Saturday, April 29, 2023

Bourbon Barrel Blurbs Volume 02, Issue 12

The latest edition of Bourbon Barrel Blurbs (BBB) features news and updates in the bourbon industry, including reviews of Grand Teton Distillery's 8-year-old bourbon and New Liberty Distillery's Bloody Butcher bourbon. Other highlights include award-winning whiskies from Burton James Whiskey and Bardstown Bourbon Company, Sugarlands Distilling Company's Roaming Man Edition XV whiskey now available for purchase, Rock Town Distillery's new product line, an article about Twisted Path Distillery, and Two Souls Spirits announcing their ultra-rare spring release. Additionally, BBB takes a closer look at Copper Fox Distillery's expansion plans, Broad Branch Distillery's double gold medal win, and Fawn Weaver's mission to thank military members. The edition also features reviews of Chattanooga Whiskey's limited edition Silver Oak Cabernet Cask Finished Malt Whiskey and Still Austin Whiskey Co.'s double gold medal win at the 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and highlights Jack Daniel's limited-edition Tennessee Whiskey bottle, created in partnership with McLaren Racing.

Drinkhacker’s Review Of Grand Teton Private Stock Bourbon 8 Years Old

This is Drinkhacker’s Christopher Null’s review of Grand Teton Distillery's 8-year-old bourbon, aged at an elevation of 6000 feet in Idaho. The bourbon is made from a mash of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% barley and only 16 barrels were produced. The review describes the nose as woody and woodsy with moderate notes of mint, cloves, and pepper. On the palate, the bourbon is described as having a nutty element and a slick baking spice quality with notes of gunpowder and gingerbread. The finish is said to offer a pungent, lingering heat, evoking mint as it fades out. The reviewer concludes that it is a solid bourbon that is heavy on the nuts but complicated with plenty more to chew on. It is priced at $80 and is given an A- rating. For the full article, click HERE.

Drinkhacker’s Review Of New Liberty Bloody Butcher Bourbon 12 Months Old

The New Liberty Distillery's Bloody Butcher bourbon is made from a corn-heavy mash of the eponymously named corn variety grown in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, along with malted rye and malted barley. This expression is aged for just 12 months in new oak barrels. The whiskey has an aggressively oaky nose with a dark caramel sweetness that emerges with time. The palate is dominated by well-charred oak, with flavors of toasted popcorn and bitter, tannic cloves. The whiskey eventually reveals some charm with notes of caramel, chocolate, and butterscotch. The finish is sweet, with sawdust and some brutish qualities. The Bloody Butcher feels young and rough around the edges, but the potential for the older expressions is there. The whiskey is 95 proof and earns a grade of B-. The price is not available. For the full article, click HERE.

Burton James Whiskey Win Both A Gold And Silver Medal

Congratulations to Burton James Whiskey on its recent success at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition! Winning both a gold and silver medal is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the quality of their products. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is one of the most respected and competitive spirits competitions in the world, so this is certainly an accomplishment to be proud of. Well done! For more information, click

Roaming Man Edition XV Out Now

Sugarlands Distilling Company’s Roaming Man Edition XV whiskey is now available for purchase and tasting at the downtown Gatlinburg distillery, starting from Friday, April 28th, 2023, while supplies last. Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey is a cask strength whiskey distilled by Sugarlands Distilling Company. For more information, click HERE.

Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Award-Winning Whiskies And Summer Patio Series

Bardstown Bourbon Company won several awards at the SF World Spirits Competition for their Origin Series Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Origin Series Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, and Collaborative Series Château de Laubade II. They also announced the launch of their Summer Patio Series with a limited release collaboration with Scout & Scholar brewery, featuring a 12-year Kentucky bourbon finished in barrels that previously held Master Distiller Steve Nally's 50th Anniversary Blend and his imperial wheat beer. The product will be available exclusively at the distillery starting May 12th.

Rock Town Distillery Bottles New Product Line

Rock Town Distillery, based in Arkansas, has collaborated with Bardstown Bourbon Company's Collaborative Distilling Program to produce a new bourbon line, The Column Still Collection. The line features a toasted French oak barrel finished straight bourbon whiskey, a small batch straight bourbon whiskey, and a single barrel cask strength straight bourbon whiskey. The use of Bardstown's column stills allowed for a significant production run, more than Rock Town could make in years on its own. The barrels, made in Arkansas and Kentucky, were aged at Rock Town's warehouse in Little Rock. The new bourbons can be found in liquor stores throughout Arkansas, as well as in several other states. The Collaborative Distilling Program is part of Bardstown Bourbon's core philosophy of collaboration and transparency, and it allows smaller distillers to increase their volume and produce their own custom bourbon without investing in extensive infrastructure or high labor costs. For more information, click HERE.

Twisted Path “Made From Scratch In Milwaukee”

Nice article from Shepherd Express about Twisted Path Distillery, a small-batch craft distiller located in Bay View, Milwaukee. The founder and distiller, Brian Sammons, uses only the finest organic ingredients to create unique and constantly evolving recipes for their rum, vodka, gin, and whiskey. Sammons explains how his products are gluten-free and that he uses different yeasts for each product. Twisted Path Distillery offers tours and is certified organic by the USDA. For the full article, click HERE.

Two Souls Spirits Announce Ultra-Rare Spring Release

Two Souls Spirits, an independent bottler of American craft spirits, has announced its 2023 Spring Collection. The collection includes two limited-release single-barrel whiskeys from Watershed Distillery and Sutherland Distilling, which will be exclusively available for online purchase on their website. The 6-year 100% corn bourbon from Sutherland Distilling, the first release in their new 'Ghost Barrel' series, represents the last remaining whiskey from the distillery, which closed in February. The American Single Malt from Watershed is a one-off, never-before-released whiskey, with an apple brandy barrel finish that adds a complex fruitiness. Two Souls Spirits follows the Scottish model of independent bottling, offering 100% transparency from start to finish. For more information, click HERE.

Copper Fox Distillery Has Big Plans For The Future

Copper Fox Distillery, which produces Copper Fox Original American Single Malt, a whiskey that takes four years to age, is struggling to keep up with demand. The distillery, which opened in 2015, sources its grain locally and malted and kilned on-site using wood from fruit trees such as apple, peach, and cherry. Copper Fox's success is attributed to its steady growth in the niche craft beverage industry, which has resulted in the distillery hosting regular special events, including a whiskey tasting at the Tartan Day celebration. Copper Fox employs 14 people locally and is focused on expanding its engagement with the community. The distillery is actively pursuing new partnerships and opportunities. Copper Fox will continue to expand its products, marketing, and product development. More information can be found HERE.

Broad Branch Distillery Earns Double Gold Medal

Congratulations to Broad Branch on their recent achievements at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition! It's impressive to hear that both of their submissions, the Wood Exploration Series Barrel 21 and Rye Fidelity 6-year Bottled in Bond, were recognized with medals. The team at Broad Branch has put a great deal of care and passion into their craft, with a focus on aging spirits on their timeline. It's exciting to see such dedication to quality and innovation being recognized on a global scale. For those interested in trying these award-winning whiskies, they can be found in North Carolina ABC stores or at the Broad Branch tasting room in downtown Winston-Salem. For more information, click HERE.

This Whiskey CEO’s Mission To Thank Military Members

Fawn Weaver, CEO of Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, is touring the US to personally thank her military customers. The company, which was launched in 2017 to honor Nathan “Nearest” Green, the first known African American master distiller, has won several industry awards and was one of the country’s top five fastest-growing whiskeys by volume growth in 2018-19, according to IWSR. Weaver's tour will visit more than 35 military installations and includes hosting Happy Hours at 1856 hours toasting the armed forces. For the full article, click HERE.

Drinkhacker’s David Tao Reviews Chattanooga Whiskey Silver Oak Cabernet Cask Finished Malt Whiskey

Chattanooga Whiskey has released a limited edition of their Finishing Series, a blend of malt mashbills finished in Silver Oak Cabernet casks. This expression features five single malt mashbills, aged over four years, including an 18+ month finish in the Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon casks. On the nose, there are notes of malt, dark fruit, toasted nuts, and vanilla extract. The palate is caramelized and toasted with hints of blackberry, toasted pecans, vanilla, and honey leading to caramelized banana. The finish has a smokiness and spice with a lingering coffee note. The wine influence is subtle, and the whiskey is not overpowered. The Finishing Series is available at the distillery and in broad distribution at 95 proof. This is a fun and layered blend of single malt mashbills with a touch of bitterness on the finish. The full article can be found on Drinkhacker.

Still Austin Whiskey Co. Wins Double Gold Medals At The 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Still Austin Whiskey Co. has announced that its Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey have won Double Gold medals at the 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, adding to the Double Gold already won by its Straight Bourbon. This means that all three of Still Austin’s flagship whiskeys have now been awarded Double Gold medals. The company makes its whiskey in-house using Texas-grown grains and distills it in Austin. The team carefully tests barrels and selects the most complex and primed ones to be bottled. Still Austin spirits are available for purchase online and at select retail stores in Texas. For the full article, click HERE.

Jack Daniel’s Releases McLaren Racing Limited-Edition Tennessee Whiskey Bottle

It's worth noting that the limited-edition Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey featuring the custom label and packaging honoring the partnership with McLaren Racing is set to drop in May. While the label and box are new, the whiskey inside is the same Old No. 7, which is charcoal-mellowed Tennessee whiskey made with a mashbill of 80% corn, 8% rye, and 12% malted barley and bottled at 80 proof. The limited-edition bottle is meant to celebrate the shared spirit of independence, authenticity, and boldness between the two brands, as well as honor the founders of both companies, Jack Daniel and Bruce McLaren. The bottle will be available in select Formula 1 markets across the globe. For more information, click HERE.

That's all for this edition of Bourbon Barrel Blurbs. We hope you enjoyed the exciting news and updates in the world of whiskey. Remember to drink responsibly, and stay tuned for the next edition of BBB. Cheers!

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