Evan Williams Bourbon Launches American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund – American Whisky News

Evan Williams Bourbon Launches American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund

2020 funds will support nonprofit organizations that serve the veteran community negatively impacted by COVID-19

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Evan Williams Bourbon today established the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund, continuing the brand’s support of veterans since launching the American-Made Heroes program and limited-edition label in 2015.

As an American-made and American-owned brand, Evan Williams recognizes true American heroes each year by sharing their exceptional stories of honor, bravery and service to their community on a special edition label. The American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund will extend this recognition by helping to fund independent, nonprofit organizations that support veterans and their families. The purpose of the foundation is to provide a platform for sharing inspiring veteran stories, raising public awareness for causes impacting the veteran community, and supporting 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. Beginning April 21, 2020 through June 24, 2020, 501c3 organizations can apply for funding through the COVID-19 Veteran Relief Grant. In addition to this effort, the brand’s parent company, Heaven Hill Brands, has launched an initiative to produce hand sanitizer at several of its locations, including the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in downtown Louisville, Ky. A portion of the hand sanitizer produced will be delivered to veteran centers across the state of Kentucky.

“We are honored to launch the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund and continue the brand’s efforts to celebrate veterans who protect the American spirit,” said Julie Cole, Evan Williams Bourbon Brand Manager. “With a history of supporting our country’s veterans, we are proud to kick off the official fund with a focus on supporting veteran communities most at risk during this time.”

As the second-largest selling Bourbon in the world, Evan Williams is proud of its American Heritage and honored to broaden its support of veteran communities across the country. The 2020 American-Made Heroes will be announced in early May along with the individualized 2020 limited edition bottles. To learn more about the organizations eligible for support, or apply for a grant through the COVID-19 Veteran Relief Grant, visit https://american-madeheroes.com/apply-now.

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. 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.

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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

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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/

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.

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BLACKS BREWERY & DISTILLERY KINSALE MOVE ONTO THE NEW PHASE OF WHISKEY FOUNDERS CLUB – Whisky News

BLACKS BREWERY DISTILLERY KINSALE MOVE ONTO THE NEW PHASE OF WHISKEY FOUNDERS CLUB

Blacks Brewery and Distillery. Sam Maudeline Black…..there is no stopping this pair who already have their eyes firmly on their next endeavour – the whiskey market. Always looking for a unique angle, and bringing creativity to their business, be that in the form of seasonal craft beer recipes, production methods or eye-catching packaging, Maudeline Sam wanted to make their whiskey journey special too. They have achieved this by opening up their business to other whiskey enthusiasts who wish to share in their passion with the Blacks Whiskey Founders Club.

Already boasting over 100 members, the Blacks Whiskey Founders Club gives whiskey lovers the opportunity to purchase their own cask of whiskey, starting from €6,500. This club allows members to create their very own personalised and branded whiskey, with a cask expected to deliver over 397 bottles of pot still single malt Irish whiskey, or to use this as an investment opportunity and after the five-year maturation period sell back their cask to Blacks. This buy-back scheme will generate a minimum 4% annually compounded (approx. €280 per year per cask) return on a members initial investment.

Phase one of this €1million project has now been completed, the installation of two copper whiskey stills. With the club still open for new members to join, and with lots of different cask options to choose from for example ex bourbon, sherry or port, the next key date in the diary is the first annual Blacks Whiskey Founders Club party, which is set to take place on Friday 18th September. This annual event gives members an opportunity to network and check in on their whiskey, becoming an actively engaged part of the distilling process. During the day members will have a choice of some social activities such as golfing and a Kinsale Harbour sailing trip,  while in the afternoon there will be tours of the distillery and brewery, with lots of spirit and beer tasting.

Speaking in relation to the Blacks Whiskey Founders Club , Sam Black commented, ‘This really is a unique opportunity for whiskey enthusiasts, who otherwise would not be in a position to produce whiskey alone. It was my passion for brewing and my wifes support that gave me the push to open Black Brewery Distillery and I want to share that experience with others. Some of our members who have already joined plan to bottle and label their whiskey to gift to family, friends, as corporate client gifts and to sell some on the secondary whiskey market, while for others its an investment opportunity, but one in which they to play an active role in also creating a piece of our famous Irish whiskey heritage. The next few weeks mark a huge milestone in this project as the actual whiskey production begins. I look forward to watching our club grow, adding more people to the Blacks family and getting to meet a lot of these face to face at our annual get-together.’

Blacks Brewery and Distillery are among some of the lucky businesses who have been able to adapt their operations processes in order to remain functioning safely through this Covid19 pandemic. Not only are they still supplying beers and spirits to off-licenses and supermarkets across the country, but they are also playing their part in trying to fight this virus and support the community, with the production of much needed hand sanitiser. Despite their online sales increasing over the last month and sales staff required to focus their efforts here, Maudeline and Sam were still adamant that they were going to use their resources to help, and therefore redeployed members of their sales team, who would have primarily focused on on-trade pubs and restaurants.

Sales staff are now helping in the distillery to bottle and label hand sanitizer. This supply of hand sanitiser is being split between charities, such as Cork Simon and local Kinsale volunteers, and consumers. In addition to charity drops and for consumers through retail stores, when placing online spirit orders through the Blacks website consumers receive free sanitiser and one is also donated to a charity group in their name. Now that the new copper whiskey stills are installed they will also play a role in this sanitation process, as before whiskey production begins in the coming weeks the stills must undergo a cleaning run in manual mode with vinegar, followed by a sacrificial alcohol run which will also be transformed into hand sanitiser.

Commenting on the new edition to their production line Sam Black said, ‘We consider ourselves very fortunate to still be in a position to stay open and meet the demand of customers. It is a very hard time for the entire Irish community and we just wanted to play our part, no matter how small in helping during this crisis. When we became aware of the huge shortage of hand sanitiser for those on the frontline we realised we were in a unique position to be able to assist, and so we quickly went about altering our production process to start manufacturing and getting this into the hands of those who need it.’

To find out more about how to become a member of the Blacks Whiskey Founders Club www.blacksbrewery.com. You can also contact Paul, a member of the Blacks team at paul@blacksbrewery.com or stay connected online at Instagram/blacksbrewery Instagram/blacksdistillerykinsale, Twitter @BlacksBrewery or Facebook/BlacksOfKinsale

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/blacks-brewery-distillery-kinsale-move-onto-the-new-phase-of-whiskey-founders-club-whisky-news/

Virginia Distillery Company “Buy Two Bottles & Get $1 Shipping 🥃” – American Whiskey News

Buy Two Bottles, Get $1 Shipping

Hey Virginia! You can now purchase and have whisky shipped direct from our distillery. Shop for Courage Conviction and our other award-winning products. 🎉Outside Virginia? Our distributor is offering a “buy two bottles, get $1 shipping” as well.

SHOP HERE

Celebrating Wins Along The Journey

We’re honored to have received a 93 point rating for our Journey Cask Collection Britannia Single Malt release from Whisky Advocate’s Spring 2020 Buying Guide. ✨ 243 bottles were produced. Less than 80 bottles remain. Britannia is available for purchase online while supplies last.

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Virginia Distillery Company “Buy Two Bottles & Get $1 Shipping 🥃” – American Whiskey News

Buy Two Bottles, Get $1 Shipping

Hey Virginia! You can now purchase and have whisky shipped direct from our distillery. Shop for Courage Conviction and our other award-winning products. 🎉Outside Virginia? Our distributor is offering a “buy two bottles, get $1 shipping” as well.

SHOP HERE

Celebrating Wins Along The Journey

We’re honored to have received a 93 point rating for our Journey Cask Collection Britannia Single Malt release from Whisky Advocate’s Spring 2020 Buying Guide. ✨ 243 bottles were produced. Less than 80 bottles remain. Britannia is available for purchase online while supplies last.

LEARN MORE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/virginia-distillery-company-buy-two-bottles-get-1-shipping-%F0%9F%A5%83-american-whiskey-news/

Virginia Distillery Company “Buy Two Bottles & Get $1 Shipping 🥃” – American Whiskey News

Buy Two Bottles, Get $1 Shipping

Hey Virginia! You can now purchase and have whisky shipped direct from our distillery. Shop for Courage Conviction and our other award-winning products. 🎉Outside Virginia? Our distributor is offering a “buy two bottles, get $1 shipping” as well.

SHOP HERE

Celebrating Wins Along The Journey

We’re honored to have received a 93 point rating for our Journey Cask Collection Britannia Single Malt release from Whisky Advocate’s Spring 2020 Buying Guide. ✨ 243 bottles were produced. Less than 80 bottles remain. Britannia is available for purchase online while supplies last.

LEARN MORE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/virginia-distillery-company-buy-two-bottles-get-1-shipping-%F0%9F%A5%83-american-whiskey-news/

Virginia Distillery Company “Buy Two Bottles & Get $1 Shipping 🥃” – American Whiskey News

Buy Two Bottles, Get $1 Shipping

Hey Virginia! You can now purchase and have whisky shipped direct from our distillery. Shop for Courage Conviction and our other award-winning products. 🎉Outside Virginia? Our distributor is offering a “buy two bottles, get $1 shipping” as well.

SHOP HERE

Celebrating Wins Along The Journey

We’re honored to have received a 93 point rating for our Journey Cask Collection Britannia Single Malt release from Whisky Advocate’s Spring 2020 Buying Guide. ✨ 243 bottles were produced. Less than 80 bottles remain. Britannia is available for purchase online while supplies last.

LEARN MORE

Article source: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2020/04/virginia-distillery-company-buy-two-bottles-get-1-shipping-%F0%9F%A5%83-american-whiskey-news/

New: Ardbeg 25 Year Old / Teeling Blackpitts / Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake

A 25 year-old Ardbeg, a very promising idea, which makes us think of the superb Ardbeg Lord of the Isles for instance, the last official expression which reached this age. It is bottled at 46% and expected later this year. The web-like packaging and the black bottle look great.

However with similar recent independent expressions priced € 700-800 we’re afraid it might reach for the stars.

 

 

Blue Spot whiskey 7 Year Old

No need to introduce the Spot series from Mitchell Sons, Ireland’s oldest family owned wine and spirits merchant. Blue Spot is a new 7 year-old pot still Irish whiskey from Midleton distillery, a composition of bourbon barrels, sherry butts and Portuguese Madeira casks. It is non chill filtered and bottled at cask strength.

I already hinted at a Blue version when I reviewed the Red Spot whiskey release in 2018.

 

 

Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake

Glenmorangie is working on a new Tokaji Dessert wine finish, reminiscent of a pineapple upside down cake. Glenmorangie ‘A Tale of Cake’ is bottled at 46,3% and is said to be a sweet, multi-layered dram that tastes particularly well with actual cake.

 

 

Teeling Blackpitts

Blackpitts is a historic area of Dublin, formerly home to an abundance of malting houses, just behind the new Teeling distillery. It is the inspiration for a peated Teeling Blackpitts single malt, which is matured in bourbon and Sauternes casks. Bottled at 46%.

 

 

Also interesting

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

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