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Tennessee Craft Distillery Popcorn Sutton Picked Up By Sazerac

Tennessee Craft Distillery Popcorn Sutton Picked Up By Sazerac

“By making this move, Sazerac will be going head to head with Jack Daniel’s (Brown-Forman) and George Dickel (Diageo), among others, in the Tennessee whiskey space. Sazerac is specifically looking to go after the Lincoln County process, a filtration process for the whiskey through charcoal chips before it goes into the barrel. Jack Daniel’s in […]

Scotch Whisky’s New American Influence (The Whiskey Wash)

Scotch Whisky’s New American Influence (The Whiskey Wash)

“Which brings up the concerns over this practice: does it make every whiskey taste too much the same; i.e., like vanilla? And is new oak, which helps age bourbon so much faster than Scotch, being used mainly to speed the aging of whisky in an industry that’s almost desperately short of well-aged stock? These are […]

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What’s In a Grain? A Brief History of Whiskey’s Main Ingredient

What’s In a Grain? A Brief History of Whiskey’s Main Ingredient

“Around the turn of the 20th century, whiskey labeling in the U.S. was virtually unregulated. In 1897, the bottled in bond designation was created by the appropriately-named Bottled-in-Bond Act; whiskeys with this label were guaranteed to be free of additives and aged at least two years. But it gave no specifications on what could be […]

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‘Craft’ spirits are ‘redefining’ the perception of luxury

‘Craft’ spirits are ‘redefining’ the perception of luxury

““The idea was really about encouraging people – both the industry and consumers – to stop and think about what ‘luxury’ really means within the world of Scotch whisky,” says Jonathan Gibson, head of marketing at Compass Box. “Is ‘luxury’ a status conferred by expensive packaging? Is it defined by price point? By the age […]

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British gin exports to US rise 553% in the last decade

British gin exports to US rise 553% in the last decade

“2016 has been a ‘record breaking year for UK gin’ with the spirit continuing to grow in popularity in the country. Meanwhile, the popularity of Downton Abbey and James Bond has helped boost exports to the US. “ Read more here: British gin exports to US rise 553% in the last decade

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Whiskey Science: Scotch Whisky Age Statements – Do They Matter?

Whiskey Science: Scotch Whisky Age Statements – Do They Matter?

“The option of omitting an age statement has been proposed and extolled in various quarters and is becoming increasingly popular. It does occur to me, though, that if the motivation for dropping the age statement is because aged stocks are being depleted more rapidly than they are replaced, then it seems logical that the overall […]

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society Announces Expansion in the USA

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Announces Expansion in the USA

“The Society has had a lot in the works over the last several months with project highlights including the launch of a new website (smwsa.com), filming four (4) television episodes debuting this holiday season, and hosting numerous tastings. “Having recently returned from Islay, we were able to meet with many of our distillery partners and […]

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What Happens to Whiskey Heads and Tails? (The Whiskey Wash)

What Happens to Whiskey Heads and Tails? (The Whiskey Wash)

“A whiskey that’s intended to be bottled and consumed relatively young, like American craft whiskey, might benefit from tighter heads and tails cuts to produce a very clean-tasting distillate. A whisky intended for long aging, however, like a Scotch, might benefit from a looser set of cuts, because long oak maturation can transform the heavy, […]

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Tequila & mezcal… what’s happening? (The Drinks Business)

Tequila & mezcal… what’s happening? (The Drinks Business)

“Imagine if of the many hundreds of varieties of tomato, apple, banana , the EU legislated only ONE type was permitted to be called Tomato / Apple / Banana. That’s exactly what’s happened in Mexico where the CRT (Consejo Regulador Tequila) sets the rules  determining what plant can be used to make Tequila, what states are […]

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Limited Ed. Whiskies Changing Market For Super Premium Spirits

Limited Ed. Whiskies Changing Market For Super Premium Spirits

““The growth in whiskey’s popularity in the last five years has created opportunities for niche products,” noted David M. Ozgo, Senior Vice President, Economic and Strategic Analysis for the Distilled Spirits Council. “Distillers have responded with a variety of offerings that include brands from the growing craft segment, new offerings from the world’s historic distilleries […]

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Legislation Would Create Tax Break For Small Distilleries In Michigan

Legislation Would Create Tax Break For Small Distilleries In Michigan

“State Senator John Proos has a plan to help out Michigan craft distillers. He’s proposed legislation that would give the smaller makers of liquor a tax break similar to the one given to the makers of craft beer. Proos tells WSJM News the lower taxes paid by craft brewers have helped them greatly in recent years.” […]

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Columbus distilleries ready to invite customers in for a drink & food

Columbus distilleries ready to invite customers in for a drink & food

“The new venture will be a boost to sales as well. Distilleries have tight profit margins due in part to the amount of taxes and fees that go to state and federal sources, which are around 40 percent of the price. Visitors will be able to tour the space and then sit down in the […]

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