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Category: American Whiskey

Check out the latest news relating to American Whiskey, including Bourbon from leading producers such as Smooth Ambler and St George Spirits.

#WhiskySanta’s Giving Away Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Drams as Bonus Super Wishes!

#WhiskySanta will give away 3cl sample drams from the highly sought-after Buffalo Trace Antique Collection this week!
 
Ho-Ho-Ho! Now I have a machine gun I have one final surprise up my immaculately-cuffed sleeve this festive season! Whilst checking in with those handsome chaps at Master of Malt last week I managed to set aside a tiny amount of 3cl drams (just 8 in total, across 4 of the releases) from the enormously popular, but limited, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. I’ll be giving these out as gifts to some very lucky people who wish for them on certain days this week!
 

Now, I should point out that Master of Malt had thousands of entries in their lotteries for chances to purchase fewer than a dozen bottles and a few dozen 3cl drams. Goodness knows how many of you will wish for a chance to receive a 3cl dram for free! What I’m saying is, if you want to guarantee you get your hands on some of your favourite Buffalo Trace Antique Collection whiskey this year (and are feeling a bit flush) then you should head over to Master of Malt’s Charity Auctions now: for William Larue Weller, George T. Stagg Bourbon,
Sazerac 18 Year Old, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye and Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, where everything raised over RRP (net of any applicable VAT) will go to Malaria No More UK to support their superb work.

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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Lotteries and Charity Auctions

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

We’re splitting our allocation of the highly sought-after Buffalo Trace Antique Collection between a 3cl dram lottery, a bottle lottery and an auction (with anything over RRP donated to our nominated charity Malaria No More UK).
 
See the Timeline below for when all this is going down.
 
You may remember that last year our old ‘fastest-finger-first’ method really didn’t work for these limited and super-popular American whiskeys from Buffalo Trace distillery. In fact, it was the final push we needed to sit down and come up with a whole new way of handling these kinds of hotly anticipated releases. We invite you to read our previous post about why we decided (after much discussion/arguing) that the ‘least-worst’ option was to split our entire allocation between 3cl drams, bottle lotteries, and charity auctions.

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2017 Winners

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017

Jim Murray has announced the winners in this year’s Whisky Bible, with a rye claiming top spot for the second year running and a Scotch whisky in the top three for the first time since 2014.

Following on from Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Canadian rye, it’s an American rye whiskey that’s been named World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible this time around: Booker’s ‘Big Time Batch’, aged for 13 years, 1 month and 12 days. Laid down by the legendary Booker Noe himself in 2003, shortly before his death, his son continued to watch over the casks and they were finally released earlier this year. Booker’s first ever rye, it was already described by Beam as an “extremely rare, limited edition offering, made from a very limited number of barrels” and will now become an even more sought-after bottling.

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2016 Whisky Advent Calendar – Available for Pre-Order!

Drinks by the Dram have launched their 2016 range of Advent Calendars, and you can Pre-Order yours right now!

Drinks by the Dram revealed their selection of spirit-filled Advent Calendars for 2016 last week, all of which you can pre-order right this very second! Every calendar contains 24 different handmade wax-sealed 3cl drams, one behind each window, so you count down to Christmas while exploring spectacular whiskies, gins, rums, tequilas and more.

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Categories : Absinthe, American Whiskey, Armagnac, Cognac, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, News, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky
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Pikesville 6 Year Old 110 Proof Straight Rye is Back in Stock!

Pikesville 6 Year Old Rye

Cast your mind back to November of last year and you might just remember seeing a fantastic rye whiskey come through our doors – the Pikesville 6 Year Old 100 Proof Straight Rye. Not only was it rather yummy and a Master of Malt exclusive, it also made an entertaining whoosh-ing noise as it flew right back out the door in a very swift manner. This might have had something to do with Jim Murray naming it his Second Finest Whisky in the World shortly after it arrived (and it’s since been crowned World’s Best Rye Whisky at the World Whiskies Awards 2016)…

If it whoosh-ed past you the first time, you’ll be happy to know that Pikesville 6 Year Old 100 Proof is back in stock! Go a get yourself a bottle now! (Update: Aaaaaand it’s gone. Again.)

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Whisky Advent Day 4: Elijah Craig Small Batch 12 Year Old

Whisky Advent Calendar

After Scotch and Japanese single malts and a blended whisky, the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar is now taking us to Old Bourbon County for some classic American whiskey! Well, actually, without moving, Elijah Craig was from Fayette, Woodford or Scott Counties, Virginia or Kentucky (keeping up with this season’s map in the late 18th century was an expensive business), but that’s because Bourbon County was named after the French house rather than the whiskey. It’s with ol’ Elijah that the story of Kentucky bourbon whiskey may begin, however…

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Master of Cocktails – De La Louisiane

Master of Cocktails The De La Louisiane

Well hello there cocktail fans. Hope you all had a wonderful Burns Night (apostrophe?)! In celebration, for #MasterofCocktails on Sunday we made a De La Louisiane recipe, which is a… erm… a cocktail with American Whiskey.

Should’ve thought that one through a bit better really, eh?

Nevertheless – this really is a good ‘un. It’s sort of a halfway house between a Manhattan and a Vieux Carre.

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Hudson Whiskey

Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon

The Hudson Whiskey range boasts the first legally distilled and aged grain spirits produced in New York since Prohibition! Fantastic in itself, Tuthilltown Spirits’ craft distillery (yep, another one – we love ’em!) charm certainly runs deeper than this single fact, with its very existence oweing much to fate and circumstance. Its success however is owed only to hard work and the high quality of what they have managed to create in the past few years.

When Ralph Erenzo bought Tuthilltown Gristmill and the 35 acres that surrounded it, distilling was far from the professional climber’s thoughts. Originally, he had dreamt of creating the perfect climber’s paradise: a ranch that would act as a base camp for those wishing to scale the cliffs at nearby Shawangunk Ridge.

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Visiting Smooth Ambler Craft Distillery

james at smooth ambler distillery

It’s not often I manage to crowbar distillery visits into trips back to my hometown, near Washington, DC. Last December though, I was invited to go and check out Smooth Ambler Distillery in Maxwelton, WV, only about 4 hours’ drive away.

I put the offer out to a group of friends I’ve known for the better part of 15+ years: Would you like to go down to one of the finest distilleries in the country and try all of their delicious American whiskey and gin?

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1512 Spirits – Barbershop Booze!

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When I first heard about a distillery from San Francisco run by a man who spends his days also running a barber shop, I have to say, I was intrigued. What followed was a story you couldn’t even make up.

Cutting hair and distilling are both skills that run deep in Salvatore Cimino’s family; he learned to make wine and distill grappa from when he was just a young boy. As a child, he would even climb inside the stills to give them a good clean! Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, ‘Sal’ grew up to be a Master Barber as well as now becoming a legitimate Master Distiller!

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