Saturday, July 22, 2023

Bourbon Barrel Blurbs, Volume 02, Issue 19

In the ever-evolving world of whiskey, there is no shortage of exciting developments and innovations. Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey, the most-awarded Bourbon and American Whiskey of recent years, is launching its highly sought-after Single Barrel Whiskey. They are conducting an online public vote called 'Single Barrel Showdown: America's Choice' to determine the first five states to receive the product in stores. The voting period runs until August 2nd, coinciding with the sixth anniversary of the brand's launch. Participants have a chance to win a trip to Tennessee. The winning states will receive the Single Barrel Whiskey first, just in time for September 5th. The whiskey has received numerous accolades and is hand-selected by hand-selected by Victoria Eady Butler, a four-time Master Blender of the Year, and the great-great-granddaughter of Nearest Green. It goes through a triple filtration process and is priced at $89.99.

Nelson's Green Brier Distillery has opened a new distillery restaurant in Marathon Village. The restaurant offers gourmet distillery-inspired cuisine with a refined twist on comfort food, reflecting Southern flavors and local influences. It features an impressive selection of Nelson's spirits and imaginative cocktails. The executive chef and hospitality team have curated a menu that strikes a balance between approachability and sophistication while celebrating the Nelson family heritage. The restaurant seats 100 guests and also offers private event spaces for booking. This establishment is part of a large-scale transformation of the distillery, with educational tours, expanded hospitality offerings, private event spaces, and other enhancements planned for completion by the end of summer.

Mile High Spirits, Denver's only fully operating urban distillery, is introducing four limited edition Fireside Whiskeys: Wheated Bourbon, Port Barrel Finish, Six-Year Single Barrel Bourbon, and Champions Select, chosen by the Colorado Avalanche after their 2022 Stanley Cup win. These whiskeys are made with locally sourced ingredients and aim to represent Denver's craft spirit culture. The Fireside Bourbon collection features complex flavors with notes of vanilla, campfire, chocolate, spices, toasted sugar, and toffee. The whiskeys can be pre-ordered and purchased at their Tasting Room, starting at $60 per bottle. To celebrate the release, Mile High Spirits is hosting a Fireside Release Party. The distillery is also known for producing other award-winning spirits and serving as a popular downtown nightlife and music venue.
The first bourbon barrel has been filled at the Western Kentucky Distilling Company's new Beaver Dam facility. This marks the beginning of significant whiskey production, with hundreds of thousands of barrels planned to be filled on-site. The bourbon is made in Kentucky from locally sourced corn and will be aged for at least four years. The Beaver Dam facility, which just recently opened, is Ohio County's first official distillery.

Maker's Mark, the iconic handmade Kentucky bourbon, has launched Star Hill Farm Experiences, a new series of visitor tours at its distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. These tours provide guests with a deeper understanding of the 1,100 acres of natural land where Maker's Mark Bourbon is crafted, including sustainability, agriculture, and research initiatives. The tours allow visitors to see the production process and participate in Maker's Mark's pursuit of flavor through nature. Three initial tour offerings include The Oak Experience, The Seasonal Star Hill Farm Tour, and The Maker's Mark Art and Design Tour. Additional experiences will be introduced regularly, reflecting the Kentucky seasons. For more information and bookings, visit the Maker's Mark website.

Spirit Hound Distillers is expanding in Colorado with the opening of a new tasting room in Denver's Highlands neighborhood. The address is 3622 Tejon Street, and visitors can enjoy craft cocktails made with special-release liquors, live music, trivia, and mixology nights. The venue will also feature a dog-friendly patio and a food menu with 'small nibblers'. Abby Robertson, Chief Commercialization Officer, expressed excitement about the opening, and CEO Brad Stevenson mentioned more future plans. The original tasting room in Lyons will continue to operate, and the Denver Tasting Room will have its grand opening celebration on August 4th.
15 STARS is expanding its fine-aged bourbon whiskey portfolio with the limited release of its award-winning Platinum expression. This 98-proof blend of straight bourbon whiskeys aged 18, 15, and 10 years pays homage to America's "First West" and is available in select retailers in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgia, and Louisiana, as well as online through The Platinum expression has already received prestigious awards from various spirits competitions. It offers a luscious nose with maple, peanut brittle, candied orange, and lavender notes, a palate with layers of pastry, ginger, and honeycomb, and a finish of herbal spice, cigar box, and leather. Each bottle is topped with a classic metal stopper representing Kentucky's historic craftsmanship. Platinum is priced at $279.99 MSRP.

Shiner Bock beer, a well-known Texas icon, has expanded its offerings with a new distillery, K. Spoetzl Distilling Company. Head of Distilling Operations, Jessica Michalec, led the venture, inspired by the region's history of distilling during Prohibition. The distillery features a copper pot still and two rectifying columns from a Scottish still maker. All spirits start as Shiner beer, infusing the brewery's character into each batch. The vodka is distilled twice and passes through both columns, resulting in a smooth 190-proof spirit with sweet grain and vanilla notes. The London Dry-style gin undergoes a second distillation with botanicals like juniper and grapefruit peels. Shiner Shine, an unaged whiskey, is grain-forward and will be released as bourbon after maturing in oak barrels. The distillery plans to release more spirits, including rye whiskey and Scotch-style single malt. Shiner's spirits are currently available exclusively at their distillery in Shiner, Texas. Visitors can take a tour and enjoy cocktails on tap at the tasting room.

Manassas native, Pete Evick, music director for the Bret Michaels Band and author, has collaborated with Manassas craft distiller KO Distilling to release Bare Knuckle Evick Edition Bourbon. The bourbon is hand-crafted from 70% corn, 20% wheat, and 10% malted barley sourced from local Virginia farms and aged in charred new American Oak barrels from Kentucky. Bottled at 98 proof to represent the year Pete signed his first record deal and filled during his birth month of August, the bourbon holds personal significance. Pete signed all the bottles sold during the release at KO Distilling, where fans and family celebrated the Single Barrel bourbon featuring an image of Pete playing his guitar on the label. The Bare Knuckle Evick Edition Bourbon is priced at $62.99 for a 750mL bottle and will be available initially at the Distillery Store with shipping options for Virginia residents. Future Evick Edition Barrel Select bottles will be sold online for bourbon enthusiasts across the nation.
Ross & Squibb Distillery from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, has introduced Remus Highest Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey as the latest extension of its Remus Bourbon brand family. Priced at $54.99 per 750ml bottle, this new offering is a permanent year-round line extension. Remus Highest Rye Bourbon is aged for six years and comes at 109 proof, featuring a mash bill with 51% corn, 39% rye, and 10% malted rye to emphasize the rye profile. The bourbon delivers a sweet and rich fruit aroma with maple notes and a palate that offers robust candied-fruit flavors, followed by a lingering finish with hints of spicy cinnamon and saddle leather. Ross & Squibb Distillery, formerly known as MGP, pays tribute to its rye tradition through this high-rye bourbon.
New Riff Distilling is introducing its Sour Mash Single Malt project, an innovative exploration of malted barley combined with the sour mash Kentucky whiskey-making process. The distillery began producing malt whiskey in 2014, and the first batch is set to debut in the fall. Inspired by Celtic tradition and Head Distiller Brian Sprance's brewing experience, the project aims to create a unique whiskey showcasing various malted barley varieties. New Riff has developed six different malt whiskey mashbills, including Golden Promise, Maris Otter, Chevallier Heirloom, peated Scottish barley, and two beer-inspired mashbills based on classic Barleywine and Belgian Quadrupel recipes. These whiskeys have matured in diverse barrels, such as new charred oak, red wine casks, and classic sherried oak casks. The core offering, a blend of five recipes, will be released in the fall of 2023 at cask strength and without chill filtration.

In conclusion, the world of whiskey continues to evolve with exciting new releases, innovative techniques, and a deep appreciation for tradition. From award-winning bourbons to craft distilleries pushing the boundaries of flavor, there's something for every whiskey enthusiast to discover and enjoy. So, raise your glass and savor the stories behind each bottle as you embark on a journey of taste and craftsmanship. Cheers to the world of whiskey and the endless possibilities it holds.


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