J.R. Revelry Bourbon Review

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Name: J.R. Revelry Bourbon Whiskey

ABV: 45%

Proof: 90

Nose: Corn, Spice, Brown Sugar, Vanilla

Palate: Sweet corn, oak, fresh cinnamon, vanilla, and fresh fruit.

Finish: Moderate and straightforward with flavors of fresh ground cinnamon and oak.

Overall: J.R. Revelry is a unique bourbon with great flavor profile. This whiskey pours a medium amber color. It is straightforward in its flavors and has a good balance of sweet and spicy. The balance between sweet and spicy comes from the cinnamon and earth flavors up front with some unique underlying notes of fresh fruit. The finish is moderate and simple with the flavors of fresh ground cinnamon and oak. I enjoyed this whiskey neat, with a splash, and in a cocktail and I enjoyed it all three ways. Adding a splash of water helped bring out more of the flavors in the bourbon and made them a bit more distinctive. Overall, this is a smooth whiskey that I would recommend to anyone wanting to try something new or the beginning bourbon drinker who is looking for a great entry level whiskey. There are numerous new startups on the scene and some are hits and some are a miss, this one is a hit in my opinion.

History: J.R. Revelry is produced by La Bodega Internacional (LBI) out of Atlanta, Georgia but begins in Lawrenceburg, IN at the old Seagram Distillery. Their team in Nashville crafts all the bottles and the packaging materials. There is a short video here that explains the whiskey and story in full detail.

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Few Cocktail Recipes

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In honor of FEW Spirits recent expansion we will be featuring cocktail recipes all this week featuring their Bourbon Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Single Malt Whisky, and Gin. We hope you enjoy their products as much as we do. Cheers!


Few Spirits Launches in New Jersey and Three Other States

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 Few Spirits Launches in New Jersey and Three Other States

 

Chicago-area craft distillery expands distribution into the Garden State as well as Georgia, Indiana and Connecticut

 

EVANSTON, Ill., March 23, 2015—At less than five years old, Few Spirits has gained an oversized reputation in the drinks world, making an award-winning line of gins, whiskies and other craft spirits. And as the craft distillery ramps up production, it’s expanding its distribution, launching in New Jersey as well as Georgia, Indiana and Connecticut this month.

 

The new market launches make Few available in a total of 20 states, as well as Washington, D.C. The brand is also distributed in the UK, throughout Europe and in select locations in Australia, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong. “It’s been incredible to see my dream become a reality and to watch this business grow—we’ve gone from making 100 gallons a month to 100 gallons a day,” says Paul Hletko, Few Spirits’ founder and master distiller. “And now I’m excited to get our products out there in front of a wider and wider audience.”

 

A true grain-to-glass producer, Few sources the grain for its spirits from within 100 miles of the distillery and does all fermentation, distillation, aging and bottling on-site. Other ingredients come from as close to Evanston as possible, right down to the Cascade hops used in Few American Gin, which are grown in Hletko’s own backyard. “If we can’t grow it ourselves, we buy it locally,” he says. “And if we can’t buy it locally, we buy it from friends.”

 

In New Jersey, Few will be distributed by Hunterdon Brewing Company, a wholesaler focused on craft beverages with a portfolio of some of the most sought-after beers, ciders, sakes and distilled spirits. “Quality craft whiskey is more in-demand than ever,” says Hunterdon’s spirits division manager Jeremiah Goldovitz, “and Few has boldly established themselves as a leader in the category. We’re excited to partner with them.”

 

Few has partnered with top distributors in the other new states as well: Georgia distribution is handled by United Distributors; Indiana distribution by Glazer’s; and Connecticut distribution by Craft Beer Guild.

 

These new state launches are the culmination of 18 months of work to expand production and capacity, a project that included installing three new 30-barrel fermenters and a new column still last year, as well as moving barrels and bottling to an 8,500-square-foot warehouse facility about a mile from the distillery.

 

About Few Spirits

Based in Evanston, Ill., a Chicago suburb that was once an international headquarters for the temperance movement, Few Spirits is a craft distillery making whiskies and gins from locally grown grains and other ingredients sourced as close to home as possible, including Cascade hops grown in master distiller Paul Hletko’s own backyard. Few Rye Whiskey was named Whisky Advocate’s Craft Whiskey of the Year in 2013, and its Bourbon Whiskey and Barrel Gin were both awarded gold medals by the Beverage Testing Institute. For more information about Few and its award­winning spirits, visit fewspirits.com.



Old Forester Releases Ready-to-Serve Mint Julep Cocktail

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 23, 2015) – Old Forester Mint Julep, a 60-proof ready-to-serve cocktail made with Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, will be available for sale in select stores as of late-March. In addition to stores, Churchill Downs® will serve Old Forester Mint Julep, recently named “The Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby®,” during the 141st Kentucky Derby®.

Old Forester Mint Julep is sold in a commemorative 1L Kentucky Derby bottle with a horse-themed neck wrap for a suggested retail price of $24.99 which will vary by location.  The ready-to-serve cocktail makes it easy to enjoy a 10-second mint julep (just unscrew and pour over crushed ice), and lends an authenticity to any Derby party as it’s the same product which will be served to race fans on Derby Day. Churchill Downs expects to sell 120,000 mint juleps over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

While Old Forester was introduced in 1870 and the Kentucky Derby in 1875, the 141st Kentucky Derby marks the first time the two long-standing Louisville traditions have come together officially. In addition to stores in Kentucky, Old Forester Mint Julep will be sold in 35 markets across the U.S.


Il Palio Recipe

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Developed by Jeff Faile of Washington, DC, this drink morphs from a Manhattan into a Boulevardier as the Campari ice cubes slowly melt.

Ice Cubes:

¾ oz. Campari
2 oz. water

Mix together Campari and Water and freeze in ice trays several hours before making cocktail.

Cocktail:

2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. sweet vermouth
Orange bitters
Orange twist, for garnish

Put the Campari ice cubes in a rocks glass. Pour all ingredients over the ice and garnish with an orange twist. Enjoy.



Bush Smarts Camp Coffee Kit

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Drink: It’s unfortunate, but we can’t drink bourbon all the time. It’s ok because there is also delicious coffee and today we feature the great Camp Coffee Kit from Bush Smarts. The kit encourages traditional cowboy style brewing, where the grinds go in with the water. But instead of pouring through a bandana, the mesh filter is secured across the bottle mouth letting the good stuff flow out. The resulting cup of joe is delicious and quite impressive that you brewed it in the wilderness. The kit comes packaged in stamped gift box with a field on box lid, 2 Kuksa Cups, 1 Mesh Filter, and 1 BPA-free bottle.