Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Bourbon Barrel Blurbs, Volume 02, Issue 04

Hey there, Bourbon lovers! I'm excited to bring you to the latest addition to Bourbon Barrel Blurbs. We have some blurbs about Pinhook Bourbon, BH James Distillery, JK Williams Distillery, Claire Marin and Pollinator Spirits, and bourbon lotteries in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Also looking at Barrel Bourbon, Old Line Spirits. Alpha Brewing Co., Tattersall Distilling, Horse Soldier, Ole Smokey, and Breckenridge Distillery. Hope you enjoy!

Robb Report’s Review of Pinhook Collaboration Series #2

Pinhook Collaboration Series #2

This is a great write-up on the Pinhook Collaboration Series, especially the latest release made in collaboration with Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery. The collaboration between the whiskey maker, Sean Josephs, and Oliver, who has extensive experience in beer and spirits, has resulted in a high-quality bourbon with a rich, complex flavor profile. Despite being distilled and aged for only four years, this high-rye bourbon has a palate that belies its young age, with notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla custard, and apple tart leading off on the palate.

It is also great to see that the proceeds from the sales of this bottle will be donated to The Michael James Jackson Foundation for Brewing and Distilling, an organization founded by Oliver to award scholarships to people of color who want to pursue brewing and distilling education. This not only helps support a good cause but also acknowledges the difficulties that people of color face in entering the craft brewing industry.

Overall, this Pinhook bourbon is a truly pleasurable high-proof drinking experience that is worth trying and sharing with friends.

Find the full article HERE.

BH James Distillery Open

Shawn McCormick has created a distillery, BH James, that is rooted in his family's history and heritage. Named after his great-grandfather Burton James and great-grandmother James Lake, his vodka and bourbon spirits are a tribute to his hometown of Adairville, Kentucky. McCormick's background in food science and his inspiration from the Bourbon Trail motivated him to start his own distillery, and it is now a reality on Gallatin road. Although the still is not yet open for tastings and tours, visitors can still swing by Thursday through Saturday to purchase a bottle or two. For more information, you can visit the website at

Local Distillery Closing Its Doors… For Good?

Courtesy of JK Williams Distillery's Website

It's always sad to see a business close, but the owner of JK Williams Distillery in Peoria is determined to keep the business going, whether that means relocating or finding a new location in central Illinois. With awards for their products, there's no doubt that the distillery has a following and the potential to succeed in the future. Hopefully, they will be able to find a new location that meets their requirements and continue to produce high-quality spirits.

Meet The Queen Bee Of Catskills Spirits

Courtesy of Pollinator Spirits Website

Claire Marin, owner and head distiller of Pollinator Spirits, formerly known as Catskill Provisions, is a woman who is making waves in the male-dominated craft distilling industry. Marin started her journey as a beekeeper in 2003 and soon became enamored with the magical world of bees. She quit her full-time job to pursue beekeeping, eventually launching Catskills Provisions in 2010 to sell honey to chefs in New York City. As the farm distilling movement grew around her, Marin became interested in the art of distilling and eventually opened her own distillery in 2013, launching a line of spirits sourced from local farms in the Catskills and Finger Lakes regions.

Pollinator Spirits offers a range of spirits, including a rye whiskey, finished in honey barrels, two gins, a vodka, a maple bourbon, and a Crimson Amaro. The vodka is described as “expressive” due to the honey used in the fermentation process, while the Beespoke Gin is distilled using wines from the Finger Lakes, giving it a floral kick.

Marin is one of only a few female distillers in the country and is now ready to expand beyond New York, beginning national distribution directly to consumers in March. The rebranding to Pollinator Spirits is not only linked to this expansion but is also meant to bring attention to the importance of pollinators, an issue close to Marin’s heart, as she still has between 175 and 200 hives and is always supporting bees. Read the full article HERE.

Virginia ABC Announce Online Lotteries For Pappy

Image courtesy of Virginia ABC

Due to its popularity and limited supply, Pappy Van Winkle can be difficult to find, which is why the Virginia ABC is holding lotteries to give Virginia residents a better chance of purchasing a bottle. The online lottery entry forms will be available for five days, and winners will be selected at random. To claim their prize, the winner must be a Virginia resident over the age of 21 and must present a valid Virginia photo identification that matches the name and address on the winner's entry at the time of purchase. Click HERE for details.

Barrell Bourbon Batch 034 Released By Barrell Craft Spirits

Barrell Bourbon Batch 034

Barrell Craft Spirits
is known for its blending expertise and for creating unique, aged, cask-strength sourced whiskey and rum. Barrell Bourbon Batch 034 is a blend of whiskey aged for 6, 8, 10, and 15 years. The flavor profile of this bourbon is robust and sophisticated, with distinct tasting notes.

On the nose, it has notes of eggnog and madeleines, dry hard cider, and a range of florals such as elderflower and violet. As it sits, the fruit transitions to a more cooked character, displaying dried apricot, candied orange peel, and mulled cider.

The palate begins with blackcurrant jam and grape soda, followed by classic notes of cinnamon donut, warm cola, orange, umami, and salt. The finish is long and sustained by modest tannin, with notes of shiso, licorice root, and a fudgy peanut butter cup.

A splash of spring water reveals an initially perfumed character with notes of petrichor, jasmine tea, and apple cider vinegar, but when it settles, a deep rancio character comes out, with notes of leafy and nutty flavors.

For more information, visit The Bourbon Flight, Whiskey Raiders, or Barrell Craft Spirits.

Unicorns In Pennsylvania?

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has scheduled three limited-release lotteries that will allow those who register the chance to purchase from a total of 814 bottles of rare whiskeys and bourbons. State residents and liquor licensees will have until 5 pm Friday, Feb. 17, to opt into one or more of the lotteries and/or drawings Full details can be found HERE.

Old Line Spirits Double Oak Series Sherry Cask

Old Line Spirits Double Oak Series Sherry Cask

It seems that the demand for Old Line Spirits' annual release has increased significantly since winning an award in Fred Minnick's Ascot Awards last year. The product is a single malt made from 100% malted barley, aged for five years in new American white oak, and then aged for another year in sherry casks. It is bottled at 100 proof and has classic notes of caramel, brown sugar, and tobacco, with additional complexities of stone fruit, nuts, and raisins, according to co-founder Arch Watkins.

The American Single Malt Double Oak Series Sherry Cask Finish will be available in certain states, including Maryland, D.C., Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Colorado, at a suggested retail price of $64.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.

Alpha Brewing Co. to Add Distillery

Alpha Brewing Co., based in St. Louis, has announced that it will open a distillery in 2023. The company has been brewing beer since 2013 and currently sells its sour and barrel-aged beers in over 200 locations in St. Louis and nationally.

According to owner and lead brewer Derrick Langeneckert, the Brewstillery will feature a 2,300-square-foot tasting room, a 1,200-square-foot distilling space, and a small kitchen that will serve St. Louis-style pizza and snacks. The distillery will produce three brown spirits (whiskeys, ryes, or bourbons), as well as a new line of fruited vodkas called Squoosch.

Tattersall Distilling Launches Interstate American Single Malt Whiskey

Tattersall Distilling has launched its first American single malt whiskey, Interstate Whiskey, which has been aged for four years in virgin oak barrels and distilled from a blend of 100% malted barley, including Wisconsin cherry wood smoked and dark roasted malts. The result is a complex whiskey with rich notes of chocolate, cherry and a hint of coffee. It is available for purchase in Minnesota and Wisconsin at an MSRP of $45 for a 750ml bottle. The whiskey complies with the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission requirements. Interstate Whiskey is now available for purchase in select retail stores, restaurants and bars across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Please visit for more information.

Raise a Glass of Horse Soldier Bourbon

Nice little article from Horse Canada that discusses a group of former Green Berets who developed a brand of bourbon inspired by their time fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. The soldiers became known as the Horse Soldiers because of their use of Afghan horses to navigate the mountainous terrain. After returning home, the soldiers toured distilleries in Kentucky, Ireland, and Scotland to learn about whiskey making, and eventually developed their own brand of bourbon, Horse Soldier Bourbon. The brand is made in Kentucky but has its headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida, where there is a tasting room, restaurant, and event facility called Urban Stillhouse. The brand has won several awards and is available in 16 US states. The article notes that the soldiers' dream is to build more restaurants and a new distillery in Kentucky. Read the full article HERE.

Ole Smoky Again Named the Most Visited Distillery in the World In 2022

Ole Smoky Distilleries, a leading distiller of premium moonshine and craft whiskey, has once again been named the most visited distillery in the world. The company's four locations in Tennessee welcomed over 5.3 million visitors in 2022, including 2.3 million at The Holler in Gatlinburg, 1.1 million at The Barrelhouse in Gatlinburg, 1.2 million at The Barn in Pigeon Forge, and over 700,000 at 6th & Peabody in Nashville. By comparison, Ole Smoky entertains more guests than all of Scotland's 140 distilleries combined and more than double the number of visitors who visited all 42 distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in 2022. The success of Ole Smoky is attributed to innovative and great tasting new products, a lively atmosphere, employees who provide great hospitality, and exciting events at the distilleries. Ole Smoky's 25 moonshine flavors and 17 whiskey flavors can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 20 countries where liquor is sold. Read the full article HERE

Breckenridge Distillery Strikes Gold at 2023 World Whiskies Awards

The 2023 World Whiskies Awards awarded to Breckenridge Two Clans, Collectors Art Series #2 and Breckenridge High Proof

Breckenridge Distillery has received three awards at Whisky Magazine's 2023 World Whiskies Awards. The distillery, which is located in Colorado, was awarded Best American Blended Malt, Best American Blended Limited Release, and Best American Blended. The awards were given for Breckenridge Two Clans, Collectors Art Series #2, and Breckenridge 105 High Proof, respectively. The World Whiskies Awards received over 1,300 submissions from across the US, and the awards were judged by over 200 judges. Breckenridge Distillery is known for being the world's highest distillery and is one of the most awarded craft distilleries in the United States. You can read the full press release HERE.

Hey folks, that's all for now! Thanks for hanging out and reading this post. I hope you had a good time and maybe learned a thing or two. If you enjoyed it, feel free to share with your friends and spread the love. I'll catch y'all next time with some more BBB. Take care and have a great day!

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