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Dalmore 62 Year Single Malt Scotch Sets New World Record: One Bottle Sells for $200,000

the dalmore 64 year single malt scotch 225x300 Dalmore 62 Year Single Malt Scotch Sets New World Record: One Bottle Sells for $200,000 Worlds Most Expensive Whiskey: Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Breaks Own Record

The most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold in retail has been revealed by Whyte & Mackay at the Tax Free World Association Show in Cannes.  The last bottle of The Dalmore 62, released from the personal collection of master distiller Richard Paterson, was sold at Changi Airport in Singapore for £125,000 just two weeks ago.

This breaks the previous retail record set by the same brand after the final bottle of Dalmore 64 was sold in Harrods for £120,000 three months ago.  Whyte & Mackay has also revealed that Jura is the fastest growing malt whisky in the world with a sales increase of 38%, while The Dalmore is the third fastest growing malt with a rise of 34%.

This success is emulated in travel retail where Jura has grown by 48% and The Dalmore by 55% in the last 12 months.  When The Dalmore 62 was first released in 2002 it went down in history as being the most expensive bottle of whisky ever bought and consumed in one sitting. An anonymous business man paid £32,000 for the bottle at the Penny Hill Park hotel in Surrey. After sharing it with friends, the buyer left a tip for the waiter in the form of the last drop of whisky in the bottle estimated to be worth £1000.

The Dalmore creator Richard Paterson kept one of the original 12 bottles back and gave it exclusively to DFS in Singapore. The rare whisky, with spirit dating as far back as 1868, was decanted in to a bespoke hand blown crystal decanter and adorned with the brand’s iconic 12 pointer royal stag’s head – hand crafted in platinum. All this sits in a specially made bespoke wooden presentation case which took over 100 man hours to create.

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Dalmore 62 Year Tasting Notes

The Dalmore 62 was released in 2002 and first sold for £25,000 at auction.

The three bottles of The Dalmore Trinitas 64 year old became the world’s first whisky to break the six figure barrier for a single bottle. Two collectors paid £100,000 each at launch for a bottle, and the third sold in Harrods for £120,000 rising in value by 20% in less than six months.

If you had bought Dalmore 62 (2002), Dalmore Sirius (2009) and Dalmore 64 (2010), upon their release, it would have cost you £129,500 in total. Today they are worth £265,000, an increase of nearly 105%………from just three bottles.

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Dr Vijay Mallya , Chairman of Whyte & Mackay and United Spirits

“I always knew there was massive potential with both of these award winning whiskies. With the right focus and investment, it was clear that Jura and The Dalmore could be highly sought after brands. I’m particularly pleased about Jura as it was my father’s favourite whisky, and it’s great to see it getting the plaudits and success it deserves.”
Mallya continued: “And as for the record breaking Dalmore 62. This is an absolute bargain in my mind. The owner of this fabulous bottle now owns one of the rarest and most exclusive whiskies in the world. It’s a fantastic investment, rising in value by £100,000 in 10 years. How much will it be worth in another 10 years?“

The Dalmore creator Richard Paterson

“The Dalmore 62 is legendary and so many people have asked about buying the last bottle. In the space of 10 years it is has grown in value and is worth five times the original asking price, verifying the luxury credentials of The Dalmore, and confirming that whisky – our “liquid gold” – is an investment worth making.”

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The Jack Daniel’s Liquid Birthday Cake Cocktail

jack daniels liquid birthday cake shot The Jack Daniel’s Liquid Birthday Cake CocktailA Shot for Jack Daniel’s 160th Birthday

September is Jack’s birthday! And, this year we’re inviting you to join us any day in September.  There are 30 days and 30 ways to celebrate.  Looking for a great way to toast Jack’s birthday? Why not try Jack’s Liquid Birthday Cake! It’s a great way to have your cake and drink it too:

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To make your own Jack’s Liquid Birthday Cake:

1 1/2 oz Jack Daniel’s

1/2 oz Tuaca

1/4 oz Monin Toasted Marshmallow or Frangelico

3 oz Sprite

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In a shaker filled with ice, add ingredients, roll to mix and transfer to serving glass. Enjoy with friends responsibly!

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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.

 

*** All times are approximate

 

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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Limited Edition Prohibition Boardwalk Empire Canadian Club Whisky

canadian club boardwalk empire Limited Edition Prohibition Boardwalk Empire Canadian Club WhiskyCanadian Club Whisky: Al Capone’s Favorite Beverage

As Steve Buscemi gets back into character as Nucky Thompson for another season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Canadian Club Whisky is also dressing for its part!  Canadian Club is launching limited edition Boardwalk Empire product to celebrate its starring role in the show and the series’ Season Two premiere (Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 9pm ET).

Product Details

·         Description: 750 ml bottles of Canadian Club 6 Year Old paired with Boardwalk Empire logoed flasks, wrapped in Boardwalk Empire-branded “neckers.”

·         Limited Edition: 100,000 bottles released

·         Availability: In liquor stores nationwide while supplies last

·         Suggested Retail Price: $13.99

·         CC Distillery: Located just over the Detroit, Michigan border in Windsor, Canada, Canadian Club was legally able to continue producing whisky between 1920 and 1933, when the manufacture and sale of beverage alcohol was prohibited in the United States

Al Capone: It is rumored that CC was a favorite of Al Capone, who operated a lucrative business smuggling the spirit into the U.S.

·         Illicit Cargo: 20,000 cases of Canadian Club were smuggled into the U.S. each month during Prohibition

·         Big Profits: Canadian Club has records of selling cases of whisky for $7 to customers who would then travel four hours south by car from the CC distillery and sell the same cases for $75 within the U.S.

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The Downfall of Al Capone

Boardwalk Empire Fact or Fiction: Nucky Thompson, Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Al Capone

 Boardwalk Empire Profile: Nucky Thompson Timeline

Boardwalk Empire Profile: Arnold Rothstein Timeline

Top 10 Gangsters of Prohibition:  Boardwalk Empire Edition

Boardwalk Empire: The Downfall of Nucky Thomspon

 

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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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Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Blended Scotch Whisky

johnnie walker green label 300x79 Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Blended Scotch WhiskyBlended with Talisker and Cragganmore Single Malts

By Matt Goldstein

Johnnie Walker Green Label is a rich blend using only malts drawn from the four corners of Scotland. Each of the malts is specially selected by the Master Blender to create the perfect balance in the whisky.  Each malt whisky is matured for a minimum of 15 years to deliver rich, full layers of flavor. Coupled with the blending mastery of Johnnie Walker, it ensures the characteristic smoothness and distinctive flavor of Green Label.  Four signature malts provide the key taste influences for this 15-year-old whisky.  This blended scotch whiskey is a stud!

johnnie walker green label pic Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Blended Scotch WhiskyJohnnie Walker Green Tasting Notes:

With a light smoky and malty scent, Johnny Walker Green has a smoky flavor yet smooth, light and complex.  It’s a smoother sweeter better blended Johnnie Walker Black.  This is a brilliant blended scotch whiskey we absolutely recommend it.

 

From Johnny Walker:

Four signature malts provide the key taste influences for this 15-year-old whisky. Talisker™ introduces power and depth of character, Caol Ila™ contributes mystery and intensity and, at its heart, Cragganmore™ provides a sweet maltiness, while Linkwood™ adds a final touch of finesse.

Blending exclusively with malts produces a rich, powerful whisky, with each one giving its own intense flavor and aromas to create a perfect combination.

johnnie walker red black green gold blue pic Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Blended Scotch WhiskyWith its rich gold amber appearance, this medium-full malt summons up a multiplicity of complex natural aromas. It starts on the seashore and drifts inland over moist moss and through evergreen forest. Then come the exotic notes of orange peel, stewed peaches, cooked black fruits and sour cherry.

John’s grandson, Alexander II, was a master of the art of blending. Learning his skills from his father and his grandfather, he was also an apprentice at Robertson & Baxter, an established distiller and wholesale wine and spirit merchant. While first-class training is important, natural talent and a Master Blender’s perceptive nose are crucial when creating a complex blend – like Alexander Walker, today’s specialists possess both.

Like a gourmet dish, a Blended Malt Whisky’s success depends on its individual ingredients. Alexander and George, the grandsons of the founder, realized the necessity of using quality products, and after a long search for a distillery producing whiskies of the stature required for their blends, purchased the Cardhu™ distillery, along with interests in several other prime sites.

This tradition has continued and Johnnie Walker now has the whiskies of 27 distilleries at its disposal, giving its blending team exactly the resources it requires to create the perfect balance of flavors for Green Label.

Today the House of Walker uses this unique range of distilleries to handpick four single malts to create Green Label.

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Johnnie Walker 18 Year Gold Label Blended Scotch Whisky

johnnie walker gold label 300x79 Johnnie Walker 18 Year Gold Label Blended Scotch WhiskyMay the Road Rise to Meet You…

By Matt Goldstein

Every once in a while, for a special occasion, it’s nice to break out the good stuff.  This weekend just happened to be one of those occasions.  As a groomsman in our dear friends’ Jimmy and Shana’s wedding, I thought it was a good idea to pick something nice for the guys for a little pre-wedding get together.  We were considering both Jameson 18 year and Johnnie Walker Gold Label.  Since my man Jimmy has been more of scotch man lately, the Gold Label was our choice.  This was the perfect choice!  Johnnie Walker 18 Year Gold Label Blended Scotch Whisky is an absolute masterpiece.  There is no question about it.  The bottle was basically gone less than an hour after we opened it, but it was worth every dollar.  Special occasions demand special whiskies.  Everybody seemed to want more and more, even the ladies.  There is no need to put this whisky on ice; the Gold Label is more than perfect when served neat.

johnnie walker gold label1 Johnnie Walker 18 Year Gold Label Blended Scotch WhiskyJohnnie Walker Gold Label is a rich blend of rare whiskies each aged for a minimum of 18 years.  Buried in the Kildonan Hills in the Northern Highlands, the Clynelish Distillery draws its water from a unique source.  Gold Deposits are released into the water from the local granite rock, hence, Johnnie Walker Gold Label.

The Johnnie Walker 18 Year Gold Label Tasting Notes: 

Lightly smoky, grainy, thin but complex.  Exceptionally smooth.  Slightly sweet, with hints of malt, grain and oak.  WE LOVE THIS WHISKEY!

Johnnie Walker Gold Label was blended to celebrate the first 100 years of the House of Walker in 1920. A well-kept secret, it’s only been available outside the company since the 1990s. It has a distinctly smooth, sweet and luxurious character, with a stylish elegance and refined quality.  Gold Label is crafted using whiskies such as Clynelish for a honeyed flavor and creamy teure yet still retaining the signature Johnnie Walker smokiness.

With its rich gold color and old-gold glints, it reveals a full, round, deep nose. There are notes of soft raisins and toffee, fresh malt and light cream – Gold Label is as enticing as it is sensuous.  Its palate is rich and broad with full malt flavors and honeyed spices with almonds and marzipan, which leads to a distinctive creaminess.

Cardhu provides strong yet smooth malt and oak flavors. Extra-mature grain whiskies deliver some of the lingering sweetness, while Clynelish™ from the northern Highlands is responsible for the unusual aromatic creaminess. The finish is multidimensional and satisfyingly long.

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Whiskey Magazine Distiller of the Year: Heaven Hill

heaven hill distilleries Whiskey Magazine Distiller of the Year: Heaven HillBernheim Whiskey, Pama, Hypnotiq, Elijah Craig Bourbon, Lunazul Tequila

By Matt Goldstein

Heaven Hill Distilleries has been named distillery of the year Whiskey Magazine and will be awarded the prize at the U.S. Icons awards in November.  Heaven Hill Distilleries specializes in just about every type of spirit from bourbon whiskey, tequila, vodka and liqueurs.  The critically acclaimed Bernheim whiskey is simply one of the best American whiskeys out there and Pama liqueur is definitely worth a few sips.  Heaven Hill has proved itself time and time again and Whiskey Magazine can’t be faulted for making such a choice.   “As the only remaining distiller that produces all the unique styles of American Straight Whiskey – bourbon, rye, wheat whiskey, and corn whiskey–we take great pride in this recognition and award from Whisky Magazine. On behalf of my family, of Parker and Craig Beam, and all of our Heaven Hill employees, we are most humbled by and appreciative for this honour,” stated President Max L. Shapira.  The American winners will now go up against the rest of the world in February.

 Source: Whiskey Drinker

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Heaven Hill Distillery: A Timeline

 

1783 — William Heavenhill is born “during an Indian raid which was being waged, under the cliffs near Rowan Creek” at the site of present day Heaven Hill Distilleries.

 

1783 — Evan Williams sets up his distillery on the banks of the Ohio in Louisville at what is now 4th Street, thereby becoming Kentucky’s First Distiller.

 

1789 — Rev. Elijah Craig, a Baptist minister and farmer who had immigrated to Kentucky from Virginia, experiences a fire in his barn where he stores whiskey barrels.  Putting his new whiskey in the burnt barrels anyway, Craig soon discovered that the whiskey would age better in the charred barrels, picking up color and flavor, and earning Craig the title of the “Father of Bourbon.”

 

1837 — Henry McKenna arrives in Kentucky from his native County Derry, Ireland.  He sets up his distillery in Fairfield in 1855 where he begins producing his eponymous Bourbon, known as “Kentucky’s Finest Table Whiskey.”

 

1870 — John E. Fitzgerald introduces his “private label” Bourbon, Old Fitzgerald, available only on rail and steamship lines and private clubs.

 

1934 — Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., originally known as “Old Heavenhill Springs” distillery, is founded by a group of Bardstown-area investors and the five Shapira brothers, David, Ed, Gary, George and Mose.  The company has 12 employees at the time of its founding.

 

1935 — Barrel #1 is filled on December 13. Bourbon Falls is the company’s first label.

 

1942 — Heaven Hill, and many other distilled spirits production plants, are shut down during World War II and work with the government to produce alcohol for the war effort.

 

1946 — Earl Beam leaves the Beam Company to succeed his cousin, Harry Beam, as Heaven Hill’s Master Distiller.

 

1955 — Barrel #500,000 is filled on September 30.

 

1957 — Evan Williams Bourbon is introduced and becomes one of the nation’s leading Bourbons and Heaven Hill’s flagship brand.

 

1960 — Earl Beam’s son and current Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam joins the family business.

 

1961 — Barrel #1,000,000 is filled on July 21.

 

1967 — A new bottling facility is built with a capacity of 2.5 million cases per year.

 

1968 — Barrel #1,500,000 is filled on December 5.

 

1971 — Current Heaven Hill president Max L. Shapira joins the family business.

 

1973 — Current Heaven Hill executive vice president Harry J. Shapira joins the family business.

 

1975 — Parker Beam is named Heaven Hill Master Distiller, succeeding his father Earl.

 

1976 — Barrel #2,000,000 is filled on March 24.

 

1982 — Barrel #2,500,000 is filled on June 18.

 

1983 — Parker Beam’s son and current Heaven Hill Master Distiller Craig Beam joins the family business.

 

1986 — Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon is introduced, thus becoming the first “Small Batch” Bourbon available.

 

1988 — Heaven Hill becomes the licensed importing agent for Invergordon Distillers, plc. (now Whyte and Mackay, Ltd.)and begins importing Cluny Scotch Whisky.

 

1988 — Barrel #3,000,000 is filled on February 18.

 

1989 — Heaven Hill acquires Burnett’s Gin, Henry McKenna Bourbon and Harwood Canadian Whisky.

 

1991 — Heaven Hill launches a companion to Burnett’s Gin: Burnett’s Vodka.

 

1993 — Heaven Hill acquires Copa De Oro Coffee Liqueur, Dubonnet Aperitif, Coronet VSQ Brandy, DuBouchett Cordials and Liqueurs, Philadelphia Blended Whiskey, Cabin Still Bourbon and J. W. Dant Bourbon, among others.

 

1993 — Barrel #3,500,000 is filled on September 7.

 

1995 — Heaven Hill introduces Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon, Elijah Craig 18 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon, and Henry McKenna Bottled In Bond Single Barrel Bourbon.  Heaven Hill acquires Two Fingers Tequila, and in conjunction with First Ireland Spirits, Ltd., of Abbyleix, Ireland introduces O’Mara’s Irish Country Cream.

 

1996 — George Shapira, last surviving member of the five founding brothers, passes away.

 

1998 — Barrel #4,000,000 is filled on January 13.

 

1999 — Heaven Hill acquires the historic Bernheim Distillery, The Christian Brothers Brandies, and the Old Fitzgerald Bourbon brand.

 

2000 — Heaven Hill acquires the full line of Whaler’s Flavored Rums.

 

2001 — Current Heaven Hill Director of Marketing Strategy Kate Shapira Latts and her husband, Director of Corporate Planning Allan Latts, join the family business.

 

2002 — Barrel #4,500,000 is filled on December 4.

 

2003 — Heaven Hill acquires HPNOTIQ Liqueur

 

2003 — Heaven Hill breaks ground for the Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center – set to open in Fall 2004

 

2004 — Heaven Hill dedicates the new Heaven Hill Trolley to aid tourism in Bardstown and Nelson County

 

2004 — Heaven Hill recieves its first prestigious Impact “Hot Brand” award from M. Shanken Publishing for HPNOTIQ

 

2004 — Heaven Hill dedicates the Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center

 

2004 — Wine Enthusiast names Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. Wine Star “Distiller of the Year”

 

2005 — Heaven Hill introduces Bernheim Wheat Whiskey

 

2005 — Heaven Hill introduces PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur

 

2006 — Barrel #5,000,000 is filled on February 1st

 

2006 — Rittenhouse Rye wins “North American Whiskey of the Year” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

 

2007 — Current Heaven Hill Director of Sales Analysis Andy Shapira joins the family business

 

2007 — Heaven Hill forms a joint venture to distribute Agua Luca Brazilian Rum Cachaca

 

2007 — Heaven Hill introduces the first edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection, a signature series of rare American Whiskeys

 

2007 — Heaven Hill acquires the Mohawk Distilled Products Spirits portfolio

 

2008 — Heaven Hill announces joint venture with Tierra de Agaves SA de CV to import and market La Certeza and Lunazul 100% Agave Tequilas

 

2008 — Heaven Hill increases bottling capacity by over one million cases per year with opening of new high speed “J” bottling line

 

2008 — Heaven Hill opens newly expanded Bernheim Distillery, increasing production capacity by 40%

 

2008 — Barrel #5,500,000 is filled on November 18th

 

2008 — The Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center captures North American and Worldwide “Visitor’s Attraction of the Year” awards from Whisky Magazine

 

2008 — Heaven Hill Distilleries is awarded North American “Distiller of the Year” from Whisky Magazine

 

2009 — Parker’s Heritage Collection second edition 27-year-old Bourbon becomes first American Whiskey to capture “Best of Show, Brown Spirits” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

 

2009 — Heaven Hill Distilleries is awarded North American “Distiller of the Year” from Whisky Magazine for the second consecutive year

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The Glenfiddich 18 Year Ancient Reserve Single Malt Scotch

glenfiddich 18 year single malt scotch The Glenfiddich 18 Year Ancient Reserve Single Malt Scotch

A Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

By Matt Goldstein

Over 120 years later, Glenfiddich is one of the few single malt distilleries to remain entirely family owned and our whisky has become the world’s most awarded single malt*, a true reflection of the passion, integrity and innovative spirit that have been passed down through the generations.  The Glenfiddich 18 Year Ancient Age Reserve Highland Single Malt is produced in small, individually numbered batches, Glenfiddich 18 Year Old combines the Spanish Oloroso wood traditional American casks.  After being married in wooden tuns for at least three months, each batch is unique and is of an exceptional quality.

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Tasting Notes: The Glenfiddich 18 Year Ancient Reserve Single Malt

Scent of honey, syrup, flavor of honey.  Full bodied, full flavored, with a slightly bitter taste and notes of wood, and oak.  When opened up the single malt is sweeter, crisper with a complex finish.  It’s a full bodied finish and full textured finish also with a softer scent when opened.  This is an excellent single malt scotch and must be opened up with a few drops of water to fully appreciate the complexity and excellence.

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glenfiddich logo The Glenfiddich 18 Year Ancient Reserve Single Malt ScotchThe Making of Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky

MALTING & FERMENTATION

At The Glenfiddich Distillery we use the finest malt from specialist maltsters, produced to our own specification. Ripe barley is steeped in water for two days, which triggers germination. The barley is then left to germinate for four to five days, which starts the conversion of natural starch into sugar. The resulting ‘green malt’ is dried over fire, and delivered to the Distillery as malted barley.

INSIDE THE MASH HOUSE

Two of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky’s essential ingredients – malted barley and soft clear water – are brought together in the mash house. The malted barley is ground into ‘grist’ – a coarse flour that is mixed with heated pure Robbie Dhu spring water from the nearby Conval Hills and then poured into giant ‘mash tuns’. Here a slowly rotating set of mash knives lift and sift the mash to ensure good sugar drainage. In the mash tuns, the natural bubbling chemistry and clouds of steam rise, filling the air with a pleasantly pungent aroma. The hot water completes the conversion of starch to sugar, which dissolves into the water, producing a sweet liquid called ‘wort’, some six hours later. The wort is drained, cooled and made ready for fermentation. The ‘draff’ – the left over barley from the process – is sold to farmers and fed to their cattle.

FERMENTATION IN THE WASHBACKS

Yeast is added to the wort as it is pumped from the cooler into the traditional wooden fermentation vessels, the ‘washbacks’. Our handmade washbacks are made of Douglas fir rather than the stainless steel that many other distilleries use. This traditional method of production is kept so as to not alter the flavour of the whisky. These washbacks are a towering 17 feet high (5 metres), and are filled to within 3 feet (1m) from the top. As fermentation raises the temperature from around 19°C to about 33°C, the resulting carbon dioxide gas creates a massive, hot frothing head to the wort that foams up the remaining 3 feet (1m) to the top of the washback and has to be kept down with mechanical beaters.

After around 64 hours of fermentation, the furious bubbling subsides, leaving a brown liquid of 8-9% ABV, similar to a strong beer – the ‘wash’.

ALCHEMY AND DOUBLE DISTILLATION IN THE STILL HOUSE

The heart of the distillation process lies in the still house, where the wash is distilled in copper pot stills that exactly match the shape and size of the original stills bought over a century ago by William Grant. Every bump and dent is reproduced – we’re not taking any chances with our unique flavour.

The stills continue to be heated by ‘direct firing’ (applying a naked flame directly under the base). The wash in the stills is gradually heated until the alcohol turns to vapour. The vapour rises through the narrowing neck of the still and is guided downwards and through a water-cooled condenser. This condenses the vapour into an intermediate liquid, known as ‘low wines’. The low wines, containing about 21% alcohol, are heated in remarkably small ‘spirit stills’, smaller versions of the wash still.

The vaporised alcohol is drawn off and condensed as before, and then trickles down into the imposing, gleaming brass and glass ‘spirit safe’, where the flow of spirit can be controlled. This liquid is now legally a bonded, taxable spirit, so it is kept under lock and key. The stillman runs the delicate operation of monitoring this distillation – any mistake can ruin the whisky’s flavour. Only the fine middle cut, or ‘heart’ of the distillation is retained for maturation. The stillman catches it at the flick of a tap – a new batch of Glenfiddich is born.

COOPERING & MATURATION

HAMMER AND TONGS – INSIDE THE COOPERAGE

The new spirit is reduced to around 63% alcohol with natural spring water from our Robbie Dhu springs and then filled into hand-built oak casks, prepared and maintained at the Distillery’s own cooperage. All casks filled at The Glenfiddich Distillery are first checked by one of our qualified coopers, a practice unique to the making of Glenfiddich whiskies.

The coopers, who apprentice for approximately five years (as much as a doctor!), work with incredible speed and agility to assemble, repair or reconstruct around 25 casks each every day. We use only the very best casks made from the very best wood, such as sherry butts from Spain and bourbon barrels from America that have had only one filling of sherry or bourbon whisky.

By using these ‘second-hand’, high quality casks, we achieve a high quality spirit. Mellowed by previous use, the oak helps mature the Scotch whisky, allowing it to breathe, soften, assume subtle flavours and absorb a pale golden colour. Sometimes we char the inside of the cask with a blast of fire to open the grain of the wood, allowing the Scotch whisky to interact more easily with it.

We know that the quality of our barrels is vital, as this is where the magic happens. Even when pressure-testing our sherry barrels, we use sherry instead of water so that their integrity is not compromised.

MATURATION – WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS

Our distillery is the only single malt whisky still using wooden marrying tuns (2,000 litre plus vats). We also marry our whiskies for an unusually long period of time…

These wooden casks are then stored on-site in our traditional warehouses, and the spirit is left to mature. The atmospherically dark, damp interior of the warehouse and the temperature, humidity and climate of this environment provide optimum conditions for maturing the best quality Scotch whiskies. It is here that the Glenfiddich spirit acquires its distinctive, well-balanced character.

As a cask ages and develops, it breathes in the pure Highland air through the porous oak. Consequently, alcohol compounds evaporate off the whisky, through the wood, back into the air – roughly 2% from each cask per year. It is estimated that throughout Scotland, approximately 16 million litres of Scotch whisky is lost this way each year. This lost spirit is known as “the Angels’ Share”.

MARRYING & BOTTLING

The perfect match – marrying the whisky

As no two distillations ever taste exactly the same, before bottling we perform one further practice not used by many distilleries today: marrying. To maintain a consistent quality of flavour, aroma and palate, we combine or “marry” various casks, post-maturation, in a marrying tun – a large oak barrel which holds approximately 30 casks of whisky.

Glenfiddich is the only single malt which is still made using these oak Marrying Tuns. Our whiskies are married for up to nine months so that the different elements become unified into the special and distinctive taste of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky. It is a dying art in the whisky world but for the maker’s of Glenfiddich the time spent marrying is important because it ensures all the flavours of the whisky are in harmony and makes the product even more unique.

Glenfiddich comes of age – the bottling hall

When the spirit has matured to perfection, the casks are emptied and the whisky is ‘cut’ with pure Robbie Dhu spring water. This reduces the alcohol by volume once more to around 40% ABV.

Nearly all of the Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky range is then bottled on site at The Glenfiddich Distillery, other than 12 Year Old (which is made bottle ready, ensuring all quality-control parameters are kept on site). Glenfiddich is the only Highland single malt distilled, matured and even bottled at its own distillery, using a single source of spring water throughout the process.

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The Mitcher’s US*1 Small Batch Unblended American Whiskey: A Classic’s Classic

mitchers us1 small batch american whiskey The Mitcher’s US*1 Small Batch Unblended American Whiskey: A Classics ClassicPre-revolutionary War Recipe from America’s First Whiskey Distillery

By Matt Goldstein

America’s first whiskey distilling company, Michter’s dates back to 1753 when a farmer in Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain Valley distilled his first batch of whiskey from hardy rye.  At one point a Master Distiller left his family’s well-known distillery to join Michter’s so he could be at a smaller, less cost-conscious company where he could make the finest whiskey.  Mitcher’s  produces single barrel ryes, very small batch unblended American whiskey, very small batch bourbon, and single barrel bourbon.  The Mitcher’s American Whiskey is matured in bourbon soaked barrels and bottled at 83.4 proof.  This is simply one of America’s best whiskeys.

Mitcher’s Small Batch Unblended American Whiskey Tasting Notes:

WOW!  This whiskey is smooth, dry, warm with a sweet finish.  The flavor is nutty, buttery, complex and grainy.  This American whiskey receives our highest recommendation.  It’s an absolute must try!

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mitchers whiskey rye bourbon The Mitcher’s US*1 Small Batch Unblended American Whiskey: A Classics ClassicThe Mitcher’s Legacy:

The rich history surrounding Michter’s harkens back to America’s first distilling company established in the 1700′s by John Shenk, a Swiss Mennonite farmer who settled his family in Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain Valley. With his farm producing an abundance of rye, in 1753 Shenk decided to build a small distillery to convert his excess rye to whiskey. In time, this little distillery with its hand-hammered stills would come to produce what would someday be known as the famous Michter’s whiskey.

This particular rye whiskey was so valued that when the Revolutionary War broke out, General George Washington purchased it to fortify his men as they hunkered down in their camp through the long, brutal winter at Valley Forge. Michter’s, as the saying goes, was “the whiskey that warmed the American Revolution,” and it continues to warm today’s resurgent American whiskey revolution.

mitchers whiskey barrels 300x82 The Mitcher’s US*1 Small Batch Unblended American Whiskey: A Classics ClassicThe passage of Prohibition in 1919 forced Michter’s and every other American distillery to shut its doors to the public. Although the distillery did reopen after the 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition, Michter’s changed hands many times over the next few decades and languished to the point where it eventually declared bankruptcy. With primary distilling operations shut, there remained two small pot still systems made in the mid 1970′s by still maker Vendome which were reportedly used in part to instruct tourists about distillation and to make whiskey to be sold in the gift shop.  After the bankruptcy one of these two still systems was purchased by David Beam, and the rest of the movable equipment was stripped and sold off from the former Pennsylvania distillery, parts of which eventually collapsed.  The remaining whiskey stocks were sold off as well.

Dick Newman

Teaming up with Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco in the 1990′s, Richard “Dick” Newman undertook to resurrect the brand in Kentucky. An American hero who served as a U.S. Marine during the Korean War, Newman lost one of his legs in a battle and was awarded a Purple Heart. After leaving the military, Newman began an illustrious career in the spirits business where he eventually ran Old Grandad, Old Crow, and Old Taylor for National Distillers before becoming President and CEO of Austin Nichols, the distiller of Wild Turkey.

A Yale College and Harvard Law School graduate, who in the 1980′s decided to pursue his passion for spirits as President of Chatham Imports and later on as President of Michter’s American Whiskey Co., Magliocco says, “When we set up our whiskey program for Michter’s, Dick and I wanted to get back to the ‘cost be damned’ roots and produce the finest whiskey possible. Our goal was to show that whiskey made in the United States could be the equal of great whiskey made anywhere in the world. At the start, when we would sit with industry executives and tell them that great rye whiskey would be an area of concentration for us, they would sit there dumbfounded and stare at us like we each had three heads. Fortunately, whiskey drinkers started to rediscover rye, and we were more right than wrong.”

Michter’s Master Distiller Willie Pratt is a respected whiskey industry veteran with over forty years of distilling experience. He best explains the philosophy that has guided our product to such high critical acclaim since its move to Kentucky in the 1990’s. “The owners give me a free hand. I produce our product at a much higher cost because I barrel at lower proofs, and heat cycle our barrels with a much larger amount of whiskey lost than the typical “Angel’s Share.” But the whiskey comes out richer and smoother than if I made it the standard way. If a barrel is not at the exact right point of maturation and will benefit from more time, I won’t release it even if the sales guys and the distributors are screaming for more goods. That’s why they tease me and call me ‘Dr. No.’ ”

Michter’s production includes single barrel ryes, very small batch bourbons, single barrel bourbon, and unblended American whiskey.

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