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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Duncan Taylor 1997 Auchriosk Distillery Single Cask

Duncan Taylor 1997 Auchriosk Distillery Single Cask

Duncan Taylor 1997 Auchriosk Distillery Single Cask Scotch Whiskey 52.3%-AbV, 750ml.image

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Barclays Pure Gold Blended Scotch Whiskey

Barclays Pure Gold Blended Scotch Whiskey

Barclays Pure Gold Blended Scotch Whiskey750ml 40%-ABV.image

Friday, April 13, 2018

Washington State's Woodinville Whiskey Company Announces First-Ever Geographic Market Expansion

Washington State's Woodinville Whiskey Company Announces First-Ever Geographic Market ExpansionWOODINVILLE, Wash., April 13, 2018 Woodinville Whiskey Company (WWC) is for the first time geographically expanding its distribution beyond its Washington state backyard and entering new markets. WWC will bring its craft whiskies to California in late April 2018, followed by Oregon mid-year.

Moët Hennessy acquired WWC in July 2017, welcoming the brand into its world-renowned wine and spirits portfolio.

Founded in their hometown of Woodinville by two longtime friends, Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile, WWC has established itself in the world of craft whiskeys with its Rye and Bourbon Whiskies. Now in its ninth year of operation, WWC's 5-year-old Straight Bourbon was launched in 2015 and was immediately crowned "Whiskey of the Year" for 2016 by the American Distilling Institute. Its 5-year-old Straight Rye followed in 2016, and that was named "Best Rye Whiskey" for 2017, also by the American Distilling Institute.

Orlin Sorensen, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Woodinville Whiskey, stated, "Brett and I have built Woodinvillewith a very concentrated and deliberate approach to the markets we enter. We are very excited to expand our reach outside of Washington state and share our whiskies with our friends along the west coast."

Jim Clerkin, President and CEO of Moët Hennessy North America, said, "We acquired Woodinville last year with the confidence that we had identified an iconic brand in its home state, which shares the same authenticity, commitment to excellence, and pioneering spirit as some of our centuries-old wine and spirits brands.  Our vision for Woodinvilleinvolves significant geographic expansion driven by a thoughtful process that preserves the outstanding quality of the products.  We are delighted by the initiatives planned for the coming year and look forward to supporting the Woodinville team to ensure their success."

California distribution will be handled through Coastal Pacific Wine and Spirits, a division of Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits. For inquiries, please contact your Coastal Pacific Wine and Spirits sales consultant.

About Woodinville Whiskey Company
Woodinville Whiskey Company ( is a craft distillery founded by two longtime friends and residents of the Woodinville area, Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile. Woodinville is Washington state's largest craft distillery, handcrafting all of its products from 100% locally sourced grains from the Omlin Family farm in Quincy, Washington. Their flagship products, Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Woodinville Straight Rye Whiskey were both awarded "Craft Whiskey of the Year" in their respective categories by the American Distilling Institute in 2016 and 2017. The new state of the art distillery and tasting room in Woodinville, completed in 2014, is home to exclusive new launches including the annual Harvest Release which last year featured a Toasted Applewood Finished Bourbon Whiskey.

Seagrams - 7 Crown American Blended Whiskey

Seagrams - 7 Crown American Blended Whiskey

Seagrams - 7 Crown American Blended Whiskey 40%-ABV 750mlimage

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Woodford Reserve® Celebrates the Best of Kentucky with 2018 Kentucky Derby® $1,000 Mint Julep Cup

Woodford Reserve® Celebrates the Best of Kentucky with 2018 Kentucky Derby® $1,000 Mint Julep CupLOUISVILLE, Ky., April 11, 2018 Woodford Reserve®, the Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby®, today reveals its $1,000 Mint Julep Cup available at the Kentucky Derby® benefiting the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund. Now in its 13th year, the 2018 Cup pays tribute to Kentucky by offering a quintessential julep crafted by Woodford Reserve's newly appointed Assistant Master Distiller, Elizabeth McCall, and Master Distiller, Chris Morris. This year's cup, recipe and experience is presented under the theme: Best of Kentucky.

Woodford Reserve® 2018 Kentucky Derby® Mint Julep

2 oz. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
1 tsp Woodford County, Kentucky, Sorghum Simple Syrup
2 Leaves of Kentucky Colonel Mint
Garnish: 3 spray red roses, a sprig of mint and a single rose petal from the Garland of Roses, which is draped on the winning Derby horse.

Rub mint around the julep cup, expressing the essential oils. Add remaining ingredients and top with crushed ice made from limestone-filtered water sourced from the Woodford Reserve Distillery. Churn ingredients with a bar spoon distributing the flavor. Top with additional crushed ice and garnish.

The cups are handcrafted by Louisville-based jeweler, From the Vault, and each cup is adorned with embellishments representative of the Best of Kentucky. For the first time, the Twin Spires appear on the cup as a nod to Woodford Reserve's inaugural year as the Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby. Furthermore, running lines around the cup symbolize the limestone-filtered water, a key ingredient that makes the best bourbon. Not only is the water superior for bourbon production, but it is also one of the elements that make thoroughbred champions in Kentucky. Limestone water is iron-free and rich in calcium and magnesium, which is perfect for the development and strengthening of horses' bones. In addition to the limestone water and the Twin Spires, the cups also feature three sterling silver applications: a thoroughbred horse and jockey, a bottle of Woodford Reserve, and a rose as an ode to the "Run for the Roses™."

"Woodford Reserve is honored to bring together two of Kentucky's greatest traditions -- Derby and bourbon -- through our $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program," said Mark Bacon, Woodford Reserve Global Brand Director. "A premium celebration like The Kentucky Derby deserves a premium cocktail."

The Best of Kentucky is brought to life through individually hand casted applications in rich sterling silver. The $1,000"Bluegrass Cup" features high polished sterling silver rose applications, plated in 18 karat yellow gold. The $2,500"Commonwealth Cup" is a sterling silver cup with a 24-karat heavy reliquary quality gold plating, with a striking contrast of sterling silver detail.

Each cup will be presented in a wooden box lined with silks like those worn by jockeys. Cup buyers will have access to the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Tent and bar on derby day, where they will receive their handcrafted mint julep.

Each year, Woodford Reserve selects a charitable organization to receive the net proceeds from the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sales with more than $450,000 raised for equine and racing charities to-date. This year's receiving charity, the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund, was created in 2016 by Louisville native and actress Jennifer Lawrence to assist and empower organizations that fulfill children's needs and drives art access to positively impact the lives of young people.

"The Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund is proud to partner with Woodford Reserve, whose own story represents the very best of Kentucky. We are passionate about leveraging the transformative power of the arts in Kentucky and beyond." said Meredith Lawrence, director of the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund. "Through the JLAF and Woodford Reserve's support, we can better deliver collaborative and innovative arts impact."

Click here for images and 360 video of the cups.

How to Purchase a Cup
90 $1,000 Bluegrass Cups and 15 $2,500 Commonwealth Cups are available for purchase on a first come, first buy basis beginning April 11, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. E.T. Consumers ages 21 years and older can log on to to purchase one of the Bluegrass Cups or Commonwealth Cups. The sale closes on May 4, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. E.T.

Any unsold cups will be available for purchase at Churchill Downs® on Kentucky Derby Day.  Purchase of cup does not include admission to Churchill Downs. Purchased cups must be claimed by buyer or his or her proxy at Churchill Downs on Derby Day between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  For complete terms and conditions, please visit

About Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund:
Created in 2016, the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund is dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations, with the ultimate goal of delivering arts access, education, and excellence opportunities. The Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund champions the mission of the Louisville regional nonprofit Fund for the Arts and key objectives identified by the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, to fulfill children's vital needs and drive arts access throughout Greater Louisville. The Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund is supported in part by the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Louisville, Inc.

About Churchill Downs Racetrack:
Churchill Downs, the world's most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America's greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 143ndrunning of the Kentucky Derby on May 6, 2017. The track's 2017 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 29-June 30. The track has hosted the Breeders' Cup World Championships eight times. For more information visit

About Woodford Reserve:
Woodford Reserve, the "Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby," is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel's, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Old Forester, Sonoma-Cutrer and Chambord. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. To learn more about Woodford Reserve, visit us or check us out on Facebook at

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., produced and bottled by the Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2018

WOODFORD RESERVE is a registered trademark of Brown-Forman. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.

East Tennessee Distillery Opens Distribution in California

GEast Tennessee Distillery Opens Distribution in CaliforniaATLINBURG, Tenn., April 12, 2018 -- Sugarlands Distilling Company, distillers of award-winning spirits, is expanding their distribution to the state of California through Mexcor Importers. The expansion is evidence of remarkable growth in the four-year-old company.

With California's distribution, fans can now purchase Sugarlands award-winning spirits in retail locations in 25 states.  May marks the beginning of distribution in The Golden State, but Sugarlands spirits have been available for purchase online in California since fall of 2016. California's sales have consistently ranked at the top of Sugarlands online orders. This proliferation of distribution will allow Sugarlands to officially shine from coast to coast. To celebrate the launch, Sugarlands is hosting a Pick Your Mountains Sweepstakes where one lucky winner and a guest will be able to choose an extended weekend getaway in either the Great Smoky Mountain National Park or Yosemite National Park.

Since opening the Gatlinburg distillery doors, fans have been requesting Sugarlands spirits in their home states across the country. More than 650,000 patrons have searched to find a retail location in their area via Each year, over 1 million visitors step through the doors of the downtown Gatlinburg distillery where they can take behind-the-scenes tours, taste seasonal samplings of Sugarlands spirits, sip hand-crafted cocktails from the newly added Cocktail Kitchen and enjoy free live music on the Sugarlands Spirit Stage. SDC produces four unique lines of spirits including rye whiskey, cream liqueur, rum and moonshine that have collectively won over 40 awards in international spirit competitions.

Sugarlands Distilling Company has a unique partnership with six moonshining legends from Discovery Channel's hit television show, Moonshiners. Mark Rogers, Mark Ramsey, Digger Manes, Steven Tickle and Jim Tom Hedrick have worked with SDC distillers over the last four years to perfect their 'backwoods' recipes and make them available to the public. This year, Sugarlands Distilling Co. added Patti Bryant to the Legends roster and is now distilling Patti's Wild Mayhaw Moonshine.

"We've had an amazing four years since we opened the doors of our Gatlinburg distillery. We have fun making spirits and sharing them with our guests, and that has been the key to our success. With this expansion, we are thrilled to bring our little mountain distillery to the great state of California," said Ned Vickers, Sugarlands Distilling Company President.

Sugarlands Distilling Company, located in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee offers 23 award-winning spirits including moonshine, cream liqueurs, flavored rum and rye whiskey. The downtown Gatlinburg distillery attraction sees over 1 million visitors annually and is the '#1 Thing to Do in Gatlinburg' according to Trip Advisor and offers behind-the-scenes tours, hand-crafted cocktails, and full, seasonal samplings. For more information about SDC, visit their website at and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Mexcor International Wines and Spirits is a family owned corporation established in 1989. We are a direct source of excellent products from around the world. At Mexcor we are committed to quality and are devoted to service. Mexcor has a substantial national sales network, currently extending to 46 states and we directly distribute thousands of items in Texas, California and Florida. Learn more about Mexcor at!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Matthew McConaughey Teams With Bourbon Hall Of Famer To Launch New Wild Turkey® Longbranch™

Matthew McConaughey Teams With Bourbon Hall Of Famer To Launch New Wild Turkey® Longbranch™LAWRENCEBURG, Ky., April 10, 2018 Today, Matthew McConaughey and the legendary Wild Turkey® Distillery are proud to announce the introduction of Wild Turkey Longbranch™, a collaboration between the iconic whiskey brand's creative director and Master Distiller Eddie Russell. Inspired by McConaughey's Kentucky and Texasroots, this rare small-batch Kentucky bourbon is refined with Texas Mesquite and oak charcoals – a unique method that deepens the flavor and complexity of the whiskey. This launch marks the first time Wild Turkey has unveiled a product that bears a signature of someone other than the Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell. A video of the creation of Wild Turkey Longbranch with McConaughey can be found here.

Wild Turkey Longbranch is the latest collaboration to come from the multi-year partnership with the Academy Award® winning actor. McConaughey, who has served as the brand's creative director since 2016, has worked behind the camera and in front of it in television commercials to reintroduce the world to Wild Turkey, and this new bourbon is a natural evolution of the partnership. The name is inspired by the friends that form the longest branches of our family trees.

The connections that McConaughey and the Russells have to both the great states of Kentucky and Texas were a major inspiration for this collaboration. McConaughey's parents met at the University of Kentucky, a mere 15 miles from the Wild Turkey Distillery, while Eddie Russell's youngest son, Bruce, now lives in McConaughey's hometown of Austin, Texas.

"Longbranch, in its simplest form, is an extended hand, inviting a friend into your family," McConaughey says. "So the branch that was extended to me from the Russells was a long one, one that reached from Kentucky to Texas and back again. I offered the Mesquite from my great state to add to their legendary Kentucky whiskey and together we made Longbranch."

To create Longbranch's signature flavor, McConaughey and Russell spent countless hours sharing notes, then, after two years of testing, perfected a proprietary process that combines two separate charcoal filtration methods to give Longbranch a smooth and full finish. The first filtration process uses charcoal made from American White Oak and the second uses charcoal made from Texas Mesquite wood, giving the bourbon notes of smoky sweetness.

Made with eight-year-old Wild Turkey Bourbon, Wild Turkey Longbranch is an exceptional bourbon with a bright gold color and aroma that is a balanced blend of vanilla and spices. Flavors of caramel, pear, and hints of citrus round out the palate. The subtle, smoky finish is buttery smooth, with notes of gentle pepper and toasted oak.  "When we were creating Wild Turkey Longbranch, we talked at length about how to make a product that represents elements of both Texas and Kentucky," said Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell. "Our goal was to make a straight bourbon whiskey with a soft sweetness that was still unmistakably Wild Turkey. The result was a bourbon that we both truly enjoy drinking neat, and look forward to sharing with others."

"Matthew McConaughey has been ingrained in the Wild Turkey brand as creative director for several years now," said Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO at Campari Group, owner of Wild Turkey. "As a lover of bourbon, and an integral part of the team, it was a natural next step for Matthew to partner with Eddie to create a new product for Wild Turkey. We are proud of the work they've done and have great expectations for this amazing new whiskey."

Wild Turkey Longbranch will be available on shelves across the US in May for a suggested retail price of $39.99 and will roll-out to additional markets around the world later this year.

About Matthew McConaughey
Texas native Matthew McConaughey is one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading men. A chance meeting in Austinwith casting director and producer Don Phillips led him to director Richard Linklater, who launched the actor's career in the cult classic "Dazed and Confused." Since then, he has appeared in over 40 feature films that have grossed over $1 billion; and has become a producer, director, and philanthropist – all the while sticking to his Texas roots and "jk livin" philosophy.

2014 was a game-changing year for McConaughey.  For his riveting portrayal of Ron Woodruff in "Dallas Buyers Club," McConaughey received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Gotham Award for Best Actor, the Best Actor Award at the Rome Film Festival as well as the Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival.  He also made the move to TV starring alongside Woody Harrelson in the HBO dramatic series "True Detective." The show was met by rave reviews from critics and fans alike and earned Matthew a Critics Choice and TCA Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series as well as an Emmy Nomination. McConaughey can next be seen in "White Boy Rick" and opposite Anne Hathaway in "Serenity".

In 2008, Mr. McConaughey started The just keep livin Foundation (, which is dedicated to helping boys and girls transform into men and women through programs that teach the importance of decision-making, health, education, and active living. The Foundation has partnered with Communities in Schools (CIS) – the nation's largest, non-profit, dropout-prevention organization –in West Los Angeles to implement fitness and wellness programs in two large urban high schools. Through an afterschool program, they are able to give kids a healthy start in life and the promise of a healthy future.

About Wild Turkey
The Distillery for Wild Turkey Bourbon is located in Kentucky, situated on a deep limestone shelf on the Kentucky River. The shelf acts as a natural filter and provides the distillery with crystal clear water, vital to making such a high quality product. Wild Turkey features the legendary father and son Master Distilling team of Jimmy and Eddie Russell, who have nearly 100 years of collective experience working at the Wild Turkey distillery.

The famous Wild Turkey brand name first came about back in 1940 when distillery executive Thomas McCarthey took a few warehouse samples on a Wild Turkey hunting trip with a group of friends. The following year, his friends asked him for "some of that Wild Turkey whiskey" and the brand was born.

Wild Turkey is distilled and put into new oak barrels at a much lower ABV than most bourbons. This results in a much richer flavor, as less is cooked out during the production process. Ageing in the highest quality new American oak barrels with the heaviest char available (the Number 4 "alligator" char), imparts a smooth flavor and deep amber color to the whiskey.

The barrels are filled at the distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Website:

About Campari Group
Campari Group is a major player in the global spirits industry, with a portfolio of over 50 premium and super premium brands, spreading across Global, Regional and Local priorities. Global Priorities, the Group's key focus, include
Aperol, Appleton Estate, Campari, SKYY, Wild Turkey and Grand Marnier. Campari Group was founded in 1860 and today is the sixth-largest player worldwide in the premium spirits industry. It has a global distribution reach, trading in over 190 nations around the world with leading positions in Europe and the Americas. Campari Group's growth strategy aims to combine organic growth through strong brand building and external growth via selective acquisitions of brands and businesses.

Headquartered in Milan, Italy, Campari Group owns 18 plants worldwide and has its own distribution network in 20 countries. Campari Group employs approximately 4,000 people. The shares of the parent company Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI - Bloomberg CPR IM) have been listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001. For more information:

Spirits Of French Lick Lee W. Sinclair 4 Grain Bourbon

Spirits Of French Lick Lee W. Sinclair 4 Grain Bourbon

Spirits Of French Lick Lee W. Sinclair 4 Grain Bourbon 45%-ABV, 750ml.

The Whiskey Classic is Scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch in New Mexico

The Whiskey Classic is Scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch in New MexicoALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 10, 2018 The Whiskey Classic, an immersive event experience designed for whiskey, bourbon, and scotch aficionados, industry professionals, as well as those who want to discover the art behind these beverages, is being held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. The event will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch.

The venue is one of the most famous western movie sets in the film industry. Bonanza Creek Ranch offers a 24-building western movie town, which was first used for "The Man from Laramie" movie set in 1955. Later, the ranch was used for such blockbuster hits as "Lonesome Dove" and "Lightning Jack." Most recently, the movies "Cowboys and Aliens", "Appaloosa", and "3:10 to Yuma", among many others have filmed there.

"Utilizing this iconic movie backdrop nods to the history of New Mexico, our incredible film industry partners, and celebrates the tradition of whiskey making," says Micaela Brown, Producer of The Whiskey Classic. "We have some availability for brands to participate as a vendor or sponsor in either our tasting tent or western movie structures. This is the most uniquely immersive event experience New Mexico has to offer, and we anticipate a sell-out crowd!"

Early bird tickets can be bought right on the event website. Tickets to The Whiskey Classic include an all-access pass to samples and tastings, commemorative whiskey tasting glass, main stage events, hot mixology, and live music. Attendees can also check out The Whiskey Classic app, which provides a social event feed, ability to chat with other attendees, event info and schedule, and map routing functionality.

For more information about the event, download the app, and other information, visit or email

The Whiskey Classic

The Whiskey Classic 2018 is the premier whiskey, scotch, and bourbon event in the United States. The event is scheduled for October 13, 2018 at Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information, visit

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Balvenie Tun 1509

The Balvenie Tun 1509

The Balvenie Tun 1509 47.1%-ABV 750ml bottle.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Double Gold Medal-Winning Conviction Small Batch Bourbon Now Available Beyond the Carolinas

Double Gold Medal-Winning Conviction Small Batch Bourbon Now Available Beyond the CarolinasMT. PLEASANT, N.C., April 5, 2018  Conviction Small Batch Bourbon is distilled, aged and bottled by Southern Grace Distilleries in an old NC prison. The first bottles were released November 2017. The barrel strength bourbon has won multiple gold medals including a double gold and is now distributed well beyond North Carolina.

In less than six months, Conviction Small Batch Bourbon has already expanded from NC, SC and Washington, DC to LA, OK, CT, NJ and southern IL.

"We are so pleased to now be distributed outside the Carolinas," said Southern Grace Distilleries CEO Leanne Powell. "Getting the first order was thrilling, but the reorders are telling us that customers truly love Conviction."

Conviction Small Batch Bourbon is aged in 10 and 15 gallon barrels for eight to twelve months in a prison dorm built in 1927. It won double gold at the Fifty Best Bourbons competition in NYC and was recently featured at the New Orleans Bourbon Festival.

Reviews have been very good. The Whiskey Reviewer said, "On the nose, this young bourbon was full of raw oak, vanilla fudge and chocolate-covered cherries. It was, on the whole, very candy-ish, and a lovely ensemble of aromas for any whiskey, but especially for one with only 8 months in the barrel. Breaking it with ½ teaspoon of water brought out some caramel in the chocolate tones as well as some very low grassy notes. The mouthfeel was bold, at the roof of the mouth and front of the tongue. The finish was of leather and coffee. And more coffee, with dark burnt sugar and bundt coffee cake.  It was an unusual finish and fairly long. This young bourbon, straight out of 'Whiskey Prison,' is a very nice sipper."

Southern Grace Distilleries, known as Whiskey Prison, was founded in 2014 and is located in a former North Carolinastate prison in Cabarrus County, NC, located about 25 minutes northeast of Charlotte. Southern Grace Distilleries is the first distillery in the US located in a former prison. For more information about Conviction Small Batch Bourbon or Whiskey Prison, please visit or call Leanne Powell at 704-622-6413 or Brian Pearson at 419-605-0315.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Garden & Gun Partners With Maker's Mark® And Bourbon Country® To Kick Off 2018 Mint Julep Month®

Garden & Gun Partners With Maker's Mark® And Bourbon Country® To Kick Off 2018 Mint Julep Month®CHARLESTON, S.C., April 5, 2018  Garden & Gun, widely known as the authority on Southern culture, in partnership with Maker's Mark® and Bourbon Country®, announces Mint Julep Month® (April 5 to May 5) — a national campaign that celebrates the mint julep beyond one day of horse racing and encourages participants to ditch plastic straws in support of water sustainability efforts. Mint Julep Month® was started in 2013 by the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau to encourage excitement throughout the city and along the Urban Bourbon Trail leading up to Derby season.

This year's campaign festivities kick off on Sunday, April 8, with an invitation-only Julep Brunch at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City featuring original twists on the mint julep cocktail created by four celebrated bartenders and continues throughout the month with hundreds of participating bars, restaurants, and other establishments across the country. Go to for participants.

"Kentucky's love of the famous bourbon cocktail began in the late 1700s as a refreshing morning drink or medical remedy," said Stacey Yates, vice president of marketing communications, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Today, the mint julep is synonymous with Louisville and the entire horseracing season, and we are excited to celebrate the Bourbon Country legacy with a national audience thanks to our partnership with Garden & Gun and Maker's Mark."

The mint julep has become one of America's most iconic cocktails. The straw, invented specifically for use in sipping the mint julep, is every bit as iconic. Unfortunately, the paper straws of the 1800s have evolved into the modern plastic straws that contribute heavily to environmental pollution.

"You can't make great bourbon without clean water, which is why we have always been so passionate about water conservation and sustainability at Maker's Mark," says 8th Generation Whisky Maker and Maker's Mark COO, Rob Samuels. "In addition to preserving our natural spring-fed lake and creating a natural water sanctuary at our distillery, we're excited to do our part in keeping water clean beyond our own grounds during Mint Julep Month. You can't beat a great cocktail in support of a great cause."

"Storytelling is at the core of everything we do at Garden & Gun and the mint julep is one of the most storied cocktails in history," Christian Bryant, Garden & Gun vice president and publisher. "We are excited to celebrate new Derby traditions and fine handcrafted cocktails with our partners at Maker's Mark Bourbon and Bourbon Country."

On Sunday, April 8, accomplished Southern-based bartenders will kick off Mint Julep Month® with a Julep Brunch, on the rooftop terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. Featured bartenders have crafted original cocktail recipes inspired by the traditional julep to be served alongside a Southern-inspired brunch menu during the party.

Mint Julep Month® will cap off on Saturday, May 5, with the ultimate Kentucky Derby viewing party on the rooftop of The Dewberry hotel, in Charleston, South Carolina.

All julep cocktails consumed at official Mint Julep Month® events will be consciously served with paper straws.

The mint julep dates back to the late 1700s, and as early as 1816, silver julep cups were coveted prizes at county fairs in Kentucky. State senator Henry Clay is credited with introducing the mint julep to the world at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., and in 1938 Churchill Downs in Louisville named the cocktail the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. In 2013, the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, began Mint Julep Month® to celebrate the famous bourbon cocktail for the entire month of April leading up to Derby Day.

Mint Julep Month® takes place from April 5 to May 5, visit to find out how to take part; the site allows you to register your business as a partner and search for participating bars and restaurants in your city. It also offers a list of julep recipes to make at home and share on social media and provides information about the paper straw movement.


  • NATURE'S SWEET RESTORER julep cocktail created by Ryan Casey. Casey is beverage director at The Dewberryhotel in Charleston, South Carolina, and is nominated for a 2018 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Link to recipe.
  • SALLIE GARDNER julep cocktail created by Matt Lofink. Lofink is bartender at cocktail bar Cure in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was nominated for a 2017 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program. Link to recipe.
  • THE FOURTH TURN julep cocktail created by Stacie Stewart. Stewart is bar director at chef Edward Lee's MilkWoodand newly opened Whiskey Dry in Louisville, Kentucky, and named by Wine Enthusiast as one of the 40 Under 40 Tastemakers in 2017. Link to recipe.
  • A STUDY IN PINK julep cocktail created by Kellie Thorn. Thorn is beverage director at chef Hugh Acheson's Empire State South in Atlanta, Georgia. Link to recipe.

The featured bartenders' original recipes and the inspiration behind each cocktail can be found on the official Mint Julep Month website at

For a complete list of participating bars and restaurants or to find out how to take part in Mint Julep Month® in your city, visit Hundreds of businesses in sixteen states from New York City to Los Angeles, Californiaare taking part in the month-long campaign.

Follow Mint Julep Month on social media via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at: @gardenandgun @makersmark @gotolouisville and tag #MintJulepMonth #GardenandGun #MakersMark #BourbonCountry

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Garden & Gun
Garden & Gun is a multiplatform media company that celebrates stories of the American South through powerful journalism, bold photography, exquisite design, and finely curated retail and experiential journeys. The brand is anchored by its award-winning national magazine launched in 2007, Garden & Gun, which reports on the South's sporting culture, food, music, art, literature, and its people and their ideas. The coveted audience of 1.6 million is further engaged through the brand's Whole Hog podcast, numerous New York Times best-selling books,
Mercantile + Co. and FIELDSHOP retail experiences, and 75+ events each year. Visit

About Maker's Mark® Bourbon
In 1954, in Loretto, Kentucky, Bill Samuels, Sr., fulfilled his dream to create a handmade and delicious bourbon. He decided to make his whisky in small-batches, using soft red winter wheat, with a proprietary barrel char to enhance the softness and sweetness. He then rotated each barrel by hand for consistency, and finally, aged each barrel to taste. Bill Samuels, Sr., transformed bourbon from a "commodity" into a premium handmade spirit, and today Maker's Mark® continues to make its bourbon exactly the same way. In recent years, Maker's Mark has introduced thoughtful, super-premium innovations to its portfolio including Maker's 46®, Maker's Mark® Cask Strength and Maker's Mark Private Select™, the brand's first-ever custom barrel program. In 1980, the Maker's Mark distillery became the first distillery in America to be designated a National Historic Landmark and has also been decreed as the "world's oldest operating bourbon whisky distillery" by Guinness World Records. It remains one of the Commonwealth of Kentucky's most popular tourist destinations, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. For more information, please visit

About Bourbon Country
Bourbon Country is the birthplace of America's only native spirit.  While bourbon can be made anywhere in the US, over 95% of the world's supply comes from Kentucky where it has been part of the culture and lifestyle of the region for over 200 years. Lonely Planet recently recognized Kentucky's Bourbon Country as one of the top destinations to visit in 2018. A visit to the Kentucky cities and towns producing bourbon and celebrating the spirit in tours, retail, culinary and cocktail experiences and unique accommodations can be planned at