Friday, July 31, 2015

Mad River - Rye Whiskey

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mad River - Bourbon Whiskey

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bad Dog - Grandpa’s Likker 130

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey - A First Sampling

imageLike me you may have only heard stories from long ago about mixing Whiskey with tea and I’ll further admit that I hadn’t ever considered the combination myself until now.  After sampling Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey, I’m here to tell you that it’s a combination your should try, but more importantly it’s a combination you’ll want to drink over and over again.

Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey was created Jared Berlin after experiencing the combination while traveling in China.  His goal was to create a modern interpretation of this 1800’s drink using premium and natural ingredients….and I’d say he accomplished exactly that.

Marlee’s is a proprietary blend of American Rye Whiskey, Chinese Gunpowder Green Tea and Organic Mexican Blue Agave.  The combination is blended and bottled at Strong Spirits in Bardsville, Nelson County, Kentucky…and as Marlee’s says, “Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey combines the craft of American Whiskey with the natural health benefits of green tea (stay tuned on that one).”

imageRight out of the box you can’t help notice how good Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey looks.  The packaging is modern and eye-catching, and as you can see from my photos the Whiskey itself has a really attractive copper/caramel color and clarity.  We couldn’t wait to sample it so off we go.

The nose is smokey, slightly malty with a subtle fruit aroma at the end, and for me the tea aromas came in late with some coffee and dark fruit aromas as well.

Normally we sample both straight up and in a cocktail combination, but at Marlee’s recommendation, we changed that up a bit and went a little further.  First up we sampled Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey over ice.  I was immediately struck by how well BOTH the Whiskey and green tea stand prominently.  Neither flavor dominates and neither flavor is lost.  I quickly saw how appealing a combination this can be.  Marlee’s is refreshing but it still retains the satisfying depth and complexity of a premium Whiskey.  The green tea follows closely behind and takes the sharper edges off the Whiskey for a delicate and clean finish.  For me the Agave syrup remained in the background, but I can appreciate the balance it helps maintain in this drink.

Next up we added a wedge of lemon and muddled it before adding Marlee’s Green tea Whiskey…and while the lemon initially dominated the flavors and aromas, I was again surprised how much the green tea and Whiskey still managed to shine through.

Finally we tried another combination adding in a splash of Ginger Beer with Marlee’s and just a wedge of lemon.  Again it was a wonderful and really drinkable combination.  As with the other combinations, the Whiskey & green tea flavors still shine through, but this combination had a little more sparkle to it….very refreshing.

In the end our favorite combination was Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey over ice in a tall glass.  It was complex and refreshing and the flavors really work well together.  And keep in mind Marlee’s is only 14.95%-ABV, so a tall glass over ice is a really drinkable and enjoyable beverage.

So I know what you’re asking…is Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey healthy?  So this statement from Marlee’s, “Marlee’s is made up of green tea which is packed with antioxidants (polyphenols).  Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey has 140.8mg of polyphenols per 8oz serving, more than most cups of green tea!”
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Thank you to Marlee’s for giving me an early opportunity to sample Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey.  And a big thank you for including the deconstructed ingredients, allowing us to experience the aromas independently as we sampled.  This is a really unique combination and everyone who sampled it with us tonight was really surprised at just how good this blend is.  More importantly, try Marlee’s Green Tea Whiskey for yourself and let us know what YOU think.

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Graveyard Sam’s - Baby Bourbon Whiskey

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Exciting Developments At Diageo's Shelbyville Distillery

imageSHELBYVILLE, Ky., July 27, 2015  On July 6, the first barrels of whiskey started arriving at the brand new warehouse now standing in Shelbyville, Kentucky.  From now until October, barrels will arrive every day for unloading into the warehouse.  Stacked six high, the warehouse will hold a whopping 55,000 barrels.  Four new employees, Vicky Storey, Austin Blakeman, Michael Dodson and Christopher Thompson, have just been trained in the past few weeks are working the forklifts and getting the barrels moved in.



"The new team is doing an amazing job of getting the barrels into the new warehouse efficiently and safely," said James Henson, warehouse manager.  "Stacking each 3,000 pound pallet up to six high is a delicate business, and they are doing great."



Once the first warehouse is filled in October, the second of six planned warehouses will be ready for inventory.



In addition, the metal frame of the new distillery is now standing and is visible from the main road.



"Things are taking shape and there is lots of excitement here," said Dan Feeser, Director of Operations overseeing the project.  "There is lots of activity now, with about 150 construction workers at the site.  We expect that at the height of construction we will have about 250 construction workers on site."



"I am very pleased to say that so far this project is on schedule and we are looking forward to starting to make whiskey in late 2016," said Feeser.  "We truly appreciate all the support we have gotten from the community, especially all our immediate neighbors, as construction begins to ramp up in earnest."



For updates and photos of progress at the site, please visit us on Instagram at "BulleitDistillery_Shelbyville".

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Graveyard Sam’s - Young Rye Whiskey

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Twin Valley - Ashton White

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Madame Damnable - Single Malt Whiskey

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Headframe Spirits - Kelley Single Malt

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Four Roses - Barrel Strength Single Barrel

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Geo. Benz & Sons - Scotch Whisky

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Friday, July 17, 2015

J. Henry & Sons Wisconsin Straight Bourbon

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Prestige Distillery - Blended Scotch Whisky

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Announces Premier Barrel Strength Whiskey With Launch Of Barrel Proof

imageLYNCHBURG, Tenn., July 15, 2015 The Jack Daniel Distillery announces the nationwide release of the brand's first-ever barrel strength offering within the coveted Single Barrel Collection, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof. The newest member of the Jack Daniel's Family of Brands will hit shelves in August and will be available across the U.S.



"As master distiller at Jack Daniel's, I get the privilege of traveling to the top floors of our barrelhouses in Lynchburg and hand drilling individual barrels. This provides me the rare opportunity to taste Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey in its purest form; unfiltered and uncut," said Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel's Master Distiller. "I'm always amazed at the intensity of the aromas and the deep amber colors, and yet at the same time, the exceptional smoothness of the whiskey at this higher proof point. After years of thinking about and discussing a barrel proof offering from Jack Daniel's, we believe that now is the perfect time to make this available to all of our friends around the world. I'm confident that everyone will be as impressed as I was the first time I tasted this unique form of Single Barrel whiskey."



Barrel Proof, ranging from 125 to 140 proof, is the Jack Daniel Distillery's second offering in the Single Barrel Collection which includes Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select. Select is a 94-proof single barrel Tennessee Whiskey with a robust, full-bodied flavor complemented by Jack Daniel's smooth charcoal-mellowed character. Together, Select and Barrel Proof combine to create the world's finest collection of single barrel Tennessee Whiskey. The collection uses Jack Daniel's unique charcoal-mellowing process – helping to provide the signature depth of aroma and complex flavor that Jack Daniel's friends know and love.



Barrel Proof is crafted using the same cave spring water from the Jack Daniel's Hollow, proprietary yeast and charcoal-mellowing process that's been used in the distillery's nearly 150-year-old Tennessee Whiskey recipe. From there, the liquid enters a charred White American Oak barrel, forged within Jack Daniel's very own cooperage and set to age in the upper regions of the barrelhouse. In this resting place, the whiskey is exposed to the extreme temperature variations that a Lynchburg, Tennessee season brings. The interaction of the whiskey, the wood and the environment creates nuances from barrel to barrel to bring out distinct flavor profiles that transcend the expected to become 'Barrel Proof.'



Barrel Proof takes the flavor range of sweet vanilla and toasted oak that has become the Jack Daniel's trademark to a whole new level. Although every barrel is slightly different, each offers a great intensity and complexity with an exceptionally smooth finish. These are the key characteristics of a whiskey that has been fully matured in a superior quality toasted and charred oak barrel. Barrel Proof is a surprisingly robust whiskey that brings something unique to the palates of Jack Daniel's friends and whiskey enthusiasts alike. 



Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof will be available nationwide beginning August 2015. The product will be priced approximately$65.00 per 750ml.



Follow @JD_SingleBarrel or visit www.jackdaniels.com and singlebarrel.jackdaniels.com for more information. Hashtag #JackBarrelProof to join the conversation.

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Manatawny Still Works - MSW Small Batch

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Spirit Hound - Straight Malt

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Distiller Becomes First Whiskey Discovery App to Integrate Nationwide Shipments Through New Partnership with Ezra's

imageSEATTLE, July 14, 2015  Distiller, the world's first free whiskey companion, recommendation and discovery engine, today announced a partnership with craft spirits merchant, Ezra's, making Distiller the first company to offer expansive whiskey reviews, ratings, recommendations and shipment from a single app. Through this partnership, Distiller users that live in states that allow purchase of spirits by mail will now be able to order whiskey from within the app. The new "buy-button" functionality will also make searching for more unique, hard-to-find whiskeys even simpler – instead of trying to hunt down a particular bottle at a distant liquor store or specialty website that could take 10 days to ship, users can request specific whiskeys and Distiller will work with Ezra's to track them down.

"We have found that our users are especially passionate about finding new and interesting whiskeys to try, and with this partnership we're now taking a big step towards being involved in that journey every step of the way," said Mikael Mossberg, co-founder and CEO of Distiller. "Now, if they get a recommendation or read about a whiskey they want to try or gift to someone, they can purchase and have it in a few days. Not only are the vast majority of whiskeys now available for shipment almost anywhere in the country, but we can also work with users who want to get their hands on harder to find products that aren't available locally."

"Distiller has carved out a loyal following among both novice and longtime whiskey appreciators, so naturally, this was a perfect fit for us," said Adam Newman, co-founder of Ezra's. "We're excited to give Distiller's whiskey fans access to our expansive selection of spirits and get their purchases delivered directly to them."

The Distiller app was developed for the novice, adventurous and discerning whiskey lovers to explore their personal tastes and learn more about the craft, history, culture and world of whiskey, while connecting with other of like-minded enthusiasts. It is the only app to offer personalized whiskey recommendations based on flavor preference, expertise level, drinking environment, price and other criteria. Users can create and share digital collections, and find out what other people around the world are tasting, drinking and thinking.

Download Distiller on iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod) at http://whsky.me/distillerapp and Android at http://whsky.me/distillerandroid.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Virginia Distillery - Virginia Highland

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Speyburn - Douglass - Sherry Butt

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Mars Whisky - The Revival 2011 Komagatake

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mars Maltage - 3 Plus 25

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

1792 - Port Finish

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Adelphi Selection - Ardmore

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Adelphi Selection- Glen Garioch

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tahoe Moonshine - White Dog

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Eleven Wells Spirits

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