Buffalo Trace Announces 2019 Van Winkle Bourbon Release

Fall season is ready to heat up for bourbon hunters, as Buffalo Trace announces their 2019 release of Van Winkle Bourbon whiskey. These “wheaters”—made with a wheat recipe rather than the traditional rye grain recipe of American bourbon—are among the most-sought-after whiskeys in the world. The wheat results in a smoother, sweeter flavor than their spicier rye counterparts. As with previous years, yields from the barrels are low due to evaporation during the long aging…

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Jack Daniel’s Names New Master Distiller

The Jack Daniel Distillery announced today that Chris Fletcher will take over the reins as Master Distiller of the Tennessee Whiskey brand. Fletcher, 39, had previously served for six years as Assistant Master Distiller, and will become responsible for the overall quality of Jack Daniel’s from “grain to glass,” innovation and serve as a global ambassador. In addition, he will oversee the distillery’s new “Distillers in Training” program which aims to recruit, teach and mentor the…

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Blue Blazer Enables Chicago Bars To Offer RTD Cocktails To Go

Blue Blazer, which specializes in white-label and cobranded bottled cocktails, aims to be new type of beverage portfolio. The Chicago-based service allows the Windy City’s restaurants and bars to serve their own mixed drinks for carryout, delivery and through off-premise retailers, including local grocery and liquor stores.  Founded by Chicago hospitality attorneys Brian Troglia, Josh Kaplan and Joe Kreeger, partners at the law firm Troglia Kaplan, Blue Blazer was already in the works when COVID-19…

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Bardstown Bourbon Launches Orange Curaçao-finished Bourbon

The Bardstown Bourbon Company has rolled out a new expression in teamwork with Copper & Kings American Brandy Company. The latest addition to Bardstown’s Collaborative Series, this is nine-year-old Tennessee bourbon finished for 18 months in Destillaré Orange Curaçao barrels.  “A brilliant orange nose takes the lead over a rich blend of baking spice, vanilla and maple,” says Bardstown Bourbon Co. Vice President of Sales & Marketing Herb Heneman. “The bright citrus awakens the palate and leads to…

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How COVID-19 is Fueling a Home Mixology Movement

Consumers mixing cocktails at home was already a trend before the pandemic. But the COVID-19 crisis—with lockdowns and on-premise closures—has undoubtedly spread and accelerated this movement. “Given the unfortunate circumstances limiting access to bars, many people have looked into exercising their at-home bar,” says Hayden Miller, head bartender at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila In Miami Beach, FL. “Given the unfortunate circumstances limiting access to bars, many people have looked into exercising their at-home bar,” says Hayden Miller, head bartender at Bodega Taqueria…

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