Jeni’s Whiskey & Pecans Ice Cream


Food: It’s no doubt whiskey goes great with food, all kinds of food in fact, and ice cream is no different. Jeni’s Whiskey and Pecans Ice Cream is made with Middle West Spirits OYO Whiskey. Jeni’s ice cream is crafted using made using grass-grazed milk from small Ohio farms, Fair Trade-certified vanilla, and other locally-sourced ingredients. The resulting ice cream is filled with the rich flavors of whiskey and pecans, it’s rich and filled with good flavors that are perfect for chilly days. Get some here.

National Margarita Day

Today is National Margarita Day and for some of us it’s a very cold snowy day today, but that didn’t stop us from crafting a delicious margarita. For our margarita, we used Casa Noble Crystal Tequila, which has clear shine and a smooth yet robust agave flavor that allows it to play well with the flavors of other ingredients.


Our margarita is made with Jalepeno peppers and cucumbers which gives it a refreshing spicy flavor. It’s a simple, great tasting, and easy to make margarita. Our full recipe is below.


1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 cup Casa Noble Crystal Tequila

1/4 cup simple syrup

1/4 cup orange liqueur of choice

4 sprigs of mint

1/2 cucumber sliced thin

1 jalepeno pepper sliced lengthwise

In a pitcher or large bowl muddle together the simple syrup and 1 sprig of mint. Add the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, cucumbers, and jalepeno pepper. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours to let the flavors infuse into the drink. Serve over ice in a small rocks glass, garnish with a sprig of mint. Enjoy!





Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA seasonal and limited edition single barrel Town Branch Bourbon flow into market

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – While snow, ice or blistery cold is blanketing much of the country, images of warmer days may be conjured up now thanks to a new spring seasonal brew that pours into the market this week. Hoppy, spicy and crisp,Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA is a new, limited edition seasonal beer from Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. that is aged for six weeks in Town Branch® Rye whiskey barrels, as well as Kentucky bourbon barrels.

The unique rye India pale ale is brewed with rye grain and dry-hopped in the barrel and boasts a citrusy character in the nose and finish, as well as soft notes of vanilla and woody ribbons of oak and rye from the barrel. Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company’s barrel-aged seasonal program allows the brewery to step outside of its year-round offerings to experiment with new tastes, furthering its reputation as barrel-aging experts.

“Distillers discovered rye decades ago and embraced it for its spicy, complex character,” said Ken Lee, master brewer for Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. “Today, more brewers have also embraced rye thanks to the complex notes it can add. With the spice from our Town Branch Rye barrels and the unique dry hopping we did in the barrel, I think craft beer fans will love this crisp seasonal beer.”

Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA hits store shelves this week in Kentucky, and will reach select markets in the company’s domestic distribution area soon. At 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), the limited seasonal release has a suggested retail price of $14.99 for a four-pack.

Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co has also launched a limited Town Branch®Bourbon Single Barrel to be sold exclusively at its Visitor Center in downtown Lexington. Master distiller Mark Coffman recently hand-selected two barrels of the company’s bourbon that had “strong vanilla and floral notes, and almost candy-like toffee notes” for the first run of the single barrel program. Full article here.

Besamim Aromatic Spice Liqueur Review


Name: Besamim Aromatic Spice Liqueur

ABV: 37%

Proof: 74

Nose: Cinnamon, Clove, Anise, Nutmeg

Palate: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pecans, Tobacco, Cloves

Overall: Besamim Aromatic Spice Liqueur was supplied to us for review from Sukkah Hill Spirits and in addition they included some recipe ideas. We decided to try Besamim and Bourbon. In this cocktail, I used equal parts bourbon and Besamim Liqueur over ice. Besamim Liqueur has a pleasant cinnamon and nutmeg flavor and it is incredibly smooth. When mixed with bourbon it brings out some more spice flavor. I am not a fan of flavored whiskies but mixing Besamim and bourbon created a drink that is what I wish cinnamon whiskey tasted like. The cocktail tasted authentic and homemade, like good eggnog with warm cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. This is a great choice for a winter cocktail and like the Etrog, Besamim is a spirit you could get very creative with. Besamim is exceptionally smooth, even when mixed with bourbon and holds up well. The subtle spice flavors of Besamim taste authentic and are not overwhelming and artificial tasting like other spiced spirits. The recipe we used for this review is listed below. For more information on Besamim Aromatic Spice Liqueur click here.


1.5 oz. Besamim Aromatic Spice Liqueur

1.5 oz. Old Forester Bourbon or bourbon of choice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

2 teaspoons sugar

Pour sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl and mix gently. Wet the rim of a rocks glass and dip the glass in the mixture to get a coating on the rim of the glass. Fill rocks glass with ice. Add Besamim Liqueur and bourbon and stir gently for 30 seconds. Enjoy!

Etrog Liqueur Review


Name: Etrog Liqueur

ABV: 38%

Proof: 76

Nose: Crisp Apples, Lemons, Limes, and Orange Zest

Palate: Lemonade, Lime, Honey, Apple, Grapefruit

Overall: Etrogs are an ancient heirloom citrus fruit traditionally grown in Southern Italy, North Africa, and Israel. Etrog Liqueur was supplied to us for review from Sukkah Hill Spirits and in addition they included some recipe ideas. This was my first time of learning about and Etrog and Etrog Liqueur. We decided to keep our cocktail simple and tried Etrog and Bourbon. In my cocktail I used equal parts bourbon and Etrog Liqueur over ice with a sprig of mint to garnish. The cocktail was refreshing and light; this would be a great summer drink. It was smooth with some fresh citrus notes such as lemons, grapefruits, and limes. It was similar to a glass of ice tea with lemon or an Arnold Palmer (half ice tea, half lemonade). What I enjoyed most about this drink is the fact that the Etrog Liqueur was able to hold up well against the bourbon. I have not had the chance to try any other cocktails using Etrog, but this is one drink that you could easily get creative with and I have no doubt it would add a great deal of flavor to a number of different cocktails. The recipe we used for this review is listed below. For more information on Etrog Liqueur click here.


1.5 oz. Etrog Liqueur

1.5 oz. Old Forester Bourbon or bourbon of choice

Sprig of mint for garnish

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour Etrog Liqueur and bourbon over ice and stir for 30 seconds. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Enjoy!

Charbay Whiskey Release III

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Drink: The fine folks at Charbay Distillery have distilled a hoppy beer, resulting in a unique, rare whiskey. It took 20,000 gallons of bottle ready pilsner to create 1,000 gallons of whiskey. The whiskey was aged for 6 years in American White Oak Barrels and another 8 years in neutral vessels. With notes of vanilla, leather, tobacco this is a delicious whiskey. The whiskey is cask strength and unfiltered with 66.2% abv and 132.4 proof and there were only 224 cases produced, 2,700 bottles.

A great cigar pairing for this whiskey would be a Montecristo Relentless Cigar, which has medium body and some complex flavors; a tasty mix of cinnamon, roasted nuts, butter cream and a slight pepper spice. This is due to the cigars mix of binders and fillers from both Nicaragua and Brazil and then being wrapped in beautiful natural Ecuadorian CT shade wrapper. You can purchase Montecristo Cigars at Famous Smoke Shop here.



Bomb Bar


Gear: Store your favorite spirits in a transformed wooden ammo box from Oliver Apt. The Bomb Bar features a walnut and leather interior and measures 46.5″ long x 9.5″ wide x 14″ tall, ensuring you’ll be able to store all your favorite juice. These unique storage bars are a great piece to any room and an even better conversation starter. Get one here.

Heaven Hill Fills 7 Millionth Barrel of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey


BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Heaven Hill Brands, the nation’s largest independent family-owned and operated distilled spirits producer and the world’s second-largest holder of aging Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, today celebrated filling its seven millionth Bourbon barrel. Heaven Hill is the only local, family-owned company to reach this historic benchmark.

“This is a momentous achievement to celebrate, especially as it falls during the company’s 80th anniversary. To think, my father and four uncles rolled out Heaven Hill’s first barrel 80 years ago. Here we are, eight decades later, filling our seven millionth barrel at the height of the greatest Bourbon boom since Prohibition. And, the Shapira family is still at the helm of Heaven Hill. Our founders would certainly be proud to see this day,” said Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira.

The seven millionth barrel was “bunged off” by Master Distiller Emeritus Parker Beam, Co-Master Distiller Denny Potter and Artisanal Distiller Charlie Downs in a brief ceremony at Heaven Hill’s cistern room attended by company executives and local dignitaries. Participants toasted with a glass of vintage Heaven Hill Bourbon made within a year of the company’s founding in 1935.

The milestone barrels was signed by Heaven Hill employees and put up to age in Rickhouse Y, where it will be displayed along Heaven Hill’s other milestone barrels.

Dutch’s Boomtown Bitters


Drink: Although most of us reach for the classic bitters we are all used to, there are some delicious alternatives out there to create a unique cocktail. Boomtown Bitters are handcrafted and have a strong taste of sarsaparilla and wintergreen, two flavors that thrived on the old western frontiers. If you’re looking for a simple way to make a classic cocktail unique give try changing your bitters. Add a drop or two of Boomtown Bitters for a taste like the wild frontier. Get them here.



For Immediate Release – February 11, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It’s go time for Golden Tickets.

A limited number of 50 Golden Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. EST Wednesday to the second annual Kentucky Bourbon Affair™, an intimate five-day celebration of the art and craft behind America’s only native spirit. Go to purchase tickets.

“Golden Tickets are your first and best opportunity to ensure exclusive access to your favorite Kentucky Bourbon Affair events,” said Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association that coordinates the signature showcase.

“Once again, the world’s most iconic distilleries are opening their doors and offering incredible behind-the-scenes access, rare tastings, souvenir bottles, private barrel selections and nightcap events featuring culinary delights with renowned Louisville chefs.

“It’s a Bourbon lover’s dream come true.”

The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau returns in 2015 at Host City sponsor, and Kentucky Proud has signed on as culinary sponsor to highlight locally grown and produced products.

This year’s Affair will be held from June 3 to June 7 and will feature nine distilleries: Bulleit, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Michter’s, Town Branch, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.

The $1,500 Golden Ticket guarantees recipients their first choice of three distillery tours plus opening and closing events; two nightcap tickets; the Sunday Polo waterfront brunch; a swagfilled toolkit; customized itinerary; and personalized service from a Bourbon Affair concierge.

In addition, Golden Ticket holders get first shot at three limited private barrel selections from Four Roses, Jim Beam and Wild Turkey. And, transportation is now included in all ticket prices. “Safety and responsibility is a top priority,” Gregory said.

Golden Tickets in 2014 sold out in a week, Gregory said. “So get yours quickly.”

Pauline Rooney, Chair KDA Board of Directors, said the Kentucky Bourbon Affair is unique in comparison to other whiskey events because it’s actually produced and conducted by the distilleries themselves.

“You get to learn about our timeless craft alongside the world’s foremost Bourbon experts, and in some cases work hand-in-hand with living legends,” said Rooney, Vice President of Distillation, Maturation and Engineering for Diageo North America.

“It’s going to be an unforgettable adventure.”

Daytime distillery experiences will include:

  • Go fishing with Freddie Noe, 8th generation Beam family member, at Booker’s private and coveted honey hole
    Explore and sample single barrels from different floors in a Heaven Hill rickhouse, and take home a souvenir bottle of your favorite
  • Embark on a dinner train for a four-course meal and spirits pairing as it winds along the Town Branch waterway for which Town Branch Bourbon was named.
  • Train to be a Four Roses aficionado through hands-on training as Distillery Manager, Distiller Operator, Fermenter Operator, Quality Lab Manager and more
  • Work alongside the “Makers of Maker’s Mark” and learn the handcrafted process behind the iconic red wax, with lunch at its spring-fed lake
  • Experience every step of Bourbon-making – including charring barrels – at Woodford Reserve in a guided small batch session with your own keepsake special edition
  • Select barrels with Father/Son Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell at Wild Turkey Distillery in hands-on activities at the famous Lawrenceburg landmark
  • Learn the art of blending at historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery and go behind-the-scenes on an interactive tour with Tom Bulleit
  • Tour the new Michter’s Distillery in Shively – never before opened to the general public – and sample their luxury Celebration blend of barrels over 20 and 30 years old
  • Mix with Master Distillers and other VIPs at opening and closing events unlike any other

In a change from 2014, distilleries will be offering a longer, single day tour Thursday, Friday and Saturday with genuine Kentucky and Bourbon-inspired hors d’oeuvres and lunches. Times will be between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., leaving attendees more time to explore the Commonwealth.

In return, distilleries have doubled nightcap and specialty offerings, Gregory said, along with extraordinary opening and closing events. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. Individual tickets will go on sale soon. Full article here.