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The Pie That Must Not Be Named April 30, 2021 By Caroline Aiken Koster

Every year around the first Saturday in May, cooks in the Bluegrass State warm up their ovens to bake signature chocolate nut pies honoring the famed Kentucky Derby horse race. They debate ingredients. Walnuts or pecans? A generous glug of bottom-shelf bourbon or an angel’s share of small-batch stuff? Crusts deep and gooey or thin and flaky?

Barrell Craft Spirits® Awarded Eight Double Gold and Six Gold Medals Including "Best Small Batch Bourbon Up to Five Years" and "Best Over-Proof Rum" at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition April 29, 2021

Barrell Craft Spirits® (BCS) is thrilled to announce that two of its special Private Releases took top honors and were awarded Double Gold at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC): Barrell Private Release Bourbon BA1C for Best Small Batch Bourbon Up to Five Years, and Barrell Private Release Rum B617 for Best Over-Proof Rum.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Opens Entry For Multiple Limited-Release Lotteries For 28 Rare Whiskeys April 28, 2021 By Sue Gleiter

Whiskey lovers in Pennsylvania, here’s your chance to bid on a rare whiskey including the sought-after Pappy Van Winkle brand...

New Partnership With Buffalo Trace On First-Ever Private Purchase Of An E.H. Taylor Barrel April 27, 2021 By Gary Carter

This past year, Society Awards was able to select a private barrel of E.H. Taylor, one of Buffalo Trace's most sought after whiskeys. And why is that important? This is said to be the first “private purchase” of an E.H. Taylor barrel...

Before Derby Day, Check In With These Bourbon Experts April 26, 2021 By Leslie Kelly

The spirited team at Kentucky-based Justins’ House of Bourbon has a line on some winning brown liquor and they’re excited to share each bottle’s story. They’re also happy to ship those special bottles...

Bourbon backed by Peyton Manning and Andy Roddick lands in Texas this week April 22, By Sarah Blaskovich

Getting your hands on a bottle of Sweetens Cove Bourbon in Texas might feel like a treasure hunt. And that’s all part of the game for this small-batch Tennessee bourbon backed by former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, former tennis pro Andy Roddick, sports broadcaster Jim Nantz, Kendra Scott CEO Tom Nolan, Tiff’s Treats founder Leon Chen, real estate investor Mark Rivers and more...

The Most Sustainable Whiskies You Can Buy Now April 21, 2021 By Brad Japhe

Grain, water, yeast—and CO₂? On average, crafting a single 750-milliliter bottle of liquor results in some 6.5 pounds of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere, equivalent to burning a third of a gallon of gasoline, a recent report from the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable concluded...

W.L. Weller Craft Your Perfect Bourbon recognized as world’s best at 2021 World Whiskies Awards April 16, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Whisky Magazine has recognized W.L. Weller “Craft Your Perfect Bourbon” (C.Y.P.B.) as both Best Kentucky Bourbon and World’s Best Bourbon at the 2021 World Whiskies Awards. It is a Buffalo Trace Distillery product...

Old Forester 117 High Angel’s Share Barrels Bourbon Review April 15, 2021 By Richard Thomas

The latest release from Old Forester showcases the talents of their celebrated Master Taster, Jackie Zykan. Although Zykan has had her hand in many expressions from the brand since coming on as lead taster, this is the first one that has her signature — and just her signature — on the bottle. It’s Zykan’s own Old Forester, so to speak...

Bulleit Bourbon Made an Earth Day Cocktail Kit With American Forests April 14, 2021 By Dustin Nelson

Bulleit Bourbon is trying to help you see how your cocktails can be a little more sustainable for Earth Day on April 22. Spirits and beer aren't always the most environmentally friendly products. The water usage alone is significant. (Though there are absolutely breweries and distilleries working toward sustainability.)...

The Traveling Work Diary of a Master Distiller April 13, 2021

Marianne Eaves, a whiskey expert and entrepreneur, is all about “the journey.” She calls Eaves Blind, her new subscription-based blind-tasting kit, a “yearlong journey through eight different bourbons.” And she says the key to a good bourbon blend is not just its warm finish, but the journey through different flavor profiles that leads you there...

SAZERAC ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR EARLY TIMES WHISKEY April 12, 2021

Following the purchase of Early Times whiskey in 2020 by Sazerac Company, the notable American whiskey brand will begin distillation, aging and bottling at the 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, KY this summer. First introduced by John Henry “Jack” Beam, uncle of Jim Beam in 1860, Early Times whiskey has rich American roots that will prove a valuable addition to Sazerac’s deep whiskey portfolio.

Two New Bourbon Releases Honor The American Woman April 9, 2021 By Allyson Nichols

American Woman Whiskey has announced its launch into the Colorado market with two new expressions, a cask strength and a 92 proof straight bourbon. Distilled in Kentucky, American Woman Whiskey was barrel-aged in small batches in Colorado Springs...

Inside the Rules—and Rise—of Kosher Whisky April 8, 2021 By Sam Stone

Rabbis are asked to sign many things—marriage certificates, contracts, and the like—but Rabbi Sholem Fishbane never expected to be scrawling his signature on a bottle of whiskey. A neighbor asked him to sign a bottle of Buffalo Trace kosher whiskey. In some ways, Fishbane had already made his mark on the bottle.

Bluegrass Distillers Releases Bottled-In-Bond Wheated Bourbon April 7, 2021 By Marielle McElmurray

LEXINGTON, Kentucky – Bluegrass Distillers, a craft distillery in Lexington, has announced the release of their first ever Bottled-in-Bond Wheated Bourbon. This small batch release will use Bluegrass’ Wheated mash bill of 75% corn, 21% wheat, and 4% malted barley.

Woodford Reserve Plans To Expand Distillery, Add Three Copper Pot Stills April 6, 2021 By Gary Carter

With the increase in demand for bourbon surging, Woodford Reserve is looking to meet that demand by expanding its Versailles, Kentucky distillery, doubling its production capacity and adding three new copper pot stills. The Brown-Forman Corporation, Woodford Reserve’s parent company, recently announced the planned expansion of the distillery as it celebrates the label’s 25th anniversary...

Brough Brothers Becomes the 1st African American Owned Distillery to Join the Kentucky Distillers’ Association April 5, 2021 By Distillery Trail

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) was founded in 1880. It represents Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Its heritage members make up some of the oldest names in the distilling industry. Its newest craft members represent some of the industry’s best and brightest as they enter into one of the most competitive businesses in the world.

A Whiskey Writer Names The ‘Value Bourbons’ He Always Keeps On Hand April 2, 2021 By Christopher Osburn

The spirit of “The Americas” is… not a whiskey at all. It’s clearly rum. But when you zoom in and look at the modern United States, it’s obvious that whiskey rules. Pull even tighter in and you’ll see that, like Scotland with Scotch, the US is known worldwide for its proficiency in distilling, aging, and bottling one particular type of whiskey above all others: bourbon...

Brother’s Bond: Bourbon Is Thicker Than Blood April 1, 2021 By Tom Bentley

Coupla vampires walk into a bar—stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The funny thing is, these guys—ex-vampires, actually—will be able to order their own bartop bourbon.

Wild Heaven & Bulleit Bourbon partner again in 2021 March 29, 2021 By Reid Ramsay

While 2020 was basically a stopped-up toilet in a dirty truck stop for everyone, Atlanta-based Wild Heaven Beer and Bulleit Bourbon gave us something tasty to help us cope with the mess. It was the boozy goodness we needed to round out a weird year...

A Bourbon Tasting Guide: How to Look for Taste Notes

<p>From memes to award-winning recipes, more and more people are discovering bourbon every day. Its popularity has driven distillers to pioneer craft distilleries all over the United States. It has driven the creation of farms that distill the libation … straight from the fields. </p>

One of bourbon’s oldest brands is releasing its first whiskey under a woman’s name March 25, 2021 Janet Patton

Old Forester, the original Brown-Forman brand that has seen a resurgence in popularity, is launching a new label. The 117 Series, which will hit shelves on March 24, will be first expression directed by Old Forester master taster Jackie Zykan and will be the first bottle to feature a woman’s signature...

9 of the Best Cheap Bourbons Under $30 March 24, 2021 by Tim McKirdy

With Pappy Van Winkle lotteries, barrel picks, and annual limited-edition releases garnering so much attention these days, it’s easy to forget about entry-level bourbon. But when you do explore the cheaper bottles of America’s native spirit...

Bottoms up! How to plan the ultimate bar crawl on Kentucky's Bourbon Trail March 23, 2021 by Dana McMahan

Remember bar crawls? As more people continued to get vaccinated against COVID-19, we’re inching closer and closer to a life that may not be exactly the same as it was before but is something we’ll relish all the more...

Jefferson’s Bourbon Releases Rye Cognac Cask Finish March 22, 2021 by Allyson Nichols

The double-barreled straight rye whiskey was fully matured prior to being finished in hand-selected Cognac casks for at least nine months in Kentucky. According to official tasting notes, the result is a unique taste profile with cinnamon and honey on the nose, spice,...

Four Roses releases commemorative bottle featuring Kentucky Derby Festival poster March 21, 2021 by CJ Daniels

Four Roses has released their special commemorative bottle celebrating this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival. The single barrel bourbon bottle features a miniature image of the 2021 Derby Festival official poster designed by Louisville artist Andy Perez...

Uncle Nearest Becomes Top-Selling African-American Owned Whiskey Brand March 17, 2021 by Robert Ham

After only four years of operation, Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey announced recently that it has become the best-selling African-American-owned and founded spirit brand in history...

Revived Bourbon Brand Pays Homage to Kentucky Lawmakers March 16, 2021 by Staff

Damon Thayer, a state senator from Georgetown, and business partner Andre Regard, a Lexington attorney, have revived a historic whiskey brand they intend to showcase examples of fine Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey — as well as pay homage to past Kentucky lawmakers...

Jefferson’s Bourbon Recently Launched Reserve Single Barrel 100 Proof March 15, 2021 by Hannah Kanik

Jefferson’s Bourbon recently launched Jefferson’s Reserve Single Barrel 100 Proof. The brand behind it is known for its innovative approach to maturing whiskey and is available on select shelves nationwide...

30 BEST BOURBON BRANDS AMERICA HAS TO OFFER March 11, 2021 by Alex Linde

The world of dark spirits can be a bit intimidating. However, bourbon, a type of whiskey, is an excellent place to start your journey. It has strict guidelines that must be adhered to, to bear the bourbon name...

The Best Bottles Of Bourbon Whiskey Between $90-$100 March 10, 2021 by Zach Johnston

Bottles of bourbon whiskey coming in at just under $100 dollars are sure to be special. When you can get pretty darn good stuff for about $30, bottles priced at more than triple that had better be worth it...

Barton 1792 Opens First New Whiskey Aging Warehouse Since 1963 March 10, 2021 by Robert Ham

Barton 1792 Distillery, said to be the oldest fully operational distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, recently rolled the first barrels into their new storage space, Warehouse 33. It’s the first new warehouse facility to be constructed at their headquarters since 1963...

Jamie Foxx Just Got His Own Bourbon Brand March 9, 2021 by Karen Hart

Jamie Foxx has done just about everything. Academy award, check. Golden Globe award, check. Grammy award, double check, and the list of awards goes on and on (via IMDb). Foxx is an artistic force that has made his name, talent, and presence known in the world of celebrity...

This Maker’s Mark commemorative bourbon bottle is the first of its kind March 9, 2021 by Janet Patton

Maker’s Mark has made dozens and dozens of special bottles over the years but this one is unique: Maker’s Mark is finally honoring a woman on the iconic red-waxed bourbon bottle. Co-founder Margie Samuels will be the first woman featured on a Maker’s Mark label, which she created 70 years ago...

Our Review Of ‘The World’s Best’ Bourbon Whiskey: W.L. Weller C.Y.P.B. March 8, 2021 by Christopher Osburn

If you have any interest in bourbon whiskey, you’ve probably heard the name Buffalo Trace. Even if you only know the brand from its $20 baseline bourbon expression — featuring a strutting, majestic bison on the label...

Chris Stapleton Teams Up With Buffalo Trace Distillery for Disaster Relief Auction March 6, 2021 by Tim Chan

Chris Stapleton is teaming up with Buffalo Trace Distillery and its popular E. H. Taylor brand to raise money for the ongoing relief efforts in Texas and Kentucky. Stapleton is auctioning off five autographed bottles of Buffalo Trace’s special “Bottled in Bond Single Barrel” ...

Evan Williams 2021 Bourbon Kentucky Derby Festival Bourbon Bottle Unveiled March 5, 2021 by Hannah Kanik

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience recently unveiled a special edition bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon for the upcoming 2021 Kentucky Derby Festival. The distillery has been an official sponsor of the festival for five years in a row...

New Lynxx Bourbon Aims To Focus On The Female Taste March 1, 2021 by Allyson Nichols

Emerging California-based distillery Lynxx Spirits recently announced the release of Lynxx Bourbon, a bourbon created with a focus on female taste preferences...

Ranking The Core Bottles Of Evan Williams Bourbon February 25, 2021 by Zach Johnston

Evan Williams bourbon is one of those whiskeys that feels like it’s everywhere. The line of budget bourbons from Heaven Hill is a rail standard, thanks to its accessible price point, availability, and taste. But there’s more than just one Evan Williams out there...

Y'all Are Still Sleeping on the New Maker's Mark Bourbon, One of the Best Whiskeys of Last Year February 22, 2021 by Will Price

LeBron James was dubbed The Chosen One in February of 2002, almost a year-and-a-half before he'd be drafted, and has been considered one of basketball's greatest players for much of his 18-year career...

The 9 Best Bourbons to Start Your Collection February 19, 2021 by Nate Gana

Bourbon whiskey was declared "America's native spirit" on May 4, 1964. This meant that true bourbon could only be produced in the U.S., and while it can be made anywhere in the country...

The 30 Best Bourbons for Every Budget (2021) February 18, 2021 by Tim McKirdy

Two decades into America’s historic bourbon boom and the category continues to evolve with no signs of slowing. As heritage distilleries experiment with enjoyable new expressions, the number and quality of craft producers only continue to grow. While there’s no disputing Kentucky’s status as the spirit’s heartland...

The Best Bottles Of Bourbon Whiskey Between $60-$70 February 16, 2021 by Zach Johnston

There’s no denying we’re getting into really good bourbon now. The top expressions in the $60 to $70 range are quality bottles of juice that deserve your attention and time. All ten of these whiskeys...

How to Avoid Overhyped and Overpriced Bourbon February 15, 2021 by Noah Rothbaum

Half Full columnist and whiskey authority Lew Bryson tried to answer this question in a recent article he wrote, which went viral. On this episode of the award-winning podcast Life Behind Bars,...

The Best Bottles Of Bourbon Whiskey Between $50-$60 February 11, 2021 by Zach Johnston

Our journey to find the best bourbon whiskey at every price point has landed us squarely in “the good stuff” zone. The bourbons in the $50 to $60 range tend to be unique across the board, while also still feeling like accessible expressions...

Rare Bourbon for the Masses: How Barrel Picks Became the Latest Craze in American Whiskey February 10, 2021 by Tim McKirdy

On a recent Thursday afternoon, Woodford Reserve master distiller Chris Morris and assistant master distiller Elizabeth McCall buckled up for a three-hour WebEx meeting with the Ohio Liquor Control Commission...

Whiskey Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 026 February 9, 2021 by Faith Raspante

Barrell Craft Spirits of Louisville, Kentucky is an independent blender of sourced whiskey and rum. In recent years they have been recognized for their unique blending expertise that has resulted in award winning whiskey...

12 Kentucky Distilleries All Bourbon Lovers Should Visit February 8, 2021 by Elizabeth Rhodes

Over 95% of the world's bourbon comes from nearly 70 distilleries in Kentucky's Bourbon Country. All of the big bourbon names are here — Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve, Maker's Mark, and Wild Turkey, among others...

Wild Turkey Takes You to Kentucky Bourbon Country Via Audio-Guided Tastings February 4, 2021 by Ian Zelaya

More than 2.5 million people have visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in the last five years. Naturally, the trail has gone cold the past several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has made it difficult for whiskey enthusiasts to go to their favorite distilleries in person...

Buffalo Trace releasing 20-year-old Double Eagle Very Rare Bourbon February 3, 2021 by The Lane Report

Buffalo Trace Distillery is releasing its 20-year-old Double Eagle Very Rare Bourbon, the third release in the series, which was introduced in 2019...

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