Friday, June 30, 2023

Bourbon Barrel Blurbs Volume 02, Issue 13

It has certainly been a while but we are still here. In our latest Bourbon Barrel Blurbs, we bring you a collection of exciting developments in the world of whiskey. Wild Turkey presents the Master's Keep Voyage. Additionally, we explore a selection of five new wheated bourbons that highlight the versatility of wheat in enhancing flavors. Frey Ranch Distillery introduces their Farm Strength Uncut Bourbon and the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame prepares to honor eight individuals for their remarkable contributions to the industry. In New Jersey, Bellemara becomes the state’s only producer of single malt whisky, while Limestone Farms Bourbon takes on the role of official bourbon for the PGA TOUR's 2023 Barbasol Championship. Lastly, Still Austin Whiskey Co. presents their seasonal Bottled in Bond series, starting with the Red Corn Bourbon, a blend of Texas-grown grains that captures the essence of Texas summers. So grab a pour and enjoy.

Wild Turkey® Unveils Master's Keep Voyage, A Limited-Edition

Wild Turkey is releasing Master's Keep Voyage, the latest addition to their annual limited-edition series of whiskies. Crafted by Master Distiller Eddie Russell and renowned Master Blender Dr. Joy Spence of Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, this 106-proof bourbon has undergone a secondary maturation in Jamaican rum casks, a first for Wild Turkey. It captures the expertise of both bourbon and rum making, resulting in a unique whiskey with fruity, caramel, and oak flavors, followed by a warm, long-lasting finish. Master's Keep Voyage will be available in July at select retailers with a suggested retail price of $275 for a 750ml bottle.

Five New Wheated Bourbons To Try

Corn is the primary ingredient in bourbon whiskey, and the remaining recipe typically includes a small amount of malted barley and either rye or wheat as a flavoring grain. Wheat is used in some bourbons, like Buffalo Trace's Van Winkle and Weller lines, as well as Maker's Mark and Heaven Hill's Old Fitzgerald. Wheat tends to soften the whiskey's rough edges and develop sweeter, more subtle flavors over time. More distilleries are exploring wheat's potential, resulting in new wheated bourbons like Buffalo Trace's Daniel Weller Emmer Wheat, Green River Kentucky Straight Wheated Bourbon, Forbidden Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series: BEP, and Garrison Brothers Lady Bird. Each brings unique characteristics to the table, showcasing wheat's versatility in bourbon production. For the full article, click HERE.

Frey Ranch Distillery Launches Farm Strength Uncut Bourbon

Frey Ranch Distillery has introduced a new permanent addition to its American Whiskey collection called Frey Ranch Farm Strength Uncut Bourbon. This bourbon is made using grains grown and distilled on the Frey Ranch farm, featuring the same mash bill as their flagship Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Aged for approximately five years, it is bottled at a cask strength of 124.3 proof. The bourbon offers aromas of caramelized brulé, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with flavors of birthday cake frosting, butter cake, cloves, orange creamsicle, and dried stone fruit. It is currently available in select states and online for around $79.99 per 750 mL bottle. For the full article, click HERE.

The 2023 ‘Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame’ To Induct 8

The Kentucky Distillers' Association established the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2001 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the Kentucky Bourbon industry. Each year in September, during National Bourbon Heritage Month, an induction ceremony is held to honor these individuals. For the list of inductees and the full article, click HERE.

NJ Distillery Offering Single Malt Whisky To Central Jersey

Bellemara, a distillery co-owned by Camden Winkelstein and his wife Christina, opened in 2021 but initially lacked ready whisky. Instead, they offered vodka and gin. However, after patiently waiting for their malted barley barrels to mature, their single malt whisky is now available. Winkelstein, inspired by his upbringing in Scotland, appreciates the scientific process and time required to create high-quality whisky. Bellemara, located in Hillsborough, New Jersey, specializes in producing exceptional honey-colored American Whisky. Reservations to sample their 121-proof whisky can be made online. Although New Jersey has a long history of distilling spirits, including the oldest distillery in the country, Laird and Company, Bellemara stands out as the sole producer of single malt whisky in the state. For the full article, click HERE.

PGA’s Barbasol Championship Announces Limestone Farms As Official Bourbon

The PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship has chosen Limestone Farms Bourbon as the official bourbon for 2023. Barbasol Tournament Director Darren Nelson praised the partnership, emphasizing the world-class golf and Limestone Farm's exceptional bourbon. Signature cocktails, like the "Limestone Old Fashioned" and "Peachy Keene," will be featured at the tournament. Limestone Farms' Founder & CEO Darin Dillow expressed honor in partnering with Kentucky's only PGA TOUR event which will be held at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville, Kentucky, July 13-16. For the full article, click HERE.

Still Austin Whiskey Co. Launches Bottled in Bond Seasonal Series

Still Austin Whiskey Co., the first grain-to-glass distillery in Austin, Texas since Prohibition, has introduced their limited-release seasonal Bottled in Bond series. The series includes four whiskies that meet the 1897 Bottled-In-Bond Act requirements, aged for at least four years, and bottled at 100 proof. The first release is the Red Corn Bourbon, priced at $79.99, inspired by Texas summers. The series will continue with High Rye Bourbon in the fall, Blue Corn Bourbon in the winter, and Straight Rye Whiskey in the spring of 2024. Made with 100% Texas-grown grains, these expressions undergo a unique slow water reduction process to enhance flavors like vanilla and caramel. The Red Corn Bourbon is currently available for purchase online at and For the full article, click HERE.

Breckenridge Distillery Launches New Limited Release Collectors Art Series

Breckenridge Distillery is introducing its third Collectors Art Series, featuring a limited release of PX Naranja Cask Finish Whiskey. The vibrant label, designed by local artist Sandra Fettingis, showcases geometric patterns inspired by citrus fruits and the whiskey's orange taste. The 96-proof PX Naranja Cask Finish Whiskey is available for $125 at Breckenridge Distillery and the Main Street Tasting Room in Breckenridge, Colorado, starting June 30. The series has received numerous awards, including recognition at the World Whiskies Awards and the San Francisco World Spirits Competitions. The full article can be found HERE.

The whiskey industry continues to innovate and craft exceptional spirits, with limited-edition releases and distilleries exploring new ingredients and techniques. This ever-evolving world offers passion and creativity in every bottle, making it a must-try for connoisseurs and newcomers alike. Cheers to discovering and savoring the ever-changing world of whiskey.

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