Tag Archives: Small batch whiskey

• Female distillers know their alcohol – and always have

Female distillers know their alcohol – and always have

A new generation of distillery trailblazers navigates a checkered history of sexism to stake a claim in the traditionally male-dominated industry. Bridget Firtle interrupts our interview when an alarm sounds. The water has reached the right temperature for the next stage of making mash. I watch as she drives a forklift truck carrying 3,200lb of […]

• What is the grain-to-glass trend?

What is the grain-to-glass trend?

In an unexpected offshoot of the local food movement, distilleries are embracing farming. The crops growing on 1,000-acre Myer Farm in upstate New York have been used in products ranging from animal feed to tofu. On a whim, fifth-generation farmers and brothers Joe and John Myer decided to try their hand at distilling their wheat, […]

• The Irish Whiskey Masters 2014 Results

The Irish Whiskey Masters 2014 Results

The Irish whiskey sector is burgeoning, with more great brands entering the market. This year’s entrants showed off that point in style, writes Becky Paskin. Judging the Irish Whiskey Masters on the same day as The World Whisky Masters is an insightful way of comparing the category’s style and quality with that of others around […]

• ALERT: Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably Made In A Factory Distillery in Indiana

ALERT: Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably Made In A Factory Distillery in Indiana

The artisan whiskey industry has a big secret—many of the ‘small-batch’ distillers are actually buying their product from a large factory in Indiana. Read the promotional materials for the Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaría and you form an image of a supremely artisanal effort. The distillery creates “small batch heirloom spirits handcrafted in New Mexico.” […]

• Oldest Bottling of Irish Single Malt Released

Oldest Bottling of Irish Single Malt Released

The Teeling Whiskey Company has released two new bottlings from its Vintage Reserve Collection – a 26 Year Old Gold Reserve and 30 Year Old Platinum Reserve Irish single malt.  The 30 Year Old release is believed to be the oldest bottling of Irish Single Malt recently released, allegedly making this the world’s most exclusive […]

• Five Stars for Four Roses Bourbon

Five Stars for Four Roses Bourbon

Oh, the perks of having a booze blog! You HAVE to taste in the interest of your dear readers and also for your own edification. And so it was that I went to a Four Roses tasting recently. It was all for you. Problem is, I misplaced my notes somewhere along the way so I […]

• Caskers Delivers Rare and Artisanal Spirits to Your Door

Caskers Delivers Rare and Artisanal Spirits to Your Door

Here’s some good news on the obtaining-rare-alcohol front. New company, Caskers, sources artisanal spirits and delivers them straight to your home. Rather than an online liquor store that houses thousands of products, Caskers works with master distillers creating unique, small-batch products that deserve some attention. And then, via its subscription service, sends those rare bottles […]

• The 25 Best Beers in the World…According to Men’s Journal

The 25 Best Beers in the World…According to Men’s Journal

We searched far and wide to put together this definitive guide to the world’s tastiest beers. Plus: The Best Bar in the World. Thanks to an influx of small-batch importers (and some big-footprint retailers such as Whole Foods), it’s easier than ever to drink obscure brews from around the globe. At the same time, the […]

• Michter’s To Build an Urban Distillery

Michter’s To Build an Urban Distillery

Kentucky’s historic Fort Nelson Building will transform into a boutique distillery in 2013. If you like the trend for urban wineries, how about an urban distillery? Bourbon and rye maker Michter’s has purchased the historic Fort Nelson Building in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, and will spend $7.8 million in renovations. By spring 2013, the building will […]

• Small-Batch Bourbon Gives Distillers A Big Lift

Small-Batch Bourbon Gives Distillers A Big Lift

Some of the world’s major drinks makers are betting big on small-batch bourbon. The companies, including Brown-Forman Corp. (BF.A, BF.B), Fortune Brands Inc.’s (FO) Beam Global Spirits & Wine Inc. unit and Diageo PLC (DEO, DGE.LN), are capitalizing on a renewed interest in classic cocktails, helped by the likes of AMC’s “Mad Men,” and increasing […]

• Micro-distiller, Dry Fly Distilling, launches new wheat-based spirits

Micro-distiller, Dry Fly Distilling, launches new wheat-based spirits

Dry Fly Distilling, a premium small batch producer of vodka, gin, and whiskey in the US, has launched Washington Wheat Whiskey and Gin. According to the company, the new gin has subtle hints of vanilla, butterscotch taste, which is made from soft Washington winter wheat, reports philly.com. The gin is infused with juniper, coriander, and […]

• ‘Ilegal Mezcal’ is really legal mezcal to be precise

‘Ilegal Mezcal’ is really legal mezcal to be precise

A small-batch version that doesn’t beg to be chugged by frat boys. Contrary to its name’s licentious implications, Ilegal Mezcal is one of the few intoxicating exports from Mexico that isn’t illegal. The cheeky branding is actually just an homage to New York-born owner John Rexer’s days hustling back and forth across the Mexican border […]