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Heads & Tails: Are Single Barrels Illegal Edition

In Banter, Drink News, Heads & Tails, Industry News by Steve CoomesLeave a Comment

That’s the growing concern at Kentucky distilleries, where thousands of whiskey fans sample whiskeys from thousands of barrels every year. The news first came from WhiskeyCast operator Mark Gillespie, who’d learned that “private pick” programs—which distilleries have run for many years—was clearly outside Kentucky’s current tasting laws. Click here to read his thorough story. As you’d imagine, Kentucky Distillers’ Association is busy urging lawmakers to reconfigure tasting laws favorably and quickly. We’ve seen no official count on single barrels sold in Kentucky, but given what do know, it’s somewhere south of 10,000. Whatever that number is when multiplied by an average bottles-per-barrel yield of 170, and the total sales number is somewhere around 1.5 million bottles, give or take. And while we’re at it, let’s price those 1.5 million bottles at a conservative $40 each to come up with $60 million in sales.

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Old Forester’s Next Release in the 117 Series

In Bourbon News by Patrick "Pops" Garrett1 Comment

Old Forester Distilling Co. announces the release of the second expression in the 117 Series — a blend of barrels from historic Warehouse K. The 117 Series is a limited-expression lineup created in Spring 2021, directed by the unique palate of Old Forester Master Taster Jackie Zykan. 117 Series: Warehouse K features a blend of barrels aged on different floors from a warehouse known to produce exceptional liquid. Constructed in 1953, Warehouse K uses the time-honored tradition of heat-cycling and has long been one of Old Forester’s favorite places for Single Barrel expressions.