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Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge to Retire in September

In a press release today, Four Roses Distillery’s CEO and President, Satoko Yoshida, announced today the retirement of long-time Master Distiller Jim Rutledge – effective September 1, 2015. Jim is in his 49th year working in the Bourbon business with Seagram and Four Roses, and he has been Master Distiller at Four Roses for more than…

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Tullamore D.E.W. Experiments with Cider Cask Finished Whiskey for Travel Retail

Tullamore D.E.W. has announced the release of the world’s first cider cask finished Irish whiskey in global travel retail outlets – Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask Finish. This unique experiment combines two of Ireland’s oldest crafts, cider-making and whiskey-making. “To create Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask Finish, we selected the finest apples, which were then freshly pressed and held in…

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Laphroaig 15 Year Old 200th Anniversary Edition Review

Established in 1815, this year marks the Laphroaig Distillery’s 200th anniversary. One of the many ways Laphroaig has decided to commemorate this milestone – one that only few have celebrated – is with the reiteration of the beloved 15-year-old expression, having been retired some 5 plus years ago to make way for the lovely 18-year-old. I’ve…

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Raw Craft, Ep. 3 Released: What Makes a $15,000 Saxophone‏

Last week, Episode 3 of Raw Craft launched, showcasing Anthony traveling to one of his favorite cities in the world, New Orleans, to meet Steve Goodson, a NOLA native who has been designing and restoring some of the world’s finest saxophones for the last forty years. Musician James Martin gives Anthony an up close and personal…

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Rushing Things Along: Barrel Supply and Demand

The whisky industry is hot right now. From Bourbon shortages to barrel shortages, the stories have swept across the internet, into magazines and newspapers and have plucked at the curiosity of all us whisky lovers. In a recent Whisky Advocate blog post, Fred Minnick responded to an article in the Wall Street Journal that spoke…

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Booker’s Bourbon Announces 3rd Batch in Roundtable Series

Booker’s Bourbon, one of four brands in Jim Beam’s Small Batch Collection, has announced the release of the third batch in its 2015 collection, Batch 2015-03, which features a custom label celebrating founding distiller Booker Noe’s favorite part of the rackhouse and choice cut of meat – “The Center Cut.” Booker liked to age his namesake…

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Brown-Forman to Build New Distillery at Historic Slane Castle in Ireland

Brown-Forman Corporation announced last week that it has purchased all shares of Slane Castle Irish Whiskey Limited. Brown-Forman will invest approximately $50 million to build a new distillery and consumer experience on the historic Slane Castle Estate in County Meath, Ireland, the home of Henry Conyngham, the eighth Marquess Conyngham, and his son, Alex Conyngham,…

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What Dad Really Wants: 2015 Father’s Day Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again – time to find that perfect gift to show how much you love and appreciate dear ol’ dad. That means keeping your distance from the men’s clothing stores and getting yourself to your local specialty whisk(e)y retailer. Now that I think of it, there should be a Mother’s Day…

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Douglas Laing Announces Limited Edition Cask Strength Scallywag

Douglas Laing’s original Scallywag launched in November 2013, and was launched here in the US last month (May 2015). Now, Douglas Laing & Company have announced the Limited Edition Scallywag Cask Strength. Bottled at 53.6% ABV, this limited edition bottling is created using some of the finest Speyside Malts including, amongst others, Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes, and only 1,000 cases are available globally. The unique packaging features a rather…

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Four Roses Planning $55 Million Expansion

According to The Lexington-Herald Leader, Four Roses, owned by Kirin Brewing, is moving forward with a planned $55 million expansion at its Lawrenceburg distillery and Coxs Creek warehousing complex locations. The expansions, which include new stills and warehouse space, received incentives approved by the Kentucky state board on Thursday. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) approved $1.5 million…

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GlenDronach Adds The Hielan’ 8 Year Old to Core Range

The GlenDronach Distillery had announced a new addition to its core range – The Hielan’ 8-year-old. Selected by Billy Walker, this new Highland Single Malt is derived from whisky matured and married in a combination ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks. “The intriguing name is a heartfelt tip of the hat to the extraordinary Forgue distillery, GlenDronach’s…

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Glenfiddich Celebrates Family Businesses with ‘Family Spirit’

Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky is proud to share Family Spirit, a celebration of family-run enterprises, which offers a behind-the-scenes look into what makes them truly special and delivers valuable insight into their long term success. This inspiring piece of work was produced in association with Cambridge Institute of Family Enterprise (CIFE), a renowned global…

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The Macallan Rare Cask Review

Of the various expressions of The Macallan that I have had the pleasure of sampling, the Cask Strength (10-year-old & No-Age-Statement (NAS)) has certainly been one of my favorites. It’s a shame it was removed from the market, but I suppose we do have other cask strength sherried monsters from which to choose. My dear…

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Buffalo Trace Releases New French Oak Experimental Bourbons

When Buffalo Trace Distillery started its whiskey experiments more than three decades ago, one of the first releases was bourbon aged in French oak barrels. That bourbon was aged ten years and released in 2006. Ten years ago, Buffalo Trace embarked on another French oak experiment, but this time endeavoring one step further – creating two…

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Benromach Distillery Adds New 15 Year Old to Core Range

The Benromach Distillery, purchased and restored by Gordon & MacPhail 1993 and reopened in ’98, have announced that they will be adding a new 15-year-old expression to their core range. Matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks, the whisky is produced from new make spirit distilled post restoration but still has that pre-1960s character. “The…

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Diageo Releases New Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Diageo has added its newest brand to the company’s American Whiskey portfolio – Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which consists of two new offerings: Blade and Bow and Blade and Bow 22-Year-Old Limited Release. Named after the two parts of a skeleton key, the blade shaft and the ornate bow handle, Blade and Bow Kentucky…

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Burn Stewart Unveils Two New Bottlings for Deanston and Ledaig

Burn Stewart Distillers has announced the introduction of two new expressions – Deanston 18-Year-Old and Ledaig 18-Year-Old, both permanent additions to the range for each of the brands. Both new additions have been crafted by Master Blender, Ian MacMillan, using traditional methods. Like all of the malts in the Burn Stewart portfolio, Deanston 18 and Ledaig…

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New Delhi Police Discover Fake Scotch Ring

According to a report from Times India, New Delhi police have arrested two members involved in a fake Scotch ring that was caught using recycled premium single malt and blended Scotch bottles and refilling them with Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL). New caps for the bottles were imported from China and the final products were prepared at…