Gear: We’ve featured whiskey stones before so it’s no mystery as to what they do. They simply chill your drink without diluting it like ice does. The difference with ROX XL is that they are far larger than other stones, keeping your drink chilled for longer.
We are pleased to announce that our app is officially available on all iOS and Android devices, both tablets and handsets. Our app is free, advertisement free, and the most convenient way to keep up with Bourbon & Oak. Our app covers everything published daily on bourbonandoak.com in a whole new way. Browse our content wherever you want, in a convenient and up to the minute, easy to use app. We hope you enjoy the app and we hope you enjoy the logo above as well, our close friend Nick Thames created it to go along with our official app launch, thanks again Nick. As always, thank you for taking the time to read our site.
Book: Cocktails and books can go hand in hand, Tequila Mockingbird is a great cocktail book. It features 65 delicious drink recipes that have book themed titles. The book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and illustrations throughout. From The Last of the Mojitos to Romeo and Julep you’ll find a cocktail you’ll love. This is currently one of the most popular books available and for good reason.
Booker’s® Bourbon, one of the few bourbons available uncut and unfiltered1, announces the release of the fourth batch in its 2015 collection, Batch 2015-04, also referred to as the “Oven Buster Batch.” This latest expression was hand selected during an exclusive tasting by Fred Noe, 7thGeneration Master Distiller, and the Booker’s® Bourbon Roundtable — a small collection of esteemed bourbon experts, enthusiasts and writers. The latest release of Booker’s® is a true testament to the full-bodied bourbon first created by the late Booker Noe, 6th Generation Master Distiller and Fred Noe’s father.
“I’ve always been fond of cooking with bourbon,” said Annis Wickham Noe, wife of Booker and mother of Fred. “Years ago, as I was preparing a pork roast, I mistakenly reached for a bottle of my husband’s namesake bourbon to pour over the roast. The oven sparked from the bourbon’s high proof and the door flew open — that’s how the Oven Buster nickname was born!”
“Oven Buster Batch” is the second batch this year that was selected by the Booker’s® Bourbon Roundtable, with the guidance of Noe. The Roundtable was also joined by special guest Fred Minnick, author of “Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for a Savvy Drinker,” who contributed his knowledge of whiskey to help the group choose a batch that properly honors Booker Noe’s whiskey preferences and pays homage to the bourbon’s full-body flavor profile.
The Roundtable panelists who helped select Batch 2015-04, “Oven Buster Batch,” included the following members:
- Chuck Cowdery, Blogger and Author of “Bourbon, Strange: Surprising Stories of American Whiskey”
- Geoff Kleinman, Founder and Managing Editor of DrinkSpirits.com
- John McCarthy, Spirits Writer and Senior Managing Editor of Men’s Health Magazine
- Jack Robertiello, Spirits Writer and Spirits Competition Judge
- Tony Sachs, Spirits Writer and Blogger for Huffington Post
Noe, the Roundtable Panelists and Minnick selected Booker’s® “Oven Buster Batch” with the following characteristics:
- Proof: 127
- Age: 6 years, 5 months and 20 days
- Nose: Vanilla with oak
- Finish: Long, smooth, pleasant finish
- Sipping Suggestions: With ice or cut with water
Uncut and unfiltered1 — like all Booker’s® Bourbon batches before it — “Oven Buster Batch” features the robust flavor and natural proof that Booker’s® Bourbon is known for and will be available nationwide beginning mid-August with a suggested retail price of $59.99 per 750 mL bottle.
1Booker’s® Bourbon is quality screened to remove only pieces of charred barrel wood from the liquid.
LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. – Four Roses will release the latest in its series of limited-quantity bottlings this September. The 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon is timed with the retirement of Master Distiller Jim Rutledge and the appointment of Brent Elliot to the post.
Four Roses is the only distillery that combines two mashbills with five proprietary yeast strains to produce ten distinct Bourbon recipes, each with its own unique characteristics. The 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch features a 16-year-old Bourbon from Four Roses’ OBSK recipe, a 15-year-old OESK, a 14-year-old OESK and an 11-year-old OBSV.
“This combination of mature bourbons is something truly special,” said Rutledge. “It’s great when you can go out on a high note, and this Bourbon delivers that.”
Bottled at barrel strength with a proof of 108.5, the 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch mingles together aromas of ripe cherry, caramel custard and fresh magnolia. Spicy cinnamon and clove flavors give way to subtle tastes of orange peel, apricot and light honey. The long, velvety finish leaves lingering hints of creamy vanilla and fresh spearmint.
“This Bourbon is a great tribute to Jim Rutledge, whom I’ve had the privilege to work with closely over the past decade. His knowledge and passion, along with the strong team at our distillery, are responsible for the high-quality Bourbon we produce every day,” said Brent Elliott, who takes the post of master distiller September 1. “I couldn’t think of a better way to toast Jim’s exceptional career.”
Four Roses will produce and distribute approximately 12,600 hand-numbered bottles of the 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon, which are expected to hit retail outlets in mid-September, during National Bourbon Heritage Month.
The limited edition release also highlights a year in which Four Roses announced an expansion that will increase its aging capacity and double its distillery in size and annual production by 2020.
“It’s an exciting time of growth for Four Roses, but what’s not going to change is the attention to detail that’s put into every Bourbon we handcraft,” said Elliott. Full article here.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mary Quinn Ramer, President of VisitLEX convention and visitors bureau, was honored Friday by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and the Bourbon Women organization with its second-ever award for networking, community service and professionalism.
Ramer accepted the “Lois Mateus Networking Award” at the Bourbon Women’s second annual “Sip-Osium,” a three-day conference featuring Bourbon workshops, mixology sessions, private tastings, distillery excursions and more.
The award is named for Mateus, retired Senior Vice President of Brown-Forman, Inc., and the first woman ever to serve on the KDA Board. Her two-year term in 1992 paved the way for other women in high-ranking roles throughout Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry.
“It is a great honor to receive the “Lois Mateus Networking Award,” Ramer said. “Lois has been such an inspiration to professional women in Kentucky, and to be the recipient of an award bearing her name is quite humbling.
“I appreciate the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Bourbon Women organizations vote of confidence in me and my work in the tourism and hospitality industry in Kentucky.”
Susan Reigler, President of Bourbon Women, and Kristin Meadors, the KDA’s Director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs, presented Ramer with an etched crystal bowl to symbolize her breakthrough role as the Lexington CVB’s first female President.
“Mary Quinn has been a tireless supporter of Kentucky’s Bourbon heritage,” Reigler said. “We’re extremely pleased to honor her tonight, especially since she helped found our organization and create a community for women who appreciate fine whiskey.”
Mateus said, “With the popularity of Kentucky bourbon and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience taking tourism in the Commonwealth to new heights, it is so appropriate to have a hospitality catalyst and ambassador with a track record like Mary Quinn’s be the recipient of this mentoring award. She exemplifies networking!”
A 1998 graduate of Centre College and Danville native, Ramer began her career at Preston-Osborne, a prominent Lexington public relations, marketing and research firm, before becoming Executive Director at the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
She received the Public Relations Society of America’s top honor – the Silver Anvil Award – in 2001 for her work on the 2000 Vice Presidential Debate at the Danville liberal arts institution. The Silver Anvil is considered the Pulitzer Prize of public relations.
Ramer joined the Lexington CVB in 2007 as the Vice President of Tourism Marketing and was promoted to Vice President of Marketing in 2013, becoming actively involved with rebranding the organization to VisitLEX and developing a new visitor center in the downtown core.
She was named President of the organization in 2014.
In addition, Ramer is active with several community organizations including the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, Equestrian Events International, Keeneland Concours d’Elegance, Horse County LLC and the McDowell House Museum.
She was a key leader in Lexington’s preparation and coordination of the World Equestrian Games in 2010, and is a member of the Breeders’ Cup 2015 Host Committee when the world-renowned event comes to Keeneland Racetrack in October.
KDA President Eric Gregory said he first met Ramer when he was Vice President of Public Affairs at Preston-Osborne. “You could clearly see that Mary Quinn was destined for great things,” he said.
“It’s been a joy to watch Mary Quinn’s career flourish. She is an incredible role model and an outstanding ambassador for her community, for our beloved Commonwealth and particularly for our legendary Bourbon industry. The lady knows her Bourbon.
“On behalf of the KDA Board of Directors, we are proud to nominate Mary Quinn for his prestigious award and raise a glass to her accomplishments and future success. She is a great partner to our industry and a vital part of our distilling family.”
The award is given annually by Bourbon Women in conjunction with the KDA based on the following criteria for a woman who has:
- Excelled in her profession by continuously building key relationships to contribute to the growth in her respective industry
- Broken through barriers to grow her career
- Contributed to the community through service and philanthropy
- Increased exposure for other women to grow their networking and career opportunities
- Developed creative partnerships and strategic alliances to further the growth of her respective industry
- Become a role model for female professionalism
Bourbon Women was founded in 2011 to promote the history, heritage, culture and lifestyle of Bourbon. The group has grown to nearly 700 members in 23 states and three countries, Reigler said. Learn more at www.bourbonwomen.org.
Founded in 1880, the KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Its diverse membership produces 90 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the timeless craft and strengthening Kentucky’s rightful place as the one, true authentic home for Bourbon.
Kentucky Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a thriving $3 billion economic engine that generates more than 15,400 jobs with an annual payroll topping $700 million and pours $166 million into state and local coffers each year.
The KDA recently announced that the state’s inventory of aging Bourbon barrels set a 40-year high in 2014 with 5,669,682 million charred oak casks gently sleeping in Bluegrass warehouses.
In addition, the KDA’s famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour® journeys continued their record-breaking tourism trend last year with 725,000 visits across an all-time high of 18 participating distilleries.
“Bourbon Women was formed, in part, as an educational organization about bourbon’s history. With the involvement of enthusiast supporters such as Mary Quinn Ramer, Kentucky’s bourbon culture has a great future, too,” said Reigler.
Books: Today’s world of spirits is experiencing an explosive increase in craft distillers and pioneers of new distillates. It’s about men and women tearing up rule books and creating new spirits with extraordinary personality and passion. Distilled uncovers the best spirits the world has to offer. These are not necessarily the best-known examples on the planet – though if they are good, they have a place here – but the best crafted and most interesting. Spirit by spirit Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley explain what you need to know to appreciate a spirit – its ingredients, its classic forms, the choices a distiller makes in creating it – and offer their picks to ‘Drink Before You Expire’ – the world’s best examples of their type, from gin and rum to shochu and tequila. There are plenty of suggestions for how to drink too, with innovative and classic cocktails and their insider tips on getting the best out of your spirits.
2 oz. bourbon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup
5 to 6 oz. club soda
1 orange wheel for garnish
Pour the bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a shaker two-thirds full of ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a chilled wineglass. Add the club soda. Stir briefly. Add the orange wheel. Enjoy!
NORWALK, Conn.,PRNewswire/ — Consumers are expanding their spirits purchases as the economy stabilizes – experimenting with new products, trading up and crossing categories. Both on- and off-premise sales rose in 2014 compared to 2013, reflecting a rise in disposable income and increased consumer confidence.
Whiskeys continue their recent upward trend, while other categories have fallen out of favor and are struggling to achieve growth. According to the Beverage Information Group’s recently released Liquor Handbook 2015, distilled spirits achieved its 18th consecutive year of volume growth, up 1.5% and reaching 211.8 million 9-liter cases in 2014.
The whiskey renaissance shows no signs of slowing down. American whiskeys are trendy and sales continue to rise, as Millennial consumers demand authentic products with heritage and history. Straight whiskey increased by 6.4% to 18.8 million 9-liter cases. Blended whiskey, which has been trending flat over the years, also increased slightly. Irish whiskey, the smallest of all the distilled spirits categories, is also the fastest-growing. It followed up 11 years of double-digit growth with a healthy 7.8% increase last year.
Whiskeys weren’t the only categories to grow in 2014. Vodka increased by 1.0% to 72.0 million 9-liter cases in 2014, marking the category’s 19th consecutive year of gains. Tequila continued its five-year rise of over 5%, while Brandy and Cognac climbed 3.5% to 11.1 million 9-liter cases. Cordials and Liqueurs were basically flat, but import Fireball continued its streak of triple-digit growth and finished 2014 at 3.9 million 9-liter cases.
Canadian whiskey, Scotch whiskey, Gin, Rum and Prepared Cocktails saw overall declines.
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — Yankee Distillers (“Yankee”), New York’s newest premier craft distilling company, has opened its distilling facility and tasting room to the public, writing the next chapter in Upstate New York’s craft beverage revolution.
“We’re proud to make Saratoga County the home of what we believe to be the start of the next great chapter in producing the very finest, most sought-after American whiskeys. Since New York allowed for farm-based distilleries such as Yankee to open in the past decade, craft spirits and their producers have become destinations to attract spirits enthusiasts and tourists to areas across the Empire State. We’re proud to have the support of local and state leaders and look forward to producing spirits proudly made from local grain,” said Walter Kleemeier, co-founder, Yankee Distillers.
The company, co-founded by Matthew Jager, Walter Kleemeier, and Scott Luning, makes its home in fast-growing Saratoga County across from Shmaltz Brewing Company. Their facility, part of the Fairchild Square Business Park, is made up of their distilling room along with a industrially-appointed tasting room and retail outlet. At nearly 9,000 sq. ft., Yankee Distillers is the largest distilling facility in the greater Capital Region.
Each of Yankee’s co-founders hold degrees in physics. Kleemeier and Luning have worked in the nanotechnology sector, while Jager has co-founded the Albany Distilling Company, the first licensed distillery in Albany since the beginning of Prohibition. Local officials and dignitaries, including representatives from the Adirondack Regional Chamber and the Saratoga County Chamber, were on hand to welcome Yankee Distillers in Clifton Park.
For more information about Yankee Distillers, visit yankeedistillers.com.