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Bourbon whiskey is incredibly popular both as a spirit in its own right, and as a cocktail ingredient – check out the latest news, reviews and cocktail ideas right here.

Whisky Advent 2017 Day #21: Hudson Manhattan Rye

As we approach the end of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar, Day #21 brings a festive celebration from across the pond!

Could there be a more Christmassy place in the world than New York City in December? You’ve seen the films (Miracle On 34th Street, Home Alone 2, Die Hard) – Christmas in NYC is the stuff dreams are made of!

Why am I suddenly talking about NYC? Well, it might have something to do with the whiskey hidden away today in Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar… Hudson Manhattan Rye!

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Categories : American Whiskey
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Four Roses master distiller spills the beans on Small Batch 2017…

Four Roses Small Batch 2017

Earlier this week Four Roses introduced the 2017 edition of its Small Batch line, so we hopped over to Mayfair to meet master distiller Brent Elliott and find out how this year’s release was put together.

If you’re already familiar with the brand, you’ll know that Four Roses takes a rather unique approach to bourbon distilling. Die-hard fans might want to skip ahead, but for the benefit of those who aren’t acquainted with its methodology, we’ll run you through it.

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Categories : American Whiskey
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Buffalo Trace Distillery brings 1800s whiskey-making literally to life!

Buffalo Trace Distillery has outdone itself again – its National Historic Landmark Distillery doors are open once more, and this time whiskey fans can look back in time in spectacular fashion.

F.A.O of all who consider themselves among the esteemed mass of whiskey folk – Buffalo Trace Distillery has some truly good news. The bourbon brand has revealed details of another (this is the sixth!) set of personal and unique tours, rich with the kind of whiskey history that gets all of us in that giddy, geeky state.

For those unaware of the distillery that has received more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskeys (for shame), Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned operation based out of Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. With a tradition that dates back to 1786, the distillery is fully operational, producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site. If that isn’t enough for you, the site of these tours is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now, Buffalo Trace Distillery invites visitors to feast their senses (and possibly livers, we’ll get onto that later) on three new sites, two of which had never been open to the public for touring before. How much are flights to Kentucky?
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Categories : American Whiskey
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Watch as Old Forester Distillery takes delivery of its new giant still!

Last week saw bourbon brand Old Forester pass a key milestone in its distillery build project – the arrival of its shiny new 44ft copper column still! Watch as engineers painstakingly winch the giant structure into the new Louisville-based stillhouse.

Historic whiskey Old Forester can trace its roots back to the 1870s, and was the first bourbon to be sold in sealed glass bottles in the US. It’s very much a national treasure of the whiskey world, so when parent firm Brown-Forman announced plans to construct a dedicated distillery for the brand in 2014, we, like many others, sat up and paid attention.
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Categories : American Whiskey
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Father’s Day Tasting Sets!

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Pre-Order Drinks by the Dram’s new Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Sets now!

Drinks by the Dram have released two new whisky tasting sets especially for Father’s Day 2016: The Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Set and The Father’s Day Deluxe Whisky Tasting Set! Both of these fantastic gifts are now available for Pre-Order, despatching early next week.

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Categories : Japanese Whisky, News, Whisky
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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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Categories : American Whiskey, Tasting Notes, Whisky
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2015 Whisky Advent Calendar – Now Available for Pre-Order!

Whisky Advent Calendar

Ah yes, it’s that time of year once again when Drinks by the Dram reveal their selection of fantastic spirits-filled advent calendars!

The Entire Range is Now Available for Pre-Order here. (Estimated despatch late October.)

As well as all your favourites such as The Whisky Advent Calendar and Ginvent Calendar (from the dream team of Drinks by the Dram and Gin Foundry), which are both back for a fourth year, 2015 sees the range extended with a dedicated Bourbon Calendar plus Rum, Cognac, Armagnac, Tequila, Mezcal, Vodka, Absinthe and erm… Naga Chilli Vodka calendars (the latter getting hotter each day!)

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Categories : Absinthe, Armagnac, Cognac, Gin, News, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky
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Master of Cocktails – Spiced Pear Whiskey Sour

Master of Cocktails Spiced Pear Whiskey Sour

Right then ladies and gents. Trust everyone’s recovered sufficiently after NYE? Time for this week’s #MasterofCocktails. This week we’re making a super-delicious Whiskey-Sour Variant recipe, which I have simply dubbed the Spiced Pear Whiskey Sour. We’ll be using the St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur for this one. It really is god’s own stuff, made using Pear Brandy, Pear Juice, and spices. Top, top marks St George Spirits.

I’m pairing (pearing? Sorry. Sorry) it with Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon for its perfume. I think this works well with the spice.

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Categories : Cocktails, Liqueurs, Whisky
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Master of Cocktails – The Marronhattan

Master of Cocktails Marronhattan

Greetings all – time for this week’s #MasterofCocktails. I’m very much aware that this one’s sort of like the Christmas Number one, so we’ve got a really good one for you. It’s a manhattan variant made with an *amazing* Single-Barrel Bourbon (props to Maverick Drinks’ Michael Vachon on the cask selection), and Creme de Chataigne liqueur (Chestnut liqueur).

The name, you ask? Why, it’s a Marronhattan, of course.

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Whisky Santa’s Whisky Advent Day 15: Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon

Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon

I listen to a lot of music when I’m out in my sleigh on Christmas Eve. ‘Blue Christmas’ by Elvis, ‘Lonely This Christmas’ by Mud, ‘Christmas in Hollis’ by Run-D.M.C.. You know, the hits. I do have one tradition, though. Whenever I head through Little Rock, Arkansas, to leave presents for the chaps at the Rock Town Distillery, I always listen to ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ by Brenda Lee, ‘Rockin’ Robin’ by the Jackson 5 and of course ‘Let There Be Rock’ by AC/DC.

Speaking of the Rock Town Distillery, you’ll find a dram of their ace Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey behind window 15 of your Whisky Advent Calendars! Delicious stuff, packed with raisin, corn and vanilla notes.

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Categories : Competitions, Tasting Notes, Whisky
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