Bourbon Bash Heats Up Leiper’s Fork Tonight

The 3rd Annual Bourbon Bash Showcase to benefit The Green Beret Foundation kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight at Leiper’s Fork Distillery. The annual event brings together Kentucky and Tennessee whiskey enthusiasts and veterans for an evening of sipping and fundraising. Bourbon author Fred Minnick and radio host Phil Valentine co-host the event. Continue reading Bourbon Bash Heats Up Leiper’s Fork Tonight

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Tennessee Craft Whiskey Coming of Age

Davidson Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey from Pennington Distilling Co. Hits Shelves This Week

On the third anniversary of its first barreling of Tennessee Whiskey, Pennington Distilling Co. celebrated with a re-branding, a huge party, an expansion announcement, and the launch of their first aged spirit, Davidson Reserve Rye.

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Sometimes It’s Not Whiskey

It’s not that one gets bored with whiskey, but, on occasion, the intrigue of a spirits category like gin is too sexy to pass up. On paper.

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to join the Good Ol’ Boys over at Sips, Suds, & Smokes for The Big Gin Show. Tasting over 60 gins Continue reading Sometimes It’s Not Whiskey

Jack Daniels Gets On The Bottled In Bond Bandwagon

Book your international travel for now if you want to snag one of these “Travelers’ Exclusive” bottles from Jack Daniels! The newest line extension of the familiar Tennessee Whiskey, a Bottled in Bond expression, will ship to major international airports and points of departure in the summer of 2018.

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Kings County Release Celebrates Bottled In Bond Anniversary

100 Proof, 120 Years

kcd2February 28th, 2017, New York:  Kings County Distillery, one of the country’s leading craft distillers and New York City’s oldest and largest whiskey distillery, announces the first release of its Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon, which will be available in allocated quantities in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, DC, Delaware, Oregon, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Continue reading Kings County Release Celebrates Bottled In Bond Anniversary

Is the Fabeled Gin Boom Finally Arriving?

Gin. As a supplier and now a distributor, walking into a retail liquor store with a new brand of gin almost always guarantees an exaggerated eye roll as the particulars of the product are described.

Gin. “They’re just making this until their whiskey ages.”

Gin. And juice. Once looked down upon by retailers as only a ‘certain demographic’ bought this category, we’ve all bought into the rumors that it’s the next big category.

Gin. We’re waiting on you to explode. True that many (many) craft distillers are producing their own take on the juniper-flavored vodka, but we don’t mind as many expressions of brown water- even when the distiller’s only expression of said spirit was in the “picking” of stock barrels.

All we are saying is give gin a chance.

Gruppo Campari did. 58 million chances, in fact, with the purchase of the premium brand BULLDOG.

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New Orleans’ Sazerac Co. Joins Tennessee Whiskey Business

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Sazerac Company, owner of Buffalo Trace Distillery, announced today the acquisition of the Popcorn Sutton Distillery in Newport, Tennessee. John Lunn and Allisa Henley, both of George Dickel background, will once again be distilling Tennessee Whiskey under the new ownership.

Expect a deluge of Tennessee Whiskey on the shelves in the next few years; over a dozen Tennessee distillers are currently producing and aging the product.

Another Dickel Distiller Leaves for Popcorn Sutton

Freedom and flexibility lure Henley away from Diageo’s George Dickel Distillery

Today marks Allisa Henley’s first day on the job in her new role as Master Blender at the Popcorn Sutton distillery in Newport, Tennessee. What’s that, you say? Henley’s departure from George Dickel, where she served as Distiller, was quiet. Deafeningly silent, even. Continue reading Another Dickel Distiller Leaves for Popcorn Sutton