Bourbon Heritage Month Sweepstakes

Bourbon Heritage Month Sweepstakes

To celebrate Day 2 of Bourbon Heritage Month (BHM) we’re kicking off our month-long Facebook sweepstakes.

For the entire month of September, Bourbon & Banter will be giving away bourbon prize paks and other bourbon-themed items for every new 250 page ‘Likes’ we get on Facebook. All you have to do is head over to our Facebook page, ‘Like’ us if you haven’t already, and then submit your name, phone and email address. Nothing else is required to enter. However, the sooner we add 250 new fans, the sooner we give away free stuff so make sure that you spread the word and invite your friends to enter as well. You need only enter once and you’ll be eligible to win each time we reach 250 new ‘likes’. (Psst…did we mention that you get an extra entry for every friend you get to enter the sweepstakes?)

But wait…that’s not all. At the end of September, we’ll draw one additional winner who will receive a free Bourbon Academy ticket from our friends over at the Filson Historical Society for the St. Louis event on October 11th..

In total, Bourbon & Banter will be giving away up to 12 prizes via our Facebook Sweepstakes during Bourbon Heritage Month. Make sure to head on over to our sweepstakes page and enter today!

Enter the Bourbon Heritage Month Facebook Sweepstakes

Special thanks to our industry friends for joining us in making Bourbon Heritage Month extra special this year.

Bourbon Heritage Month Sweepstakes

PS – For those Bourbon & Banter readers who don’t use Facebook don’t worry. We’ll be running some giveaways and promotions on Twitter and Instagram as well this month. Stay tuned for more information soon.



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2014 Bourbon Heritage Month Celebration

2014 Bourbon Heritage Month Celebration

It’s the biggest month of the year for bourbon lovers – National Bourbon Heritage Month.

We know that some people believe that Bourbon Heritage Month is one of the those made-up holidays like National Donut Day or International Vodka & Violins Day, but it’s not. Per Wikipedia, which is never wrong ;)…

National Bourbon Heritage Month is an observance in the United States that calls for celebration of bourbon as America’s “Native Spirit”. On August 2, 2007, the US Senate declared September 2007 as “National Bourbon Heritage Month.” The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, passed by unanimous consent. The resolution calls for consumers who enjoy bourbon to do so responsibly and in moderation. The bill reinforces the 1964 Act of Congress that declared bourbon “America’s Native Spirit” by celebrating the family heritage, tradition and deep-rooted legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States.

You see? It’s a bona-fide month-long celebration of bourbon. Can you think of a better holiday?

Based on the success of our Bourbon Heritage Month (BHM) efforts last year, we’re excited to announce we’re going to do the same this year. We’ll be hosting a month-long party featuring lots of great blog posts, cool contests and great giveaways. Supported by the amazing Bourbon & Banter team and leading industry bourbon brands and partners, we’re ready to channel our inner Bourbon Evangelist and spread the bourbon gospel far and wide.

We’re not going to tell you all the great stuff we have in store but here’s quick teaser:

  • Bourbon Swag Gift Paks featuring items like glasses, hats, shirts and more from your favorite bourbon brands.
  • Bourbon Academy tickets – You bet. You might win a free ticket to attend Mike Veach’s famous Bourbon Academy when it swings through St. Louis on October 11th.
  • Food – What goes great with bourbon? Food. And nothing is better than food made with bourbon.
  • Art – Screw Monet and Picasso. Bourbon artwork is where the cool folks invest their money these days.

September is going to be crammed with some really great stuff so we’re going to use all of our online channels to runs contests and giveaways. Make sure that you’re following us on all of our social media channels so you don’t miss a chance to win something really cool. Click on any of the images below to connect with us online and make sure you’ll always be in the loop on what we’ve got going on in September.

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We’re kicking things off tomorrow with the announcement of our annual month-long sweepstakes. Make sure to check back in and get all of the details.




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Bourbon Tip #6

Bourbon Tip #6

Bourbon Tip #6

Sip. Don’t Flip. – Bourbon is meant to be enjoyed when purchased. Not flipped for a profit at the expense of others.

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Maker’s 46 Bourbon Review

Makers 46 Bourbon Review

Disclaimer: A sample of Maker’s 46 bourbon was provided to by Maker’s Mark for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review the bourbon with no strings attached. Thank you.

There has been a push by the big distilleries in the past few years to capitalize on the bourbon boom and increased interested in trying new bottles by introducing specialty versions of their power brands. Maker’s Mark has always had a “why mess with what works” kind of attitude when it comes to their bourbon but eventually they did release a premium version in the form of Maker’s 46. Rather than doing a small batch or older version of Maker’s Mark they decided to go the route of finishing with a different wood to add complexity of character. Here is what they have to say about it:

A collaborative effort between the Maker’s Mark Distillery and Barrel Maker and “Wood Chef” Brad Boswell of Independent Stave Company, Maker’s 46 is a bit stronger and bolder than the original Maker’s Mark, but still soft enough to hold on the tongue, even at 94 proof. Aged longer inside barrels containing seared French oak staves – which create bolder, more complex flavors, while eliminating the bitterness that usually comes with whiskies that are aged longer – 46 delivers a big mouth-watering oaky finish unlike none other. 

Using staves instead of aging in a barrel causes a more intense aging process. Because of this it is only aged an additional few months with the staves in the barrel and they make it only in the winter to slow the aging down. So does the French oak make a big difference with this classic American bourbon? Let’s try it and find out.

Makers 46 Bourbon ReviewMaker’s 46 Bourbon Review

Bourbon Name:  Maker’s 46

Proof: 94

Age: 5-7 years

Year:  2014

How I Drank It:  Neat, in Glencairn whiskey glass.

My Nose Noticed:*  Corn | Vanilla | Rose | Toasted Oak

First Sip:  Butterscotch | Toasted Oak | Cherry | Chocolate

The Burn:**  When I was first getting into bourbon people talked about how wheated bourbons were sweeter and softer than rye. This confused me because the only wheated bourbon I had tried was Maker’s Mark which I still think has one of the most fiery finishes out there and didn’t come across as sweet or soft in any way. Maker’s 46 still has the characteristic Maker’s burn but it is much softer than the original, especially if you let it sit for a few minutes. It is a burn that flares up your sinus and then slides gently down the back of your throat. This really is a sweet bourbon, with a surprising amount of fruit and cream. The burn is what keeps it from being cloying. The Maker’s 46 nose is much stronger than regular Maker’s Mark and it affects the flavor quite a lot.

In the end, I liked Maker’s 46 much better than traditional Maker’s Mark. But as you may have guessed, I don’t really like Maker’s Mark so perhaps a Maker’s lover should weigh-in with their opinion. The Maker’s Mark fans I talked to said it reminded them more of a scotch which makes sense as this type of finishing has traditionally been more common with scotch.

Neat, Splash or Rocks:  Neat. Adding water or drinking it over ice took away too much of the burn and left if feeling a bit limp.

Share With: A lot of Maker’s Mark loyalists I know seem to be very hesitant to try anything else. Maybe this will get them to branch out. Also a nice choice for people who like sweeter bourbons.

Worth The Price:  At around $35 a bottle this is a fair price. Although, when it comes to a good wheated bourbon there are better values to be had if you can find them, such as Weller Antique.

Bottle, Bar or Bust: If you are a fan of double-barreled or creatively finished bourbons this one is worth having a bottle. Everyone else try it at a bar first.

*I like to let my bourbon sit in the glass for at least 5 minutes before I start to smell it or have a drink. I personally find that it’s better to let some of the alcohol waft off before diving in. If I’m drinking bourbon on the rocks I skip the waiting and dive in both feet first.

**Some of you refer to this as the “finish” but let’s be honest. Don’t we all just want to know if it burns good?

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