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The Balvenie Unveils Tun 1509 Batch 2 in US

Building on the success of Tun 1401, The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky released the first batch of Tun 1509 in 2014, which quickly became another highly sought after whisky for collectors and connoisseurs around the world. From Scotch whisky’s most experienced Malt Master and the world’s most handcrafted single malt, David Stewart’s latest release…

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Booker’s Bourbon Roundtable Selects 4th Batch in 2015 Collection

Booker’s Bourbon, one of four brands in Jim Beam’s Small Batch Collection, has announced the release of the fourth batch in its 2015 collection, Batch 2015-04, also referred to as the “Oven Buster Batch.” This latest expression was hand selected during an exclusive tasting by Fred Noe, 7th Generation Master Distiller, and the Booker’s Bourbon Roundtable —…

Diageo Releases Orphan Barrel Series Rhetoric 21-Year-Old

Rhetoric is a year older. The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company – we’ll save the tongue twister and go with “Diageo” – has released Rhetoric 21-Year-Old. Noted as “an experiment in maturation,” Rhetoric is slated to be re-released annually, allowing for side-by-side comparisons, with progressive aging expected to continue through the release of Rhetoric 25-Year-Old in…

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Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Announces Barrel Proof Whiskey

The Jack Daniel Distillery has announced the nationwide release of the brand’s first-ever barrel strength offering within the coveted Single Barrel Collection, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof. The newest member of the Jack Daniel’s Family of Brands will hit shelves in August and will be available across the U.S. “As master distiller at Jack Daniel’s, I…

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Hood River Distillers Unveils New Pendleton Midnight

Hood River Distillers, Inc., the largest and oldest importer, distiller, producer and bottler of distilled spirits in the Northwest, has announced the expansion of its Pendleton Whisky portfolio with the introduction of Pendleton Midnight, a premium select 90 proof (45% ABV) Canadian whisky. Available in select markets beginning in September 2015, Pendleton Midnight features added complexity and fruit…

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‘I, Whiskey: The Spirit of the Market’ Movie Campaign Kicks Off

Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) launched the Indiegogo fundraising campaign to raise support for I, Whiskey: The Spirit of the Market, the story of the human spirit, ingenuity and the forces that have shaped whiskey and society for ages. With a goal of raising at least $140,000 over the next thirty days. “I, Whiskey is the…

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Trinchero Family Estates Announces New Amador Double Barrel Bourbon

Trinchero Family Estates, owners of more than 40 wine and spirits brands such as Trinchero Napa Valley, Napa Cellars, SeaGlass, Menage a Trois, Sugar Island Caribbean Rum, CRUZ and Tres Agaves Tequilas and Amador Whiskey Co. has announced the nationwide release of its newest spirit, Amador Double Barrel Bourbon. Named after the two barrel-aging techniques employed in California…

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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…