Thursday, February 8, 2024

B&M Digest, Volume I, Issue 03

Sometimes, when the bourbon excitement hits, you just can't hold back! That's why we're shaking things up a bit and dropping this edition of B&M Digest ahead of schedule. We've got a lot of bourbon goodness to share, and we didn't want to keep you waiting. So sit back, pour yourself a glass of your favorite bourbon or mead, and dive into the latest news, releases, and stories from the world of Bourbon and Mead. Cheers to unexpected delights and savoring every drop of the journey!

Woodford Reserve Unveils 2024 Batch Proof Bourbon

Woodford Reserve is back with its annual limited-edition Batch Proof bourbon, and this year, it's packing a punch at 121.2 proof. Crafted from a blend of over 100 premium barrels, this release offers aficionados the chance to savor the spirit exactly as it emerges from the cask. Master distiller Elizabeth McCall notes that barrels from the upper floors of their heat-cycled warehouses contribute to this year's high-proof presentation. Retailing at $149.99, this sought-after bourbon boasts tasting notes of vanilla bean, brown sugar pecans, tropical citrus fruits, and a medley of spices. Available in select markets and at the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky, grab your bottle before it's gone!

Jack Daniel's To Release New Batches Of Its Sought-After 10- And 12-Year-Old Whiskeys

Jack Daniel’s, known for its iconic Old No. 7 Tennessee whiskey, has recently expanded its repertoire with the introduction of age-statement products after a century-long hiatus. The 10- and 12-year-old whiskeys, now in their third and second batches respectively, represent the pinnacle of Jack Daniel’s craftsmanship. Master distiller Chris Fletcher touts these releases as a blend of tradition and innovation, capturing the essence of the brand's legacy while offering modern twists. Despite slight variations between batches, both expressions maintain a consistent flavor profile, with the ten-year-old boasting notes of pipe tobacco and butterscotch, while the twelve-year-old leans towards oak, fruit, and cocoa. Utilizing the same mashbill as Old No. 7 and undergoing the Lincoln County process, these whiskeys undergo meticulous aging in new charred oak barrels, culminating in a sophisticated drinking experience. Available in limited quantities nationwide, these coveted releases are a testament to Jack Daniel’s enduring legacy in the world of whiskey. For more information, visit: Jack Daniel’s.

Saddle Up for Maverick Distilling's Samuel Maverick Double Barrel Bourbon Rodeo Edition

In celebration of the San Antonio Rodeo's 75th Anniversary, Maverick Distilling is lassoing excitement with their limited-edition Samuel Maverick Double Barrel Bourbon Rodeo Edition. Crafted with cowboy spirit, this Certified Texas Whiskey is pot-distilled and aged steps from the Alamo before being finished in barrels previously used for Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Bourbon Whiskey. With only 107 bottles available, this exclusive release promises a taste of Texan heritage and rodeo tradition. Distilled from a mash of Texas-grown corn, rye, and malted barley, this barrel-proof bourbon delivers sweet caramel flavors with a spicy kick. Find it exclusively at the downtown San Antonio distillery for $75 per bottle and saddle up for a whiskey experience worthy of the Lone Star State.

Belle Isle Moonshine Ventures into Bourbon Territory

Vince Riggi and Brian Marks, the founders of Belle Isle Moonshine, originally envisioned their venture in the realm of bourbon. However, due to the lengthy aging process of bourbon, they embarked on crafting moonshine instead. Fast forward a decade, Belle Isle Moonshine has soared to the top echelons of craft distilleries, prompting them to revisit their bourbon aspirations. This past November, they unveiled their inaugural bourbon offering, the "Artist Series 2023," featuring a 107-proof blend aged for five years. Partnering with artist Ed Trask for label design and committing a portion of proceeds to charity, the release garnered significant attention and sales, marking a milestone for the company. To facilitate the rollout, Belle Isle Moonshine turned to crowdfunding, a move that saw both success and challenges. Despite falling short of their fundraising goal, they remain undeterred, with plans for future bourbon releases and a commitment to involving their fanbase every step of the way. For the full article, click HERE.

Bulleit Expands Frontier With New American Single Malt Whiskey

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is breaking new ground with the introduction of Bulleit American Single Malt, a permanent addition to its whiskey lineup. Crafted from 100% malted barley and aged in charred new American oak barrels, this whiskey offers a unique flavor profile. Expect aromas of sweet vanilla and toasted oak, followed by light fruity notes with hints of red fruit and pear on the palate. With a smooth finish boasting oaky caramel and subtle cocoa notes, it's a delightful addition to any whiskey collection. What's more, Bulleit showcases its commitment to sustainability through the whiskey's packaging, featuring a striking green bottle crafted from post-consumer recycled glass. With initiatives like planting 2.5 million white oak trees by 2026 and operating a carbon-neutral distillery, Bulleit is not just pushing the frontier of whiskey but also leading the charge in sustainable practices. Available nationwide for $59.99, Bulleit American Single Malt is a must-try for whiskey enthusiasts looking for innovation and flavor. Remember to savor and serve responsibly!

New York Distilling Company: A Move to Bushwick and a Rye Revolution

New York Distilling Company, a pioneer among craft distilleries in NYC since 2011, is embarking on an exciting new chapter with its relocation to Bushwick. This March, they will unveil a state-of-the-art facility, triple the size of their original Williamsburg home. Offering immersive 90-minute tours and eventually a vibrant cocktail bar and tasting room, the distillery promises an unparalleled experience for whiskey enthusiasts. Alongside the move, they bid farewell to the beloved Ragtime Rye, introducing the eagerly anticipated Jaywalk Rye. Distilled from Horton rye, a historic grain variety cultivated in the Finger Lakes for over eight years, Jaywalk Rye comes in three distinct expressions: straight, bonded, and heirloom. Renowned for their robust and complex flavor profiles, these whiskies defy convention with their depth and character. Available starting February 15th at select retailers and online, Jaywalk Rye heralds a new era of craft excellence from New York Distilling Company.

West Virginia’s Mountain State Distillery Bids Adieu To Charleston

Mountain State Distillery, Charleston's inaugural legal distillery since 2019, has announced its closure, marking the end of an era for downtown Charleston. Citing challenges stemming from its Boulevard location and the city's evolving focus on the Slack Plaza area, the distillery struggled to sustain its business amidst space limitations and expanding product lines. In a heartfelt statement on their Facebook page, the team expressed gratitude to their loyal supporters, acknowledging their pivotal role in the distillery's journey. Looking ahead, the owner intends to explore opportunities for relocation, seeking a space more aligned with the city's vision or potentially in a neighboring area. As the community bids farewell to Mountain State Distillery, anticipation brews for their next chapter and future endeavors.

Eastern Kille Distillery Returns Bigger And Better In Rockford

Eastern Kille Distillery, a beloved fixture in downtown Grand Rapids, has made a triumphant return in its new location just minutes away in the Rockford area. Boasting expansive restaurant and bar space, along with a sizable outdoor patio and distillery area, the move signifies a significant step forward for the brand. Co-owner Brandon Voorhees emphasizes the opportunity for a more unique customer experience and continued growth in the new space. The recent reopening has been met with overwhelming support, with loyal patrons flocking to savor the award-winning spirits and sample the innovative new food menu, featuring a range of salads, appetizers, desserts, and specialty pizzas crafted in a "neo-neopolitan style." Looking ahead to 2024, Eastern Kille aims to fine-tune operations and unveil the new patio space, with a focus on providing exceptional experiences for both longtime regulars and new customers alike. Despite the challenges of the relocation, the sight of the bustling establishment filled with patrons reaffirms the decision, signaling a promising future for Eastern Kille Distillery in its new Rockford home.

New England Sweetwater Distillery: A Legacy Of Excellence And Innovation

New England Sweetwater Distillery, nestled in Winchester, New Hampshire, emerges as a beacon of excellence in the spirits industry. Founded by a dynamic team of Brooklyn-based entrepreneurs with a deep-rooted commitment to family and tradition, this African-American, family-owned business embodies resilience and creativity. Acquiring the distillery from their cousin in 2020, the Lawrence and Young families honor their ancestors' legacy with award-winning spirits crafted from locally sourced ingredients, including heirloom cider apples, blueberries, and juniper berries from their 50-acre property. Guided by the wisdom passed down through generations, master distiller Karl Lawrence infuses his creations with passion and ingenuity, resulting in distinctive flavor profiles that captivate the palate. From the malty sophistication of the Clark & Chesterfield American Single Malt Whiskey to the indulgent sweetness of the Clark and Chesterfield Maple Whiskey, each spirit reflects a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation. With a vision to expand its brand while preserving its heritage, New England Sweetwater Distillery invites enthusiasts to experience its exceptional offerings at its Winchester Tasting Room and select outlets across New Hampshire. As they continue to weave their legacy into the fabric of the spirits industry, their commitment to quality and authenticity remains unwavering, ensuring a bright future for generations to come.

Other Bourbon and Mead News

Until next time, cheers to more bourbon and mead adventures! Whether it's discovering new flavors, exploring distilleries, or simply enjoying a sip with friends, may your glass always be full and your spirits high. Until we meet again, keep sipping and savoring the good stuff!

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