WhistlePig Whiskey, the #1 distiller in the ultra-premium and luxury rye whiskey category in North America, celebrates a milestone this Spring with the release of two 100% grain-to-glass whiskeys from the WhistlePig Farm. WhistlePig’s long anticipated FarmStock Beyond Bonded Rye is joined by FarmStock Beyond Bonded Bourbon. Both Rye and Bourbon are harvested, distilled, aged and bottled by hand at the WhistlePig Farm and Distillery in Shoreham, Vermont. With Beyond Bonded, WhistlePig defines a new standard of quality that is not only Bottled-in-Bond, but Single Barrel, fully traceable at every step of the Farm-to-bottle journey, and bottled at 100.1 proof, just beyond the Bonded whiskey standard. With just 24 barrels of Rye and 16 barrels of Bourbon in the 2021 release, Beyond Bonded FarmStock Rye and Bourbon are among the most rare and collectible whiskies ever produced from the WhistlePig Farm.
WhistlePig Goes Beyond Bonded with 100.1% Farm-to-Bottle, Single Barrel Rye & Bourbon June 2, 2021 by David Mandler
WhistlePig Launches RoadStock Rye Whiskey July 2, 2021 by Elias Aoude
WhistlePig has announced the launch of RoadStock Rye Whiskey, the world’s first ever finished-on-the-road whiskey, created in collaboration with Jordan Winery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Earlier this year, WhistlePig commissioned an 18-wheeler rolling rickhouse to carry Jordan Winery Bordeaux blend casks and virgin oak barrels containing rye whisky on a 6,000 mile round trip from their farm in Shoreham, VT to Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA and back.
The 19 Best Bourbons to Drink in 2021 July 2, 2021 by Chris Wright and Will Price
Bourbon, the Great American Spirit, is not as simple as one might think. Yes, its definition is writ in but a few sentences on the holy stone of Federal Decree: It must be made in the United States; its grain bill must include at least 51 percent corn; it must be produced at not more than 80 percent alcohol (160 proof) and stored in charred new oak containers at no more than 62.5 percent (125 proof). And yes, it is a blue-collar spirit, made by thirsty farmers, for thirsty farmers. But underneath these fundamentals swims a deep sea of factors — additional rules and regulations, hype machines and deceptive marketing, false myths and a boom that began in 2008 and is still going strong today — that make bourbon more complex than it seems. Sour mash and Bottled-in-Bond, non-distiller-producers and high-ryes. Where’s the thirsty modern man, farmer or otherwise, to begin?
The 50 Best American Whiskeys and Bourbons for the Fourth of July July 1, 2021 by Kirk Miller
For the Fourth of July, we wanted to celebrate what makes America great. And we also wanted a drink. Ergo, we went with whiskey. Whiskey is not an American invention, but the best domestic iterations certainly have their own fanciful backstories and flavor profiles (and we canclaim bourbon and Tennessee whiskey as our own). Without spending too much time on a history lesson — though we suggest quickly familiarizing yourself with the Whiskey Rebellion, Nearest Green and the Bottled-in-Bond Act — we simply wanted to profile 50 American whiskeys we appreciate on this, our Independence Day weekend.
COHIBA, WELLER BOURBON COLLABORATE FOR CIGAR July 1, 2021 by Charlie Minato
One of the hottest bourbon labels is getting its own line of cigars. The Weller by Cohiba went on sale today, the second cigar in a partnership between Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG)—parent of General Cigar Co., Cigars International, and others—and Sazerac, the parent of Buffalo Trace Distillery, Blanton’s, Stagg, and others. This time, it’s a collaboration between Buffalo Trace’s Weller brand, known for releases like Weller Antique.
A BARTENDER'S GUIDE TO BOURBON: EXPERTS SHARE BEST BOTTLES AND WHISKEY TIPS June 28, 2021 by KATE DINGWALL
Bourbon. The liquid flag of the Bluegrass state. The lifeblood of Juleps and Derbies, the giver of "Kentucky Hugs," and if we’re talking aged expressions, the holy grail for spirits collectors (here’s looking at you, Pappy). “Bourbon is a quintessentially American brown spirit,” says spirits educator Josh Gelfand. But what is bourbon and what do you do with a bottle (other than drink it neat?). We tapped a group of top bartenders to weigh in on their favorite bottles, who made them, and what to do with them.
A. Smith Bowman Releases A New Cask Strength Bourbon June 25, 2021 by Gary Carter
A. Smith Bowman Distillery, owned by Sazerac and known for its single barrel, small batch, and experimental spirits, recently added a new expression to its portfolio, A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength Bourbon. Aged a minimum of 10 years with barrels hand-selected by Master Distiller Brian Prewitt, the A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength will be an annual release, bottled uncut and non chill-filtered.
Michter’s drops two limited-release rye bottling June 25, 2021 by Kate Malczewski
The latest edition of Michter’s 10 Year Rye will roll out in the US next month, while its US*1 Barrel Strength Rye will make its way to the UK later this year. Both expressions are single-barrel limited releases crafted by the producer’s master distiller, Dan McKee, and its master of maturation, Andrea Wilson. The 10-year-old rye comes in at 46.4% ABV, and boasts notes of vanilla, toffee, toasted almonds and a touch of citrus.
From Bourbon to Tequila: The 10 Best Spirits Right Now June 24, 2021 by JONAH FLICKER, JASON O'BRYAN, JEREMY REPANICH
The wave of lockdowns last March left even the most successful bars and restaurants seeing vultures circling overhead. Takeout, once a small fraction of the average restaurant’s income, was suddenly expected to keep the ship afloat, and with to-go cocktails prohibited in many municipalities, bars were facing an even more dire fate. Half of all restaurants fail within three years even under ideal circumstances.
Kentucky Owl Nets A Seasoned Distiller As Its New Master Blender June 24, 2021 by Allyson Nichols
Stoli Group has gained legendary distiller John Rhea, who will serve as the new Master Blender for the Kentucky Owl American whiskey brand following the recent departure of founder and blender Dixon Dedman. Rhea will use his vast knowledge and expertise, according to the brand, to choose the best conditions for product consistency and excellence, as well as innovate new blends to expand the product offering.
This Louisville Watering Hole Named One Of The Best Bars In The Country June 24, 2021 by Anna Gallegos
A bourbon bar in Shelby Park was recently named one of the top 27 bars in the nation, according to Esquire magazine. Magazine editors added places that are worth leaving your pandemic bubble for, now that COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted across the country. Louisville's Trouble Bar was the only Kentucky location to make the list. Here's now lifestyle editor Sarah Rense described Trouble Bar:...
Bourbon barrel investment company bringing unique opportunities to Kentucky June 23, 2021 by Katrina Helmer
An international investment firm is busting into bourbon territory by offering unique opportunities for individuals to bank on Kentucky’s spirit. “CaskX is a bourbon barrel investment company," CEO Jeremy Kasler said. "We allow our clients to invest directly into barrels of bourbon." It’s the same concept as with some investment firms allowing individuals to buy into race horse ownership — but with bourbon. CaskX promises smooth flavors and stable returns. The company leader said it’s a way for people to diversify their investments and for distillers to build more upfront profit.
Bourbon bar, restaurant opens in new Downtown Louisville hotel June 23, 2021 by Jason Thomas
Downtown Louisville has a new bourbon bar. Wild Swann — the new Grady Hotel’s tucked away restaurant and cocktail bar at the corner of Main and Sixth streets in Downtown Louisville — is now open in the Market District. The name Wild Swann pays tribute to the classic styles of the Swann-Abram Hat Co., an original resident of the building and designer of the world-famous Kentucky Derby hats, a news release stated. Another previous tenant of the building, J.B. Wilder, was the owner of the apothecary and bourbon distillery located in the building’s basement.
In Focus: Black Bourbon Society celebrates strides for Black consumers June 23, 2021 by MARIO ANDERSON AND ASHLEY BROWN
The organization Black Bourbon Society (BBS) is celebrating five years of bridging the gap between bourbon marketing and Black communities across the country, and the first stop to drink to their accomplishments was Louisville. Samara and Armond of Los Angeles started BBS in 2016 after noticing the lack of direct consumer marketing from the spirits industry directed toward the Black community.
Kentucky Pandemic Shake Off Bourbon Sightseeing – NBC Chicago June 22, 2021 by amberlamitie
Concerns about the pandemic hangover of Kentucky’s world-famous bourbon industry are rapidly disappearing as tourists flock to distilleries. The $ 19 million tourist center opened by the Heaven Hill Distillery in the state center of Bourbon just a few days ago is already flooded. Learn about whiskey making and quickly fill up your reservations for tasting its spirits, including the flagship Evan Williams whiskey.
Why You Should Buy Costco’s Kirkland Signature Bourbon June 22, 2021 by Joseph V Micallef
Costco is one of the world’s largest retailers of alcoholic beverages. In 2020, Costco sold roughly $5.5 billion of alcoholic beverages. Their sales in 2021, are expected to surpass $6 billion. Wine represents between 40% and 50% of their sales of alcohol, and the balance roughly divided evenly between spirits and beer. Sales of RTD cocktails, ciders and alcopops are a rapidly growing category.
Uncle Nearest Distillery Celebrates Juneteenth with Grand Reopening – Welcoming 10k FansUncle Nearest Distillery Celebrates Juneteenth with Grand Reopening – Welcoming 10k Fans June 21, 2021 by Distillery Trail
Nearest Green Distillery located in Shelbyville, Tennessee closed its doors to the public and like the rest of the world went virtual during the Covid-19 pandemic. Though the main entrance for the public was closed the construction entryway was never closed and crews never missed a beat while construction continued on their $50 million distillery and visitor experience. If you have ever met or heard Nearest Green Distillery Founder and CEO Fawn Weaver speak you know she’s a leader. Very little happens by accident around her. It all happens with a purpose and goal in mind. In order to protect her employees and fans she closed the doors to the distillery early on in the pandemic with no plans to reopen until it was safe for everyone. Now, more than a year later that time has arrived and a date was picked. As someone that plans with a purpose, she picked June 19th which is now officially recognized by the United States government as Juneteenth.
Estimated oldest bottle of bourbon June 21, 2021 by Andrew Wigger
What is estimated to be the oldest bottle of bourbon is about to be sold at auction via its local owner, Rex Woolbright, Newberry florist. The bottle is up for auction at Skinner Auctioneers, and according to research provided on their website, “carbon 14 dating conducted in 2021 in collaboration with the University of Georgia indicates, with the highest probability, that the whiskey was produced between 1762-1802. The raw data was subsequently evaluated by the University of Glasgow and determined to be bourbon with an 81.1% probability of being produced between 1763-1803, which places it in the historical context of The Revolutionary War of the 1770s and the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s.”
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8 Great Bourbons to Give to Dad for Father’s Day June 18, 2021 by Sam Johnson
Father’s Day is almost here. If you’re still scrambling for a gift—or the previous sentence was new information to you—consider something historic, timeless, and thoughtful. Whether the dad in your life wants something to mix, likes it neat, or channels an inner Don Draper with an old fashioned, there’s a bourbon out there. Luke Castle, owner of Ace Spiritsin Hopkins, and Ross Sandell, co-owner of Ombibulous in northeast Minneapolis, offer up some bourbon picks for dads.
Waterford bottles world’s first biodynamic Irish whiskey June 18, 2021 by Kate Malczewski
The bottling, called Biodynamic: Luna 1.1, is set to be the first whiskey made solely from biodynamic barley to hit the market, according to the producer. To make the expression, Waterford worked with three barley farmers in Ireland who practise biodynamic agriculture, a set of farming methods first defined by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in 1924 and more often applied to wine production.
Black Bourbon Society's Maker's Mark® Private Selection: Recipe 2 Takes Home Pair of First Place Medals at 2021 International Whisky Competition June 17, 2021 PRNewswire
Black Bourbon Society (BBS), in collaboration with the Maker's Mark® Private Selection program, has created a custom bourbon that an expert panel has deemed the best in the world. Black Bourbon Society's Maker's Mark Private Selection: Recipe 2 was named Best Bourbon and Best American Whiskey overall at the 12th annual International Whisky Competition (IWC), bringing in two first place gold medals – the competition's highest category honor.
What's the Difference in Types of Whiskey?
When you pour glasses of Buffalo Trace (bourbon), Dalmore (Scotch), Forty Creek (Canadian whisky), Bushmills (Irish whiskey) and Jack Daniels (Tennessee whiskey), then compare the looks of each, you might think they’re pretty similar.
The depth of the color may be close enough that a novice might think they were drinking similar spirits.
But there are more differences than meet the eye when comparing bourbon to Scotch or other types of whiskey. How do you know the difference if you’re new to bourbon?
Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey: Definition, Explanation and History June 16, 2021 by Will Price
Considering bourbon whiskey has reached its supernova point, its all-consuming legions made up of new drinkers and hobbyists alike, it is a little surprising that so little about the spirit known. Enthusiasts have railed against the industry for a lack of transparency for decades now, pushing for information on the age, mash bill, barrel entry proof, yeast, char levels and more. But there are more fundamental questions that remain unanswered, too. Questions like: what the hell does "small batch" mean? It's stamped on thousands of American whiskeys and some Scotches and international whiskies as well. What gives?
A New Look For Easy Rider Bourbon, Now Available in Georgia June 15, 2021 by AllOnGeorgia
Hood River Distillers, the oldest and largest importer, distiller and marketer of distilled spirits in the Northwest, is re-launching their Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Easy Rider. Aged for four years in new, charred American Oak barrels and bottled at 80 proof with glacier-fed spring water from Mt. Hood, Easy Rider’s layered flavors summon notes of summer sweet corn, vanilla, soft malt, and spicy peppercorn with a worn leather finish. The classic Kentucky Straight Bourbon is made for those who seek a life of freedom and independence.
11 facts about bourbon for National Bourbon Day June 15, 2021 by Courtney Hayden
National Bourbon Day is June 14. While this holiday is celebrated across the country, it's an extra special occasion here in Kentucky. Think you know everything there is to know about bourbon? Here are some facts to help test your knowledge (or to help you show off at your next cocktail party.)
To Celebrate National Bourbon Day, George Dickel Announces The Launch Of Dickel Bourbon! June 14, 2021 by PRNewswire
Over the years, Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., nestled in the hills of Tullahoma, TN has become a whisky lover's paradise, where the team is constantly striving to provide drinkers with the best whisky imaginable. In time for National Bourbon Day today, George Dickel is excited to announce the newest release from the award-winning Cascade Hollow Distillery – Dickel Bourbon– a permanent offering that's been aged 8 years.
Turn your Wisconsin Old-Fashioned cocktail into a slushie with this recipe from Great Lakes Distillery | No Budget Cooking Series June 14, 2021 by Daniel Higgins
With temperatures outside hotter than the insides of a bratwurst on the grill, it's a good time to turn your Old-Fashioned into a cocktail slush. But just dumping the ingredients — ice and all — into a Magic Bullet isn't going to work. Making a slush version of any cocktail starts by deconstructing what defines the cocktail, said Great Lakes Distillery chief mixologist, Brendan Cleary.
West Fork Whiskey Co. Releases Bourbon Peach Tea Ready-to-Drink Cocktail June 11, 2021 by BREWBOUND
Summer 2021 is rumored to be the “summer of canned cocktails” and West Fork Whiskey Co. is kicking it off with its latest ready-to-drink bourbon beverage, the Cold Hamer Bourbon Peach Tea canned cocktail. The peachy drink will be the third in the Cold Hamer ready-to-drink lineup, in addition to the High Ball and Snapback options. These lower calorie, all-natural beverages give cocktail aficionados and whiskey fans ages 21+ the opportunity to enjoy West Fork craft cocktails anytime, anywhere.
9 whiskies to pack for the course this Father’s Day June 11, 2021 by Coleman Bentley
After a weird, wild, and genuinely pretty lousy 2020 that robbed everyone of precious time with friends and family, Father’s Day, as intended by the Original Dad himself, is back. That means cookouts and quality time, gratitude and golf. It also, of course, means gifts. While that last one can be a bit tricky, just keep it simple: 18 holes and a great bottle of whiskey. That’s all you need. And while the tee times won’t make themselves, we at least have the whiskey covered for you, compiling nine excellent bottles to cram in the ol’ side pocket come Father’s Day. Cheers, dad.
Bulleit Bourbon And Diageo Want New Yorkers To Go Out...And The First Drink Is On Them June 11, 2021 by Jeanette Hurt
Bulleit Frontier Whiskey and Diageo North America want New Yorkers so much to return to bars and restaurants…that the first drink is on them. In conjunction with Tribeca Festival, consumers who visit their favorite local New York hangout from June 9 through June 20 will be reimbursed online for any Bulleit Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Ketel one or Don Julio cocktail for $10 via Venmo after they upload a receipt to FirstsOnUs.com after purchasing a qualifying brand cocktail.
Creek Water Whiskey Elevates Consumer Experience With Digital Tagging Technology June 8, 2021 by Next Century Spirits
Creek Water Whiskey announced today its partnership with Prosurix, a marketing and authentication platform utilizing NFC (near field communication) chips. The spirits brand implemented a Near-Field Communication (NFC)-enabled tagging solution embedded within the packaging label for consumers to access exclusive content about Creek Water Whiskey. Consumers will experience one-of-a-kind marketing at the point of sale for Creek Water products including access to special promotions, cocktail recipes, product launch announcements, and videos from Creek Water founder and Global recording artist, Yelawolf.
Uncle Boojie’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey Crafts A New Bourbon Release June 7, 2021 by Allyson Nichols
Louisville-based Uncle Boojie’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey recently announced a new limited release of a 13-year-old bourbon, created by using what’s said to be the family’s 200-year-old secret mash recipe produced by Buzzard’s Roost in the mountains of old “Kentucke.”
National Bourbon Day to offer myriad of events June 7, 2021 by Denis House
Officially, June 14 has been designated National Bourbon Day. But Bardstown, being “The Bourbon Capital of the World,” will once again take things up a notch with a full weekend of events scheduled. “We’re very excited to host National Bourbon Day here in the Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown, Ky.,” said Sam Lacy, executive director of the Bourbon Capital Community Alliance. “Our distilleries are primed and ready to welcome guests, safely, for a weekend full of special bourbon experiences. We look forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and enjoying some good bourbon here in Bardstown on June 11 and 12.”
Great Escapes: Master Distiller Marianne Eaves’s Favorite Things About Whiskey June 4, 2021 by Eric Grossman
As the state of Kentucky’s first female master distiller, Marianne Eaves has already had quite the career, creating dozens of award-winning whiskies with some of the spirit world’s most storied names. Now, the well-traveled whiskey maker has partnered with some of the sports world’s biggest names, including NFL legend Peyton Manning and tennis great Andy Roddick, to produce Sweetens Cove Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey.
JIM BEAM LAUNCHES ORANGE-FLAVORED WHISKEY June 4, 2021 by Beau Hayhoe
Your summer and your bar cart are getting a citrus infusion courtesy of new Jim Beam Orange. On the heels of the Jim Beam Canned Highball release, the lauded distiller is shaking things up with even more intoxicating refreshment for the warmer months ahead.
Tasting Notes On Buffalo Trace’s Foray Into The World Of Baijiu June 4, 2021 by Christopher Osburn
Even if you have the most minimal knowledge of spirits, you’ve probably heard of Buffalo Trace. The iconic brand is well known for its flagship Buffalo Trace Bourbon as well as Eagle Rare, EH Taylor, Stagg, Weller, and the much sought-after Van Winkle expressions. But, if you delve a little deeper, you’ll learn that the Kentucky-based distillery has been working on its “Experimental Collection” for more than twenty years.
Deadly Decadence: Dorothy Lane Market has a new Killer Brownie June 2, 2021 by Lisa Powell
Just in time for Father’s Day, the ingenious minds at The Killer Brownie Company have released a new decadent treat. The Whiskey Pecan Fudge Brownie is the newest addition to Dorothy Lane Market’s Killer Brownie line-up.
The Ivy Hotel’s cocktail pays homage to the storied but vanishing contributions of Black jockeys in the Triple Crown May 13, 2021 By John-John Williams IV
Emmanuel West Jr. has created a cocktail that recognizes the Black contribution to the Triple Crown. It arrives just in time for the Preakness Stakes.
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<p>The Taft Decision of 1909 declared bourbon must be made of a majority of corn. That’s where the minimum level of 51 percent corn comes from on all bourbon mash bills. So, no matter what the beloved bourbon libation, it will contain corn as its base grain.</p>
Is this hard-to-find bourbon the 'next' Pappy? Spirits experts say yes and explain why May 11, 2021 By Dana McMahan
Somehow, we’re still talking about Pappy Van Winkle, the apparently never-ending unicorn of all unicorn bourbons, the headline-grabbing whiskey that gives people like me an equally never-ending supply of stories...
Country star Jason Aldean on bourbon, branding & the big return of concerts May 10, 2021 By Kenneth Hein
Jason Aldean is one of the top country artists in the world. Of the 35 singles he has released, 22 have gone to No 1 on the country charts, with My Kinda Party going quadruple platinum. Now he’s taking his chart-topping ways to the spirits category with Wolf Moon straight bourbon whiskey. The Drum caught up with Jason to talk about his new bourbon, what it takes for a celebrity brand to succeed and the return of live music...
Angel’s Envy Readies A Madeira Cask Finished Bourbon May 7, 2021 By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti
The Louisville, Kentucky distillery known as Angel’s Envy is a bourbon forward operation well loved for its flagship bourbon finished in port casks. It also offers up rarer offerings, with one of these over the last few years being its Cellar Collection series of bourbons finished in other cask types (2019 – Oloroso Sherry Casks; 2020 – Tawny Port Wine Barrels).
Heaven Hill Releases First-Ever Whiskey Made At Evan Williams Experience May 6, 2021
Yesterday, Heaven Hill Distillery announced the launch of Square 6 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the first bottled Bourbon produced at its artisanal distillery located in the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience at 528 W. Main Street in Louisville, Ky.
Experts Say Thousands of Counterfeit Whiskey Bottles Are Being Sold May 5, 2021
Bourbon is more popular than ever with collectors and consumers, but experts say counterfeiters are cashing in on the popularity by selling bootleg bourbon. Experts say counterfeiters have taken empty bottles of high-end bourbon, filled them up with cheaper whiskey and then resold them for huge profits.
Jim Beam Launches Bourbon-Based Canned Cocktails May 4, By Kelly Tesoriero
It looks like the bourbon wave is riding into this summer. Jim Beam, the world’s best-selling bourbon brand, has unveiled its new whiskey-based canned cocktail line that comes in two flavors: Jim Beam Classic Highball and Jim Beam Ginger Highball...
From truffles to 'unicorn' splurges, try these bourbon-themed gift ideas for Mother's Day May 3, 2021 By Dana McMahan
Every year heading into June my inbox is flooded with story pitches from people who want me to write about bourbon gifts for Father’s Day. Every once in a while, if I’m feeling salty, I will reply to ask why they think bourbon is for dads but not moms. Worse still, the gift ideas are usually "meh" at best...