Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sin City - The Mint 400

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Monday, March 30, 2015

New St. Louis Based Whiskey Brand, Defiance, Wins Bronze in San Francisco World Spirits Competition

imageSAINT LOUIS, MO - March 30, 2015 -

How do you create a new, standout whiskey when giants like Jim Beam and Makers Mark still prevail? Take time in production, market it to a new target audience and put a great story behind the brand name. St. Louis' Defiance Whiskey is doing just that, and catching the attention of some of the country's top competitions. The brand was just awarded a bronze medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, recently won a silver medal at the American Craft Spirits Association event in Austin, Texas, and continues to make waves in the bourbon world.

Founder Daniel Fort and his father Garth Fort have developed this 90-proof high rye bourbon that marries the best of old and new. The whiskey is produced with the latest in distillation technology and equipment before being traditionally aged in big Missouri white oak barrels, and then painstakingly finished in small batches. The result is a whiskey that has intriguingly complex rye notes on the front end and a smooth, almost sweet finish that's very approachable.

The name "Defiance" said everything about the Forts' goals. When they started developing the bourbon four years ago, they wanted it to represent a defiant attitude and passion. “We don’t want to be just another Southern-branded, traditional whiskey,” Daniel Fort says. He said they were looking to create a new, broader audience for bourbon...not just the 50-plus male demographic of yesterday, but also millennials, women and beyond.

The name Defiance is also a tribute to Daniel's great aunt, Cornelia, a World War II female pilot. After a day of piloting a World War II fighter plane, Cornelia was known to enjoy nothing more than the company of good friends and whiskey, often a scotch and soda. Cornelia was the embodiment of defiance in her day. Her story includes an encounter with the Japanese air fleet during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and sadly ends with the ultimate sacrifice as she became the first female pilot in American history to die on active duty. “Cornelia truly embodied the spirit of Defiance Whiskey because she trained hard and followed her passion rather than the crowd.” explains Daniel.

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Disobedient Spirits - Blue Dog

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Bacardi Acquires ANGEL’S ENVY Bourbon

imageHAMILTON, Bermuda-Family-owned Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, has expanded its portfolio of super-premium spirits with the acquisition of Louisville-based Angel’s Share Brands, its subsidiary, Louisville Distilling Co., and its ANGEL’S ENVY™ brand. This deal marks the Company’s entry into the bourbon category of the North American whiskey sector.

“We have a clear strategy aligned to meet consumer needs in premium spirits and are building an even stronger portfolio through innovation and acquisition. The purchase of Angel’s Share Brands and the ANGEL’S ENVY portfolio further reinforces our commitment to growing the super-premium spirits sector,” said Bacardi Limited CEO Mike Dolan.



ANGEL’S ENVY™ Port Finished Bourbon, the flagship brand, is one of the top ten fastest growing super-premium bourbons in the United States. The American straight category as a whole has experienced a resurgence in the past five years with a nearly five percent growth rate while the super-premium American straight segment has grown nearly 10 percent during the same time.



“Bacardi has a long history of successful acquisitions of cutting-edge brands. Bacardi looks for the gems of innovation in the spirits world to complement our premium and super-premium brands, and ANGEL’S ENVY is a natural fit for our portfolio. We are thrilled to add ANGEL’S ENVY, one of the most exciting brands in the North American whiskey category today, to our highly focused portfolio of iconic brands,” said Barry Kabalkin, Vice Chairman of Bacardi Limited.



ANGEL’S ENVY will continue as a standalone operation, meaning the business structure, employee base, production, distribution, commercial and marketing activities will remain unchanged. ANGEL’S ENVY’s new distillery and brand experience center in downtown Louisville is planned for a 2016 opening and will showcase the great tradition of Kentucky bourbon-making.



ANGEL’S ENVY was created by the late Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson, one of the original pioneers of the premium bourbon and whiskey categories in the U.S. and an inaugural member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame. The brand is hand-blended in small batches of 8 to 12 barrels. Each batch, or “expression,” is allowed to develop naturally, creating nuances in the bourbon from year-to-year.



“ANGEL’S ENVY, like Bacardi, was founded as a family-owned business driven by an entrepreneurial spirit. The secrets to crafting ANGEL’S ENVY have been well preserved by three generations of the Henderson family. Bacardi is well recognized for showcasing the unique heritage and origin of our brands, so I’m thrilled that the Henderson family, under the stewardship of Global Brand Ambassador Wes Henderson, will continue to be directly involved with the ANGEL’S ENVY brand,” said Bacardi Limited Chairman Facundo L. Bacardi, a fifth generation Bacardi family member.



The three expressions of ANGEL’S ENVY are currently available in on- and off-premise establishments throughout the United States. The award winning flagship expression of ANGEL’S ENVY™ Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in port wine barrels earned the highest-ever rating for a bourbon from Wine Enthusiast, ANGEL’S ENVY™ Finished Rye was awarded “Four Stars” and “Highly Recommended” by Spirit Journal, and ANGEL’S ENVY™ Cask Strength was named by Spirit Journal as “Best Spirit in the World.”



Terms of the transaction, closed on March 27, were not disclosed.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Templeton Rye

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Black Bear Poteen

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Woodford Reserve® Bourbon Releases 2015 Kentucky Derby® Bottle

imageLOUISVILLE, KY - Woodford Reserve®, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby®,” is honoring this year’s “Run for the Roses”™ with the release of its 2015 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. This year’s limited-edition Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottle features the artwork from elite equine artist Carole Andreen-Harris.

Harris’ main image on the bottle is bold and vibrant, featuring six horses with their jockeys in colorful silks rounding the first turn on their quest to win the big race. The historic Twin Spires are centered prominently in the background alongside an image of the packed stands of fans cheering them on to victory.



The neck band features a diamond pattern of light mint and Woodford Reserve’s signature copper color as well as the Kentucky Derby 141 date sealing the top of the commemorative bottle. A bottleneck tag provides consumers with details about the product and the artist.



“Woodford Reserve is honored to have such an esteemed equine artist design this year’s commemorative Derby bottle artwork,” said Jason Kempf, Woodford Reserve brand director. “Her incredible talent and love of horseracing truly captures the spirit and passion of the Kentucky Derby.”



The commemorative liter-size bottle will be available nationwide on shelves in early April. Suggested retail price, depending on market, is $43.99.



Woodford Reserve has been the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby” for the past 17 years. It also sponsors a Grade I stakes race, The Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, which runs on Kentucky Derby Day, May 2, 2015, and has become one of Thoroughbred racing’s premier turf events with a $500,000 purse.



About Artist Carole Andreen-Harris:



With a lifelong fascination and deeply ingrained appreciation of the horse in all its breeds and disciplines, elite equine artist Carole Andreen-Harris exhibits a true understanding for her subjects. Her paintings are well received among those who live and work with horses and her work has been accepted into prestigious art shows and institutions across the U.S. She is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Equine Art and a member of International Equine Artists, Carole is also a founding member of HeARTists for Horses, a group of Arizona artists with a passion for helping horses in need.



About Woodford Reserve:



Woodford Reserve, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby,” is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky - the heart of thoroughbred country. Woodford Reserve is a product of Brown-Forman Corporation, a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodka, Korbel California Champagne, Herradura Tequila, Sonoma-Cutrer Wines, Chambord Liqueur, and Tuaca Liqueur. For more information, please visit www.woodfordreserve.com. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly.



About Churchill Downs®:



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 (NASDAQ: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 2, 2015, and its 2015 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 25-June 27. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record eight times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet atwww.ChurchillDowns.com. Churchill Downs®, Kentucky Derby® and the Twin Spires design are registered trademarks of Churchill Downs Incorporated.



Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2015.

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Chancellor’s Imperial Whiskey

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Label 5 Gold Heritage

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mortlach - Duncan Taylor For Aria

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Monday, March 23, 2015

New Holland Pub On 8th - Bourbon Whiskey

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Michter’s Barrel Strength

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