Monday, January 26, 2015

Pittsburgh Distilling - Wigle The Commoner

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Davy Crocketts - Salt Caramel Flavored Whiskey

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Friday, January 23, 2015

The Macallan - Gold

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Filibuster - Rye Whiskey

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The KegWorks Store Announces First Local Tasting of Black Button Distilling

imageBuffalo, NY January 22, 2015--

The KegWorks Store prides itself on offering its customers unique chances to enjoy some of the finest local drinking experiences around. In the past, they’ve hosted beer tastings from premium brewers like Big Ditch, Great Lakes, Southern Tier, and more, as well as cocktail tastings from the talented professionals at Vera and Fee Brothers.



Now, to continue that tradition, they’ve announced a very special evening with Black Button Distilling, wherein all interested patrons can sample world-class liquor from the first generation of legally distilled local spirits in over 80 years.



On Friday, January 30th, from 6pm - 8pm Rochester’s own Black Button Distilling will be live in the KegWorks Store sampling some of their handcrafted spirits for all of our thirsty patrons. They’ll be pouring tastings of their Apple Pie Moonshine, Citrus Forward Gin, and Little Barrel Bourbon for your enjoyment. This is the Buffalo debut of this emerging distillery that’s fast gaining a reputation for their perfectly balanced artisanal spirits.



“With our tastings, we like to make sure we’re offering our customers something truly memorable. We’ve done lots of great beers, some craft cocktails, and even spent an amazing night learning about Spiegelau beer glasses. That’s why we’re so excited to welcome Black Button Distilling to Buffalo. And trust me, you’re going to want to try that bourbon,” says David Rivers, KegWorks’ Founder and President.



For those patrons who don’t like the straight stuff, Black Button will also be using their liquor to mix up a couple of fresh cocktail samples that are sure to make your mouth water. They’ll even have a wide selection of their branded merchandise available for purchase so you can do your part to help support the booming local distilling scene.



The KegWorks Store encourages people to feel free to browse during the sampling. To celebrate this special occasion they’ll be running a 20% off all bar tools sale during the tasting.



“This is a great opportunity to try out some world-class liquor from a local distiller and stock up on bar tools like shakers, strainers, jiggers, and so much more, all at a great price,” says Trisha Charles, KegWorks VP of Product.



For more information about this event, The KegWorks Store asks interested parties to call 716-929-7570 or stop by the store at 1460 Military Rd. in Kenmore, NY.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Woodford Reserve Reveals Rye Whiskey, the Brand's Latest Product Extension

imageLOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 21, 2015 - Woodford Reserve today announces the release of its latest permanent product extension, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, which will be available for purchase in select markets throughout the country beginning in February. The latest release showcases the company's ongoing commitment to both whiskey lovers and innovation within the industry.



Woodford Reserve Rye is the third permanent line extension to join the portfolio, which includes the original Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. When it comes to the craft of bourbon and whiskey, Woodford Reserve prides itself on maintaining an original and contemporary approach that focuses primarily on the adjustment of one of the five sources of flavor. To complement and emphasize the spice characteristics found in the original Woodford Reserve, the Rye uses a base that's 53 percent rye, resulting in a liquid that's both more balanced, and refreshingly subtle.



Since 2006, Master Distiller Chris Morris has been hard at work crafting a rye that's worthy of the Woodford Reserve name. Because of the consistency of the mash, rye is notoriously more difficult to craft than a traditional bourbon, requiring more attention to detail throughout production, leaving the bulk of production to only the most experienced Master Distillers.



"One of the primary reasons behind Woodford's growth into the number one selling ultra-premium[i] bourbon in America is because of our commitment to flavor, and that's something that's engrained in everything we do," said Morris. "Not only does it affect how I approach bourbon production personally, it's the lens through which we view the future of Woodford Reserve, and I couldn't think of a liquid that better embodies that than the rye."



"As a brand, one of the things we're most proud of is the passion and commitment that our fans have, both for Woodford Reserve, whiskey and bourbon in general. For us, releasing a rye is a chance to give back to these consumers," said Woodford Reserve Brand Director Jason Kempf. "Time and time again, we kept hearing requests for a rye. Woodford Reserve has always maintained a commitment to the spirit of innovation, and the rye is no exception. We're excited to give our fans something they've been so vocal about for so many years, and that is finally ready to share with them."



Woodford Reserve Rye is produced with the same heritage and tradition that surrounds the site of the iconic Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky. As early as the mid-1800s, the site has been the location for visionary distilling practices, an attitude that Oscar Pepper and Master Distiller James Crow, the first people to distill at this location, fully embraced. Together, they perfected several whiskey production processes that continue to be used throughout the industry and have since become synonymous with great whiskey. Today, the Woodford Reserve Distillery is visited by more than 130,000 visitors each year.



Woodford Reserve Rye will be available in February 2015, with an MSRP of $37.99 for a 750ml and in select markets, including:California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York (Metro and Upstate), New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.



Tasting Notes for Woodford Reserve Rye:



Color: Rich honey.



Aroma: Spicy with distinct notes of rye, black pepper, cedar and cassia bark sweetened with a dusting of marzipan. Hints of pear, apple and almond dance in its depths.



Flavor: Clove, rye, mint and honey mingle together with hints of apple and malt.



Finish: long and sweetly spiced.



Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands such as Jack Daniel's, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, and Tuaca. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. For more information on Woodford Reserve, visit www.woodfordreserve.com or visit Facebook atwww.facebook.com/woodfordreserve.



Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., produced and bottled by the Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2015



[i] Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Bourbon is the #1 Ultra-Premium (>29.99) North American Whiskey (Nielsen, 52 Week, TOTAL US – XAOC + LIQ PLUS, thru 06-Dec-2014)

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jim Beam Releases New Premium Take On Rye Whiskey Staple

imageDEERFIELD, Ill., Jan. 13, 2015 Today, Jim Beam®, the world's No. 1 bourbon, announces the refresh of Jim Beam®Rye – the classic Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey offering that's been a staple on whiskey bars globally for decades.



New Jim Beam® Pre-Prohibition Style Rye, bottled at 90-proof, has a distinct spicy flavor and long, soft finish, and makes the product perfectly mixable for any classic or contemporary rye whiskey cocktail. Founded in 1795, Jim Beam Rye is a pre-prohibition style rye whiskey made from one of the Beam family's oldest recipes, and is dis

tilled with the same exacting standards that have governed Jim Beam for more than 200 years.

"We've heard loud and clear from bartenders and whiskey fans that they are looking for a bolder Rye that stands up better in cocktails," said Fred Noe, Jim Beam's 7th Generation Master Distiller. "We listened to this feedback, and know that the time is right to Make History by taking a classic product that's loved around the world and making it even better."



About Jim Beam® Pre-Prohibition Style Rye Whiskey



  • Now bottled at 90-proof, the new Jim Beam Rye is a pre-prohibition style Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey.
  • Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye is spicy and warm with a bit of a black pepper bite which gives way to vanilla and oak undertones. The finish is warm and inviting.
  • Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye has a rye spicy aroma, with hints of vanilla and oak notes, with a golden amber color.
  • Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye will have an updated bottle label design to reflect the premium quality of product.

New Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye has a suggested retail price of $22.99 for 750mL, and will be available in select on-premise locations and retailers nationwide starting in January 2015.



For more information about Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Style Rye, "like" our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/JimBeam), follow us on Twitter (@jimbeam) or visit http://www.jimbeam.com/other-bourbons.



About Beam Suntory Inc.
As the world's third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company's brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker's Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher's,  Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  The company generates annual worldwide sales exceeding $4 billion excluding excise taxes.



Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture.  Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.



Jim Beam® Straight Rye Whiskey
45% Alc./Vol. ©2015 James B. Beam Distilling Co., Clermont, KY
All trademarks are the property of their respective owners

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Glenmorangie Lasanta's Enhanced Recipe Wins Praise From World Expert

imageNEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2015  The refined Glenmorangie Lasanta has won a seal of approval from the world's leading whisky guide.  Jim Murray hailed the single malt as 'a delightful surprise', awarding it 93 points out of a possible 100 in the latest edition of his Whisky Bible.



Glenmorangie Lasanta is one of three whiskies in Glenmorangie's Extra Matured Range. These single malts spend ten years in bourbon casks, then a further two in exclusive ex-Sauternes, port or sherry casks, which add complex layers to their taste.  Named after the Scots Gaelic word for warmth and passion, Glenmorangie Lasanta has been refined to make the spicy, full-bodied whisky sweeter, and smoother. Extra-matured in Oloroso sherry casks and now with additional finishing in Pedro Ximenez casks (known as "The King" of sherries), the resulting expression has an altogether more rounded character.



The 2015 edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible is full of praise for Glenmorangie's refinements.  Murray, a global authority on whisky, writes of Glenmorangie Lasanta: "This new 12-year-old incarnation has got off to a flying start."  Describing the single malt as "quietly rich", he adds: "Really love the stewed plums and spotted dick*; wonderfully soft delivery, backed handsomely by a two-toned sherry fruitiness, with dry and cream being just about on equal terms.  The sugars appear both fruit and cask borne, though it is the deeper Eccles cake and treacle notes which carry furthest... a delightful surprise."



Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie's Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, said: "We are thrilled that Glenmorangie Lasanta has won the appreciation of Jim Murray in his 2015 Whisky Bible.  When I decided to fine-tune its recipe, I wanted to enhance the whisky, further reflecting the warmth and passion which Glenmorangie Lasanta's name denotes.  This single malt is extra-matured in Oloroso sherry casks, which give a richer, rounder finish and now further finished in Pedro Ximenez casks which provides a sweeter depth of flavor.  We believe whisky drinkers will be thrilled with our refinements – just as Jim Murray is."

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dunville & Co Whiskey

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

WhistlePig Straight Rye

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Jim Beam Donates $100,000 To Fund Holiday Meals For Military Families

imageFORT CAMPBELL, Ky., Dec. 10, 2014 Jim Beam® Bourbon, the world's No. 1 bourbon, is adding more happy to the holidays this year with a $100,000 donation to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting United States military families. Presented today by Frederick "Fred" Booker Noe III, seventh generation Jim Beam master distiller, along with his son, Freddie Noe IV, in a ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., the funds will help provide holiday meals for military families.



"Bourbon is just about as American as you can get," said Noe. "So at Jim Beam we're honored to support our military heroes who defend our great country every day. They are part of our family, and we salute them."



The donation marks the latest demonstration of Jim Beam's long history of support for the military and Operation Homefront. Since 2008, Jim Beam has donated more than $2.5 million to the organization through a variety of charitable programming efforts.  The Holiday Meals for Military program began Thanksgiving 2009 as the result of a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum.  A soldier, his wife and infant had a handful of grocery items they could not afford, so a Jim Beam employee picked up the$12 cost for the groceries.  Since that time, the program has grown from initially providing 500 meal kits to military families in 2009 to providing 8,000 this holiday season, and Jim Beam continues to be a major supporter of the program.



"Thanks to continued support from Jim Beam and other sponsors, this season we're providing 8,000 military families at 21 different active duty bases with a Holiday Meal kit, which includes everything they need for a holiday dinner," said Stacey Crooks, Senior Director of Corporate Relations for Operation Homefront. "We're incredibly grateful for the generous donations Jim Beam has provided over the years and for its commitment to honoring and assisting our country's military families. Having Fred Noe and his son volunteer their time today is the icing on the cake and means so much to our military families."



Jim Beam has a long history of support for the military that can be traced all the way back to the 1700s. If not for the land grant given to the Beam family for all their service during the revolutionary war, the brand's Kentucky distillery may not have existed. Today, the company is proud to employ numerous veterans and active military personnel, and has promised to hold the jobs of those called to active duty.

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Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey

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