Morning Report, Friday, November 7th, 2014

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Gear: The Elixir Mini Bar is two-in-one mini bar with simple features. It keeps a few bottles of booze, utensils, and drinkware hidden until ready to use. Handcrafted of solid, sustainable acacia wood, the compact frame tucks right next to your sofa on u-shaped legs. Flip it open and both sides double down as a self-serve bar to showcase your curated bottle collection; lower ledge hosts glasses. When not in use as a bar it can be used as a end table or any other use you have for a solid surface. It’s simple and functional. Get it here.


Syndicate 58/6 Whisky Review

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Name: Syndicate 58/6

Bottled By: New England Distillery

ABV: 43%

Proof: 86

Nose: Sweet corn, smoke, citrus, honey, almonds, and floral notes.

Palate: Rich caramel, vanilla, anise, oak, leather, nutmeg.

Finish: Long, with tart flavors of apricots and apples, and a lingering smoky, spicy flavor.

Overall: This is a fantastic whisky. It is full of character and leaves you wanting more from the first sip. The sweet and spicy flavors play very well together without being overly sweet or overly spicy. The finish is long with plenty of character and a wonderful aftertaste. I really enjoyed this whisky and the flavors that came with it. It is very smooth with just a slight burn to it. A great addition to any whisky lover’s shelf.

History: Syndicate 58/6 Premium Scotch Whisky was founded in 1966 by William Muir
(Bond 9) Limited (Founded in Leith, Scotland in 1823) and the original blend was
distilled in 1954 by Marshall Taplow (Established in London 1760) for their most
important customers.
In the United Kingdom Syndicate 58/6 is a private highly exclusive club made up of
discerning individuals who really appreciate a top quality Scotch Whisky. The
Syndicate members include Members of the House of Lords, High Court Judges and a
wide range of leading professionals from throughout the United Kingdom.
The quality and consistency of the blend is assured by using a ‘Solera’ system
whereby additional whiskies are blended with the older stock. They include 18
single malt whiskies and 4 single grain whiskies. The syndicate 58/6 still contains
small quantities of the original 1958 blend. It is finally married and matured in 4
year old Oloroso Sherry casks which give the whisky its exceptionally smooth and
distinctive taste.
Syndicate 58/6 Whisky is imported into the USA exclusively by Bespoke Spirits Inc.


Morning Report, Thursday, November 6th, 2014

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Drink: Craft cocktail mixers have been seeing a rise in popularity lately, and for good reason. They are delicious and give you the opportunity to a top notch cocktail in the comfort of your own home. Now this becomes easier with the Mantry Craft Cocktails kit. A small company based in New York, they select a collection of top-notch American mixers and deliver them to your door. How could you go wrong with that? On Kickstarter here.


Morning Report, Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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Gear: The B4RM4N is a smart cocktail shaker that pairs with your phone via Bluetooth, helping you master your cocktail skills. After telling you what ingredients to extract, the B4RM4N shaker acts as its own measuring device with LEDs that light up as you pour, telling you to stop when the lights reach the top. Do this for the all ingredients and then give it a shake. The shaker will tell you what kind of ice to toss in there, and it’ll let you know when to stop shaking; it has a built-in accelerometer. You can even save recipes and share them later. Get one here.



Morning Report, Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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News:

LOUISVILLE, KY. – The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience® is celebrating its one-year anniversary Nov. 15 with a week of celebratory events and the release of a commemorative Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon.

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience® is a multi-million dollar artisanal distillery, immersive tourism experience and retail store celebrating the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first commercial distiller and namesake of Heaven Hill Distilleries’ flagship Bourbon brand. As Louisville’s first stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience drew 70,000 visitors this year from around the globe.

“The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is an incredible pioneer in Louisville’s ever-expanding bourbon and spirits tourism presence,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Thanks to Heaven Hill for blazing a trail and giving so many visitors a tremendous experience with our city’s native spirit, history and heritage.”

Anniversary festivities kick off 10:30-11:00 a.m., Mon., Nov. 10, when Mayor Fischer, company executives and other dignitaries will be on hand to unveil an official Evan Williams historical marker across the street from the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, 528 W. Main St. Max L. Shapira, president of Heaven Hill, America’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits company, will sign bottles from 3-5:30 p.m. and there will be a Downtown Neighborhood Celebration from 2:30-5 p.m. in the Retail Store.

A special 2005 Vintage Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon may be purchased exclusively at the Bourbon Experience starting Nov. 10 as well. There are only 420 bottles available, poured from two hand-selected barrels. The bourbon is 100 proof, as opposed to the standard 86.6 proof in other Evan Williams Single Barrel bottles. The bottles are dipped in copper wax and feature a unique “Evan Williams Bourbon Experience First Anniversary” label and sell for $99.99 each.

Throughout the week, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience will offer buy one, get $1 tours, a free, logoed nosing glass for every guest and door prizes each day. Tastings of rare Evan Williams 23-Year-Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be on tours Tues., Nov. 11, and Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs will treat visitors to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience’s ‘new make,’ fresh off the still on ‘White Dog Wednesday,’ Nov. 12.

On Thurs., Nov. 13, Heaven Hill Brand Ambassador Bernie Lubbers, fondly renowned as “the Whiskey Professor,” will lead tours in the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience’s Speakeasy, a 1920s inspired bar that transports guests back to the last days of Prohibition. On Friday, guests will enjoy refreshments, bourbon cupcakes and Heaven Hill Master Distiller Craig Beam and Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs will sign bottles 4–6 p.m. Lastly, Downs will sign bottles noon-2 p.m., Sat., Nov. 15, as guests enjoy refreshments. Full Article here.


November 2014 Whiskey of the Month

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November’s Whiskey of the Month is one that we have been enjoying for years but haven’t actually reviewed on our site. Old Forester is a standout in the bourbon world. It is an inexpensive bourbon that is full of excellent flavor and character. Perfect for sipping or in a cocktail Old Forester is a go to for many and it is with great pleasure that I announce Old Forester as our November 2014 Whiskey of the Month. We will be getting around to adding our review of Old Forester soon. Please check back for updates.



Morning Report, Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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LOUISVILLE, KY. – The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience® is celebrating its one-year anniversary Nov. 15 with a week of celebratory events and the release of a commemorative Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon.

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience® is a multi-million dollar artisanal distillery, immersive tourism experience and retail store celebrating the legacy of Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first commercial distiller and namesake of Heaven Hill Distilleries’ flagship Bourbon brand. As Louisville’s first stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience drew 70,000 visitors this year from around the globe.

“The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is an incredible pioneer in Louisville’s ever-expanding bourbon and spirits tourism presence,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Thanks to Heaven Hill for blazing a trail and giving so many visitors a tremendous experience with our city’s native spirit, history and heritage.”

Anniversary festivities kick off 10:30-11:00 a.m., Mon., Nov. 10, when Mayor Fischer, company executives and other dignitaries will be on hand to unveil an official Evan Williams historical marker across the street from the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, 528 W. Main St. Max L. Shapira, president of Heaven Hill, America’s largest independent, family-owned and operated spirits company, will sign bottles from 3-5:30 p.m. and there will be a Downtown Neighborhood Celebration from 2:30-5 p.m. in the Retail Store.

A special 2005 Vintage Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon may be purchased exclusively at the Bourbon Experience starting Nov. 10 as well. There are only 420 bottles available, poured from two hand-selected barrels. The bourbon is 100 proof, as opposed to the standard 86.6 proof in other Evan Williams Single Barrel bottles. The bottles are dipped in copper wax and feature a unique “Evan Williams Bourbon Experience First Anniversary” label and sell for $99.99 each.

Throughout the week, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience will offer buy one, get $1 tours, a free, logoed nosing glass for every guest and door prizes each day. Tastings of rare Evan Williams 23-Year-Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be on tours Tues., Nov. 11, and Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs will treat visitors to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience’s ‘new make,’ fresh off the still on ‘White Dog Wednesday,’ Nov. 12. Full article here.