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The Knob Creek Manhattan Cocktail

knob creek manhattan cocktail The Knob Creek Manhattan CocktailCheck out this classic cocktail recipe with one of the world’s best bourbons.  Knob Creek small batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey by Jim Beam is a classic bourbon.  Made in the traditions of pre-prohibition whiskeys, Knob Creek  is aged for more than 9 years in charred American white oak barrels and bottled at 100 proof.  If you like Knob Creek and are serious about your whiskey, try the Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, bottled at 120 proof.  It’s an absolute masterpiece. 

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 parts Knob Creek® Bourbon

½ part Sweet Vermouth

½ part Dry Vermouth

1 dash Bitters

Garnish: Maraschino Cherry

 

TO SERVE:

1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.

2. Add Knob Creek, vermouth, and bitters.

3. Stir and pour into a cocktail glass.

4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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The Basil Hayden’s Halloween Cocktail: A Bloody Sunday Bourbon

basil haydens bourbon halloween cocktail recipe bloody sunday 96x300 The Basil Hayden’s Halloween Cocktail: A Bloody Sunday BourbonRecipe by Daniel Hyatt

This Halloween, Basil Hayden’s cocktail mixologist Daniel Hyatt has created a masterful bourbon cocktail, the Bloody Sunday.  Perfectly evil and wonderfully tasty, the Bloody Sunday Cocktail is perfect for all Halloween parties.  Mix it up, shake it and serve to enjoy.  Happy Halloween!

 

Bloody Sunday

1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon

½ part Orange Juice

½ part Grenadine

1 dash Peychaud’s® Bitters

1 barspoon of Crème de Violette

½ Vanilla Bean

 

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  1. Shake bourbon, orange juice and bitters with ice.
  2. Strain into cordial glass.
  3. Sink the Crème de Violette and slowly drizzle grenadine over the top.
  4. Place on half of a split of vanilla bean in glass and stir.

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Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons To Hit the Shelves!

van winkle bourbon Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons To Hit the Shelves!FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky  – At long last, the iconic Van Winkle bourbons will be back on shelves soon! The popularity of Van Winkle whiskeys remains unmatched and in short supply. Known for their smoother and sweeter flavor, Van Winkle bourbons are aged years longer than most others and garner an impeccable reputation among connoisseurs. The collection consists of Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Bourbon aged 10 years, available in 90 proof and 107 proof; Van Winkle Special Reserve Bourbon, aged 12 years; Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbons, aged 15 years, 20 years and 23 years; and Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye Whiskey, aged 13 years.

The Van Winkle line of whiskeys has won a bevy of awards through the years, including 2010 “Spirit of the Year” from Wine and Spirits Magazine for Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old; “Best of Show” and “Best Whiskey” at the 2010 Los Angeles Wine and Spirits Competition; a double gold medal at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition; and gold medals at both the 2011 International Wine and Spirits Competition and the 2011 Los Angeles Wine and Spirits Competition.

The fall release of Van Winkle bottles will be available in select stores toward the end of November.

About Van Winkle Bourbon

The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery has a four generation history. The Van Winkle
family’s involvement in the bourbon industry began in the late 1800s with Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle, Sr. He was a traveling salesman for the W.L. Weller and Sons wholesale house in Louisville. Pappy and a friend, Alex Farnsley, eventually bought the wholesale house and also partnered with Mr. A. Ph. Stitzel on the purchase of Mr. Sitzel’s distillery.  The three of them merged the two companies and became the Stitzel-Weller Distillery.
In May of 1935 at the age of 61, Pappy opened the newly completed Stitzel-Weller Distillery in South Louisville. Its prominent brands were W.L. Weller, Old Fitzgerald, Rebel Yell, and Cabin Still.  Pappy had a heavy influence on the operations there until his death at the age of 91. His son, Julian, Jr. took over operations until he was forced by stockholders to sell the distillery in 1972. The rights to all of their brands were sold to Norton Simon, Inc. Later, United Distillers, who eventually ended up with the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, sold off all of the original labels around 1999.

After selling the distillery, Julian Jr. resurrected a pre-prohibition label, the only one to which the Van Winkles kept the rights, called Old Rip Van Winkle. He used whiskey stocks from the old distillery to supply his brand. Julian Jr.’s son, Julian, III took over in 1981 when Julian, Jr. passed away. Julian III has continued with the Van Winkle tradition of producing high-quality wheated bourbon. His son, Preston, joined the company in 2001 and the Van Winkles look to continue that tradition for generations to come.

In 2002 the Van Winkles entered into a joint venture with Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franklin County, Frankfort, Ky. All of the Van Winkle’s whiskey production now takes place at Buffalo Trace Distillery under the same strict guidelines the family has always followed.

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This Weekend: The Kentucky Bourbon Festival

the kentucky borubon festival 185x300 This Weekend: The Kentucky Bourbon FestivalBarrels of Bourbon Now Outnumber People in Kentucky

Over the last few years Bourbon sales and popularity have exploded as more small batch higher end Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey’s hits the shelves in the U.S. and throughout the world.  This weekend in Kentucky, the Bourbon Festival will be celebrating one of America’s greatest achievements, a 200 year old spirit that has become a delicacy in every corner of the globe.  Bourbon is America’s whiskey!  Last year’s attendance to the Bourbon Festival saw 55,000 people from 40 states and 30 countries.

 

 2011 BourbonFest EVENTS

 

2012 Bardstown Sampler

April 28, 2012

Come join us for the

2011 KENTUCKY BOURBON FESTIVAL

September 13-18, 2011

(alphabetical) (sorted by Day)

 

 

The Ancient Craft of Barrel Making

Spalding Hall Lawn

114 North Fifth St.

10 am – 4 pm (Sat)

12 pm – 5 pm (Sun)

Coopers from Independent Stave Co. demonstrate the unique and historical craft of making special oak barrels to age Bourbon. Free admission to the Lawn.

 

Any Way She Likes It – SOLD OUT

Spalding Hall – The Penthouse

114 North Fifth Street

1 pm – 3 pm (Fri)

Enjoy a private Bourbon tasting “just for the girls” (significant others are always welcome) hosted by Peggy Noe Stevens, former Master Bourbon Taster. Peggy will describe the trends in Bourbon as it appeals to women while taking a deep sensory dive into the styles of Bourbon and what flavor profiles to look for in bourbon. $35 per person (Must Be 21) Reservation required. (800) 638-4877 #4. NEW

 

Backstreets of Bardstown Historical Tour

East side of Court Square

11 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 2 pm & 3 pm – 4 pm (Fri, Sat)

Take a ride in the Around the Town Carriage’s horse-drawn trolley and enjoy a tour from local historians who will tell the rich and fascinating history of Bardstown. $15 per person. Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the Bardstown Welcome Center. (800) 638-4877 #4. ORDER NOW

 

Balloon Glow

Nelson County Fairgrounds US 31E

7:30 pm – 9 pm (Tues)

Come out to the fairgrounds and enjoy these hot-air beauties. Pilots will illuminate their envelopes displaying an array of colors. Concessions on-site. Free admission. [photos]

 

Bootleggers & Bushwhackers Train Robbery

Kentucky Railway Museum

136 South Main St., New Haven, KY

11 am & 2 pm (Sat)

2 pm (Sun)

Take a ride on a steam locomotive. Robbers are after its liquid gold cargo. $20 adults, $15 children 2-12 years old. Reservations requested. (800) 272-0152.

 

Boots & Bourbon™ – SOLD OUT

Guthrie Opportunity Center, Home of Nelson County Industries (NCI)

900 Nutter Drive, Bardstown, KY

7 pm – 11 pm (Thur)

Join the gang at the Wild Turkey Sit n Sip Saloon for a boot scootin’ good time. Dance along to live country western music, chow down on fantastic food, and be prepared to ride the bull and play cornhole. $45 per person. (Must be 21). Reservations required. (800) 638-4877 #4. [photos]

 

Bourbon, Cigars and Jazz™ – SOLD OUT

The Great Hall and Rotunda at My Old Kentucky Home State Park

501 East Stephen Foster Ave.

7 pm – 12 am (Fri)

Enjoy an evening of fine cigars and fine Bourbon. Cigar and Bourbon aficionados will enjoy Camacho Cigars and an array of select Bourbons from Heaven Hill Distilleries, including Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon, Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old, Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old and Very Special Old Fitzgerald to name a few. Delicious food and New Orleans music liven up the night in true Mardi Gras-style. Dress – Casual Cocktail Attire. (800) 638-4877 #4. $90 per person. (Must be 21). [photos]

 

Bourbon Cocktail Mixology™ – SOLD OUT

Spalding Hall – The Penthouse

3rd Floor, 114 North Fifth Street

6 pm – 8 pm (Fri & Sat)

Sample an array of Kentucky Bourbon-based cocktails. Learn why certain ingredients bring out the best of Bourbon’s complex and satisfying flavors. The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book will be given as a favor $50 per person (Must Be 21). Reservation required (800) 638-4877 #4.

 

Bourbon Window Displays

Downtown Bardstown

North Third St. and Flaget Ave.

Stroll the main streets of Bardstown and view window displays created by the Kentucky Bourbon distilleries and Brands. Free.

 

Brushed Barrels

Bardstown Welcome Center

One Court Square

View a display of painted and altered Bourbon barrels on the front lawn. Free admission. [photos]

 

Chautauqua

Civil War Museum

310 E. Broadway

10 am – 5 pm (Sat)

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Chat with Mary Todd Lincoln, Gov and Mrs. John Larue Helm, father of Ben Hardin Helm; visit with General CSA as well as other characters while touring the Civil War Museum. Period actors as well as Civil war re-enactors will be on site. (502) 349-0291. NEW

 

Culinary Art: Bourbon-Style Cooking School™ – SOLD OUT

Great Hall, My Old Kentucky Home State Park

501 East Stephen Foster Ave.

7 pm – 9 pm (Thur)

Enjoy samples of cuisine featuring Jim Beam Bourbons prepared by Chef Albert Schmid of Sullivan University. Schmid is the chair of the Beverage Management program at Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies and is the author of “The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook”. (Must be 21) $50 per person. Reservation required (800) 638-4877 #4. [photos]

 

Family Fun Area

City Hall Lawn

220 North Fifth St.

4 pm – 10 pm (Fri)

10 am – 10 pm (Sat)

10 am – 5 pm (Sun)

Families will enjoy a variety of interactive games, inflatables, train rides and much more. Fees vary. [photos]

 

Food Booths

City Hall Parking Lot

220 North Third St.

4 pm – 10 pm (Fri)

10 am – 10 pm (Sat)

10 am – 5 pm (Sun)

An assortment of food vendors to satisfy your hunger. Free admission to the Lawn.

 

Ghostly Spirits of Bardstown

The Old Stable

116 W. Stephen Foster Avenue

8 pm – 10 pm (Thur, Fri)

8 pm-10 pm & 10 pm-12 am (Sat)

Join Certified Ghost Hunter Patti Starr for a historic walking tour and ghost hunt on the shadowy streets of Bardstown! Hear true stories of ghostly activity at the locations on the trek. Bring your cameras, audio recorders and camcorder if you wish. $20 per person. Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the Bardstown Welcome Center. (800) 638-4877 #4 ORDER NOW

 

The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting & Gala™

Guthrie Opportunity Center

Home of Nelson County Industries (NCI)

900 Nutter Drive

6:30 pm – 1 am (Sat)

A Bourbon lover’s dream. Begin your evening by sampling the finest Kentucky Bourbons from eight distilleries and two brands, with a chance to meet Master Distillers and Ambassadors while gathering a collection of glassware in a Woodford Reserve tasting bag. Following the tasting, enjoy an official toast with 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Small Batch Bourbon. The salad will be enhanced by Michter’s Bourbon followed by a gourmet Kentucky meal, and a special dessert prepared with Blanton’s Bourbon. Dancing to follow. The Tasting & Gala is the signature event of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and it is a night you will never forget. $140 per person (Must be 21). Reservations required. (800) 638-4877 #4. Dress – Black Tie Only. [photos] ORDER NOW

 

Hands-On Activities

Spalding Hall Lawn

114 North Fifth St.

4 pm – 10 pm (Fri)

10 am – 10 pm (Sat)

10 am – 5 pm (Sun)

Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities for all ages. All activities revolve around the world of Bourbon, from poster puzzles to filling a bottle with various ingredients in Bourbon. Free admission to the Lawn. [photos]

 

Half Pint of Whiskey History with a Shot of Humor

Wickland Home of Three Governors

550 Bloomfield Road

10:30 am – 12:00 pm (Fri)

A meander through the history of Kentucky Bourbon making, legal or otherwise. No tale left untold, no barrel left untapped. Local Historian Dixie Hibbs and visiting experts will share their tales. Informal tale telling with the option of staying for a Bourbon flavored picnic lunch. Limited seating, lunch reservists first call on seating $20 for lunch inclusive. Lunch reservation call (502) 507-0808. NEW

 

 

Kentucky Arts & Crafts, Foods, Distillery Booths, Kentucky Displays and Retail Booths

Spalding Hall and City Hall Lawns

114 North Fifth St.

4 pm – 10 pm (Fri)

10 am – 10 pm (Sat)

10 am – 5 pm (Sun)

Kentucky Distilleries display and sell their branded and interesting wares. Experience Kentucky through displays and unique retail. Kentucky artisans and craftsmen offer juried handmade items for sale. Free admission to the Lawn. [photos]

 

Kentucky Bourbon All-Star Sampler™

Guthrie Opportunity Center

Home of Nelson County Industries (NCI)

900 Nutter Drive

7 pm – 9:30 pm (Wed)

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association is sponsoring this event where you can meet Master Distillers and Ambassadors from the KDA member distilleries and sample their renowned Bourbons. Bring your special bottles or memorabilia for autographs while enjoying genuine Kentucky cuisine and music. $40 per person (Must be 21). Reservations recommended. (800) 638-4877 #4 [photos] ORDER NOW

 

Kentucky Bourbon Breakfast

Lower Floor Spalding Hall

114 North Fifth St.

7:30 am – 12 pm (Sat)

8 am – 11 am (Sun)

St. Catharine College starts your morning off Bardstown-style. Taste a selection of pancakes, Bourbon butter and syrup, Bourbon coffee (we think you get the idea) and more. $5 per person in advance, $6 at door. Coffee by the cup $1. for advance reservation call St. Catherine College at (859) 336-5082 ext.1101. [photos]

 

Kentucky Bourbon Festival Art Exhibit

Court Square, Bardstown

Exhibit opened Sept.12-18

11 am – 7 pm daily

Local artists present a variety of art work on display for viewing and purchase. Special Event to be held on Thursday 5 pm – 7 pm. Guests will be able to meet the artists while viewing their work.

 

Kentucky Bourbon Festival Golf Tournament

Bardstown Country Club at Maywood

130 Maywood Ave.

8 am – 1 pm (Sat)

Four person scramble. Distillery and open divisions. Lunch provided. Tee gift, golf shirt and door prizes. Sponsored by Buffalo Trace Distillery. $125 per person (Must be 21). Reservations required. Limited to first 144 players. (800) 638-4877 #4. [photos] [entry form] ORDER NOW

 

Kentucky Bourbon Festival Horseshoe Pitch

Nelson County Fairgrounds

US 31 E

10 am (Sat)

Nelson County Horseshoe Pitchers Association will conduct the pitch. $15 plus tax per person entry fee. T-shirts for all entrants. Distillery and Open Division. Additional T-Shirts will be for sale $10 each. On-line Registration Form. Reservations requested. This will be an “Adult” event only. Barrelhead & Trophies will be awarded to winners. Distillery qualifying pitch Sept. 10-11. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Free Admission. Participants to bring own horseshoes. (800) 638-4877 #4. [photos] [Individual Entry Form] [Distillery Entry Form]

 

Kentucky Bourbon Festival Poker Run

Nelson County Judicial Center

200 Nelson County Plaza

11 am – 3 pm (Sat)

Enjoy a ride through the countryside while collecting your poker hand. Free t-shirt, lots of door prizes and cash prizes plus coupons for food court provided. Proof of insurance required at registration. Sign-in begins at 10 am. $25 plus tax per person. Reservations recommended or sign up day of event (Must be 21). Rain Cancels (800) 638-4877 #4. ORDER NOW

 

Kentucky Bourbon Shots™

Bardstown Welcome Center

One Court Square

Enjoy the photography skills of participants depicting the theme Kentucky Bourbon through color, black-and-white and modified. Entry forms are available on-line and at the KBF office. Limit one entry in each category per person. Awards given for each category. Free admission. (Must be 21) [Entry Form]

 

Let’s Talk Bourbon™ – SOLD OUT

Four Roses Distillery

1224 Bonds Mill Rd.

Lawrenceburg, KY

9:30 am -1:30 pm (Fri)

A detailed seminar by the Four Roses Master Distiller, Jim Rutledge, looking at the history and process of making Kentucky Bourbon. Tour the distillery and enjoy an outside Kentucky breakfast buffet. $30 per person. (Must be 21). Reservations required. (800) 638-4877 #4.

 

Master Distiller’s Auction

Spalding Hall – Chapel

114 North Fifth St.

2 pm – 4 pm (Sat)

This prestigious auction, courtesy of Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, gives you the opportunity to bid on vintage items and unusual bottles of your favorite Kentucky Bourbon, some autographed by the Master Distillers. Proceeds benefit Spalding Hall. Free admission. Donations appreciated. [photos]

 

Mixed Drink Challenge™

Spalding Hall-Chapel

3rd Floor, 114 North Fifth Street

5 pm – 6:30 pm (Wed)

Regional restaurant, bars and distillery mixologists prepare specialty Bourbon drinks to be judged by a select group of Bourbon experts. Winner becomes the official drink for the 2011 KBF. $25 entry fee per recipe, pre-registration for entrants required. Admission $10 per person. (Must be 21). Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the door or online. (800) 638-4877 #4. [photos] ORDER NOW

 

Music on the Lawn

City Hall Lawn

220 North Fifth St.

5 pm – 12 am (Fri & Sat)

Enjoy live music by performers throughout the weekend. Bring your own chair and enjoy a variety of entertainment sponsored by Four Roses Distillery. Headliner, Saturday, September 17, The Kentucky Headhunters. Free admission to the Lawn.

 

Friday, 16th

Cash Wilson – 5:00

Pauly Zab and Friends  -6:00

Paul Childers Band  -7:15

On the Edge – 8:30

Sgt. Rodney Watts- US Amy  -10:00

 

Saturday, 17th

Ashley McBride -5:00

Edgewood -6:00

Andrew Scott Newton  w/ Digit –7:15

J.D. Shelburne – 8:30

The Kentucky Headhunters – 9:30

 

Sunday, 18th

Kentucky Home Cloggers 1:00

2:00 Kentucky Idol Contest.

 

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Nelson County Youth Livestock Investment Sale

Samuels Hall -Nelson County Fairgrounds

5 pm (Sat)

Enjoy a catered meal while watching local youth exhibit their livestock projects for the year. Bid on animals and other novelties to help sponsor youth livestock projects for future years. Come be a part of the Nelson County Youth Livestock Investment Sale. NEW

 

Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History

Spalding Hall

114 North Fifth St.

10 am – 5 pm (Tue,Wed,Thur),

10 am – 6 pm (Fri & Sat)

10 am – 4 pm (Sun)

An 1826 building housing stills, photos, artifacts and displays of distilling from pre-colonial days to the present. Gift shop includes historical Bourbon memorabilia. Free admission. Donations appreciated.

 

Sip & Savor in the Spirit of Old Kentucky™ SOLD OUT

Spalding Hall – Penthouse

3rd Floor, 114 North Fifth Street

1 pm- 3 pm (Sat)

A Bourbon and food pairing experience. Learn the Bourbon characteristics and how/why, they pair with each offering. $40 per person (Must be 21). Reservations required. (800) 638-4877 #4 NEW

 

Spirit 5K Run and Walk

Nelson County Civic Center

321 South Third St.

8:30 am (Sat)

United Way’s campaign kickoff. All levels invited and prizes galore. $15 per person, $10 per person for teams of three or more. (502) 348-1891 [photos] [Entry Form]

 

Spirit Garden™

Behind City Hall

220 North Fifth St.

5 pm – 12:30 am (Fri)

12 pm – 12:30 am (Sat)

1 pm – 5 pm (Sun)

The Spirit Garden, sponsored by Maker’s Mark and presented by the Bardstown Rotary Club, is a cash bar featuring participating Kentucky Bourbons. Beer is also available. Entry with purchase of KBF 2011 lapel pin. (Must be 21 and show ID to enter).

 

Tour The Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries

East side of the Court Square

10 am (Wed & Thurs)

Experience the art of Bourbon making with tours of Kentucky distilleries. Two trails to choose from: Bardstown Trail covering Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark and Barton 1792 Distillery, and the Bluegrass Trail with stops at Four Roses, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. A box lunch will be provided. Reservations required. Fees vary. For reservations or more info, call (270) 765-7297.

 

U.S. Army Extreme Adventure

City Hall Lawn

220 North Fifth St.

6 pm – 9 pm (Fri)

10 am – 9 pm (Sat)

10 am – 5 pm (Sun)

Experience the excitement, adventure and opportunities that are currently available by joining the Army. Free admission to the Lawn.

 

Whiskey City Cruisers Vehicle Show

City Hall

220 North Fifth St.

4 pm – 10 pm (Fri)

10 am – 10 pm (Sat)

10 am – 5 pm (Sun)

View a variety of vehicles on display from the area’s largest club. Free admission to the Lawn.

 

World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay™

Behind City Hall

300 West Broadway

11 am – 2 pm (Sat)

Watch adept, strong, experienced competitors roll 500-lb. Bourbon barrels in a race against both time and accuracy. Individual, team, men’s and women’s divisions. Barrel dancing during intermission at approximately 12 pm. Sponsored by the Independent Stave Company. Free admission to the Lawn. [photos]

 

2011 KBF Lapel Pins can be purchased online, at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival information booth on the Lawn and at the Spirit Garden.

 

Safe Ride Home available during the festival sponsored by Bulleit Distilling Company.

 

General info on the Festival:

One Court Square

Bardstown, KY 40004

(800) 638-4877 #4

(502) 348-3623 #4

FAX (502) 348-3403

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The Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

wild turkey bourbon logo The Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey100% All Natural Whiskey

By Matt Goldstein

The Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon is made with an all natural process, taking much more time than normal whiskeys.  Coming out of the barrel at 109 proof, there is little water added to bring this whiskey to the 101 bottle proof.  A gold medalist at the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Wild Turkey 101 is made with water, grain and yeast and always aged in newly charred American White Oak barrels with the heaviest and deep layer char.

Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Tasting Note:

The Wild Turkey 101 is smooth, grainy, very tasty and well balanced.  Crisp, with a good dry aftertaste and good warmth, we love this bourbon.  Cheers to Southwest for having this bourbon on the flight to Vegas.

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Best of Awards: Blanton’s, Pappy Van Winkle 15 & Sazerac Straight Rye

buffalo trace Best of Awards: Blanton’s, Pappy Van Winkle 15 & Sazerac Straight RyeThe Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

Buffalo Trace Does it Again: The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition announced the winners from its recent 2011 competition held in late May and Buffalo Trace Distillery received 10 accolades for its whiskeys produced at its Frankfort, KY distillery.  The award-winning entries were selected out of 154 spirits from 47 producers.

Buffalo Trace Distillery’s top winners include:

·         Best of Category:  Single Barrel American Whiskey 10 Years or Less

o   Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

·         Best of Category:  Small Batch Bourbon 11 Years or Older

o   Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

·         Best of Category:  American Straight Rye

o   Sazerac Straight Kentucky Rye Whiskey

Buffalo Trace Distillery’s whiskeys also won numerous medals, including:

·         Gold Medal

o   Blanton’s

o   Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

o   Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

o   Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey

o   Eagle Rare Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

·         Silver Medal

o   Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

·         Bronze Medal

o   Buffalo Trace Distillery White Dog Mash #1

“I’m very proud of our team here that consistently produces whiskeys that win such esteemed awards as these,” said Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The distillery’s rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye whiskey and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies.

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Elijah Craig 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

elijah craig 12 year Elijah Craig 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyThe Original Small Batch Bourbon

By Matt Goldstein

At 12 years old and 94 proof, Elijah Craig is bottled exclusively from a dumping of 70 barrels or less, all drawn from the middle to upper floors of the traditional metal clad rickhouses. It is the original Small Batch Bourbon, having been made available even before the term was invented. Elijah Craig recently won Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and was named winner in the Premium Bourbon category in Whisky Magazine ‘s bi-annual “Best of the Best” tasting competition.

Elijah Craig 12 Year Tasting Notes:

Sweet, malty, smooth, full bodied. This is solid bourbon for about $18 and there’s a reason it won a double gold medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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George T. Stagg Bourbon Named Top Spirit in the World!

george t stagg buffalo trace sazerac eagle rare George T. Stagg Bourbon Named Top Spirit in the World!The Spirit Journal:  American Bourbon Beats Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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George T. Stagg, the iconic uncut, unfiltered bourbon released annually from Buffalo Trace Distillery, has been named the number one spirit in the world, knocking off the perennial favorite Highland Park 18 Scotch Whisky for the first time since 2005. The list, compiled annually by noted sprits reviewer F. Paul Pacult, was released in his June 2011 issue of The Spirit Journal. The George T. Stagg is also the first American Whiskey to ever be named number one in The Spirit Journal’s 13 years of tabulating.

Notes Pacult, “This version (2010) of the GT Stagg is the latest layer in an incredible body of work performed by Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley that deserves to be recognized as genuinely great.”

The George T. Stagg Bourbon Whiskey is part of the Antique Collection that is released each fall from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Long considered the frontrunner of the Collection, the Stagg has collected numerous awards over the years, including the 2011 Ultimate Spirits Competition Chairman’s Trophy Winner; 2011 Double Gold Winner, Best Bourbon, San Francisco World Spirits Competition; the 2010 American Whiskey of the Year from Jim Murray’s 2010 Whiskey Bible; 2009 Bourbon of the Year and Best Bourbon Aged 13-17 Years from Jim Murray’s 2009 Whiskey Bible; and the Best in Class in the 2009 New York Spirits Awards, among others.

“This is such an honor,” notes Harlen Wheatley, master distiller at Buffalo Trace Distillery. “To be the top spirit, not just the top whiskey, but top spirit, in the world, and then to find out it’s the first American Whiskey to hold that distinction is quite a privilege – especially coming from someone as well respected in the industry as Paul.”

Adds Pacult in his review, “This is more of a clarion call that American whiskey distillers run with the best of Scotland and Ireland and, in some cases, like GT Stagg, eclipse them.”

The 2011 version of the George T. Stagg will be released later this fall with the Antique Collection.  Suggested retail pricing of the Stagg is $69.99.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The distillery’s rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor
Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies.

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The Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

knob creek single barrel reserve bourbon 213x300 The Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyThe First Ever Single Barrel by Knob Creek

By Matt Goldstein

Owned by Jim Beam and distilled and bottled by the Knob Creek Distillery, The Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is hand selected barrel by barrel and the first ever single barrel bourbon by Knob Creek.  This Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is naturally aged in new, charred American Oak barrels.  Bottled at barrel proof (120) in order to maintain the natural essence of the barrel, the Knob Creek is an immediate classic.  “Unlike other bourbons, which are blended together from multiple barrels to create a uniform taste, each barrel of Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, once hand-selected, is cut with water and bottled individually in order to preserve its integrity and unique flavor profile. This process allows for variations in taste, color and aroma in each batch of bourbon.”  We love this bourbon!  The Knob Creek Reserve is a flat out masterpiece. 

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knob creek single barrel reserve 300x287 The Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyKnob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Tasting Notes:

The Single Barrel Reserve has a light but sweet and smoky scent.  With flavors of grains, malts, and an overall sweet flavor with notes of oak and wood, vanilla, chocolate and caramel, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is exceptionally smooth for 120 bourbon whiskey.  With a slight bite and good warmth, the Single Barrel Reserve gets better with every sip.  We love the malts and grains here.  It’s a beautiful and classic bourbon flavor.   

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Knob Creek® Single Barrel Reserve is carefully hand selected, barrel-by-barrel, to bring you a robust, mature flavor. It’s full bodied with a smoky aroma and while filled with near barrel strength heat, it is extraordinarily smooth and nuanced. It has even more of the rich wood and vanilla notes that make Knob Creek the standout bourbon that it is.

knob creek single barrel reserve logo print The Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyKnob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is long, full and easy to sip whether you choose to enjoy it neat, on the rocks or cut with distilled water.

Knob Creek Introduces its First Ever Single Barrel:

Nearly two decades after Booker Noe, grandson of Jim Beam and sixth-generation distiller, first introduced Knob Creek®, the distillery unveils its first-ever single barrel bourbon, Knob Creek® Single Barrel Reserve. In keeping with Knob Creek’s philosophy that handcrafting superior quality bourbon is worth the effort, the new Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is naturally aged for a full 9 years and bottled at 120 proof (60% alcohol by volume).

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is carefully hand-selected, barrel-by-barrel, to be a unique expression of Knob Creek’s rich, mature flavor. Naturally aged in new, charred American Oak barrels, Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is bottled at near barrel proof to maintain its strong, rich flavors and aromas.

Knobb creek single barrel reserve jim beam promotion The Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey“We pay close attention to the barrels we select for Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve as we want to ensure that we’re bottling an extraordinary bourbon with a complex balance of aroma and taste,” said Fred Noe, seventh-generation Beam family distiller and son of Booker Noe. “I recommend enjoying this new bourbon neat, on the rocks or cut with a bit of water in order to best appreciate its depth and fullness of flavor.”

Incredibly smooth and nuanced, this new bourbon features even more of the rich wood and signature vanilla, caramel and smoky notes that bourbon lovers have come to expect from Knob Creek, the world’s number one selling Super-Premium bourbon.

“Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is the latest innovation in our bourbon portfolio,” said Rob Mason, U.S. director of Bourbons at Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. “We are especially thrilled to introduce our first single barrel bourbon offering, and to further strengthen our already-established credibility in the Super-Premium category.”

Initial reaction from bourbon experts to the new expression has been extremely positive. John Hansell, Publisher and Editor of Malt Advocate, wrote: “This is a stylish, big, broad-shouldered bourbon with a thick, sweet foundation…peppered with spice…and dried fruit.”

Kevin Gray, editor at CocktailEnthusiast.com notes: “Knob Creek drinkers, and bourbon fans in general, would do well to secure a bottle.”

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is available in limited quantities and retails for a suggested price of $39.99 for a 750ml bottle.

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The Woodford Reserve Lemonade Pomegranate Bourbon Martini

woodford reserve race day tini The Woodford Reserve Lemonade Pomegranate Bourbon MartiniThe Race Day Martini is perfect for Independence Day

This summertime cocktail we usually sip on while watching the races is the ultimate refreshing addition to your 4th of July entertaining.   The Woodford Reserve is a handcrafted 90.4 proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon.  With a great bourbon flavor, its subtlety is its genius.  It has great balance for a bourbon whiskey with a little complexity and rather smooth.

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1 1/2 oz. Woodford Reserve

1 oz. pomegranate juice

2 oz. lemonade

In a shaker filled with ice add ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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