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Tag Archives: Jim Beam

• ‘Bourbon Empire’ Reveals Smoke & Mirrors Of American Whiskey

Craft bourbon, like craft beer, is in the midst of a boom: In the past 15 years, the number of distilleries in the U.S. has surged from just a handful to around 600. Why are Americans buying more bourbon? According to author Reid Mitenbuler, one reason is that we’re being seduced by clever bottles and […]

• Beam Suntory distributing whisky brands in U.S. as of July 1

Beam Suntory distributing whisky brands in U.S. as of July 1

In both markets, distribution of brands including Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whisky, Bowmore and Auchentoshan single-malt Scotch whisky, and Midori will transition from current third-party distribution arrangements to the company’s own routes to market. As the company’s brands are already distributed together in Japan, the Beam Suntory portfolio will now be combined in markets […]

• Jim Beam is huge get for Suntory. Indeed.

Jim Beam is huge get for Suntory. Indeed.

With its purchase of the maker of the Jim Beam brand, Japan’s Suntory Holdings has its eyes on both American culture — and global sales. You can offer a toast to this mega-deal for its sheer audacity. And its cultural smarts. With news that the Japanese whiskey and beer giant Suntory Holdings has agreed to […]

• Suntory of Japan Buys Maker of Jim Beam for $13.6 Billion

Suntory of Japan Buys Maker of Jim Beam for $13.6 Billion

Suntory, a privately held giant known for producing Japan’s first whiskey, has agreed to acquire the maker of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbons and Teacher’s and Laphroaig Scotch whiskies, for $13.6 billion. Suntory, based in Osaka, is offering Beam shareholders $83.50 a share in cash, 25 percent above am’s closing stock price on Friday. […]

• Booze trend of 2013? Moonshine

Booze trend of 2013? Moonshine

Moonshine was a DIY staple of the Prohibition era, a backwoods rotgut that could make you blind or see God, sometimes both. And now, among small-batch boutique American whiskey distilleries, it’s one of the year’s hottest booze trends. The Discovery Channel docudrama Moonshiners may account for some of this newfound glamor. But industry experts say […]

• Diageo to launch new bourbons, doesn’t need Beam

Diageo to launch new bourbons, doesn’t need Beam

Alcoholic drinks maker Diageo PLC (DGE.L) does not need to buy rival Beam Inc (BEAM.N), its chief executive officer said on Tuesday, since it is expanding its existing whiskeys and launching new ones. Diageo has long been seen as a potential buyer of newly independent Beam, since Beam’s array of bourbon whiskies would complement Diageo’s […]

• Why doesn’t alcohol have nutrition labels?

Why doesn’t alcohol have nutrition labels?

How much fiber is in your shot of Jim Beam? What vitamins are in your gin? If those questions sound odd, get ready: The same nutritional information you see on Gatorade may soon be coming to raspberry vodka. It turns out the government has different regulatory bodies for food and spirits, but a recently proposed […]

• Bourbon Makers Create Special Blend As Tribute To Ailing Distiller

Bourbon Makers Create Special Blend As Tribute To Ailing Distiller

Kentucky’s bourbon makers are banding together to support one of their own and to raise money for research into ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Seven distilleries are creating a one-time only special blend of their best stuff in tribute to Heaven Hill master distiller emeritus Parker Beam, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral […]

• When is a superaged spirit too old to drink?

When is a superaged spirit too old to drink?

The first time I tasted a superaged spirit—a rare 50-year-old Glenfiddich single malt scotch—I was taken aback. Not by the whiskey itself, but by the rapturous swooning of the whiskey geeks all around me at a tasting hosted by the whiskey brand. “It’s chewy,” one commented, smacking his lips for emphasis. “It’s kaleidoscopic,” another assessed. […]

• White Dog Whiskey’s Really A Dog

White Dog Whiskey’s Really A Dog

Unaged whiskey helps young microdistilleries keep afloat. There’s just one problem: It tastes awful. Most serious whiskey fans seem content to let the white whiskey fad of recent years slip into oblivion alongside Crystal Pepsi and New York Seltzer. The term white whiskey is basically a marketing name for what distillers call white dog, referring […]

• Jim Beam Adding White Whiskey But Don’t Call It Moonshine

Jim Beam Adding White Whiskey But Don’t Call It Moonshine

Jacob’s Ghost a throwback to 1790s product and similar to moonshine. The world’s largest bourbon producer is dipping into moonshining’s colorful past to create its own batches of white whiskey. Beam Inc.’s newest spirit is called Jacob’s Ghost in honor of Jacob Beam, founding distiller of its flagship Jim Beam brand. Jacob’s Ghost resembles the […]

• Four Roses Bourbon Decanter Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Triple Crown

Four Roses Bourbon Decanter Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Triple Crown

Four Roses Bourbon tells BourbonBlog.com that on May 1st, 2013 a unique, bourbon decanter featuring the likeness of Secretariat with jockey Ron Turcotte aboard will be released exclusively at the Kentucky Derby Museum. The 750 ml decanter will be filled with premium Four Roses bourbon hand-selected by owner Penny Chenery during a scheduled Four Roses […]

• 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 […]

• New tool lets brands ‘age screen’ their Twitter followers

New tool lets brands ‘age screen’ their Twitter followers

Particularly useful for alcohol brands and marketers from other industries with age-related requirements, the solution unveiled today promises a quick and easy method of age screening – in a way that’s consistent with standard industry practices. Following several weeks of beta-testing with a small, select group of alcohol brands from several of the alcohol industry’s […]

• Flavored Whiskies Leading Spirits Market Growth In 2012

Flavored Whiskies Leading Spirits Market Growth In 2012

Flavored whiskies were the fastest-growing spirits type in the U.S. market in the first quarter of 2012—rising 154.8% to 94,000 cases in Nielsen channels—and the segment figures to be a hotbed of both innovation and competition looking ahead. The category (defined by Nielsen as including flavored whiskies and whisk(e)y-based liqueurs) includes three Impact “Hot Brands”: […]