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Kentucky Owl Is Definitely Building A Distillery

News broke in september that SPI Group—which owns the Kentucky Owl brand of bourbon and rye—was eyeing property in Bardstown, Kentucky , and now the company’s U.S. arm, Stoli Group, has confirmed plans to build a distillery there. The 420-acre site at Cedar Creek Quarry will be called “Kentucky Owl Park” and will be home to a distillery with a capacity of 1.5 million proof gallons and an elaborate visitor experience. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2018, with whiskey production slated to begin by 2020. This will be Bardstown’s sixth distillery, joining nearby Heaven Hill , Barton 1792...

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The Best New Whiskies To Taste At WhiskyFest New York 2017

There will be no shortage of drams at WhiskyFest New York— over 480 different whiskies will be poured (download the app to have the full list at your fingertips). We have guides to the can’t-miss scotch , bourbon , and craft whiskey picks at the event—plus a guide for planning how to make the most of your evening and tips for picking the right seminar for you .

If your goal is to try the newest whisky releases, we can help you there too. Many brands bring their latest and greatest releases to WhiskyFest New York, and some even make...

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Lagavulin 8 Year Old, English Single Malt More New Whisky

There is a lot of new whisky this week, but the biggest release has been out for a while. Lagavulin 8 year old first debuted in 2016 as a special edition whisky celebrating the distillery’s 200th anniversary. It has now officially been added to the Lagavulin range permanently, joining the 16 year old and Distiller’s Edition.

While more bourbon will soon be made in Bardstown at Kentucky Owl Park , this week’s new bourbons all come from outside the state. Virginia’s A. Smith Bowman is releasing a $40 port-finished bourbon as part of its permanent lineup. Isaac Bowman Straight Bourbon...

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A Guide To Craft Whiskey At WhiskyFest New York 2017

WhiskyFest is celebrating its 20th anniversary in New York on november 16th, and, with over 110 tables pouring nearly 500 different whiskies, it’s going to be quite the celebration. As always, Scotch and bourbon lovers will find plenty to enjoy. Plus, craft distillers from around the United States will be sharing their unique and exciting whiskeys at WhiskyFest. Craft whiskey is incredibly diverse and constantly changing, and even longtime fans will find new drams to try. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure where to start—this guide offers tips for making the most of all of WhiskyFest’s craft whiskeys. (You can...

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For Veterans, Distilling is a New Way to Serve

Whiskey distillers come from all walks of life, including the armed services. And for many veterans, making whiskey isn’t just a passion—it’s a way to use skills gained during their service, to employ their brothers and sisters in arms, and to give back to their communities. “Transitioning veterans need a good support system, especially if they are battling disability or PTSD,” explains Jason Justice, founder of Justice Label Distillery in Sinton, Texas.

A PTSD sufferer himself, Justice understands the importance of such support. He currently employs three veterans part-time. “I have had success placing these individuals into roles that they...

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How to Pair Whisky and Steak

Few meals are as primally pleasing to prepare as steak cooked on the grill. Summer is when countless Americans get in touch with their inner Neanderthal, carefully choosing the cut, thickness, and age of steaks for a meal of flame-cooked flesh. Whisky, of course, makes a natural partner with flavors of smoke and char, but as it turns out, creating the perfect pairing of whisky and steak requires a little more inspection than you might first think.

“The provenance of the beef is more important than the cut,” says Danny McCallum, chef at Toronto’s premier steakhouse, Jacobs & Co. “While...

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New Jameson, 18 year old Redemption Rye More New Whisky

New whiskies this week truly run the gamut from Irish blends to craft rye, with ages ranging from 8 months to 18 years.

Jameson is launching The Blender’s Dog in the U.S. The whiskey is part of Jameson’s Whiskey Makers Series , which celebrates the different crafts that go into producing a finished whiskey. In Winter 2016, the Blender’s Dog was rated alongside the other two whiskeys in the line, The Cooper’s Croze and The Distiller’s Safe (all were available in Europe first)—and The Blender’s Dog outshined its siblings with a 90-point rating. It should be easy to find on...

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6 Whisky Cocktails to Make for Brunch

Brunch cocktail menus are dominated by Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Screwdrivers, with rarely a drop of whisky in sight. And that’s a shame, because whisky-based cocktails can easily make for light, refreshing companions to your eggs Benedict and French toast.

“Culturally, it’s ingrained in us to think of whisky in terms of stiff drinks that burn your throat as they go down,” says Gates Otsuji, co-founder of Swig + Swallow and regional chef de bar of New York City’s The Standard . And when it comes to drinking in the morning, it’s taken for granted that low-proof, light drinks like...

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The Next Big Tennessee Whiskey Doesn’t Have A Name Yet

Tennessee whiskey is more or less synonymous with Jack Daniel’s . In fact, the only other major distiller of the style is George Dickel . But a new Tennessee whiskey will soon present a third option. It made an early debut at the 2017 San Francisco WhiskyFest (and will reappear at the 2017 New York WhiskyFest ). Distiller Allisa Henley of Sazerac’s as-yet-unnamed Tennessee whiskey distillery provided tastes of the whiskey she and master distiller John Lunn began putting into barrels in juni. Along with the 3 month old whiskey, Henley offered WhiskyFest attendees the opportunity to taste unaged distillate...

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The Must-Have Scotches At WhiskyFest New York 2017

Start spreading the news: WhiskyFest New York on november 16th will be the premier whisky event of the year. After all, it’s WhiskyFest’s 20th anniversary, and there will be over 115 tables tables pouring more than 480 whiskies to celebrate. And scotch lovers, rejoice—WhiskyFest New York will have a truly stupendous selection of single malts, blended malts, and blends for you to explore. These highlights are just a small portion of what’s on offer, so be sure to check out the full list —and don’t miss our guide to WhiskyFest , which will help you get the most out of...

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Pappy Van Winkle 2017 Release Starts This Month

The 2017 release of the most coveted whiskeys in the world has arrived: the annual allocation of Pappy Van Winkle and Old Rip Van Winkle will be available for sale starting this month, although the exact timing will vary by state and you’ll have a tough time finding them on the shelf at most stores anyway. The 2017 lineup for Pappy and Old Rip Van Winkle, which are both made at the Buffalo Trace distillery , is as follows, with recommended retail prices noted:

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old bourbon 53.5% ABV, $60 Van Winkle Special Reserve 12...

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The Secret Science of Proof and Barrels

American whiskey drinkers can easily locate the proof of their favorite whiskey on the bottle label, but more elusive is its barrel entry proof, the alcohol strength at which it enters the wood barrel. You see, before they dump it into barrels, distillers are legally required to reduce the proof of their bourbon or rye distillate by adding water. Reducing the proof in turn increases the total volume of liquid. Thus, the lower the proof of the whiskey, the more barrels that are required, adding greatly to the final production cost.

In 1962, the U.S. Treasury raised the legal maximum...

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Top Bourbon And Rye Picks At WhiskyFest New York

Whisky lovers will descend on New York’s Marriott Marquis on november 16 for the 20th anniversary of WhiskyFest. With nearly 500 whiskies (and even a few other spirits and wine) available, there will be something for everyone, whether you’re a scotch lover , a craft whiskey fan, a whiskey veteran looking to try the next big thing, or a bourbon aficionado. If bourbon is your drink of choice, you’ll have a vast array to choose from—so where do you start?

Many folks will head straight for the Pappy Van Winkle table—especially since the 2017 releases are just coming out. If...

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Ardbeg Twenty Something, Laphroaig 27 year old, Japanese Whiskies More New Whisky

This week brings a mixed bag of new whiskies, from limited-edition scotch to a whole range of Japanese blended malts and a couple of craft whiskeys.

Ardbeg is releasing a well-aged single malt called Twenty Something. Available in limited quantities for the Ardbeg Committee and at U.S. retailers, Twenty Something costs $450 and is made up of whiskies aged at least 23 years. This is remarkable not only because of its age, but because Ardbeg Distillery operated very infrequently during the 1980s and ’90s, even closing down completely between 1981 and 1989. So stocks this old are tiny, and this...

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4 Services that Deliver Whisky to Your Door

Few commodities are as precious to 21st-century life as convenience and dependability, and whisky subscription services combine the two to benefit your bar. What’s better than returning home to find a new bottle of whisky that literally has your name on it?

For a monthly fee, these subscription services send curated whisky picks right to your doorstep. Each offers a unique spin that’s sure to appeal to a particular type of dram devotee. Whether you’re new to the world of whisky or looking to expand your base of knowledge and experience, these services can provide guideposts for the onward journey....

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