Monday, August 1, 2022

Bourbon Barrel Blurbs, Volume 01, Issue 11

Back with another issue of Bourbon Barrel Blurbs and we have a lot to bring you. Blurbs on Four Daughter's Bourbon, Saxton River Distillery, the inaugural Frank August release, cask strength whiskies to try now, new Kentucky Senator, splurge-worthy bourbons, Balcones, ASW Distillery celebrating the Braves, Israeli Kentucky-style whiskey, and more.

Check out Four Daughter's New Bourbons

Yahoo News article about Four Daughter's opening their new tasting room and their two bourbons, The Traditionalist Classic and The Traditionalist High-Rye. 

Saxton River Distillery Founded By Great-grandson of Moonshiner

Forbes brings us Christian Stromberg and his Saxton River Distillery in Brattleboro, VT. Stromberg, whose great-grandmother made moonshine in Brooklyn, has forgone the white lightning and went the more conventional route, offering maple liqueurs, maple bourbon and rye, gin as well as a few meads.

Frank August ‘Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey’

Frank August’s inaugural and flagship release is a true ‘Small Batch’ Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; each batch is blended with no more than 10-15 barrels. Frank August is distributed in the following markets: CA, AZ, WA, NV, KY, D.C., FL (available now) and NY (available August 2022). Frank August will be introducing two new expressions in October 2022: a Single Barrel product, as well as a ‘Case Study’ program where they will be experimenting with various finishing techniques. Frank August’s first release of ‘Case Study’ will be with Mizunara (Japanese Oak).

6 Cask Strength Whiskies to Try Now - Whisky Advocate

These cask strength whiskies all scored between 88 and 92 points in Whisky Advocate's Summer 2022 Buying Guide and range from 55.4% to 65.41% ABV. They include Uncle Nearest Master Blend, Hard Truth Sweet Mash Barrel Strength, and Lucky Seven 6 year old The Proprietor Single Barrel among others.

Launch Event For The Third Release From Kentucky Senator, The John G. Carlisle, On August 10th

Kentucky State Senate Majority Leader and co-founder of Kentucky Senator Bourbon, Damon Thayer, will be at Smoke Justis on August 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. to launch their new release, the John G. Carlisle. The John G. Carlisle Kentucky Senator release is a seven-year-old bourbon at a 107 proof and is named for Covington’s John G. Carlisle, who was critical to the passing of the Bottled in Bond Act in 1864.

Kentucky Lawmakers Discuss Lower Taxes On Bourbon Industry

Kentucky lawmakers are discussing the possibility of eliminating the state's bourbon barrel tax. Kentucky is the only state that charges such a tax and has one of the highest tax rates on spirits in the country. Eliminating the barrel tax would cut the amount of tax revenues going to local taxing bodies, including schools, by millions of dollars.

Finance Buzz Lists 20 Bourbons You’ll Want to Splurge On

According to an article on Finance Buzz, here are some great bourbons that are actually worth splurging on. The list includes Widow Jane 10-Year-Old Bourbon, Jim Beam Signature Craft Soft Red Wheat Bourbon Whiskey, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Whiskey, Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon, Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon, Early Times Bottled In Bond Bourbon, Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon Whisky, and others.

The Barrel Nerds of Balcones Distilling

ASW Distillery Launching World Champions Release Bourbon Finished On Maple Bats, Celebrating The Atlanta Braves

ASW Distillery releases a new edition of its flagship Fiddler Bourbon line, Fiddler Chin Music, commemorating the Atlanta Braves’ unprecedented 2021 Championship run. The release sees ASW Distillery finish its Gold Medal-winning Wheated Bourbon mash bill on staves of Georgia oak and hand-charred maple bats from renowned Nashville bat manufacturers, Old Hickory Bat Co. Bottled at Cask Strength with baseball imagery adorning the label, this release is the first in an ongoing series of Fiddler Chin Music releases celebrating the Atlanta Braves.

Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey, Re-Tasted And Ranked For 2022

Zach Johnston of UPROXX looks at the Four Roses bourbons, gives them a re-taste and then gives us his rankings for 2022. You can check out the full article here.

Israeli Distillery Makes Country’s First Kentucky Whiskey

Legends Distillery’s flagship Slingshot whiskey is named for David’s slingshot that felled Goliath in the Elah Valley. Photo courtesy of Legends Distillery

Mashing up American tradition with Israeli innovation, two US immigrants think their new bourbon-style whiskey is better than the original. Master distillers Noam Cohen and Alan Cohl launched Legends Distillery three years ago after undergoing stringent training in distilling techniques with some of America’s best experts. Legends created its own unique recipe using small domestic grains, and a detail-oriented aging and mellowing process. The whiskey is aged for three years in old white American oak barrels previously used by surrounding wineries for aging wine, rather than in new white American oak barrels as is the required process in the US. The barrels are duly charred—double the level used in the US in whiskey production.

6 New Whiskeys to Sip and Savor This Summer

This summer’s new whiskey releases saw brands paying homage to smoky summertime bonfires, releasing new 2022 editions of previously released products and rolling out new collaborations. Check out this BevNet article for new releases from WhistlePig, Hotel Tango, MF Libations and more.

Buzzard’s Roost Celebrates Third Anniversary With New Releases

Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey is celebrating its third anniversary with a pair of new bourbon releases: Char #1 Bourbon and Toasted American Oak Bourbon.

Since launching in Kentucky in the summer of 2019, Buzzard’s Roost has launched nine new products and expanded to 10 markets (Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, New Mexico, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Victoria, Canada, Illinois and North Carolina. A distribution agreement in Georgia is in progress and more states are on the 2022 horizon.

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