Four Roses ambassador Al Young dies

Al Young, senior brand ambassador and historian at Four Roses Bourbon, has died at the age of 77. Young, who died on 25 December 2019, was described as an “integral part of Four Roses’ legacy and history”. The Bourbon brand said in a statement on 26 December: “The Four Roses family is in mourning. It is with great sadness that we share that Al Young, Four Roses’ senior brand ambassador, passed away yesterday with his…

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Spirit Master: Old Forester 1870 Original Batch

Ahead of Thanksgiving tomorrow (28 November), we thought we’d draw your attention to a quintessentially American spirit to celebrate the national holiday. Every week, SB celebrates some of the top-scoring Master medallists from The Global Spirits Masters blind-tasting competition. And with Thanksgiving fast approaching, we thought what better way to toast the occasion than with an award-winning Bourbon. During the American Whiskey Masters blind-tasting competition in July 2019, a total of nine Master medals were awarded to top-quality expressions that…

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Buffalo Trace concludes Warehouse X temperature test

Kentucky distillery Buffalo Trace has concluded its second Warehouse X experiment, which analysed how temperature affects the ageing process of whiskey and collected 9.1 million data points. Warehouse X was built in 2013 to study the many variables that affect the Bourbon ageing process. Over the course of 20 years, Buffalo Trace will monitor a number of environmental elements, including natural light, temperature, humidity and air flow, collecting around 70 million data points in total.…

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Bacardi buys Stillhouse Spirits

Family-owned Bacardi has acquired American whiskey and vodka producer Stillhouse Spirits for an undisclosed sum. Stillhouse Spirits was founded by Brad Beckerman, and Bacardi made a minority investment in the firm in 2014. Beckerman, founder and CEO of Stillhouse Spirits, will leave the business to pursue other opportunities. He said: “I am proud that my mission for Stillhouse will be taken to the next level by industry leader Bacardi.” Stillhouse Spirits creates a range of…

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Buffalo Trace to release $2,500 vintage Bourbon

Kentucky distillery Buffalo Trace is set to launch a 1994 vintage edition of its O.F.C Bourbon, which is priced at US$2,500. The range is named after Buffalo Trace’s original moniker, the O.F.C Distillery. OFC stands for Old Fashioned Copper, indicating the types of fermentation vats and stills previously used to make the whiskey. The range features only “rare” vintage whiskeys that become collectable items among Bourbon fans. Like others in the range, the 1994 vintage…

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