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Next Round: Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Is Replanting White Oak Forests, and It’s Not a Marketing Gimmick November 10, 2020 by VinePair Staff

In this episode of “Next Round,” VinePair CEO and founder Adam Teeter speaks to Ed Bello of Bulleit Bourbon and Eric Sprague of American Forests. While an unlikely pair, Bulleit recently teamed up with American Forests...

We Asked 11 Bartenders: What’s the Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon? November 8, 2020 by Ashlie Hughes

The discerning whiskey drinker recognizes “bonded” as a trusted designation of quality. Since 1897, when Congress enacted the Bottled-in-Bond Act, whiskey labeled as “BIB” must be made by one distiller from a single distillery, within one distilling season, and aged for a minimum of four years in a bonded warehouse...

How to drink bourbon, according to the experts November 5, 2020 by Mark Chacksfield

Bourbon is in rude health right now. Recent barrel counts suggest that over 2 million barrels were filled with the good stuff in 2019. What you have is a spirit that’s holding its own against the likes of gin. While we are (still) in the midst of Covid-19, distillers are adapting to make sure their drinks are getting to consumers...

Buffalo Trace Continues Its Estate Bourbon Project With New Corn Harvest November 4, 2020 by Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Kentucky bourbon distillery heavyweight Buffalo Trace, since 2014/2015, has been making use of some of the acreage from its large campus to grow its own corn. The expressed purpose of this is to eventually release its own estate bourbon...

Get 25% off These Bourbon Tasting Glasses Today Only November 4, 2020 by VinePair Staff

As we move into colder, darker days, there’s really no lovelier nightcap than a glass of bourbon. The vanilla and brown sugar notes, the hint of spice, the silky texture are all exactly what we need at the end of a chilly day. Whether it’s Wild Turkey,..

Longbranch bourbon, flavorful connections are just a cocktail glass away November 2, 2020 by Cristine Struble

While America’s spirit can be quite diverse, Longbranch bourbon weaves tradition and nuance into a delightful spirit that often surprises the bourbon drinker. Made by Wild Turkey, ...

Bartenders Share Their Favorite High Wheat Whiskeys And Wheated Bourbons November 2, 2020 by Christopher Osburn

By now, you’re likely well-acquainted with corn-based whiskey. September was National Bourbon Heritage Month, and we committed to it pretty. damn. hard. So you might already know that one of the parameters for a whiskey being referred to as bourbon is that its mash bill must be comprised of at least 51% corn...

Buffalo Trace adds ginger ale, ginger beer to Freddie’s Old Fashioned Soda lineup October 30, 2020 by Jake Kratzenberg

Buffalo Trace Distillery is announcing two new offerings in Freddie’s Old Fashioned Soda line. Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer join the lineup, which launched with Freddie’s Root Beer in 2019...

Bulleit Bourbon Sustainability Efforts Featured on Season Three of Tomorrow's World Today October 28, 2020 by PR Newswire

Bourbon connoisseurs know Bulleit for its bold, spicy flavor and smooth, clean finish. They may not know the whiskey company's commitment to sustainability, which includes using local, natural resources to make the bourbon that goes in every barrel...

Tasting the Old Charter Oak Series with Joshua Steely of Buffalo Trace (Bourbon Pursuit Podcast #276) October 27, 2020 by Bourbon Pursuit

Joshua Steeley, Marketing Director for Bourbon at Buffalo Trace, joins the show to cover the Old Charter Oak series. It’s a line extension that focuses on the effect different types of oak have on the bourbon. We’re talking oak harvested from all over the world and some of the oak being hundreds of years old.

ANGEL'S ENVY® Releases Limited-Edition 2020 Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished In Port Barrels In All 50 States October 27, 2020 by Angel's Envy

ANGEL'S ENVY® the Louisville-based craft distiller that produces small batch, finished whiskeys, today announced the limited-edition release of ANGEL'S ENVY 2020 Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels. Just 17,400 bottles of the 120.4-proof (60.2% ABV) limited offering will be available at select retailers in all 50 U.S. states...

A new bourbon is coming out with big names linked to it, including Nike’s Air Force 1 October 23, 2020 by Janet Patton

Master distiller Jim Rutledge is back. The former Four Roses guru, who guided that historic bourbon brand from bottom shelf obscurity back to premium status, has partnered with Nike shoe designer and other bourbon fans to bring out a new label, Blue Run...

This Bourbon-Colored Denim Jacket Is Very Rare October 22, 2020 by John Zeitek

New York designer Todd Snyder collaborated with Legent Bourbon to create a limited-edition denim jacket. Because Legent melds the Kentucky distilling tradition with Japanese blending expertise, Snyder chose to craft the classic jacket in whiskey-colored Japanese denim...

The Best Limited Edition Whiskeys To Chase Down Right Now October 22, 2020 by Zach Johnston

Limited edition whiskeys aren’t a single thing. That’s what makes them fun to get into. Some “limited edition” whiskeys are simply regular expressions in a special bottle with the exact same juice that’s inside a standard release...

These Are the 21 Best Whiskey Bourbons You Can Buy October 20, 2020 by Paul Kita

When it comes to America's favorite pastime, there's no shortage of contenders. Baseball? Jazz? Taking movies we vaguely enjoyed from the '80s and '90s and rebooting them every three years into all manner of miniseries, Broadway musicals, and endlessly expanding cinematic universes until everything is just a copy of a copy of a copy?...

Jim Beam reveals Lineage travel-retail exclusive expression October 19, 2020 by Elena Dimama

im Beam Bourbon is rolling out batched premium expression Lineage exclusively to travel retail in 2021. The whiskey is the first collaboration between Jim Beam’s seventh and eighth generation family distillers, Master Distiller Fred Noe and his son Freddie. Lineage is the first bourbon in the Jim Beam portfolio to feature Freddie Noe’s name...

Oak & Eden’s Bourbon & Vine is the Perfect Fall Spirit October 16, 2020 by Oak & Eden

For those not familiar with how whiskey is made, here’s a basic breakdown of how it works. A grain (corn, rye, barley, or wheat) is crushed, heated, and distilled. The outcome of this process is a clear, virtually flavorless spirit called “white dog.”...

Michter’s 25 Year Bourbon Returns After A Brief Hiatus October 14, 2020 by Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

The Michter’s brand has some incredibly old stocks of American whiskey in its Kentucky aging warehouses and only on occasion does its distilling team, led by master distiller Dan McKee, determine it is time for a new bottling run from this limited inventory...

Tasting: All 3 Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batches of 2020 (A120, B520, C920) October 13, 2020 by Jim Vorel

As many of us look to put the hardships and low points of 2020 behind us, hoping that 2021 will provide at least somewhat smoother sailing, whiskey fans can at least be thankful for a trifecta of scintillating cask strength bourbon releases in the form of this year’s three Elijah Craig Barrel Proof batches...

Maker's Mark, Hulu Collab on TV Show-inspired Cocktail Ads October 12, 2020 by Ethan Jakob Craft

Maker's Mark has teamed up with Hulu to showcase its bourbon through a collection of ad vignettes, each focused on crafting a gourmet, whiskey based...

Newest Penelope Bourbon Gets Unusual Rosé Cask Finish October 9, 2020 by Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Finishing whisk(e)y of any stripe in some other type of cask then what it aged in is a fairly common practice these days across a good part of the industry. Doing so, and doing it well, provides for extra nuances of desirable flavors in the final product...

Bartenders Name The Best Bourbon Whiskeys For Scotch Whisky Fans October 7, 2020 by Christopher Osburn

While there’s no reason you can’t enjoy both, there’s a good chance you’re either a single malt scotch or a bourbon drinker. Whiskey novices might not always be able to tell the difference between the two, but to true whiskey fans, these two branches of the whiskey family tree couldn’t be more different...

Van Winkle Bourbon 2020 Annual Release Coming Soon October 7, 2020 by The Lane Report

Fans of the highly anticipated Van Winkle line of bourbons will be excited to learn the annual release is coming soon. Yields from the barrels are typically low due to evaporation during the long aging cycle, and this year is no exception...

Angel’s Envy Readies Its 2020 Cask Strength Kentucky Bourbon October 6, 2020 by Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Angel’s Envy, each year around this time, gets ready to send to market its premium Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished In Port Barrels. Normally the most exclusive offering the distillery offers, it has been overshadowed somewhat by the Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished In Japanese Mizunara Oak Casks...

What's the Difference Between Bourbon and Whiskey? October 6, 2020 by Lauren Hubbard

The perpetually quotable Mark Twain once said, "Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough." It's a sentiment that has certainly echoed through time—the word itself comes through various Celtic interpretations of the Latin phase aqua vitae, “water of life.”...

8 Bourbon & Ryes You Should Drink This Fall [It’s Bourbon Night] October 5, 2020 by It's Bourbon Night

Here’s 8 Bourbon & Ryes that we feel perfectly sum up the feelings of fall in our area. What Bourbon & Ryes will you be drinking this season?..

Best Bourbon Of The 21st Century: 5 Takeaways October 1, 2020 by Fred Minnick

When creating my Best Bourbon of the Century So Far list, I had to go through 15 years worth of notes and think about all the wonderful bourbons I’ve tasted. Tough job, I know, but somebody’s gotta do it...

How Kentucky’s Craft Bourbon Distilleries Are Navigating the Pandemic September 29, 2020 by Jake Emen

Visitors walking into the Four Roses visitor’s center in late August were welcomed by a Kentucky Bourbon Trail sign reading “stave 6 ft apart.” Clever, I think. Immediately upon entering the building, a greeter explains that the retail store is open but they’re not currently offering any tours or tastings...

WOLVERINE TEAM FOR BOOZY BOOT COLLAB September 29, 2020 by Brandon Friederich

Wolverine's time-tested 1000 Mile silhouette, which was first launched in 1917, serves as the base for the collab. The heel is bolstered with a custom-cut piece of bourbon barrel that was carefully installed beneahth brown Horween Chromexcel leather to show off the wood's texture...

Ask Adam: Can Cooking With Bourbon Actually Improve a Dish? September 28, 2020 by Adam Teeter

The short answer is, yes. Just as cooking with wine or beer can add a depth of flavor and nuance to certain dishes, so, too, can cooking with bourbon. Plus, cooking with it means you can also enjoy a glass on the side as well...

How Bourbon Barrel-Aged Products Became Irresistible to Americans September 25, 2020 by Tim McKirdy

Perhaps it’s time we rethink the term “bourbon barrels.” After all, the charred oak vessels that fill rickhouses in Kentucky and across the country can house bourbon only once by law. And aging bourbon is typically only the first, sometimes briefest, stop on an otherwise epic journey...

Old Forester Celebrates 150-Year-History with Limited-Edition Bourbon Release September 24, 2020 by PR Newswire

In 1870, George Garvin Brown changed the spirits industry forever when he sealed and sold his whisky – Old Forester – exclusively in a glass bottle. Each bottle was adorned with his signature, a personal guarantee of the brand's quality and consistency...

The 15 Best New Bourbons You Should Be Drinking Right Now September 23, 2020 by Jonah Flicker

As if we needed another reason to drink bourbon, September happens to be National Bourbon Heritage Month. Distilleries often time some of their most high profile releases to coincide with this celebration of our beloved “distinctive product of the United States,” as designated by a 1964 congressional resolution. For those who might need a refresher, there are certain specifications that bourbon has to meet...

The Best Bargains In Bourbon—According To Bartenders September 23, 2020 by Brad Japhe

We’ve said it many times before, but that won’t stop us from saying it again: you don’t need to spend a lot to get your hands on great bourbon. In fact, if you are paying an arm and a leg for your favorite liquor, you’re probably doing it wrong...

Easy-Drinking Whiskey Cocktails to Toast the End of Summer September 21, 2020 by Clay Whittaker

Summer comes to an end at different times in different places—and at different times for different people. Seasonal transitions can pose some problems, particularly when trying to slap together a no-hassle cocktail or two. So we did the work for you with three easy whiskey cocktails...

New Bourbon Distillery To Break Ground On Way To Bardstown September 18, 2020 by Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

The greater region around Bardstown, Kentucky is truly a hot spot for lovers of all things bourbon, particularly given the concentration of whiskey distilleries around the area. Now a new operation is looking to set up shop there, with plans being set in motion to locate a distillery right off of I-65 at the Clermont/Bardstown exit...

24 Defining Moments in the History of Bourbon September 18, 2020 by Liam Eisenberg

Bourbon used to be so simple: A humble, economically priced spirit from Kentucky. You could drink it neat, or with ice, maybe even mixed with soda — it needn’t be fetishized. Over two centuries of existence, bourbon had its ups and downs, but it was always reliably there. Often less than 20 bucks a bottle too, whether you favored Jim or Jack or even one of the “Olds” (Crow, Grand-Dad, Weller)...

Sazerac Brands named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world September 17, 2020 by Lane Report

Two whiskeys produced by the Sazerac Company, Stagg Jr. (128.4 proof) and Paul John Mithuna, have been named the second and third finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, by esteemed whisky reviewer Jim Murray in his “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2021.” In total, nine whiskeys from Sazerac received top honors in their category, including eight produced at its Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky...

The Biggest Innovators in Kentucky Bourbon September 16, 2020 by Jake Emen

There’s a misconception that in Kentucky bourbon country, there’s nothing but a bunch of good ol’ boys cranking out the same whiskey their distilleries have been making for generations. In reality, it’s a world ripe with innovation from players big and small...

Newest Kentucky Owl Bourbon Targets $1,000 Price Range September 15, 2020 by Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

The Kentucky Owl bourbon brand, as we’ve tracked over the years, began as a cult label one could only acquire if living in Kentucky. It remained in a very limited type status until acquired by Stoli in 2017...

Ask Adam: Why Do Some Bourbons Not Include Age Statements? September 15, 2020 by Adam Teeter

Age statements are a tricky beast. When it comes to bourbon, we love the idea of drinking something with a bit of age on it, but often age alone is not what creates the most delicious liquid. Let me explain...

Thirsty? These 20+ bourbon distilleries are offering socially-distanced tours in Kentucky September 14, 2020 by George Reed

Bourbon. Kentucky's native spirit. There's no better way to celebrate during National Bourbon Heritage Month than to learn a bit more about the many distilleries that call Kentucky home...

Pinhook Bourbon’s Newest Release Heralds From Castle & Key September 12, 2020 by Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

The Pinhook Bourbon brand is a non-distilling producer label started in Kentucky in 2010. Its stated mission is “to bring the concept of vintages to bourbon and celebrate the tradition of Kentucky horse racing.”...

2020 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Whiskeys Get Announced September 9, 2020 by Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

We are now entering the heart of the 2020 season for the fall collector’s cycle of all things American whiskey. One of the major anticipated announcements around this time is the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, highlighting an annual range of higher end bottlings from this venerable distillery that, while officially pricing around $99 per 750 ml...

Our Favorite Bourbons For Mixing Up Classic Cocktails September 9, 2020 by Zach Johnston

Mixing a great cocktail takes a great base spirit. Look at it this way — the cheaper and thinner your base, the cheaper and thinner the cocktail is going to be. That’s not to say you can’t make a solid bourbon cocktail with an inexpensive bourbon. You certainly can. It’s more that if you want your...

Ask Adam: Can Bourbon Be Aged in Barrels Other Than American Oak? September 8, 2020 by Adam Teeter

Bourbon is America’s native spirit, and also currently our most popular one. Given these facts, one might assume that to make bourbon, only newly charred American oak barrels will do, but this is a common misconception...

A Bottle Hunter’s Guide to Fall’s Best Limited-Release American Whiskies September 5, 2020 by Richard Thomas

Autumn is almost upon us, and the season brings with it more than fall colors, Halloween, and cooler temperatures. For American whiskey fans, fall is the prime bottle-hunting season of the year, when most of the hottest names in American whiskey hit store shelves — only to disappear almost instantly...

The Most Underrated Bourbons You Can Buy Right Now September 2, 2020 by Zach Johnston

Finding the best bottle of bourbon isn’t a hard task. There’s a lot of the stuff on the shelf and a lot of it is good with a fair amount being damn good if not great. It’s a good time to be a bourbon drinker is what we’re getting at...

Sweetens Cove: This celebrity-backed premium Tennessee bourbon set for second release September 2, 2020 by Jennifer Chandler

The second release of premium Tennessee bourbon Sweetens Cove hits Memphis liquor stores this month. A limited-batch of Sweetens Cove will be available in select Memphis stores starting Sept. 8...

What’s Fueling the Billion-Dollar Bourbon Boom? August 31, 2020 by Tim McKirdy

Describing the surge in popularity of bourbon over the past two decades as a “boom” implies there may also be a “bust” somewhere on the horizon. At this point in time, that seems highly unlikely...

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