Morning Report, Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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News: Four Roses Adds a Second Visitor Center.

Four Roses Bourbon has a new visitor center at its Cox’s Creek, Ky.-area warehousing and bottling facility.

The new facility, which is about 2,500 square feet, is located off of Ky. 245 in Cox’s Creek, which is about 13 miles south of Mount Washington in Nelson County. It’s expected to attract more than 20,000 guests annually and will create 12 jobs, according to a news release from Gov. Steve Beshear’s office. The expansion cost the company about $500,000.

The visitor center features antique bottles, vintage advertising and other memorabilia from the Four Roses archives. Tours will emphasize operations at the facility, including warehousing, barreling and bottling. The visitor center also has a bourbon-tasting bar that will allow for sampling. Article written by David Mann. Full article here.


October 2014 Whiskey of the Month

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The last whiskey we reviewed is one that we’ve really been enjoying lately on these fall nights. It’s a versatile whiskey that is readily available. It is with great pleasure that I announce Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel as our October 2014 Whiskey of the Month. Please see our full review below.

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Name: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel

ABV: 47%

Proof: 94

Notes: On the nose Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel has a smoky brown sugar and honey aroma. At first sip, I was greeted with a dry oak flavor with some slight notes of citrus, vanilla, sea salt, and sweet corn. The finish is rather long with lots of alcohol and a slight burn with notes of vanilla, corn, leather, and almonds. I enjoyed Jack Daniel’s single barrel. It has a very noticeable dry taste and I know a lot of folks that don’t like it because of that. There are some great flavors with this one but there is a strong alcohol taste that I didn’t enjoy all that much. I feel it took away from the other flavors a bit too much but I was able to mellow it a bit by adding a splash of water. Overall, this is a good whiskey and one that I would recommend to a friend. I tried Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel neat and with a splash and adding the splash mellowed the alcohol taste slightly and allowed me to focus more on the other flavors. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel is available for around $50 a bottle a most places.




Morning Report, Friday, September 26th, 2014

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News: Brown-Forman to Build Old Forester Distillery on Whiskey Row.

Louisville, KY, September 25, 2014 – Brown-Forman Corporation today announced that it will open a distillery and bourbon experience for its founding brand, Old Forester, in two historic buildings on West Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky. Brown-Forman expects to open the Old Forester Distillery in the fall of 2016, building on the company’s strong bourbon whiskey heritage by creating a world-class distilling operation and visitor destination that showcases the craftsmanship and authenticity of Old Forester, the first bottled bourbon. The company anticipates investing approximately $30 million in this project.

“George Garvin Brown introduced Old Forester, America’s first bottled bourbon, more than 140 years ago, which changed our industry and the Louisville community forever,” said Paul Varga, CEO of Brown-Forman Corporation. “As demand for high quality bourbon continues to increase, the Old Forester Distillery will enable us to expand capacity so that we can further showcase one of the greatest tasting and most historic bourbons.  We believe this will enrich Kentucky, the home of bourbon, and Louisville, the historic home of Brown-Forman and the Brown family.”

Old Forester is Brown-Forman’s founding brand, founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown. Brown believed Old Forester was so pure and consistent that he sealed it, signed it, and pledged “There is nothing better in the market.” The Old Forester Distillery will celebrate Brown’s innovative spirit and his commitment to making the highest quality bourbon.

The Old Forester Distillery will include fermentation, distilling, barrel making, filling and dumping, and bottling. The new distillery will allow the company to double its current production of Old Forester. Full article here.



Morning Report, Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Review

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Name: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel

ABV: 47%

Proof: 94

Age: N/A

Notes: On the nose Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel has a smoky brown sugar and honey aroma. At first sip, I was greeted with a dry oak flavor with some slight notes of citrus, vanilla, sea salt, and sweet corn. The finish is rather long with lots of alcohol and a slight burn with notes of vanilla, corn, leather, and almonds. I enjoyed Jack Daniel’s single barrel. It has a very noticeable dry taste and I know a lot of folks that don’t like it because of that. There are some great flavors with this one but there is a strong alcohol taste that I didn’t enjoy all that much. I feel it took away from the other flavors a bit too much but I was able to mellow it a bit by adding a splash of water. Overall, this is a good whiskey and one that I would recommend to a friend. I tried Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel neat and with a splash and adding the splash mellowed the alcohol taste slightly and allowed me to focus more on the other flavors. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel is available for around $50 a bottle a most places.



Four Roses Named 2015 American Whisky Distiller of the Year

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For the fourth time in five years, Four Roses Distillery was named “Whisky Distiller of the Year – America” by Whisky Magazine.

The 2015 American Whisky Distiller of the Year award was presented to Four Roses earlier this week during Whisky Magazine’s “Icons of Whisky Awards – America” which took place in Bardstown during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

The annual Icons of Whisky Awards are “designed to celebrate the people and places behind the great whiskies of the world.”

Four Roses will compete for the world title next spring against winners of the equivalent award in Scotland and other countries. Full article here.