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NFL Great Charles Woodson Unveils New Bourbon Brand (The Fred Minnick Show) February 2, 2021 by Fred Minnick

On this episode of The Fred Minnick Show, Fred welcomes NFL great Charles Woodson. Woodson, who retired after the 2015 season following a career that included a Defensive Player of the Year Award...

Esquire Says the Best Bourbon is from Monmouth County, NJ Read More: Esquire Says the Best Bourbon is from Monmouth County | https://wobm.com/best-bourbon-asbury-park-nj/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral February 1, 2021 by Matt Ryan

Bourbon has a rich history. It's been distilled since the 18th century. And according to Esquire, the best bourbon can be found right in Monmouth County. Esquire went state-by-state identifying the best bourbon whiskey. Congratulations to Asbury Park Distilling Company! Their Double Barrel Bourbon was named tops in NJ. Esquire said...

The Best Bottles Of Bourbon Whiskey Between $30-$40 January 27, 2021 by Zach Johnston

Our quest to find the best bourbon whiskeys at every price range is getting interesting — with a lot of great bourbon expressions for under $40 per bottle. Between $30 and $40, you start getting really solid craft bourbons alongside the first rush of single barrel bottles. Amazingly, this is still very affordable...

Raising a Glass to Kentucky Bourbon Cake, a Boozy Southern Dessert That Stands the Test of Time January 26, 2021 by VinePair Staff

Back in the days before supermarkets and same-day delivery, chefs and bakers cooked with local ingredients. The Irish boiled potatoes, Georgians made peach pies, and bakers from Kentucky added a touch of bourbon to their desserts...

Whiskey Reviews: Thomas S. Moore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys January 21, 2021 by Kenji Mizumori

The Thomas S. Moore series of bourbons is a new part of the Barton 1792 distillery’s line up of whiskeys, which has been a cool brand to follow over time. The 1792 line has had several releases over the years, including a Full Proof, Single Barrel, Bottled in Bond and Port Barrel finish, among others...

Bartenders Name The Best Value Bourbon Whiskeys, Dollar For Dollar January 19, 2020 by Christopher Osburn

What does “value” mean to you? Importance? Utility? Those definitions certainly have a place. But when you’re talking about bourbon whiskey it’s a little more direct. It just comes down to quality-compared-to-price...

Top 10 spirits marketing moves in December 2020 January 13, 2021 by Owen Bellwood

Kentucky-based Buffalo Trace Distillery will continue its virtual tourism offering in 2021 after its live‐streamed Whisky Wednesday show reached more than 3.6 million viewers. Buffalo Trace has live‐streamed the Whiskey Wednesday programme on social media since 13 May...

Kentucky’s Barrell Bourbon Releases Limited Edition New Year 2021 Blend January 12, 2021 Robert Ham

Fresh on the heels of their final bottling of 2020, Kentucky’s Barrell Craft Spirits, best known for its Barrell Bourbon releases, has also been looking ahead with the release of their New Year 2021 Bourbon...

Tasty hot toddy recipes better than grandma’s old fashion cocktail January 12, 2021 by Cristine Struble

From the winter chill to a sore throat, many people swear by tasty hot toddy recipes. While grandma might have an old fashion cocktail preference, that classic cocktail has evolved over the years. From the first warm sip till the lingering sweetness, it is the cocktail that is always in fashion...

Buffalo Trace Waited Nearly Half a Century to Release This Rare Bourbon January 11, 2021 by Rachel Cormack

It’s a bourbon 41 years in the making, but it’s journey to the bottle was far from a straight path. The Last Drop Distillers has just released an ultra-rare Buffalo Trace whiskey that was distilled nearly half a century ago, and it has a backstory that is as equally complex as its touted flavor profile...

Bourbons Under $10 That Are Legitimately Worth Trying January 7th, 2020 by Zach Johnston

Is there a single “best cheap bourbon” out there? We don’t know. But we sure love the journey to find out. Seriously. That being said, there’s a sort of universal rule in booze that the cheaper the juice gets the less palatable it becomes. And less than $10 per bottle is fire-sale (and fire in your throat) cheap...

By Some Sorcery, Metallica Made Whiskey Taste Like How Their New Album Sounds January 7, 2021 by Justin Curto

Like many, I’ve spent a good chunk of quarantine getting into things I’d meant to for a while, among them metal and whiskey. I usually keep them separate — metal is my motivation on after-work runs, and a cocktail is the reward later in the night...

Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel, experience raise more than $15K for new animal shelter January 4th, 2021 by State Journal Staff

An auction for a barrel of Buffalo Trace bourbon and a distillery experience to benefit the Franklin County Humane Society raised more than $15,000 for a new animal shelter. Brandon Hunt, from Bourbon Charity — a nonprofit organization of more than 8,000 supporters headquartered in Chandler, Arizona...

KENTUCKY CAN SELL BOURBON WHISKEY ONLINE FOR THE FIRST TIME December 31, 2020 by BRANDON FRIEDERICH

Whiskey lovers nationwide will soon be able to buy bottles of Jim Beam, Bulleit, Wild Turkey and other Kentucky-distilled libations as easily as they can get goods off Amazon, thanks to new legislation...

How Ex-Bourbon Cask Finishing Can Improve Red Wine December 23, 2020 by Joseph V Micallef

In recent years the practice of maturing or finishing whiskeys in barrels that previously held wines, especially sweet wines, has become increasingly popular in the whiskey industry. Now some winemakers are returning the favor, by finishing their red wines in casks that previously held bourbon...

The Best Whiskey Subscription Boxes in 2021 December 23, 2020 by Steven John

Whether you’ve been sipping and studying Scotch for years, brooding over bourbon since back in the day, or if you don’t know rye from rosé or sour mash from sangria, the finest thing about fine whiskies is that there’s always more to learn and always new booze to discover...

Serious Whiskey Experts Name The Best Whiskeys To Give As A Gift December 21, 2020 by Zach Johnston

Finding the best whiskey to give as a gift is always daunting. There’s just so much of the beloved brown liquid on store shelves. Bottles you’ve been meaning to buy get lost in the mix and you end up settling for the tried and true...

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: The Best Bourbons Over $100 December 21, 2020 by Brad Japhe

Although 2020 was marked by unprecedented challenges, there is at least one segment of the economy that shows no signs of slowing: luxury liquor. It shouldn’t come as a surprise. According to a recent study by IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, “status spirits”...

I can’t stop talking about Bourbon marshmallows December 17, 2020 by Chef Babz Goldman Nartowicz

For months now, I have been talking to friends and family about the epic Bourbon marshmallows I enjoyed at a Christmas party years ago. These surprising treats made for a long-lasting impression despite the one-time appearance. But they were clearly the star of the evening’s food show...

Barton 1792 Distillery releases its first ultra-premium bourbon December 17, 2020 by Sarah Shadburne

Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, looks to define a new category of extended cask finished bourbon whiskeys with its first ever ultra-premium bourbon. Finishing spirits in special casks has been all the rage for local distillers this last year...

Next Round: Can Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Pinot Noir Create New Pinot Fans? December 16, 2020 by VinePair Staff

Airing between regular episodes of the VinePair Podcast, “Next Round” explores the ideas and innovations that are helping drinks businesses adapt in a time of unprecedented change. As the coronavirus crisis continues and new challenges arise,...

These Bourbon Glasses Are the Best Gift for Whiskey Drinkers December 15, 2020 by VinePair Staff

Few spirits can spark debates amongst the VinePair office as whiskey does. With so many different styles and profiles, everybody has a preferred type, producer, and even how it is served. One thing we can all agree on, though, is that we love bourbon...

What Whiskey Should You Pair To Music Genres? (The Fred Minnick Show) December 14, 2020 by Fred Minnick

It’s a Fred Minnick Show episode with just Fred doing his thing. He talks about buying bourbon gifts for family and friends based on their musical tastes. What musical genres do your loved ones prefer? Fred might just have the perfect pour to pair with their whiskey tastes. Better yet, what’s the best whiskey to pair with your favorite music?...

Ranking The Best Whiskeys (Across All Styles) That We Tried In 2020 December 13, 2020 by Zach Johnston

We get to drink a lot of whisk(e)y around these parts. Between the live tastings, Zoom tastings, blind tastings, rankings, and the fact that 2020 was a year that required a fair few “personal” tastings, we ended up sampling a boatload of bottles...

arton 1792’s New Thomas S. Moore Bourbons Go The Extended Cask Finishing Route December 10, 2020 by Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

The Barton 1792 Distillery, located in Kentucky, is owned by Sazerac and sometimes sits in the shadow of sibling and fellow Sazerac owned Buffalo Trace. Some amazing bourbons come out of here, however, as we’ve chronicled over the years, and now...

A Quick Guide to Kosher Whisky for Hanukkah December 10, 2020 by Kirk Miller

Just before the Jewish High Holidays began earlier this fall, I received an email noting that “Manchester Beth Din, the Jewish Ecclesiastical Court for Greater Manchester, visited the manufacturing plants of William Grant & Sons Ltd and have certified the following products are Kosher and Parev until May 31, 2021”...

Goose Island Released Three 'Secret' Versions of Bourbon County Stout This Year December 9, 2020 by Mike Pomranz

Goose Island Beer Company essentially created the now-ubiquitous style of barrel-aged stouts with their first Bourbon County Stout. Over two decades later, one of the reasons these Bourbon County Brand beers remain popular—beyond Goose Island’s commitment to quality control—is the brewery’s continued attempts at innovation...

Buffalo Trace Distillery to continue virtual tourism in 2021 December 9, 2020 by Lane Report

Businesses are pivoting during the COVID pandemic, including Buffalo Trace Distillery. When travel stalled in the spring because of safety concerns, this 245-year-old distillery and tourist destination turned to new media to ensure fans could still experience Kentucky’s top bourbon attraction...

A Whiskey Writer Names The Best Bottles Of Bourbon He’s Ever Tasted December 8, 2020 by Christopher Osburn

Picking favorites is tricky. As you gain more and more experience, your tastes shift. Everything becomes subjective. Perceptions are filtered through your imperfect memory and reshaped by nostalgia. Once you hit your mid-20s, even shouting out your most beloved movie or song is tough...

Jim Beam® Bourbon Is Spreading Kentucky Cheer Through A One-Of-A-Kind, Distillery-Inspired "Beam Snow Globe" Experience December 8, 2020 by Yahoo!

This year, the holidays will look very different for people hoping to gather safely with friends and family. That's why, during what's usually the most festive time at the Jim Beam® American Stillhouse, Jim Beam is bringing that Kentucky hospitality and holiday spirit to one lucky fan's home..

Everything You Need to Know About Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout in 2020 December 7, 2020 by Dustin Nelson

With all the bonus time spent indoors this year, you might have missed that we've fully transitioned into barrel-aged stout season. It's the perfect drink for a cold night inside. There are great ones at breweries all over the country, but the most recognizable is pretty easily Goose Island's classic...

Fudgy Bourbon Balls December 4, 2020 by Melissa Clark

This twist on a classic rum ball recipe substitutes chocolate cookies for the usual vanilla wafers, and features bourbon rather than rum...

Woodford Reserve is releasing its oldest bourbon ever for a one-time only bottle December 4, 2020 by Janet Patton

Brown-Forman’s Woodford Reserve is releasing its oldest bourbon ever but with a whole new look. The Woodford Reserve Very Fine Rare Bourbon is part of the limited edition 2020 Master’s Collection and is a one-time only product...

Four Roses Bourbon to expand visitor center December 3, 2020 by Tom Kenny

Four Roses Bourbon plans to expand and improve its visitor center at its distillery in Lawrenceburg. Officials say plans call for a new bar, four new tasting rooms, an updated gift shop and a large outdoor covered patio and cocktail area. Four Roses said in a statement that the visitor’s center will also offer interactive information about the history of its brand...

Upgraded James B. Beam Distilling Co. visitor experience to open summer 2021 December 2, 2020 by The Lane Report

The James B. Beam Distilling Co. expects to unveil an elevated consumer experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in late summer 2021. Moving forward, the James B. Beam Distilling Co. will pair its historic commitment to bourbon with an eye on the future to allow consumers to enjoy all its brands...

The Best Bourbons Of 2020, Ranked December 1, 2020 by Zach Johnston

Picking the absolute best bourbon of 2020 is an incredibly onerous task. There are a lot of great bourbon whiskeys out there. Tons. Seriously, soooo many. With new expressions dropping all the time. Naming one “the best” of them all is nothing more than a matter of opinion and personal taste at the end of the day...

Good Bourbon Gear Deals From Amazon For Cyber Monday November 30, 2020 by The Whiskey Wash

Cyber Monday is, well, this coming Monday. Another chance to score some good deals on whiskey lifestyle related stuff for the holidays, this time with a focus upon things for bourbon lovers (though these items for the most part will work for all lovers of whiskey)...

Your Sticky Toffee Pudding Needs an Orange Bourbon Sauce November 24, 2020 by Bridget Hallinan

Winter is all about cozy food. Big bowls of soups and stews, hot drinks, hearty casseroles and gratins—and for dessert, chef Brooke Williamson’s sticky toffee puddings definitely fit the bill...

Maker’s Mark releasing a bourbon like never before to help restaurant industry November 23, 2020 by Janet Patton

If you are looking for a way to support the restaurant and hospitality industry during the coronavirus pandemic, how about buying bourbon? Louisville chef Ed Lee, who co-founded The Let’s Empower Employment Initiative in 2017 to create a more diverse and equitable restaurant industry, is partnering with Maker’s Mark to offer something extraordinary...

We Asked Bartenders To Name Their Favorite Bourbons Under $100 November 23, 2020 by Christopher Osburn

If you’re a beginning bourbon drinker, you can easily pick up a few bottles in the $30-50 range that you’re sure to be happy with. Sip it over ice, mix it into an old fashioned, or even drink it neat. The joy of being a newcomer is that your expectations are significantly lower...

Whiskey Review: Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old (2020 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection) November 20, 2020 by Courtney Kristjana

Despite a pandemic throwing everything into chaos, Buffalo Trace Distillery has made sure to keep its schedule of releasing its Antique Collection this fall. 2020 marks the 20th anniversary since the first launch of this premium collection...

Thanksgiving recipes featuring Four Roses Bourbon November 19, 2020 by Laura Tolbert

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I always look forward to time spent with family and friends with delicious food, relaxation and football! I’m spotlighting some recipes from Chef Rick Rodgers that include Four Roses Bourbon...

Buffalo Trace releases 1995 vintage O.F.C. bourbon whiskey November 18, 2020 by Steve Rogers

In 1995, while Amazon sold its first book and and eBay made its debut as “AuctionWeb,” Buffalo Trace quietly distilled and tucked away its bourbon for 25 years, and now has something in store for the bourbon connoisseurs of 2020...

Whiskey Review: George T. Stagg Bourbon (2020 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection) November 17, 2020 by Courtney Kristjana

The pandemic, still in full rage, has filled 2020 with uncertainty across the country. Conversely, Buffalo Trace Distillery managed to give whiskey lovers and collectors the gift of certainty they look forward to each year by releasing the Antique Collection...

The World’s Best Bourbon Whiskey: 2020 New Releases November 16, 2020 by Brad Japhe

Can you believe it’s that season again, already? You know the one: when folks like me start looking back at the best bottles of the year; taking inventory, making lists. It feels more trivial this time around, of course...

This bourbon cider cocktail is the perfect way to kick off Thanksgiving week November 13, 2020 by Madeline Buiano

There's no denying the fact that this year has been stressful, and with the holidays quickly approaching you're probably feeling that stress amplify. In between curating your ideal Thanksgiving menu, don't forget to give some thought to the cocktail list...

Gifting from Afar? The Best Whiskeys to Order Online Right Now November 13, 2020 by Will Price

Cross-country travel for the holidays will be down this year, but that doesn't mean you can't have the goods delivered. Ordering booze online has been around in some form for years, but it's come into its own during the pandemic...

Tasting: 3 W.L. Weller Bourbon Whiskeys (Antique 107, 12 Year, Full Proof) November 12, 2020 by Jim Vorel

How does one even make an attempt to objectively discuss something like the W.L. Weller lineup of bourbons? Buffalo Trace’s wheated bourbon mash bill has been inflated with such rampant hype that these once widely available, high-value whiskeys have been utterly sucked into the gravitational field generated by Pappy Van Winkle, perhaps never to return again...

New York’s Kings County Distillery Offers Up A 7 Year Old Bourbon November 11, 2020 by Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Kings County Distillery, located in New York City, has been around for a decade, having been founded in 2010. As it celebrates its 10th year, it has launched the first in a series of “rare and superlative single barrel whiskeys,” taking the form of a seven year old single barrel bourbon...

Chasing down Pappy Van Winkle, the world's most coveted bourbon November 11, 2020 by CBS News

Kentucky's limestone water is too good not to be used in good bourbon. Which may be why there are two barrels of bourbon for every person who lives there – although in the wake of the election, some of those are likely emptied by now...

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