Elixir: April 24

Just to prove that we are real human beings, once again we will crawl out of the whiskey cellar back at HQ. This time to share a couple of great American whiskeys; Bulleit Bourbon and George Dickel. We'll be at the Elixir in San Francisco starting at 7pm and pouring until 9pm.
So come on down Mike and I will be sharing schwag, stories, and some great hooch!

Whiskey Markets

My regular job requires me to travel from time to time. I find myself in Texas this week. Funny thing about Texas, they love Canadian whiskey.

When I spoke with John Hall at Forty Creek, he told us of his Small Batch Reserve. I managed to get a couple of bottles in from Toronto by way of Vancouver. He also told us that the only markets for this 6000 bottle run were Ontario and Texas. Since I'm here, I'm trying to get some.

Last night, I went to two different local liquor stores. Somehow I ended up in a dry city surrounded by dry cities and we barely made it before they stop selling at 9pm. I was surprised to see the extent to which Crown Royal is promoted here. They've got two 50ml bottles in a little purple baggie on huge endcap displays of 1.75L bottles.  One place skipped the Special Reserve and only carried regular Crown, Cask No.16 and Crown Royal XR.  I've also heard that Crown Royal outsells Jack Daniel's here.

Posted in Submitted by Mark on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 10:27.

One week left...

The days are ticking away and we're busily putting all the pieces in place for our first big event of the year. We've gotten some amazing donations that have ballooned the whiskey list from the originally intended 30 up to an incredible 50!

I'm thrilled to announce the arrival of Eagle Rare, Blanton's, Sazerac Rye, and Buffalo Trace from our friends at Buffalo Trace. This is a batch of bourbons that we wouldn't have been able to serve without their support. Skyy Spirits ensured that there would be no shortage of single malt variety with their donation. Malt Advocate has sent us a box of the first issue of 2008 to give away, and they have also helped getting me in touch with the right people to make this event possible. Diageo has promised to help as well, but Steve Beal has been ill, our best wishes go to him for a speedy recovery.

Posted in Submitted by Mark on Fri, 01/25/2008 - 10:08.

Long on shortages

The George Dickel shortage story is getting quite a bit of ink. The more interesting story there is what they did to put a positive spin on the situation.

John Hansell notes in his blog entry  that we're going to see more shortages across the range in the near future.

Independent bottlers will continue to struggle accessing stocks of quality whisky. My advice here: try before you buy to make sure you know what you’re getting.

This is the worst news for me yet, I'm rapidly becoming a fan of the independents and their selections. The Beltramo's Highland Park 1990 is amazing.

I'm looking forward to 2008 and seeing what it holds for me. Mike and I toasted in 2008 as the year of the Whiskey Bros.

Posted in Submitted by Mark on Thu, 01/03/2008 - 17:12.


From This Article:

Hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskey, some of it almost 100 years old, may be unceremoniously poured down a drain because authorities suspect it was being sold by someone without a license.

Posted in Submitted by Travii on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 15:38.
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