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Old Forester Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Birthday Bourbon

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Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky releases 2016 Birthday Bourbon product at 97 Proof. This release will soon be available nationally in very limited quantities. (Old Forester)

This September, Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, America’s First Bottled Bourbon™, will introduce its 15th Anniversary release of Birthday Bourbon, the annual limited-edition expression was created to pay homage to founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday on September 2nd.

The 2016 Birthday Bourbon expression is offered at 97 Proof, jointly determined by Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris and Old Forester Master Bourbon Specialist Jackie Zykan. This year marks Zykan’s first involvement with the Birthday Bourbon release since joining the brand in 2015.

“In 2002, when we first introduced Birthday Bourbon, the market for premium Bourbons was almost nonexistent; Birthday Bourbon represented a ‘first’ in this category. But 15 years later, global interest for premium Bourbons and well-crafted whiskeys is at a record high,” said Master Distiller Chris Morris. “We’re proud to have been a part of this story – not just over the last 15 years, but since George Garvin Brown founded America’s First Bottled Bourbon in 1870.”

Each barrel in the Birthday Bourbon selections annually are drawn from the same day of production, this year’s on June 4, 2004, leading to the ‘vintage-dated’ reference. The 2016 release of 93 barrels uniquely matured together on the 5th floor of Warehouse K at the Brown-Forman Distillery in Louisville, KY. The lot was positioned near a window facing west allowing them to be sun kissed, yielding a deeper oak mouthfeel. This warm location provides this year’s release with a deep, rich, oak forward personality. Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is bottled in a unique decanter style glass as tribute to the late 1800’s when Old Forester was first produced. Beginning in September, the 2016 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon will be on shelves with a suggested retail price of $79.99. 2,400 (six bottle) cases will be available for purchase nationwide. This is a largest quantity of Birthday Bourbon ever bottled.

2016 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Tasting Notes

Tasting Remarks from the Master Bourbon Specialist:
“It starts off as soft butterscotch with candied orange peel. It transitions into a creamy vanilla in the middle and finishes with subtle anise and moderate spice. It’s like eating black jelly beans in the middle of an orange grove,” said Jackie Zykan, Old Forester Master Bourbon Specialist on the 2016 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon.

Tasting Notes from the Master Distiller:
Color
Deep reddish umber
Nose
Complex and cinnamon wood spiced with nutty chocolate, dark caramel and rich oak notes all brightened with a dash of crisp citrus fruit.
Taste
Mulled spice sweetness and fruity with bright citrus peel highlights.
Finish
Long and warm with mulled fruit character lingering on.

About Old Forester Bourbon:
Old Forester is Brown-Forman’s founding brand, founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown. Brown believed Old Forester was so pure and consistent that he sealed it, signed it, and pledged “There is nothing better in the market.

Please sip responsibly.
Old Forester Straight Bourbon Whisky, 48.5% ABV, Brown-Forman Distillers Company, Louisville, KY ©2016

Brown-Forman Honors Barrel-Making Heritage with Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

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Coopers’ Craft, Brown-Forman’s first new bourbon in 20 years, will be available in select markets this summer and celebrates the company’s more than 70 years of barrel-making and wood expertise. (PRNewsFoto/Brown-Forman)

Brown-Forman (NYSE: BF-B) will introduce the company’s first new bourbon brand in 20 years with the release of Coopers’ Craft. This new bourbon will be available in select markets this summer and celebrates the company’s more than 70 years of barrel-making and wood expertise as the only major distiller that owns its own new barrel cooperage.

Brown-Forman founder George Garvin Brown began bottling bourbon nearly 150 years ago and recognized the important role of the barrel and the impact wood has on bourbon. Based on his vision, Brown-Forman established its own cooperage in 1945. To this day, Brown-Forman is the only major distiller to raise its own new barrels. This expertise has led to over 70 years of raising barrels and honing the craft of using wood to impart unique flavor characteristics to bourbon.

Coopers’ Craft is a celebration of barrel-making and a recognition of the importance of wood when it comes to crafting bourbon. In addition to being matured in barrels raised by master coopers at the Brown-Forman Cooperage, Coopers’ Craft is crafted using a special beech and birch charcoal filter finishing process, creating a smooth and flavorful bourbon.

“Coopers’ Craft is the result of decades of experience in mastering barrel-making and maturation techniques to create truly unique bourbons,” said Lawson Whiting, executive vice president and chief brands & strategy officer for Brown-Forman Brands. “Owning our cooperage is a testament to this expertise and brings to life the notion that what matters most, we do ourselves.”

Hitting shelves this summer, Coopers’ Craft will be available in the following U.S. markets initially: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. Coopers’ Craft is presented at 82.2 proof and is available at a suggested retail price of $28.99 for a 750ml bottle.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Seasoned Wood Bourbon Whiskey

 

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Buffalo Trace Distillery continues its homage to former Distillery owner Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. with a special release bourbon whiskey aged in seasoned wood oak barrels. This 100 proof, Bottled-In-Bond, small batch wheat recipe bourbon was aged well over a decade and is a special one-time-only release.

The barrels in this release underwent a variety of special seasoning processes, including barrels made from staves that were immersed in an enzyme rich bath with water heated to 100 degrees. After spending time in this proprietary solution, these staves were then placed into kilns and dried until they reached an ideal humidity level for crafting into barrels. Other staves were seasoned outdoors for six months, and still others were left outdoors for a full 12 months before being made into barrels and sent to Buffalo Trace Distillery to be filled and aged. All barrel staves were seasoned, dried, and crafted at Independent Stave Company, who consulted on this project with the premiere expert on oak maturation, Dr. James Swan.

The result of aging in these distinct barrels has delivered a wheat bourbon that is quite different from the other wheated bourbons made by Buffalo Trace. Descriptions include, “a delicate aroma of caramel and dried fruit, followed by a bright and pleasant first sip. Oak tannins are balanced by a touch of butterscotch, almond, citrus notes, and hint of spicy clove. The body is soft and balanced with an aftertaste that lingers perfectly.”

This Seasoned Wood Bourbon is the eighth and latest release in the collection of E. H. Taylor, Jr. whiskeys, rounding out the collection of Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon, Barrel Proof Bourbon, Straight Rye Whiskey, Small Batch Bourbon and Cured Oak Bourbon. The Sour Mash, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon and Cured Oak were one time only releases and are no longer available.

The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection was first released in early 2011 and several subsequent releases have followed. Like some of the previous releases, this one-time-only bottling is very limited. Also consistent with past releases, the Seasoned Wood Bourbon displays a vintage label and is offered inside a distinct canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from over one hundred years ago. These six bottle cases will again be shipped in an impressive wooden box first used for the Cured Oak release. The boxes are modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition.

Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased the distillery that is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today by Buffalo Trace, such as climate controlled aging warehouses. In addition to his bourbon interests, Taylor had political ties. He was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor and elected the mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate.

This special bottling of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Seasoned Wood Bourbon Whiskey will be available starting in late March in limited supply. The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750ml bottle.

NEW: Jim Beam® Apple

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Jim Beam(R) Apple (PRNewsFoto/Jim Beam)

Today, Jim Beam® officially announces the launch of its latest flavored whiskey from the world’s No. 1 bourbon – new Jim Beam® Apple – which contains all the pride and heritage from the Beam family’s 220-year history.

With a refreshing take on family tradition, Jim Beam distillers have brought together the taste of crisp, green apples and Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The result is a perfect balance of apple and delicious bourbon, with a light, juicy twist. The Signature Cocktail, “Jim Beam Apple and Soda,” mixes Jim Beam Apple and club soda over ice, with a wedge of lemon, for a delicious, refreshing cocktail all year round.

“As category leaders in bourbon innovation, we take pride in delivering flavors that complement the tasting notes of the world’s No. 1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon,” said Gigi DaDan, Senior Director of Jim Beam. “With Jim Beam Apple and the ‘Jim Beam Apple and Soda,’ we are bringing another option to both whiskey fans and those looking to discover new refreshing cocktails.”

“My family’s been making history since we started distilling bourbon in 1795,” said Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller. “With Jim Beam Apple and our other flavored products, we continue to make even more history as we introduce more people to the delicious taste of ‘America’s Native Spirit.'”

About Jim Beam® Apple

  • Bottled at 70-proof, new Jim Beam Apple contains apple liqueur that’s been blended with Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
  • Jim Beam Apple has a juicy, fresh green apple taste with a balance of tart and sweet, and with subtle oak undertones, with a lingering apple finish with a touch of oak.
  • Jim Beam Apple has a fresh crisp green apple aroma with a golden honey color.
  • Jim Beam Apple is best enjoyed with club soda as a “Jim Beam Apple and Soda”, or on-the-rocks.

New Jim Beam Apple has a suggested retail price of $15.99 for 750mL, and is now available in bars and retail locations nationwide. Price varies by market and product size, which includes 50mL, 100mL, 375mL, 750mL, 1L and 1.75L.