Evan Williams Bourbon Announces 2020 American-Made Heroes – American Whiskey News

Evan Williams Bourbon Announces 2020 American-Made Heroes

Select class of veterans chosen to be featured on special edition labels and receive $5,000 donation from American-Made Heroes Foundation to charity of their choice

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Evan Williams Bourbon today announced the veterans selected as the 2020 American-Made Heroes. Each veteran will receive a $5,000 donation to the charity of their choice through the recently launched American-Made Hero Foundation, as well as their picture and story on the side of the special-edition label.

As an American-made and American-owned brand, Evan Williams recognizes true American heroes through their exceptional stories of honor and bravery. This special edition label of Evan Williams Black Bourbon celebrates the heroic stories of military veterans, chosen for their selfless acts of service at home and abroad (bios included below). The 2020 Evan Williams American-Made Heroes were chosen from over 6,500 nominations and are featured on more than 360,000 bottles available nationwide.

The 2020 American Hero edition label features bold red and white stripes framing a blue background featuring subtle star imagery and “American Hero Edition” in bold red font on the face. Proudly displayed on the side of each bottle is one of the brand’s key taglines “American Owned, American Made, American Proud” signifying the brand’s American heritage as the second-largest selling Bourbon in the world. Each Evan Williams American-Made Hero is prominently featured on the side of the label with their picture, name, military title and distinguished story.

“We are proud to kick off the sixth year of the Evan Williams American-Made Hero program by lifting up these extraordinary veteran stories and support veteran-related causes through the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund,” said Julie Cole, Evan Williams Bourbon Brand Manager. “We are honored to celebrate veterans who uphold the American spirit.”

Evan Williams is honored to broaden its support of veteran communities across the country through the launch of the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund, announced in April 2020. Due to the national impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund focused its inaugural efforts with the COVID-19 Veteran Relief Grant, which awards donations to nonprofit organizations that serve the veteran communities negatively impacted by the coronavirus.

Media and advertising support for the 2020 program include national digital and social media campaigns, a website, off-premise display pieces, and point of sale featuring the veteran stories and the new American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund.

The 2020 Evan Williams American-Made Heroes are:

  • Robin Harder, Mico, TX, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (Ret.): As a Cryptologic Linguist, Robin’s 20-year career took her everywhere from Germany to Afghanistan. She is the founder of the Women Veterans of San Antonio: a non-profit group that serves, honors, and empowers women Veterans in her community. Robin has chosen to donate to ReGroup Foundation. To learn more about their mission, visit https://regroup4vets.com/
  • John “JC” White, Martinsville, VA, U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms (Ret.): J.C. first served in the U.S. Navy during Operation Desert Storm and re-enlisted after 9/11. He went on to complete five more tours of duty. Over the years, he has volunteered as a Special Olympics coach, provided services to the homeless, and mentored at-risk youth. J.C. has chosen PAWS for Purple Hearts as his charity. To learn more about their mission, visit https://pawsforpurplehearts.org/.
  • Jonathan Hiltz, Marion, IL, U.S. Marine Corps Corporal: Jonathan served as a Nuclear Biological Chemical Defense Specialist in Iraq. Today, he serves other veterans as a Peer Support Specialist. He established two non-profits, the Arise Veteran Foundation and Love Goes, to help alleviate poverty and support the homeless. Jonathan has chosen Love Goes as his charity.
  • Mary Tobin, Atlanta, GA, U.S. Army Captain (Ret.): Mary began her 10-year military career at West Point, deployed twice to Iraq, and was awarded the Combat Action Badge. As regional Executive Director of The Mission Continues, she helps veterans take charge of community service and revitalization projects across the U.S. To learn more about The Mission Continues, visit https://missioncontinues.org/.
  • Eduardo “Eddie” Ramirez, Fairfield, CA, U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant (Ret.): Always driven to serve, Eddie capped off his decorated, 22-year military career by going to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs. His experience led him to establish OneVet OneVoice: a veteran advocacy group focused on healthcare, education, housing, and employment. Eddie has chosen OneVet OneVoice as his charity. To learn more about their mission, visit https://onevetonevoice.org/.

The American Hero Edition bottle is available nationally for a suggested retail price of $24.99 for the 1.75L and $12.99 for the 750ml, and is bottled at 43 percent alcohol by volume (86 proof). To learn more about each of the 2020 American-Made Heroes and to apply for funding through the COVID-19 Veteran Relief Grant, visit https://american-madeheroes.com/.

ABOUT EVAN WILLIAMS: The flagship Bourbon of Heaven Hill Distillery, Evan Williams is among the leaders in the rapidly growing American Whiskey segment as the world’s second largest-selling Bourbon. Evan Williams is a proud sponsor of Major League Baseball and the World Series, first forming a partnership with the national pastime in 2016. As an American-made and American-owned brand, Evan Williams has recognized true American heroes through their exceptional stories of honor and bravery on special edition American-Made Hero labels for the past five years, now supported by the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund. The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience (www.EvanWilliamsBourbonExperience.com) celebrates the legacy of Evan Williams through an immersive visitor’s center experience which brings to life the history and tradition of Kentucky’s native spirit as an official stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN-MADE HEROES FOUNDATION FUND: Evan Williams is honored to broaden its support of veteran communities across the country through the launch of the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund, announced in April 2020. The American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund was established to show Evan Williams’ pride in being American-made and owned, and to give back to those who served. Our purpose is: to provide a platform for sharing inspiring veteran stories; to raise public awareness for causes impacting the veteran community; and to support nonprofit organizations that help veterans and their families through a specialized grant program. Due to the national impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund will focus its inaugural efforts with the COVID-19 Veteran Relief Grant, which awards donations to nonprofit organizations that serve the veteran communities negatively impacted by the coronavirus.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/07/evan-williams-bourbon-announces-2020-american-made-heroes-american-whiskey-news/

Craft Whisky Club Subscription Box – Whisky News

Online whisky initiative Craft Whisky Club has created the ultimate whisky lovers subscription service, for those who not only want to discover a new world of craft, artisan and innovative whisky-making but get a chance to try them too.

From casks to pairings, locally-produced to the exotic, learning and exploring the world of whisky is a fundamental part of the whisky experience. Resident experts at the Craft Whisky Club handpick the finest small batch and artisan whiskies, carefully selecting exciting and innovative distillers from Scotland and beyond. Each box includes up to two full size bottles, as well as a specially selected food pairing to match with the whiskies, alongside plenty of information about the distillery and how the whiskies are matured, developed and brought to life.

Choose from either 1 bottle or 2 bottles of whisky every 2 months. Bottles come from award winning distilleries from all over the world such as American Whiskey, Rye and Bourbon producer High West from the Rockies, to independent bottler and blender extraordinaire, Douglas Laing who has just launched The Epicurean Edinburgh Edition, which pays homage to Scotland’s historic capital. From £29.95 per month. For further information on how the membership works and pricing please see here.

For those looking for something more unique, Caskshare allows whisky lovers to reserve ‘shares’ of whisky casks from their favourite distilleries, choosing between a wide variety of wood types and ages as the whisky matures. Single cask bottles will then be sent directly to buyers upon maturation, or even traded between them on this new leading-edge technology platform. This allows whisky-lovers the chance to experience different cask variations by lowering the financial barrier to cask-ownership. Customers pre-order cask ‘shares’ from their distillery of choice via the Caskshare online platform. Once the ageing process is complete, whisky allocations are bottled and distributed to ‘shareholders’.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/07/craft-whisky-club-subscription-box-whisky-news/

Thursday, July 2nd, 7PM: Spot Irish Whiskies Tasting at The Whisky Shop #SFO – Irish Whiskey News

Thursday, July 2nd, 7PM:

Spot Irish Whiskies

Established in Dublin in the early 1990s, the Spot whiskies are some of the most sought-after Irish whiskies in the world. You’ll get in-depth knowledge of Irish pot still whiskey and a behind-the-scenes look at the Spot whiskey distillery at this live virtual tasting, presented by whiskey expert Dominic Venegas.

Click Here to RSVP

Tasting Pourlist:

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Green Spot

Green Spot Finished in Zinfandel Casks

Yellow Spot 12 Year Old

Red Spot 15 Year Old

Get 10% off all Spot whiskies

with coupon code ‘VIRTUAL’ at Checkout

 Click here to purchase Spot whiskies

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/07/thursday-july-2nd-7pm-spot-irish-whiskies-tasting-at-the-whisky-shop-sfo-irish-whiskey-news/

Whisky Wednesday Reviews Peaky Blinders Whiskey – Irish Whiskey News

Not just a TV show, now a whisky…and a gin, and a rum and moonshine! Made in County Cork, possibly by Midleton? This stuff is genuinely not bad, its not expensive and it’s made to a decent quality. I haven’t seen much of the TV show, so don’t expect the thick accent or a flat cap. Cheers.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/07/whisky-wedneday-reviews-peaky-blinders-whiskey-irish-whiskey-news/

Whiskies of the World American Whiskey Tasting July 5th, 2020 – American Whiskey News

Come celebrate America’s traditional sips along with a full range of American Whiskey this 4th of July holiday weekend for our special virtual tasting on Sunday, July 5th at 5PM PST.

We will cover a full range of flavor profiles demonstrating American ingenuity. We will cover bourbon, rye and corn whisky.  Why is corn whiskey not bourbon? Taste the difference between rye and malted rye. Discover some other great grains made into whisky and what is ASM.

Each tasting kit contains  0.50 oz. samples of nine whiskeys. Guests will receive a link to join our brand ambassadors for a private, Zoom conference where you can talk amongst yourselves, and describe what you’re seeing, smelling and tasting!

Tasting Kits can be purchased in these cities: San Jose, San Francisco, Pleasanton, and  Oakland. Pre-purchase kits now for pickup starting July 2nd, 

San Jose: Haberdasher  (Available for purchase beginning Monday, June 29.)
San Francisco: Shovels Bar  
Pleasanton: Beer Baron
Oakland: Beer Baron

Pour List Includes
Belle Meade Bourbon
Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser BIB
Barber Lee Malted Rye
KOVAL Single Grain Oat
KOVAL Four Grain
Balcones Baby Blue
Breckenridge Bourbon PX Sherry
Breckenridge Bourbon Port
Del Bac Whiskey Dorado Mequite Smoked

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/07/whiskies-of-the-world-american-whiskey-tasting-july-5th-2020-american-whiskey-news/

Women of Whisky presents Rusty Rabbit Brands at Milroys of Soho – Whiskey News

Rusty Rabbit Women’s Whisky Night
host a online charity tasting for
Albert Kennedy Trust  

Thursday 9th July, 7.30pm
online tasting with special guest Nichole Johnson- the International Bootlegger

This tasting is dedicated to celebrating and promoting diversity in the whisky world. We will be exploring fantastic whiskies from the first all African-American distillery in Kentucky, Brough Brothers run by Victor, Christian, and Bryson Yarbrough.

Right alongside we will be tasting a bourbon and a rye whiskey from a brand new distillery, Blinking Owl. A first for Orange County, this diverse operation produces all manor of spirts, and are looking to perfect their grain to glass production.

We welcome live interaction and will be answering all your questions during the show.

For all lovers of American Whiskey, this tasting is for you!

Nichole Johnson

Nichole has over 10 years’ of experience in the whisky industry, representing exciting whisky brands on a global scale. Well known for her incredible knowledge and engaging tastings, we can’t wait to hear about her latest projects with distributor Rusty Rabbit International! .

Thursday 9th July, 7.30pm

An invitation to join Katie Groves Nichole Johnson an online tasting experience 

Your ticket includes:
3 x 30ml whiskies:
Brough Brothers Bourbon, 44.0 %
Blinking Owl Bourbon, 45%
Blinking Owl Rye, 45%

All proceeds to the Albert Kennedy Trust @aktcharity

Book Tasting

All proceeds to the Albert Kennedy Trust @aktcharity, who help young LGBTQ people from all backgrounds affected by homelessness or abusive households. Since 1989, they’ve helped over 50,000 vulnerable young people with better living and opportunities. They provide support on housing, education, mental health and career opportunities, and fight tirelessly against all kinds of racism and prejudice.

Milroys Online

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/06/women-of-whisky-presents-rusty-rabbit-brands-at-milroys-of-soho-whiskey-news/

Teeling Brabazon Bottling 03

The third installment in the Teeling Brabazon whiskey series is the result of a collaboration with a small family-owned bodega in Jerez that dates back to the 18th century. They don’t specify which distillery, but it got me thinking…

October 14th of 2016 I got an e-mail from Alex Chasko (master distiller at Teeling) on my SherryNotes address, asking my opinion of a certain bodega because they were thinking of buying some casks from a very old solera. I gave him my opinions and some background info, with the advice to buy these casks without hesitation.

I’m talking about a small family-owned bodega which were founded in 1729. Years later it turns out I had some influence in this Brabazon bottling… (or so I’d like to think).

Anyway the whiskey was first matured in ex-bourbon and had a finishing period of three years in these Pedro Ximénez casks.  


Teeling Brabazon Bottling 03 14 yo (49,5%, OB 2020, Pedro Ximénez casks, 10.000 btl.)

Nose: clear sherry notes but in a very seductive and balanced way. Baked red apples, fragrant plums and floral honey. Whiffs of rose petals at the top end. Soft hints of chocolate and coffee underneath. Hints of cinnamon and roasted almonds as well.

Mouth: oily and rather fruity again, with poached pears, red apples again and hints of fresh, juicy figs. There’s a slight candied note (maybe raspberry candy). The PX is really well balanced here, never overtaking the spirit. Then there a greener, spicy theme, light mint. Some caramelized brown sugar, prunes and soft chocolate notes.

Finish: medium long, on oranges (or rather marmalade), mint, coffee and leafy notes.

A very nice result, the balance is just right and these casks (from a solera founded in 1918, I suppose) really add some nice flavours. The best Brabazon so far, in my opinion. Available from The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt and other retailers of course.

Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/irish-whiskey/teeling-brabazon-bottling-03-pedro-ximenez/



Enhanced Sanitation and Tour Accommodations to Offer Reassurance and Peace of Mind to Guests

BARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY (June 22, 2020) – Barton 1792 will welcome guests back to Bardstown’s oldest fully-operating Distillery on July 1 with enhanced accommodations for offering the safest possible Distillery experience. Visitors can expect to explore decades of bourbon making history and sample award-winning products like always, but with new measures in accordance with CDC guidelines and government recommendations.

Barton 1792 will also begin utilizing Bards Tavern, formerly known as Hilltop Inn but now back to its original name, as its Gift Shop and Visitor Center. This move will double the space of the previous Visitor Center and allow the previous location to be utilized exclusively for tastings. Bards Tavern is located just outside the Distillery gates, directly on Cathedral Manor.

In order for the Distillery to efficiently manage tour and group sizes with respect to social distancing, guests will be required to register for tours and events in advance of their visit.

Upon arrival, guests will need to check in at the Bards Tavern Visitor Center where their individual contact information will be recorded in the event contact tracing needs to be performed, and have their temperature taken. Guests will also be asked to wear a face mask. For anyone who forgets theirs, one will be provided. Visitors can take comfort in knowing that all employees at the Distillery will also be wearing face masks and will have had their temperatures taken upon entrance.

Tours and events will be kept to small, comfortable groups to allow for social distancing, and protective shields have been installed at the bars and cash registers. Gift Shop capacity will also be limited to allow for safe, enjoyable shopping experiences. All tours and tastings remain complimentary.

“Every effort to address the health, safety and comfort of our guests is being taken,” Homeplace Development Director Meredith Moody said. “We want to offer the best experience possible while providing the same rich history and experiences our fans love. We are thrilled to reopen to the public, and with the expanded visitor space that Bards Tavern offers.”

Barton 1792 Distillery will be open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration for the Barton Tradition Tour can be made at www.1792Distillery.com. Curbside sales will also continue. To place an order visit https://1792distillery.com/curbside/.

Full details about what to expect will be provided to guests upon registration.

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery, and is named for the year Kentucky became a state. The Distillery has garnered a number of prestigious awards for its whiskies, including its 1792 Full Proof, which was named the World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  To learn more visit www.1792bourbon.com.

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/06/barton-1792-distillery-to-resume-tours-and-visitation-beginning-july-1-american-whiskey-news/

New: Ardbeg single cask / Glenmorangie Malaga Cask / Craigellachie 1995

Ardbeg 2000 single cask

Ardbeg 2000 single cask #10

It seems a new Ardbeg single cask is around the corner. Cask #10 is a first-fill bourbon barrel filled in January 2000 and taken out early June 2020. It is bottled at cask strength 46.7% with 179 bottles available.


Glenmorangie Barrel Select Release - Malaga Cask

Glenmorangie Barrel Select Release – Malaga Cask

With ‘fake’ sherry casks being sourced from Huelva and Montilla-Moriles, it always surprised me that none of the distilleries were getting casks from the Malaga region. Just south of the sherry region, it makes a series of similar wines, like the very sweet Malaga Virgen.

Until now, that is, as Glenmorangie will soon release a Glenmorangie Barrel Select Release with a Malaga Cask finish. It’s a 12 year-old whisky finished in first-fill Malaga ‘Dulce’ wine casks and bottled at 47.3% ABV.


Craigellachie single cask 1995

Craigellachie Exceptional Cask 1995 #5229

Bottled in March 2020, a Craigellachie 1995 single cask #5229 will arrive soon.

The whisky is 24 years old and matured in a sherry cask yet the tasting notes make it seem like the sherry influence is subtle, with notes of pineapple tatin, vanilla and soft brown sugar. It comes at cask strength 52.2% ABV with 474 bottles available.


Kilchoman Machir Bay Cask Strength

Kilchoman Machir Bay Cask Strength

A new Kilchoman Machir Bay Cask Strength is planned for the festive season at the end of 2020, hence the Christmas hats on the Islay sheep. It comes at a whopping strength of 58.6% ABV.


BenRiach GlenDronach single casks 2020

There are also a few details about upcoming (single) cask whisky releases from BenRiach and Glendronach. These could be US exclusives by the way:

  • GlenDronach 2008 Cask bottling #3017 (Oloroso sherry puncheon)
  • GlenDronach 2005 Cask bottling #1928 (Pedro Ximénez puncheon)
  • GlenDronach 1994 Cask bottling #5287 (Port Pipe)
  • GlenDronach 1993 Cask bottling #7102 (Oloroso sherry puncheon)
  • BenRiach 2010 Cask Edition #7440 (Tennesse Whiskey)
  • BenRiach 2009 Cask Edition #6247 (Tennessee Whiskey barrel)
  • BenRiach 2009 Cask Edition #4507 (Oloroso sherry puncheon)


Also interesting

Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently…

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Article source: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/whisky-news/ardbeg-single-cask-glenmorangie-malaga-cask-craigellachie-1995-whisky/

The Whisky Exchange “Introducing Our Virtual Tastings For July” – Whisky News

2 July 5:30-6:30pm (BST)

Virtual Tasting: American Whiskey with Mark Gillespie

Ahead of Independence Day, we are delighted to welcome veteran whisky journalist, Mark Gillespie. Mark will be joined by the people behind some of our favourite American distilleries: FEW Spirits, New Riff and Wild Turkey. Join the guys as they chat through a selection of their favourites and take a deep dive into the world of American distilling.


9 July 5:30-6:30pm (BST)

Virtual Tasting: Bunnahabhain with Billy Abbott

Founded in 1881, Bunnahabhain has established itself as a beloved Islay malt, winning many accolades and legions of fans across the globe. In this live tasting and QA, The Whisky Exchange’s ambassador, Billy Abbott, will guide you through a selection of the distillery’s latest and greatest drams.


Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/06/the-whisky-exchange-introducing-our-virtual-tastings-for-july-whisky-news/