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Four Roses Bourbon Blooms as the Official Bourbon of the Rose Bowl Stadium

In Bourbon News, Industry News by Patrick "Pops" GarrettLeave a Comment

Four Roses has become the Official Bourbon Partner of the Rose Bowl Stadium. Kentucky-based Four Roses Distillery is pouring specialty cocktails made with its award-winning Bourbon and offering tastings of Four Roses Single Barrel, Four Roses Small Batch, Four Roses Bourbon and the newly released Small Batch Select at all Rose Bowl events.

Four Roses will be served from branded carts throughout the concourse and in the TCL Lounge, Stella Rose Wine Garden, Terry Donahue Pavilion and Brookside Golf Club, beginning now through January 2021.

Paul Engl, General Manager of IMG Los Angeles, stated, “Aligning these two iconic brands is a sensational opportunity. We are thrilled to begin serving Four Roses’ premium Bourbon products at America’s Stadium and at Brookside Golf Course year-round. I look forward to our adult fans enjoying Four Roses at all Rose Bowl Stadium events for years to come.”

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Short Mountain Distillery Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews, Drink Reviews by Matt SelfLeave a Comment

This is a true craft distillery putting out a unique product in very limited quantities. I’m not sure what Short Mountain is trying to accomplish with their whiskey, though. The brand notes describe a classic bourbon but everything from their mash bill to their distillation technique is far from classic. So it is not surprising that the bourbon is far from “classic.”

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B519 Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Steve CoomesLeave a Comment

This is an all-around solid whiskey that won’t disappoint. But to violate an iron-clad rule of multi-sibling parenting, I’m saying its older brother, A119, this year’s first ECBP release, is better in every respect. A119 is headed for Harvard while B519 is good state school material. To strain the sibling metaphor further, the A119 is the charismatic kid, attractively assertive in every respect (perhaps helped some by its 135 proof), and its boldness presents as complexity rather than a brute punch in the face. Still, Elijah Craig fans will find the B519 completely likeable. Its EC DNA is as pure and recognizable as its sibling’s; it’s just packaged in a softer, gentler version.

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13 Tequilas You Need To Try

In Tequila Reviews by Brent Joseph2 Comments

The New Hampshire State Liquor Commission regulates the sale of alcohol in the state of New Hampshire. New Hampshire is one of 18 control states in the nation where the government directly controls the distribution of alcoholic beverages as well as being responsible for the regulation of alcoholic beverages. An important source of revenue for the state, the Commission contributes over 100 million dollars to the General Fund each year. Over the past few years, the NHLC has really stepped up their barrel selection program by hand selecting barrels various bourbons and tequilas. Last year I was lucky enough to be asked to sample nine barrel aged tequilas that were hand-selected exclusively for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. Read my previous post on that experience here.

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Bardstown Bourbon Company Releases Its First Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo), 1500 Parkway Drive, is announcing the release of its first Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1. The product is a blend of Bardstown Bourbon Company’s estate-made, two-year-old wheat and high-rye bourbons, with an 11-year-old sourced Kentucky bourbon. Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #1 is the result of a collaboration of the company’s expert distilling, beverage and culinary teams working together to develop an exceptionally smooth, yet complex pour.

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A119 Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Steve CoomesLeave a Comment

At a dinner to meet Heaven Hill’s new master distiller, Colin O’Driscoll, my Bourbon & Banter colleague Matt Evans took one sniff and pronounced it a “chocolate bomb.” That was dead on. A friend at the same dinner asked, “Did you add water?” I answered, “Why? It’s soft at 135 proof!” Whiskey nerd that he is, I knew he meant “Did you act professionally and discover anything important by adding water like rational people do?” So I did, and it turned into honey: extraordinarily delicious, but I missed the oomph of the barrel strength. So, I advise no water be added.

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Ragged Branch Double Oaked Wheated Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Lee Stang1 Comment

Ragged Branch started distilling bourbon in 2014 under the tutelage of the late Dave Pickerell. One of Pickerell’s suggestions was to mature some of the first batches of bourbon in 25 gallon barrels to age it faster and enable it to get to market a little after 2 years. As the two year wheated bourbon started rolling out, Alex Toomy, the owner/distiller of Ragged Branch, got tired of dealing with the 25 gallon barrels. He took the remaining smaller barrels that were 3 years old and dumped them in 53 gallon barrels with a number 4 char for another year.

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Copper & Kings American Dry Gin Review

In Gin Reviews by Erin Petrey2 Comments

To me, summer is gin season. There is nothing like a tall, ice-cold gin and tonic on a hot, humid day. The botanicals bring a brightness to the palate that provide just as much of a cooling sensation as the ice. With summer weather just around the corner (and for many of us it’s already arrived), here’s my suggestion on how to drink curious this gin season.