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Brown-Forman to Sell Early Times, Canadian Mist, Collingwood June 15, 2020 by Business Wire

Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE: BFA) (NYSE: BFB) announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell the Early Times, Canadian Mist, and Collingwood brands, and the Canadian Mist production assets, to Sazerac Company. "Early Times and Canadian Mist have been valued brands in our portfolio for many years, and they each have played significant roles in our company’s history,"...

National Bourbon Day 2020 Deals on Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Evan Williams and More June 14, 2020 by Seren Morris

National Bourbon Day is today, Sunday, June 14, so celebrate this American whiskey with deals at Quality Liquor Store, Applejack, Ace Spirits, and more. Bourbon is a kind of whiskey, but to be classed as bourbon it has to be made in the U.S. Additionally, as declared by Congress in 1964, bourbon is the only native spirit of the U.S...

Celebrate National Bourbon Day With These 9 Cocktail Recipes June 12, 2020 by Elizabeth Rhodes

National Bourbon Day is just around the corner on June 14, and what better way to celebrate the American whiskey than by mixing up a few bourbon cocktails? When it comes to bourbon cocktails, your mind might immediately jump to mint juleps and the Kentucky Derby...

Does Whiskey Go Bad? Everything You Need to Know June 1, 2020 by Will Price

Your whiskey collection is going bad. It’s nothing personal, it’s just science. When exposed to oxygen, the compounds that comprise whiskey begin a slow, steady change, warping the original flavor. We spoke to Colin Blake, Moonshine University’s Director of Spirits Education, about whiskey going bad and what you can do about it. Here’s everything you need to know but never thought to Google...

Love Buffalo Trace Bourbon? These Are the Next Whiskeys to Try June 1, 2020 by Will Price

Everybody has a go-to bourbon, but sometimes, whether by choice or by limited selection at the liquor store, a backup bottle is needed. A fairly reliable shelf staple in most markets, Buffalo Trace bourbon has long held its status among the most dependably affordable and versatile whiskeys out there...

Buffalo Trace named distillery of the year; company’s bourbons win 19 awards May 29, 2020 by Staff

Buffal Trace was just named Distillery of the “Year by Tasting Panel Magazine at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This prestigious award recognizes the single distiller earning the most points, measured by the number and level of awards won in a given year...

Prep For Summer With These Bartender-Approved Easy Drinking Bourbons May 29, 2020 by Christopher Osburn

It’s official: we’re making this a whiskey summer. Home or on a microadventure (always socially distanced), we’re going to keep sipping whiskeys, whiskies, bourbons, and the like this season. Sure, we’ll still enjoy our gins, rums, tequilas, and vodkas...

Bardstown Bourbon breaks ground on new bottling facility May 29, 2020 by Owen Bellwood

The new site will be located alongside the distillery and its recently opened visitor centre at 1500 Parkway Drive, Kentucky. Designed by Joseph & Joseph Architects, the 47,000-square-foot development is projected to generate 25 new jobs upon its expected completion in spring 2021. The new space will also allow the firm to “bottle hundreds of thousands of cases of distilled spirits per year”...

Bulleit Bourbon Founder, Tom Bulleit on Bourbon, Brands and Launching a Memoir May 28, 2020 by Jeremy Ryan Slate

In 1987, Tom Bulleit, fulfilled a lifelong dream of reviving an old family bourbon recipe by starting the Bulleit Distilling Company. Inspired by his great-great-grandfather Augustus Bulleit, who made a high-rye whiskey between in the mid 19th century, Tom left a successful law practice and risked everything to fulfill his lifelong dream of reviving the family business...

I Wholeheartedly Believe Whiskey Stones Make Drinks Better May 28, 2020 by Sarah Rense

Oh yes. Believe it. I am, with clear eyes and a full heart, endorsing whiskey stones. Lifestyle magazines of a certain male persuasion were all kinds of hot for these things a few years back. They got a lot of play as suggested gifts to other men, for such manly occasions as...

In Defense of What People Call Bad Whiskey May 27, 2020 by Jonah Flicker

A few weeks before St. Patrick’s Day, in what feels like a completely different world now for reasons that don’t need explaining, I was working on a story about Irish whiskey and decided to give Proper No. Twelve another try...

Bourbon Pursuit Podcast #254: Present and Future of Jim Beam with Fred and Freddie Noe May 27, 2020 by Bourbon Pursuit

What can you say, sitting down with the Noe family is always a treat. Fred Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam, and Freddie Noe, 8th Generation Distiller, are about as genuine and real as it comes. This show takes a bunch of turns. We talk about the new Fred B. Noe Distillery where new projects and small batch blends will take place, Legent, Little Book, and… we ask Fred Noe if he’s ready to retire. You’ll love his response.

Cocktail Queries: What Is Blended Whiskey, and Why Is It So Cheap? May 26, 2020 by Jim Vorel

If you’re an average spirits consumer browsing the whiskey aisle of a package store, you’re eventually going to face the following question: What are all these “blended” whiskeys on the bottom shelf, exactly? What does the “blended” label mean? Do their cheap price tags automatically imply a low level of quality, or are some of them actually fit to drink?...

The 25 Whiskeys You Need to Try Before You Die May 25, 2020 by Will Price

The 25 whiskeys herein are not the best whiskeys in the world. There isn’t a rating system or greater calculus behind them. This is a list of whiskeys that, in one way or another, matter. Some, like Johnnie Walker Blue Label or Old Grand-Dad 114, tell a story about where whisk(e)y has been...

Eaves, Manning, Roddick: The Making Of Sweetens Cove Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey May 25, 2020 by Nino Marchetti

There’s a new Tennessee whiskey coming to market that’s actually been in barrel for 13 years. While interesting news, this bourbon wouldn’t necessarily garner much more attention except for two major considerations. One is that master distiller/blender Marianne Eaves, formerly of Woodford Reserve and Castle & Key, is involved...

W.L. Weller Adds New Single Barrel Bourbon To Its Core Lineup May 22, 2020 by Brad Japhe

Exciting news for bourbon lovers today as Buffalo Trace distillery announces the latest addition to its Weller bourbon line. Beginning this summer, Weller Single Barrel is set to be an annual release, hitting shelves as part of an expanded core range. As the label implies, the 97-proof offering is drawn from a single oak cask...

The Rebound: Tourist destination built on bourbon looking to rebound May 22, 2020 by Conroy Delouche

Bardstown is built on bourbon and beauty. For years, the town has opened its doors to the world. "To be able to promote a place like Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World, who doesn't want to do that?" Executive Director of the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist Commission Samantha Brady said...

Cocktail Queries: What is “Small Batch” Bourbon? May 21, 2020 by Jim Vorel

Many of the terms that tend to appear on whiskey bottles aren’t immediately obvious to the consumer in terms of their definition. As a result, parsing the meaning of a phrase like “small batch” on a bottle of bourbon can be difficult, leaving the buyer with no clear idea of what they’re supposed to take away from it, other than a vague impression of “quality.”...

The 15 Best Rye Whiskeys You Can Buy in 2020 May 21, 2020 by J. Travis Smith

At one time in our history, rye, not bourbon, was America’s whiskey. In the late 1700s, distillers in the rye-growing regions of Pennsylvania and Maryland created a market so reliable that rye was used to barter. When rye became the first domestic good taxed by the newly formed U.S. government...

Every Whiskey Geek in America Will Be After Buffalo Trace’s New Single Barrel Bourbon This Summer May 20, 2020 by Will Price

Following up on last year’s Full Proof release, Buffalo Trace Distillery announced Weller is adding a single barrel expression to its lineup. Weller Single Barrel will roll out in June of this year, and release in limited quantities annually, at 97 proof. The brand says the suggested retail price is $50 and there was no information given regarding age of the liquid inside...

Peyton Manning's New Bourbon Is So Legit I Can’t Even Call It a ‘Celebrity Bourbon’ May 20, 2020 by Aaron Goldfarb

must get a press release once a month about a celebrity launching a liquor brand. Kate Hudson with her new vodka. The Rock now has a tequila. The Breaking Bad “hombres” released a mezcal. They all bore me, a drinks writer who's seen pretty much everything. And, yet, I was intrigued when I heard legendary quarterback Peyton Manning...

Newest Wild Turkey Master’s Keep A 17 Year Old Bottled In Bond Bourbon May 19, 2020 by Nino Marchetti

The Wild Turkey Master’s Keep series, as we’ve seen over the years, is a chance for this cornerstone Kentucky bourbon distillery to explore higher end American whiskey expressions. Its latest Master’s Keep aims to keep up this trend, taking the form of a 17 year old bottled in bond offering...

Metallica’s New Whiskey Box Set Includes Vinyl of the Music It Aged To May 19, 2020 by Mike Pomranz

In 2018, when Metallica launched Blackened Whiskey, other alcohol had been aged with music—like beer aged to Wu-Tang Clan or brandy aged to Bowie—but, of course, the metal gods had to take things further. Blackened uses a “proprietary sonic-enhancement process” called “Black Noise,” based around a custom-made subwoofer...

Maker's Mark: The Daredevil Woman Who Revolutionised Bourbon Whisky Packaging with Red Wax Finesse May 18, 2020 by Manu Remakant

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The Best New Release Spirits Of 2020 May 18, 2020 by Brad Japhe

As lockdowns continue in many parts of the US, spirits fans are continuing to build out their home bars. And top-tier producers are giving them no shortage of new product with which to stock those shelves. Here’s a look at the best bottles so far this season...

The 5 Best Whiskey Glasses May 18, 2020 by Tiana Crump

When whiskey is poured into a glass, the vapors in the alcohol become more concentrated, giving you a unique combination of aromas and flavors. The best whiskey glasses are designed to vary the way you experience the scent of your drink...

5 of the most popular types of whisky and what makes them different from one another May 14, 2020 by Matt Hopkins

If you've ever been to a proper whisky bar, you'll know just how expansive the world of brown liquor can be. While most have probably heard of the main 'categories' of whiskey – particular variants, brands and batch combinations can make for an incredibly vast corpus of knowledge. For those new to the drink, getting started can seem daunting...

Sazerac House Launching Complimentary Virtual Cocktail Workshop Series 5/14/20 by Site Staff

Adapting their beloved guided tasting format to the virtual world, the Sazerac House is now offering complimentary online Virtual Cocktail Workshops. These sessions follow the format of their beloved guided tastings, adapted for a physically-distanced world...

WhistlePig creates crowd-sourced whiskey May 13, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

The limited edition WhistlePig Home Stock expression was created through a virtual crowd-blending experience by delivering hundreds of WhistlePig ‘Blend Your Own’ whiskey kits to Flaviar’s members. Consumers were asked to experiment at home with the blending kits before submitting their preferred recipe...

Bartenders Name The Very Best Drams Of Whiskey They’ve Ever Tasted May 13, 2020 by Christopher Osburn

If we’re lucky, we get a chance to sip on a glass of high-priced, long-matured whiskey a handful of times in our lives. Maybe it’s at a wedding, an anniversary dinner, or on a distillery tour. Regardless, we remember everything...

Black Bourbon Society founder seeks diversity in spirits industry May 12, 2020 by Todd C. Duncan

The clerk gave her a bottle of Four Roses bourbon.“I took home some ginger beer, some limes,” Rivers said. “That’s how I fell in love with bourbon. I was really a wine drinker before that.”...

10 Deals on iRobot Roombas, our Favorite Whiskey Glasses and More Great Home Products Worth Shopping This Week May 12, 2020 by Tyler Chin

Every Monday, Gear Patrol editors take on the foolish task of surfacing every deal on the internet that’s worth shopping. Is this possible? No, but if you’re looking for whiskey glasses, legacy furniture brands or robot vacuums it might be worth a scroll. These are the best deals of the week on furniture, cookware and home gear...

We Asked Bartenders To Name Whiskeys That Don’t Get Enough Respect May 11, 2020 by Christopher Osburn

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The Best Bourbons From Smaller Distilleries, According To Bartenders May 11, 2020 by Christopher Osburn

There’s no disputing the fact that people long for a good, stiff drink while stuck at home in lockdown. But while beer and liquor sales are up, in general, smaller breweries and distilleries are still struggling. Even in cases where these companies are cranking out more bottles of hazy IPA or artisanal spirits, they’re losing important business in other areas (tasting room traffic, etc)...

Overcoming Challenges to Make the Perfect Bourbon Whiskey, Here's the Story of Jim Beam Distillery May 11, 2020 by Manu Remakant

Jim didn't know what to do when others were celebrating all around. Finally, after waiting for 13 years, prohibition was repealed in the US. Any other distiller might have danced in joy, but poor old man, at 70, Jim could not. It was not his age that worried him but the family distillery that was in shambles now. Jim had only one wish...

Whiskey Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A120 May 8, 2020 by Courtney Kristjana

The first barrel proof batch of 2020 from Elijah Craig, distilled out of Heaven Hill, is here. The Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A120 packs a whopping punch of an ABV at 68.3 percent. The 136.6 proof marks the second highest proof for a first batch release by Elijah Craig. In January 2016, by comparison, the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A116 was released at 138.8 proof...

Local whiskey distillery ramping up hand sanitizer production to meet community's needs May 8, 2020 by DJ Manou

Indiana Whiskey in South Bend started production back in March. Now, the company is ramping up production even more to meet the county’s needs. Company President Charles Florance says it was part expertise and part instinct to make the switch since they already work with high grade alcohol...

Diageo’s Whiskey Brands Tap Into Their Past for Campaigns Supporting Bartenders May 8, 2020 by Kathryn Lundstrom

As has been well-documented in memes (and actual research), people are drinking more at home during quarantine. While that might mitigate losses for alcohol brands, it doesn’t do much for their partners in the service industry, or for consumers who are out of work as a result of Covid-19...

Bartenders Tell Us The One Whiskey They’d Give To Their Whiskey-Loving Celebrity Crush May 7, 2020 by Christopher Osburn

Since life in quarantine is starting to feel like some sort of surreal science fiction movie, it’s time to let our brains run wild a little. Explore the furthest reaches of our minds. Or maybe just think about what we’d do if we were lucky enough to meet our one celebrity crush. (Let’s keep it PGish by limiting this to things we could do so while observing proper social distancing.)...

New 18-Year-Old Bourbon Whiskey Costs Only $70, But For How Long? May 7, 2020 by George Koutsakis

Paying homage to the former owner, Colonel E. H. Taylor Jr., Buffalo Trace has announced a new 18-year-old bourbon created from a marriage of three mashbills. The release will drop in June and feautures two rye bourbon mashbills, and one wheated bourbon mashbill. Let's take a look at this exciting new release...

Can’t Get Your Hands on Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon? This Coffee Is an Affordable Consolation Prize May 6, 2020 by Will Price

For most of us, there are two paths that lead to acquiring a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Collection bourbon whiskey: a long and arduous hunt in store or paying ten-times the retail price on bourbon’s black markets. If you don’t have the time, luck or spare stacks to get the real thing, you can get something like it… kind of...

We Asked 10 Drinks Pros: Which Bourbon Offers the Best Bang for Your Buck? May 6, 2020 by Ashlie Hughes

Declared by Congress as “America’s Native Spirit” in 1964, bourbon’s versatility and range of aromatics make it the perfect base for time-honored cocktails such as the Old Fashioned, the Mint Julep, and the Boulevardier. With many of us turning to alcohol delivery and buying online, VinePair enlisted the advice of beverage professionals across the U.S. to find out which bourbon...

Buffalo Trace’s New $70 Bourbon Will Probably Be More Like $1,000. Here’s Why May 6, 2020 by Will Price

Just announced, the latest special release from Buffalo Trace Distillery’s E.H. Taylor line of whiskeys is an 18-year-old blend dubbed “18 Year Marriage.” Like most E.H. Taylor releases, it’s Bottled-in-Bond, 100 proof and comes in its giftable tube packaging.

Signed Van Winkle Whiskey Collection Put Up For Charity Auction May 5, 2020 by Nino Marchetti

The Van Winkle family, the folks behind some of the most coveted American whiskeys on the market (in conjunction with Buffalo Trace), have decided to offer up a full collection of their bottlings for charity auction. The auction, which is live now, is set to run through Friday, May 8th...

Knob Creek Reintroduces Age Statement Bourbon to its Lineup May 5, 2020 by Jonah Flicker

If you’re a whiskey drinker, you are probably used to age statements disappearing from bottles over the past few years. Brands often attribute the reasons for this to increased demand leading to diminished stock to pull from. While there is some truth to this, it is also saves a distillery money to be able to blend younger barrels into a product and not have to wait as long to release it...

Matthew McConaughey Drinks Bourbon Neat, on the Rocks, or While Duck Hunting May 4, 2020 by Jake Emin

Matthew McConaughey is no stranger to the spotlight. Whether you prefer to think of the Academy Award- winning actor in “alright, alright, alright” form or as the purveyor of “time is a flat circle” wisdom is up to you, though he may prefer you to think of him instead as a guy who’s passionate about good drinks and, more specifically, great bourbon. Since 2016, McConaughey has served as the creative director for Wild Turkey.

Good Company: Garrison Brothers Distillery Seeks to Raise $2 Million For Covid-19 Relief May 4, 2020 by Jake Emen

Garrison Brothers Distillery is the first legal whiskey distillery in Texas. Since its founding in 2005, it has become renowned for the big, bold flavors of its bourbons, producing whiskey big enough to match the state of Texas, and inherently influenced by its locale. In the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the distillery has stepped up with an equally bold idea to give back to those in need.

How Groundbreaking Distiller Nicole Austin Is Reinventing Tennessee Whiskey May 4, 2020 by Jen Laskey

Let’s cut right to the chase. By all accounts, Nicole Austin is one of the biggest badasses in American distilling today. She’s broken new ground at every career turn — from her early days bucking industry trends at Kings County Distillery, to her adventures co-founding two craft distilling trade organizations, to winning accolades for her first release as general manager and distiller at Cascade Hollow.

Woodford Reserve Honors The Kentucky Derby with "My Old Kentucky Home Video" May 4, 2020 by Brad Japhe

The first weekend of May was supposed to mark the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic had other plans, of course. But that didn’t stop Woodford Reserve from honoring the American tradition. The official bourbon of the ‘Run For The Roses’ debuted a poignant minute-long spot on its social media channels commemorating only the second postponement of the event (the last time was in 1945 during WWII).

Learn About Bourbon At Home (For Free) Via Upcoming Virtual Bourbon Event May 1, 2020 by Nino Marchetti

With the coronavirus continuing to keep many people at home and a large portion of the bourbon industry shut for direct person to person interaction (i.e. distilleries, bars), a group of bourbon media personalities have decided to pool their knowledge in an upcoming virtual bourbon event. Free to the public to watch...

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