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Blanton’s Newest U.S. Release: Straight From The Barrel August 30, 2020 by Neat Pour Staff

Brace for another round of debate followed by some secondary market shenanigans. Buffalo Trace Distillery announced that Blanton’s Straight From The Barrel (SFTB) will be available in the United States this fall...

Four Roses’ 2020 Limited Edition Small Batch Has A 19 Year Old Bourbon In The Mix August 27, 2020 by Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

The yearly debut of the Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon from Four Roses is always a highly anticipated release from this popular Kentucky bourbon distillery. Each offering tends to showcase a mix of the 10 distinct whiskey recipes Four Roses is known for. For this year’s offering, there are four being made use of, one of which is a 19 year old bourbon...

The Six Bottles Of Bourbon Everyone Should Have At Home (And Why You Should Have Them) August 26, 2020 by Zach Johnston

A great all-around bottle of bourbon is illusive. Some bourbons are crafted to be used in cocktails while others are specifically made for sipping. That means you generally need to have more than one bottle on hand. We’d argue that you really need six bottles of bourbon on your shelf...

This Is the Difference Between Bourbon and Whiskey August 26, 2020 by Margaret Eby

If you’re not someone who drinks a lot of brown liquor, the difference between bourbon and whiskey might not seem all that apparent. After all, both bourbon and whiskey are brown liquids—they look about the same...

Breaking Down The Award-Winning American Whiskeys From American Whiskey Masters 2020 August 24, 2020 by Zach Johnston

We’re deep into whiskey awards season. That means we’re also getting into more niche awards where small groups of experts gather to taste and award spirits their medals of honor. In this case, an industry publication, The Spirits Business, has gathered two expert judges to declare The American Whiskey Masters of 2020...

Kentucky Bourbon Festival Goes Virtual For 2020 August 21, 2020 by Whiskey Wash

The ongoing saga that is the global coronavirus pandemic has brought havoc this year to much of the global whisk(e)y industry, signature events for both trade and consumers included. One of the latest to be impacted in this way is the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival which, for its 29th edition, will be going virtual October 15-18.

Woodford Reserve creates Spectacle for the Senses August 19, 2020 by Melita Kiely

Woodford Reserve is a sponsor of the Kentucky Derby. The brand’s new Spectacle for the Senses campaign aims to showcase the Bourbon as a ‘multi-sensory drinking experience’. Woodford Reserve partnered with creative agency Energy BBDO to create the campaign...

Our Tasting Notes On The World’s Best Bourbon, According To The International Wine And Spirits Competition August 18, 2020 by Christopher Osburn

Every few years, we’re told about some new “greatest whiskey in the world.” This was the case back in 2015, when a lesser-known Taiwanese whisky, Kavalan Vinho Barrique, was named the best single malt on earth...

Pandemic whiskey: Shutdown couldn’t stop Maker’s Mark most complicated bourbon yet August 18, 2020 by Janet Patton

Fans of the premium bourbon Maker’s Mark know that while the distillery issues a lot of different bottles, it makes very few whiskeys. There’s the original bourbon, which is now available in a cask-strength version as well, and Maker’s Mark 46, which is celebrating 10 years on the market...

The World’s Best Bourbon—According To The International Wine And Spirits Competition August 16, 2020 by Brad Japhe

Last week the International Wine And Spirits Competition revealed the results of their annual tasting panel. In most major categories, anyway (for the scotch rankings we’ll have to wait patiently until September)...

Buffalo Trace to meet Bourbon demand in several years August 13, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

The distillery’s owner, Sazerac, pledged the investment, which will be phased over the course of a decade, in 2018. Buffalo Trace said it is currently in the middle of the investment and has made “great strides” in the past year. According to Kris Comstock, senior marketing director, consumer demand for Buffalo Trace’s whiskeys continues to increase, despite the company’s move to boost production...

Bourbon is booming. What comes next? August 13, 2020 by Aspen Grender

Between 1919 and 1933, Prohibition forced the closure of distilleries across Kentucky, delivering a death knell for most bourbon businesses and sending countless others underground as bootleg producers (a handful would continue to sell spirits legally “for medicinal purposes only”)...

Top 10 award-winning American whiskeys August 11, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

There were a variety of expressions tasted, from flavoured bottlings and Tennessee whiskey to Bourbon and rye. Judges awarded each expression fairly with Silver, Gold or Master medals. To celebrate the brands that scored the top accolades of Gold and Master medals, we have rounded up some of the tasting notes that judges said about each expression...

The Buffalo Wild Wings Whiskey Might Actually Be A ‘Must Buy’ Bottle August 10, 2020 by Zach Johnston

Finding a special bottle of bourbon has never been easier. There are scores of refined, fascinating expressions on the market these days. We’re talking about “value” bottles, affordable bottles, indie bottles, splurges… we could go on. The category is expanding rapidly in multiple directions...

Kentucky Bourbon Festival to be held virtually amid COVID-19 pandemic August 8, 2020 by WDRB

Some famous Master Distillers will be taking part in the Kentucky Bourbon Festival this year, but you'll only be able to meet them online. Every year, thousands of people from Kentucky and around the world converge on Bardstown for the festival. But despite attempts to plan an event that was at least partially in person, organizers decided to make the entire festival virtual...

This Bourbon Was Just Named The Best Value In All Of Whiskey—Get It While You Still Can August 6, 2020 by Brad Japhe

As reported earlier in the week, the Ultimate Spirits Competition just published its annual list of top-scoring entries. The winners are divided across 15 different categories of liquor, everything from baijiu to brandy; all evaluated on a scale of 1-100. But in addition to the esteemed ‘Chairman’s Trophy’—bestowed upon the highest scores in each classification...

Buffalo Trace Releases Hand-picked Single Barrel Select Bourbon August 5, 2020 by Raj Prashad

For more than 200 years, Buffalo Trace Distillery has crafted and aged award-winning spirits, including its ever-popular bourbon. That’s why the largest sports bar brand in the United States, Buffalo Wild Wings, is releasing a limited amount of hand-picked Single Barrel Select Bourbon at sports bars across Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Nevada and California...

Woodford Reserve unveils $1,000 Mint Julep program for Derby 146 August 4, 2020 by Erica Bivens

Woodford Reserve unveiled its $1,000 Mint Julep program for Derby 146 on Monday morning, during a virtual call with reporters. It’s been 50 years since Jockey Diane Crump became the first female to ride in The Kentucky Derby. This year’s Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program celebrates that milestone...

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon Review August 3, 2020 by Jim Vorel

Twice-barreled whiskeys have been a popular trend for limited releases in the bourbon and rye world for a while now, to the extent that we’ve tasted lineups of them in the past, but that doesn’t mean every distillery has already jumped on that particular bandwagon...

The Best Bargains In Bourbon Whiskey July 30, 2020 by Brad Japhe

Would you like to know the biggest secret in all of bourbon? Okay, it’s more of an open secret, really. But let’s just tackle it head-on: great American whiskey should not cost all that much. In fact, time and again, in blind tastings, the ‘cheap’ everyday stuff competes favorably against some of the priciest bottles in the business...

Virtual Great Buffalo Chase 5K sets record for number of participants July 29, 2020 by State Journal Staff

Runners from all 50 states and seven countries — 1,124, to be exact — participated in Buffalo Trace Distillery’s 19th annual Great Buffalo Chase 5K held virtually over the July 4th weekend. In addition to setting the record for the number of participants, the race also raised more than $21,000 for Frankfort’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post...

Tasting: Two Barrell Bourbon Private Release Whiskeys July 29, 2020 by Jim Vorel

A few months ago, I tasted a duo of unique rum blends from Barrell, a company far better known for its blends of well-aged bourbon. Those two rums hailed from the company’s “Private Release” collection, which is an ultra-small scale operations wherein the distillery marries sourced rums from all over in unique finishing casks...

Old Fitzgerald 2020 Spring Bottled In Bond Version Debuts As 9 Year Old July 29, 2020 by Nino Marchetti

The Spring 2020 Edition of the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has arrived from Heaven Hill, slightly delayed it seems like. It continues a few years trend now of the popular Kentucky distillery’s twice annual series of a special bottled in bond release in a special old school style decanter, marking the 5th such bottling in this regard...

New Elijah Craig Bourbon Goes The Toasted Barrel Route July 28, 2020 by Nino Marchetti

The Elijah Craig brand has long been a surefire winner in Kentucky bourbon sales for parent distillery Heaven Hill. It is thus something the powers that be there don’t seem to usually monkey with too much in terms of major product changes, with perhaps the most notable exception to this being last year’s rye whiskey variant debut...

Are You Holding Your Mint Julep Correctly? Probably Not. July 27, 2020 by Michelle Tchea

Many large, international sporting events have been canceled by the Covid virus. While many non-sports fans would not even finch to this news, it is sad to see the Olympics in Tokyo postponed to next year, the Euro 2020 and also many Tennis Grand Slams being pushed back or canceled...

These bourbons are all about aging gracefully July 27, 2020 by Charles Passy

The back story: Americans can’t get enough bourbon of late — to the point that some labels have had trouble keeping pace with demand. And these days, there’s particular thirst among bourbon cognoscenti for ones that are aged many more years than the norm...

We Tasted Four ‘Vintage’ Whiskeys Made By A Wine Sommelier July 24, 2020 by GABRIELLE NICOLE PHARMS

Is there a best age for bourbon? 12 years is often cited as ideal. After that, things get pretty oaky. Fans of Eagle Rare 17 would beg to differ, of course, and super old expressions certainly have their (very rich) aficionados. Unaged whiskeys have made a comeback in recent years, too...

Calling All Cocktail Aficionados: Elijah Craig Bourbon and Deep Eddy Vodka Now Available in Drinkworks Home Bar System July 22, 2020 by Globe Newswire

Beverage innovation company Drinkworks® and spirits company Heaven Hill Brands today announced a partnership to develop cocktails for use in the Drinkworks Home Bar system. Through the new licensing agreement, consumers will be able to enjoy signature Elijah Craig Bourbon and Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails from Drinkworks Pods, with the initial selection expected to hit the market in late 2020...

Kentucky’s Bluegrass Distillers Launches Its First Bottled In Bond Bourbon July 22, 2020 by Nino Marchetti

Bluegrass Distillers, located in Lexington, Kentucky, was founded back in 2012, one of the early risers in that state’s craft distillery movement. They’ve already released a number of American whiskeys to market and now, as a general coming of age for an increasing number of craft whiskey makers nationwide, they’ve announced their first bottled in bond offering...

This Is Now The World’s Most Expensive Bourbon July 20, 2020 by Brad Japhe

Over the past decade, Michter’s Distillery has helped revolutionize the market for premium American whiskey. At the turn of the 21st Century few drinkers were shelling out hundreds of dollars for a bottle of bourbon. Or even anywhere near that amount for rye...

792 bourbons receive first place medals at 2020 International Whisky Competition July 17, 2020 by Lane Report

Two 1792 bourbons earned first place titles at the 2020 International Whisky Competition. With 91.2 points, 1792 Full Proof was named the Best Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey, and with 90.3 points, 1792 Single Barrel was named Best Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey...

Lexington Legends release “Battle of the Bourbon Trail” schedule July 15, 2020 by Bryan Kennedy

Baseball fans now know the “Battle of the Bourbon Trail” will kick off in just a few weeks on August 1. On Tuesday, the Legends released the schedule of games set to be played against the two teams out of Florence.

Best Things To Do in North Texas This Weekend — Drive-In Concerts, Corn Dog Pop-Ups, and More Virtual Tastings July 15, 2020 by Megan Ziots

From corn dog pop-ups to drive-in concerts and virtual dinner events, there’s much to do — socially distanced and outdoors — this North Texas weekend...

Michter's Bourbon Barrel Fetches Over US$209,000 at London Charity Auction, Sets Record July 14, 2020 by PR Newswire

A private barrel selection bottling of Michter's 10 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon sold for £166,000 (US$209,462) at a charity auction in London on Sunday, July 12th. "This is the highest price ever paid at an auction for a single barrel of Bourbon anywhere in the world, far exceeding previous records," said Justin Sloan, Co-Founder of Justins' House of Bourbon...

Knob Creek Rounds Out Return Of Age Statements With 15-Year-Old July 13, 2020 by Neat Pour Staff

Back in the 2016, the exploding demand for American Whiskey forced Knob Creek to eliminate age statements from their labels. Unfortunately, around the same time, an increasingly educated customer base began paying attention—lots of attention—to age statements...

Bardstown Bourbon Co. launches free virtual 360 tour of state-of-the-art distillery July 9, 2020 by The Lane Report

The Bardstown Bourbon Company will become the first Nelson County bourbon distillery to launch a complete virtual 360 tour of its entire grounds and facilities online and free to the public. Created in response to state-mandated closures due to COVID-19, this enchanting, interactive and educational experience allows viewers to visually adventure throughout the groundbreaking facilities...

Finding Common Language In Whiskey Reviews Through Machine Learning July 9, 2020 by Nino Marchetti

When one reads a whiskey review published anywhere online, including ours, you notice an awful lot of unique descriptors being used for tasting notes. The likes of smoke, coal dust, fine leather, dark berry fruit and coffee grounds are typical of some of the sometimes exotic word choices being used...

6-millionth Trace barrel raises more than $1 million for charity July 7, 2020 by Steve Rogers

In May 2019, Buffalo Trace Distillery chose 378 charities to receive special edition bottles from the six millionth barrel of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The whiskey filled 375ml bottles was exclusively distributed to non-profit organizations in the United States to raise funds for charities...

Check Out The Winners Of This Year’s International Whisky Competition July 1, 2020 by Emily Price

For the first time in its history the International Whiskey Competition has awarded its coveted “Whiskey of the Year” award to a blend created by a woman. Stephanie Macleod, the Master Blender for John Dewar and Sons is the first woman to blend a Whiskey of the Year. This year’s winner is John Dewar and Sons Double Double 32 Year Old. The whisky scored 96.4 points in the competition...

The Perfect Bourbon BBQ Sauce Recipe For Your Summer Grilling July 1, 2020 by Zach Johnston

For most of us, pulling a bottle of “bourbon barbecue sauce” off the grocery store shelf is the easy play come 4th of July. Who cares that the first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup? It’s simple. Simple is good these days...

It’s Bourbon Night: The Best Value Bourbon Around 100 Proof June 30, 2020 by It's Bourbon Night

All of these bourbons (when adjusted for prices of a 750ml) are under $20 in our area and hopefully yours, too! What’s better is they are all quite tasty which means they are all a solid value. So, when push comes to shove, which one would come out on top? Let’s find out. We’re blind tasting Wild Turkey 101, Evan Williams Bottled in Bond, Early Times Bottled in Bond and Old Grand-Dad Bonded...

13 All-American Cocktails For July 4th Weekend—and Beyond June 29, 2020 by Karla Alindahao

In the summer of 2014, I became a United States citizen, which I consider the greatest accomplishment of my life. Believe me, it wasn’t easy: Everything was under scrutiny. The path to citizenship is a years–long process that first requires you to become a permanent resident...

Diageo Takes Stride Towards Climate Change Goal with First Carbon Neutral Distillery June 29, 2020 by PR Newswire

Global beverage leader Diageo announced today that its new Kentucky whiskey distillery, which will distill Bulleit, is expected to be carbon neutral – one of the largest in North America, and a first for Diageo. Reinforcing Diageo's global commitment to reducing its carbon emissions and addressing climate change...

2020 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Will Hit Retail This September June 26, 2020 by Nino Marchetti

Brown-Forman’s Old Forester American whiskey label has announced the 2020 iteration of its popular Old Forester Birthday Bourbon release. This year’s offering marks the 20th such bottling of this popular bourbon, and, as always, it is released in celebration of founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday...

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon Was Born in Japan June 26, 2020 by Emily Bell

This is how Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee described the desired, if general flavor profile for Blanton’s Single Barrel bourbon, which debuted in 1984. But it wasn’t meant for you — or any American drinker, for that matter. Instead, it was a product of savvy American marketing efforts to save a sinking bourbon business, and Japanese receptive good taste...

Woodford Reserve releases Five Wood whiskey June 24, 2020 by The Lane Report

Woodford Reserve Five Wood began as a Bourbon aged in standard oak barrels. The liquid was then finished in four other barrels – oloroso Sherry, Amontillado Sherry, Ruby Port, and tawny Port. “This is the first time in Woodford Reserve’s history that we’ve blended whiskeys that have been finished in five different barrels,” said master distiller Chris Morris...

Meet The Woman Who Blended Peyton Manning’s Bourbon June 23, 2020 by Fred Minnick

Peyton Manning and Andy Roddick launched a bourbon. In the whiskey world, another celebrity whiskey draws the cynical, “big whoop.” Whiskey geeks usually view celebrity whiskeys as additional cash cows for people who don’t need the income. But this one is different. It’s special. But not because of Manning or Roddick...

Cocktail Queries: What’s So Special about Single Barrel Bourbon? June 23, 2020 by Jim Vorel

Single barrel bourbon. It sounds inherently fancy, does it not? The word “single,” all on its own, implies a certain luxe status within the whiskey world, owing to the fact that single malt scotches are regularly more expensive than blended scotch whiskies—an obvious topic for another Cocktail Queries entry...

The Best American Whiskey For Every Kind of Father (Who Likes Whiskey) June 21, 2020 by Robert Haynes-Peterson

When I was a teen, sometimes I’d wake up at two in the morning and head downstairs. And there would be my dad, strumming his guitar and sipping on some Jack Daniel’s after the night shift. I found it comforting and inspiring. Later, I’d give my dad a nice bottle...

Mandatory Staff Picks: The 10 Best Premium Whiskeys June 16, 2020 by Christopher Osburn

Sometimes, in order to get a good, high-quality bottle of whiskey (or whisky) you have to spend a little money. Sure, you can grab a $20 or even a $30 bottle of bourbon, rye, or Scotch and be completely content. But, if you’re really serious about whiskey and you want to purchase something truly special...

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