon began as a child growing up in a neighborhood where the National Distillery was housed. In 2005, Bourbons Bistro opened and has become Louisville’s foremost bourbon bar and restaurant.

About Tom Fischer

Tom Fischer BourbonTom Fischer is the founder of which is the first and only online TV show and content site dedicated to bourbon. Tom also hosts whiskey and bourbon tastings across the globe and frequently appears as an expert speaker at festivals and events. Additionally, he regularly judges international spirit and cocktail competitions.

About Bourbons Bistro

Bourbons Bistro LogoEstablished in 2005, Bourbons Bistro is locally-owned, Kentucky Proud, and an original member of the Urban Bourbon Trail. Bourbons Bistro is located minutes from downtown Louisville in the historic Clifton Area at 2255 Frankfort Avenue. Bourbons takes great pride in its bourbon heritage and Kentucky roots and offers a regularly changing menu featuring bourbon flavors and seasonal ingredients.

Bourbons historic building dates back to 1877 and provides a great setting for upscale-casual dining that is warm and inviting. Outdoor dining is available, dependent on weather, on the covered patio with a fireplace. Bourbons Bistro also offers additional private space in its newly renovated upstairs space that seats 5-60 guests. Experienced staff is dedicated to providing an exceptional dining experience.

Bourbons Bistro was recently named as a “Top Ten Bar in Louisville, Kentucky” by The Guardian and one of’s best watering holes on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Ocean Bourbon photo courtesy Duke Brubaker

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Hornitos Black Barrel Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:12:41 +0000 Read more » ]]> Hornitos Black Barrel BottleHornitos Black Barrel  recently won the highest honor by winning “Best of Show” at Denver International Spirits.‘s Matt Capucilli reports from the NYC launch of Hornitos Black Barrel.

At a price of $30 per bottle, this winning spirit a must-try for anyone who enjoys Tequila or Whiskey.

One of the most interesting things about the spirit industry in recent years is that many companies are experimenting with variations on their traditional processes. The results are often surprisingly good, and Hornitos Black Barrel is certainly an example of that.

Hoping to lure market share from the growing number of whisky drinkers in the US, Hornitos decided to triple-age their 100% blue agave tequila in American Oak charred at different levels in each phase. The results are quite unique. Black Barrel’s initial flavor is clearly tequila-esqe, in the same vein as an Anejo, with jelly and herbal notes. However, the finish on Black Barrel is more like a whiskey, with notes of vanilla, caramel, and smoke.

Hornitos Ambassador Victor Martinez indicated Black Barrel was first released in Mexico and sold extremely well in that market. Now it’s being released in over 40 states and is expected to do even better in the US. This tequila would be great to sip on year-round or as a centerpiece in cocktails.

More about the aging Hornitos Black Barrel

The tequila starts with 100% Hornitos Tequila, which is aged in traditional American Oak barrels for 12 months. Once the complex flavor of the Añejo tequila has been achieved, the liquid is placed in deeply charred American Oak barrels for four months to ensure that the tequila breathes through the caramelized layer of sugar, imparting a rich character and smoky notes traditionally found in whiskey.

Lastly, the tequila is aged in specially-toasted American Oak barrels for two months to impart a creamier, vanilla character to add depth and complexity.

Pictured below: Matt Capucilli and Victor Hornitos Tequila Ambassador Victor Martinez


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Whisky Live Celebrates 10 Years in New York on April 9 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 04:01:47 +0000 Read more » ]]> New york whisky invites you to Whisky Live New York on April 9, 2014 to sample a vast array of whiskies when Whisky Live, a grand tasting event that Whisky Magazine produces in dozens of international cities, comes to Chelsea Piers.

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of Whisky Live NY. Master distillers, brand ambassadors and industry experts will be pouring over 300 whiskies.

The tasting has tripled in size since its 2004 debut, an intimate evening at the original Tavern on the Green. Whisky Live NY is not only a prime opportunity to try premium single malt Scotches, bourbons, ryes and Irish whiskeys, but a chance to ask distillers about their work and the industry in general. As of early March, brands that will be featured include titans like Glenmorangie, Laphroaig and Johnnie Walker side by side with dozens of spirits produced by boutique distilleries, like ABCD and ABCD, and award- winning new world whiskies from places like India, France, Japan and Australia.

The evening also includes a lavish bourbon-themed dinner buffet sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon and Bourbon Country, Kentucky’s tourism alliance.

Whisky Live “Whisky Live has been a tremendous success around the world since it started in 2000 in Tokyo and London. We’re excited to bring it to Manhattan for a landmark tenth year,” says Rob Allanson, Editor of Whisky Magazine, the British publication available in seven languages. “It’s been incredible to watch the whisky industry grow so radically over the past decade. And if any city has shown love for the spirit and all the style, heritage and diversity it embodies, it’s New York. With all the historic pubs, creative whiskey bars, top-rate liquor retailers and the increasing number of fantastic craft distilleries, New York is America’s most exciting whiskey-loving cities right now.”

Whisky Live is part of Tartan Week NYC, a week-long event that features art exhibits, concerts, parties, fashion shows, a 10K road race through Central Park and, of course, the annual Tartan Day Parade down 6th Avenue (Saturday, April 6). See for more details. Whisky Live New York takes place on April 9 at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, 23rd River.

Tickets and More details


Whisky_live_New_york_2014The event starts for VIP ticket holders at 5PM and tickets are $149. Standard tickets are $119 and allow entry at 6.30PM. The event ends at 10PM, with last pour at approximately 9.40PM. Every guest receives a complimentary Glencairn crystal tasting glass. For tickets, please visit Street on the Hudson

American whiskey exports topped $1 billion in 2013, up from $350 million 10 years ago. Companies are expanding historic Scotch distilleries—adding equipment just to keep up with the global demand for single malt Scotch. The American craft distilling scene has exploded—growing from about 100 distilleries in 2007 to over 400 today. There are about 40 that are producing spirits throughout New York alone.

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