BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES COLONEL E.H. TAYLOR, JR.  18 YEAR OLD MARRIAGE – American Whiskey News

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES

COLONEL E.H. TAYLOR, JR.  18 YEAR OLD MARRIAGE 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (May 5, 2020) – Buffalo Trace Distillery continues its homage to former Distillery owner Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. with a special release 18 year old bourbon whiskey which is a marriage of three mashbills, two rye bourbon mashbills and one wheated bourbon mashbill.

This 100 proof Bottled-In-Bond small batch bourbon was put into barrels in 2002. Barrels chosen for this special batch release matured using one of three Buffalo Trace mashbill recipes; wheated bourbon, rye bourbon #1 and rye bourbon #2. The whiskey from these 18-year-old barrels was married together to make this limited edition offering.

Tasting notes describe this bourbon as having a nose of vanilla butter cake, a taste of caramel and cinnamon, and a finish of toasted oak, cinnamon, and a hint of spearmint.

The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection was first released in early 2011 and several subsequent releases such as Single Barrel, Barrel Proof, Straight Rye Whiskey, and Small Batch Bourbon have followed.  A previous limited release, E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon, was named World Whiskey of the Year by renown whiskey reviewer Jim Murray in 2018.

Like some of the previous releases, this one-time-only bottling of E. H. Taylor, Jr 18 Year Old Marriage is very limited.   Also consistent with past releases, this bottle displays a vintage label and is offered inside a distinct canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from over one hundred years ago. These six bottle cases will be shipped in an impressive wooden box first used for the Cured Oak release in 2015.  The boxes are modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition.

            Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr.  is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased the distillery that is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today by Buffalo Trace, such as climate controlled aging warehouses. In addition to his bourbon interests, Taylor had political ties. He was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor and elected the mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate.

            This special bottling of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. 18 Year Old Marriage Bourbon Whiskey will be available starting in June in limited supply.  The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750 ml bottle.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/buffalo-trace-distillery-releases-colonel-e-h-taylor-jr-18-year-old-marriage-american-whiskey-news/

Milroys Online Tastings – Scotch Whisky News

Upcoming Tastings

Elements of Islay Online Tasting

Wednesday 20th May 2020 at 7.30pm

For one night only, the inimitable duo of Oliver Chilton and Katy Kennedy will lead you across the incredible selection of Islay whisky bottled by Elixir Distillers. Guiding you through some of the history of the island, as well as the science behind the unique flavour profile that binds these highly regarded distilleries, the evening will not be one to miss.

The tasting will comprise of:

Br7 –  sherry hogsheads, distilled in 2001
Ma2 – first fill bourbon barrels, distilled in 2004
Lp8 – ex-Madeira casks, distilled in 1998
Bw7 –  sherry butts, distilled in 2001

Book Tasting

Douglas Laing Online Tasting

Wednesday 27th May 2020 at 7.30pm

Join us for and our good friends at Douglas Laing for an unforgettable online tasting experience, exploring their selection from many categories of Scotch whisky. From grain to blended and single malt, the various styles of whisky produced in Scotland will be on show.

Rock Island 21 Year Old (Limited release)
Glenrothes 15 Old Particular
Braeval 18 Old Particular
Inchgower 21 Old Particular
Cameronbridge 35  XOP

Book Tasting

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/milroys-online-tastings-scotch-whisky-news/

Hard To Find Whisky “Distillery Focus: WhistlePig” – Whiskey News

Nestled in the heart of New England, WhistlePig are committed to crafting the world’s finest and most interesting Rye whiskeys. They bottle an exceptional range of rye forward whiskies, distilled in the USA and Canada, and finished at their farm in Vermont.

Since 2015, WhistlePig have distilled whiskies using grain, water, and Vermont oak harvested from WhistlePig farm. Located in a 150 year old barn, the distillery houses a unique copper pot still designed by the late world-renowned Master Distiller Dave Pickerell.

WhistlePig’s rich, complex, and flavoursome whiskies have gone on to win multiple awards and to receive global critical acclaim.

BROWSE OUR FULL WHISTLEPIG RANGE HERE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/hard-to-find-whisky-distillery-focus-whistlepig-whiskey-news/

Caldera Distilling and its Macallan Connection by Davin de Kergommeaux – Canadian Whisky News

Caldera Distilling and its Macallan Connection

When Caldera Distilling’s Jarret Stuart told us his great-great-grandfather had introduced the Macallan Scotch whisky to Canada, we had to know more. We soon learned that in 1824, Macallan’s owner, William Reid bought a license and the secret farm distillery went legal.

When Reid died in 1847, James Shearer Priest and James Davidson took over. Then, in 1868 Jarret’s distant ancestor, James Stuart acquired the lease for Macallan and rebuilt the distillery.

A decade later, in 1878, James Stuart and Company, built the Glen Rothes distillery from scratch. Stuart left Glen Rothes the following year, and in 1892 he sold Macallan, but not before sending Jarret’s ancestor to Canada, to sell Macallan whisky.

Jarret Stuart’s noble whisky heritage reveals itself in two distinctive Caldera whiskies he distils in River John, Nova Scotia.

Caldera Hurricane 5

Hurricane 5 is distilled in a tiny alembic still, using local organic grains. The whisky tastes sweet and fruity, with butterscotch, charred wood, something herbal, and brisk peppery spices until hints of vanilla devolve into citrus pith. It finishes with rye spices and clean woody tones.

Caldera Champlain

This traditional Canadian whisky includes some Cognac in the blend to honour the birthplace of mariner and explorer, Samuel de Champlain. Rich flavours of saltwater toffee and sweet fruits with briny hints of the seaside evolve into a rich and creamy palate with red wine tones, grape skins, pipe tobacco, growing pepperiness and tingling rye spices.

 

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/caldera-distilling-and-its-macallan-connection-by-davin-de-kergommeaux-canadian-whisky-news/

Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon Awarded Double Gold Medal at 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition – American Whiskey News

Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon Awarded

Double Gold Medal at 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Distillery Spirits Receive Seven Medals in Total

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA (April 28, 2020) – A. Smith Bowman Distillery’s Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon received the prestigious Double Gold medal at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Additionally, two spirits from the Distillery were awarded Gold medals, and four were awarded Silver medals.

Double Gold

  • Bowman Brothers Small Batch Virginia Straight Bourbon

Silver

  • John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon
  • Isaac Bowman Port Finished Virginia Straight Bourbon
  • Abraham Bowman Virginia Straight Bourbon

Spirits entered into the San Francisco World Spirits Competition are judged over four days of highly controlled blind tastings by a panel of more than 40 judges made up of respected, experienced industry experts. Complete results for the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition can be found at http://www.sfspiritscomp.com/results/.

About A. Smith Bowman

A. Smith Bowman’s distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a granary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  The Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

As a small and privately owned company, A. Smith Bowman Distillery continues the time-honored traditions on which it was founded. Considered a micro-distillery by today’s standards, A. Smith Bowman produces an assortment of hand-crafted spirits distilled from only the finest natural ingredients and using the latest technology. This micro-distillery focuses on the production of premium spirits honoring the legacy of Virginia’s first settlers. As Virginia’s oldest and most award-winning distillery, its various brands have earned numerous prestigious awards over the years, including John J. Bowman Single Barrel, which received a gold medal at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. For more information on A. Smith Bowman, please visit www.asmithbowman.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/bowman-brothers-small-batch-virginia-straight-bourbon-awarded-double-gold-medal-at-2020-san-francisco-world-spirits-competition-american-whiskey-news/

Diageo pledges more than eight million bottles of sanitiser for frontline healthcare workers

  • World’s largest distiller in unprecedented global response in the UK, Ireland, Italy, the USA, Brazil, Kenya, India and Australia
  • Pledge aimed at overcoming shortages to protect frontline healthcare workers
  • Donation of alcohol is enough to produce more than eight million bottles of hand sanitiser

23 March 2020: Diageo, maker of Johnnie Walker has today pledged to enable the creation of more than eight million bottles of hand sanitiser, by donating up to two million litres of alcohol to manufacturing partners, to help protect frontline healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19.

The world’s leading distiller will provide Grain Neutral Spirit (GNS) – a 96% strength ethyl alcohol used primarily in production of vodka and gin – and make it available at no cost to hand sanitiser producers in multiple countries, to help overcome shortages in healthcare systems. This donation will enable the production of more than eight million 250ml bottles of hand sanitiser.

Diageo continues to engage with national and local governments across the many countries where the company has major distilling operations. The spirit will be made available in supply chains according to local circumstances, working with the relevant authorities and hand sanitiser manufacturers. This will ensure the donation is used for maximum impact in protecting health workers and patients and that sanitiser reaches the frontline as quickly as possible.

The plan includes:

  • The UK and the Republic of Ireland: 500,000 litres of GNS to be made available for national healthcare systems and workers across the UK and Ireland.
  • Italy: 100,000 litres of GNS to support the healthcare system and other national needs
  • USA: 500,000 litres of GNS to be supplied to meet local community needs
  • Brazil: Diageo’s Ypioca plant will produce 50,000 litres of spirit for the local healthcare system, in conjunction with the Ceara State Government.
  • Kenya: Diageo’s East Africa Breweries Ltd will enable production of 135,000 litres of sanitiser, prioritising vulnerable and at risk groups.
  • India: 500,000 litres of alcohol to supply to the sanitizer industry across 25 States, for use in national healthcare systems and for consumers.
  • Australia: Diageo’s Bundaberg Distilling Co. to produce 100,000 litres of ethanol for the Queensland Government, to be forwarded to hand sanitiser manufacturers.

“Healthcare workers are at the forefront of fighting this pandemic and we are determined to do what we can to help protect them,” said Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive of Diageo. This is the quickest and most effective way for us to meet the surging demand for hand sanitiser around the world.”

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/05/diageo-pledges-more-than-eight-million-bottles-of-sanitiser-for-frontline-healthcare-workers/

Distillery Focus: Smooth Ambler at Hard To Find Whisky – American Whiskey News

Founded in 2009, Smooth Ambler Spirits produce small batch, artisan American whiskies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. Set among historic mountains and rich earth, Smooth Ambler pulls the best ingredients from the region – real mountain water and locally grown grain.

Curated by a truly dedicated team, Smooth Ambler whiskies are known as much for bold yet balanced flavour as they are for pride of place. It’s easy to see why each and every whiskey is best enjoyed one slow sip at a time. Delicious flavours, accessible and easy-drinking, these whiskeys are meant to be savoured and enjoyed!

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Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/distillery-focus-smooth-ambler-at-hard-to-find-whisky-american-whiskey-news/

Distillery Focus: Smooth Ambler at Hard To Find Whisky – American Whiskey News

Founded in 2009, Smooth Ambler Spirits produce small batch, artisan American whiskies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. Set among historic mountains and rich earth, Smooth Ambler pulls the best ingredients from the region – real mountain water and locally grown grain.

Curated by a truly dedicated team, Smooth Ambler whiskies are known as much for bold yet balanced flavour as they are for pride of place. It’s easy to see why each and every whiskey is best enjoyed one slow sip at a time. Delicious flavours, accessible and easy-drinking, these whiskeys are meant to be savoured and enjoyed!

BROWSE OUR FULL SMOOTH AMBLER RANGE HERE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/distillery-focus-smooth-ambler-at-hard-to-find-whisky-american-whiskey-news/

Independent Bottler Focus – That Boutique-y Whisky Company at Hard To Find Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

That Boutique-y Whisky Company is a multi-award-winning independent bottler established in 2012, bottling exceptional single malts, blended malts, blended whiskies, grain whiskies, bourbons and more from around the globe. These whiskies are small batch, expertly sourced and adorned with cultish graphic novel style labels! On a mission to open up the big world of whisky, TBWC was named Brand Innovator of the Year at Icons of Whisky Awards 2020.

BROWSE OUR FULL THAT BOUTIQUE-Y WHISKY COMPANY RANGE HERE

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Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Experimental Wheat Bourbon – American Whiskey News

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases

Experimental Wheat Bourbon

Bourbon Aged Four Years, Cut with Water, Aged Eight More Years

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (April 23, 2020) Buffalo Trace Distillery is releasing its first experimental whiskey for 2020, a wheat recipe bourbon aged for four years, cut with water, then re-barreled and left to age for another eight years.

The barrel, filled with Buffalo Trace’s wheat mash recipe and entered into the barrel at 114 proof, was put away to age in one new barrel on Dec. 10, 2007. After four years of aging in Warehouse C the barrel was removed, the bourbon was cut with water to lower it down to 100 proof, and then put back into the same barrel and left to age another eight years in the same warehouse.

Although unusual to interrupt the aging process, the distilling team at Buffalo Trace is pleased with the results.  “We’ve always known water was a necessary component in making whiskey,” stated Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “This experiment helped us to understand how important a role water actually plays in whiskey production.  The result of this experiment led us to a bourbon that is actually one of my favorite experiments.”

Wheatley describes this bourbon as having a “nose that is sweet and floral, with notes of oak, vanilla, and a bit of leather. There’s a really smooth creamy mouthfeel here.  The taste is a pleasing balance of butterscotch, honey, and wood with a crisp finish.”

This is the 23rd  experimental release from Buffalo Trace Distillery, having started with its first experimental release in 2006. In total, there are more than 25,000 experimental  barrels of whiskey aging in the warehouses of Buffalo Trace Distillery, the largest number of experimental barrels ever held in inventory at the National Historic Landmark Distillery, and most likely the world. Each experimental barrel has unique characteristics that differentiate them in distinct ways. Some examples of experiments include unique mash bills, types of wood, and different barrel toasts. Buffalo Trace also has an experimental warehouse, Warehouse X, which is designed to explore the extent of environmental influences on the flavor profiles of whiskey.

The Experimental Collection is packaged in 375ml bottles, and each label includes all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. These whiskeys retail for approximately $46.99 each and will be available in May.  Experimental Collection releases are generally quite small and have limited availability.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/buffalo-trace-distillery-releases-experimental-wheat-bourbon-american-whiskey-news/