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Margie Samuels of Maker’s Mark Joins Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame

Margie Mattingly Samuels, who created the distinctive name, cutting-edge design and iconic red wax of her family’s Maker’s Mark distillery, will be inducted next week as the newest member of the prestigious Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Mrs. Samuels is the first woman directly connected with a distillery to receive the Bourbon industry’s highest honor, and…

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Buffalo Trace Announces 2014 Antique Collection

We are all fully aware that Buffalo Trace releases their highly anticipated Antique Collection of whiskeys each year around the end of September to early August. This year’s 2014 collection is no different and will once again feature the five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. As far as details go, here is what loyal…

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Jim Beam Releases Latest Lineup of Signature Craft Expressions

Yesterday, Jim Beam announced the release of two rare, ultra-premium expressions as part of its Jim Beam Signature Craft line – Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask and Jim Beam Harvest Bourbon Collection. The Jim Beam Signature Craft line is a series of innovative, limited released, small batch bourbons that showcases some of the finest hand-crafted and rare liquids…

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Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2013 Review

One of the more recent distilleries that are now coming of age – Kilchoman (pronounced Kilhoman), Islay’s eighth distillery, was established in 2005. Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries on Islay and the first to be built on the island in 125 years. It is also what is known as a “farm distillery,” growing…

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Berentzen USA Announces New Bushel & Barrel

Berentzen, one of the leading beverage groups in Germany, has officially launched Bushel & Barrel, a blend of Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey and Berentzen Apple Liqueur, which is made from some of the highest quality ingredients such as premium harvested apple bushels and grain that has been the Berentzen spirit standard for years. “For more than…

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Jura ‘Brooklyn’ Now Spreads its Way Across the US

A tale of two islands – In 2013, Jura brought together 12 respected Brooklyn artisans to co-collaborate on Kings County’s first single malt Scotch whisky. Jura was long intrigued by Brooklyn, a geography that similarly defies convention. Jura’s rogue of a Master Distiller, Mr. Willie Tait, traveled across the Atlantic to the streets of Williamsburg,…

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Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist Review

Today, I’ve decided to jump into a couple contrasting Islay malts. First up, we have the 1990 vintage Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist (Arry nam Baysht), which in Gaelic means “shelter of the beast.” After diving into this softer, more mature Ardbeg, I’ll be pouring a glass of the young and sherried Kilchoman Loch Gorm, although…

ROK Stars’ Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey Enters US Market

As part of the continued growth in today’s expanding whisky industry, ROK Spirits, co-founded by entrepreneurs John Paul DeJoria and Jonathan Kendrick, is gearing up to launch Uisce Beatha Irish Whiskey in Europe and the US in the coming months. Following the agreement of an exclusive distribution partnership with ROK Stars PLC, Uisce Beatha Real…

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Bowmore Releases Second Round of The Devil’s Casks

Some exciting news has recently flowed from the Bowmore distillery. After the highly acclaimed The Devil’s Casks 10-year-old hit the market by storm, selling out in European markets rather quickly, the distillery has decided to continue producing this full-on sherried Islay beast with Small Batch Release II. If you are not familiar with the marketing story…

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The Balvenie 30 Year Old Review

Back in April, my friend Gino, Manager of Kappy’s Medford, my favorite wine & spirits store in the Greater Boston Area, invited me to a private dinner and tasting at Capital Grille Boston hosted by The Balvenie Brand Ambassador, David Laird. First, if you live in the Boston area and have yet to visit Capital…

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Kilchoman Releases New Port Cask Matured

Back in December, I noted that Kilchoman was going to release a Port Cask Matured expression sometime around autumn this year. The official news has broken – this month Kilchoman will be rolling out their new Port Cask Matured in limited quantities. The Port Cask Matured release, the first of its kind from the distillery,…

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GlenDronach Ups the Age of Tawny Port Finish Expression

The GlenDronach Distillery has announced the release of their new 18-years-old Tawny Port Finish. Bottled at 46% ABV, it is the latest addition to the wood finishes range and replaces the 15-years-old Tawny Port finish expression. The GlenDronach Tawny Port finish is first matured in European oak casks and thereafter finishes its maturation in a…

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Whipnose Whiskey Review

Not too long ago, long time friends, Bryan Hermannsson of Pacific Brewing Laboratories and Tim Obert of Seven Stills, teamed up for a collaboration that struck both the craft whiskey and craft brew worlds – the result, Whipnose Whiskey. The first in the collaboration series between these two partners, Whipnose came about after Tim Obert and…

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Auchentoshan American Oak Review

Last month, Auchentoshan, the only distillery in Scotland to triple distill their spirit, introduced Auchentoshan American Oak. Named for the traditional casks used during maturation, American Oak is matured solely in first fill ex-Bourbon casks – the first ever Auchentoshan to be matured as such. The last first fill expression to come out of Morrison…

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C&C Cigars to Release New ‘DRAM Cigars for Whiskey’ Line

Orleans Group International and C&C Cigars are proud to release ‘DRAM Cigars for Whiskey,’ an all new line of cigars crafted to complement the flavors of whisk(e)y in order to enhance the enthusiast’s experience. The series consists of four blends which use the finest select aged tobaccos for pairing with scotch, bourbon, and other drams. Cigar…