Articles

  • Bourbon. It's The Law. by Vince Matal

    The greatest question or discussion you will have when you start discussing your new obsession with bourbon will be, “What is bourbon?”. The simple answer is that bourbon is a type of whiskey.  Therefore, all bourbons are whiskey, not all whiskies are bourbon. Ta-da.
  • Knob Creek 12 by Vince Matal

    In 1992, Jim Beam released Knob Creek, a 9-year age statement bourbon as part of the Jim Beam Small Batch Bourbon Collection. Named after a creek that ran through Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home, Knob Creek (sometimes referred to as just “KC” in the bourbon community) joins Basil Hayden’s Booker’s and Baker’s in the Small Batch Collection.  Tin 2016, Beam announced that due to a shortage of barrels, the standard release would no longer carry the age statement (since changed again in 2020 when Beam again made Knob Creek a 9-year age statement release). 
  • The hallmark of perseverance

    Written by Phoebe Calver There aren’t many things in life that are certain, but one of them is that with every passing day, every minute in fact,...
  • A Long Life

    Written by Ian Wisniewski Bourbon distillers are constantly saying goodbye, not just to bottles but also their barrels which can only be used onc...
  • The final finish

    Written by Peggy Noe Stevens I enjoy a traditional Bourbon. I’m not exactly a purist who insists that you only add water to your amber elixir. Ma...
  • Doing it right

    Written by Maggie Kimberl When it comes to hospitality, the name of the game is serving all guests to their preferences and dietary requirements ...
  • New Year 2021 Barrell Bourbon release

    Barrel Bourbon New Year 2021 is marking the end of a year to remember. With each passing Autumn, Barrell Craft Spirits rounds out the year with t...
  • Restoration Rye marks first for Castle & Key

    Castle & Key Distillery has released its first whiskey expression, Restoration Rye. The name pays homage to the restoration of the historic p...
  • Ezra Brooks 99 joins the family

    The latest addition to its Ezra Brooks portfolio, Luxco has announced the release of the higher-proof Ezra Brooks 99. The brand has upped its fla...
  • MGP Announces First Lead Master Distiller

      MGP has appointed Matt Greeno as lead master distiller. The newly created position at MGP Ingredients Inc will see Matt ensuring consistency of...
  • Production: The little cask that could

    As with the advent of many of history’s great inventions, the octave cask was not the product of fastidiously and carefully developed methodology, but rather the consequence of serendipity – a happy accident. It stands among countless other items that we now take for granted: penicillin, Coca-Cola, microwave ovens, and even cornflakes were unexpected and fortuitous discoveries made whilst in pursuit of something else. Indeed, the same can be said of the effect oak casks used to transport Scotch across the country – sometimes legally, sometimes not – had on the colour, aroma, and flavour of the spirit contained within.
  • Kentucky Peerless announces UK launch date

    Kentucky Peerless Distilling has announced its launch in the UK, debuting on 26 April, 2021.

    The Louisville, Kentucky-based fourth and fifth generation family-owned craft producer is moving in to the UK market following an award-winning year for its whiskey.