Welcome to this week’s installment of Heads & Tails – The Wetter is Better Than Dry Edition.
This is only the 2nd installment of this new feature but the feedback so far has been fantastic. We’re still working out the layout so don’t be shy in dropping us a note on what you do and don’t like. And of course, if there’s something you’d like to see added let us know that as well. We sure don’t want you to go into the weekend feeling like you just visited your favorite liquor store only find out that your go to bourbon was just put on allocation.
That being said let’s dive into the weekend with some light reading on what’s going on in the industry and a few things we think you’ll enjoy checking out over a few liberal pours of your favorite whiskey.
Kentucky Keeps Getting Wetter
As the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Sunday, the Commonwealth of Kentucky used to prohibit alcohol sales in most of its 120 counties, but that has changed. The recently-compiled map shown above is already out-of-date. In elections last week, voters approved legal alcohol sales in Cumberland and Metcalfe counties, while Williamsburg and Mayfield residents voted for expanded sales…
Read more over at The Chuck Cowdery Blog
The Liquor Cabinet App has officially launched
The Liquor Cabinet—a brand new, beautifully designed, fundamental cocktail & spirits app for imbibers everywhere—is now officially available to the public, free of charge, on iTunes. Born from a deep-seated passion for curated spirits, distilling, mixing and imbibing, The Liquor Cabinet was founded with the mission to provide a definitive and inspiring resource for all things liquor related. The app offers its users a single source of in-depth, authoritative, and trustworthy information, all within an engaging environment that is striking in design and seamless to navigate.
Available for free download in the iTunes store
THE FLAMING LIPS TO LAUNCH RYE WHISKEY
Developed with Chicago-based Few Spirits, Brainville Rye Whiskey is made from a combination of rye, corn and malted barley grown within 150 miles of the distillery.
The mash is fermented using a French wine yeast, said to give the whiskey a stone-fruit, apple and pear flavour profile. The liquid is subsequently aged in new, charred American oak barrels custom-made in Minnesota.
Learn more about this limited-edition release.
The flaws in today’s spirits labels, as outlined below, have led to myriad problems for distilleries and other producers, as well as for consumers, and even for bars and retail stores. The system, as regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is—in many ways—broken. The good news, though, is that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. This fall, the TTB will open up an online forum for anyone to propose amendments on a huge swath of presently outdated rules; from adding new regulated spirits categories, to clearing up misleading labeling language. Below, what’s broken, why the commenting period is important, what the process is, and what could be the best outcome.
Read more over at Eater.com
Read More & Drink Curious
Folks say education is key to getting ahead in this world of ours. We don’t pretend to know the secrets of success, but we do know that these books will help you become a better drinker. And hell, if that’s not of value to you then we’re not sure why you’re here. Do yourself a favor – read more and drink curious.
Industry News & Updates
Whiskey is by far the most popular of all remedies that won’t cure a cold.Jerry Vale, American Singer
Can you name what you’re smelling or tasting?
Don’t feel bad if you’re unable to describe what you’re smelling or tasting while drinking bourbon. For many folks who are still early in their bourbon journey, it can be very daunting to describe what they’re experiencing when tasting a new whiskey. Even familiar aromas or flavors can suddenly seem foreign or difficult to describe. That’s why we created the Bourbon Flavor Wheel.
The Bourbon Flavor Wheel lists a wide range of aromas and flavors that are commonly found in bourbon and presents them in an easy to use format. Whether you’re a bourbon novice or seasoned connoisseur, the Bourbon Flavor Wheel is a great tool for expanding your ability to describe your next glass of whiskey.
We’re thrilled to finally offer the Bourbon Flavor Wheel for free download in a variety of tasting mat formats. That’s right – we said free download. Head on over to our Bourbon Flavor Wheel Tasting Mats page and download your very own copy today. And if you find them to be useful please spread the word by sharing the link with your friends who enjoy a glass a whiskey.