The big interview: Jeff Kozak, Whistlepig

Leaving the powerhouse of Diageo for a small start-up took courage, but Jeff Kozak, CEO of whiskey brand Whistlepig, has made a real success of things. For rye whiskey aficionados, Whistlepig is one of the leading names in the business. Though the brand is still relatively small in the grand scheme of things – shifting more than 100,000 cases in 2020 – it is making big waves in the industry. At the helm is CEO…

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The DB & SB Spring Blind Tasting 2021 results

As the weather warms up in the northern hemisphere, we, along with our sister title the drinks business, blind tasted a selection of the best expressions that will be on offer this spring to see which will quench drinkers’ thirsts. For many of us north of the equator, spring is in the air. Trees are blossoming, morning frost is but a recent memory, and the sun’s beams linger a little longer with each day. Much…

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KDA urges tariff removal for US whiskey

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association is calling for the immediate suspension of tariffs on American whiskey, which caused Bourbon exports to the EU to plummet by nearly 50% in 2020. Trade group the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) reiterated its call for tariff suspension following yesterday’s (4 March) announcement that the US has removed tariffs on single malt Scotch for four months. The tariffs on Scotch whisky were introduced in October 2019 due to an ongoing dispute…

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Jamie Foxx buys Brown Sugar Bourbon

Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx has acquired flavoured whiskey brand Brown Sugar Bourbon (BSB) for an undisclosed sum. The Django Unchained star’s takeover of BSB coincides with a bottle redesign to signal a ‘new era’ for the brand and its two expressions: BSB-Brown Sugar Bourbon and BSB 103. Foxx will be responsible for the creative direction of the brand and will lend his experience as an entrepreneur to grow BSB. “I’ve always lived by…

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Brown-Forman confirms $95m distillery expansion

Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman has moved forward with its multi-million-dollar distillery expansion in Louisville to meet increasing demand for American whiskey. Old Forester Bourbon owner Brown-Forman first revealed it was considering an expansion of its Louisville distillery in November 2020. At the time, the project was in an evaluation phase, with the producer receiving preliminary approval for US$5 million in tax incentives from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) for the proposed project. Brown-Forman…

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