Bourbon News March 10, 2024 Edition

Let's take a look at this week's distillery, whiskey and bourbon news for March 10, 2024! Here are the headlines: Kentucky Bourbon Festival tickets to go on sale; First Annual National Bourbon Week announced; BBQ & Barrels in Owensboro; New whiskey releases from Kentucky Peerless, Old Forester, New Riff, Woodford Reserve, Castle & Key and Lost Lantern; Sazerac Sweepstakes Raises $1 million!

I hope you enjoy the Bourbon News March 10, 2024 edition. It’s a short recap of notable Distillery, Whiskey & Bourbon News from the past two weeks. If you want to learn more about any entry, then simply follow the links to read the full press release and other sources. Cheers!

But First, Here’s What’s New on BourbonObsessed.com

We have a few new whiskey reviews to share with you, as well as a review of Bardstown Bourbon Company’s “The House of Bardstown” pop-up event. Just click on the links to read more!

  • Hard Truth Sweet Mash Wheated Bourbon Review – Hard Truth Distilling is known for their Sweet Mash Ryes. However, they have just released their first house-distilled bourbons, and there are three of them! I have tried two so far, and enjoyed them both. However, my favorite is their wheated Bottled In Bond Bourbon. Learn all about it in my review!
  • Four Walls Irish American Whiskey Review – A blend of Irish Whiskeys and American Rye from by cousins and entertainment industry veterans Anna Axster and Wendelin von Schroder.
  • Lodestar Whiskey Review – A blend of Straight High Rye Bourbon and American Single Malt Whiskeys from three of the stars of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day.
  • Not a whiskey, but Bardstown Bourbon Company recently hosted a unique pop-up event called “House of Bardstown” in Louisville, Kentucky. It will be coming next to Nashville on March 28 then on to Dallas. It is quite the extravaganza! Read all about it and see photos in our House of Bardstown Review! Then sign up for chance to attend yourself! (the link is in our review)

Now, on to the news!

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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Tickets to go on sale - Whiskey, Distillery & Bourbon News March 10, 2024
Kentucky Bourbon Festival Tickets To Go On Sale April 17

This year’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival takes place in Bardstown, Kentucky on September 13-15, 2024. Tickets go on sale April 17, 2024, with early access tickets available on April 16. There will be 6 different types of tickets offered this year, including 4 different VIP packages. The footprint has enlarged for this year, so there will be more space, a new bottle shop, additional distillery tents and a cigar lounge. Bottles will again be available for purchase on-site from many distilleries, and there will be KBF barrel picks available for purchase as well. This year, there will also be the option to book lodging at the time of ticket purchase. Lodging fills up quickly, so it definitely pays to book early!

Link to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival Website: https://kybourbonfestival.com


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The Bourbon Capital Alliance & The City of Bardstown Announce First Annual National Bourbon Week

The first annual National Bourbon Week will take place on June 11-16, 2024, with events centered in and around Bardstown, KY. The focal point of the week will be the unveiling of this year’s Bardstown Collection. The Bardstown Collection is a very unique collaboration between seven of the local distilleries, each releasing their own limited bottle for the series. As in past years, there will be an event where guests can taste all of the bourbons in this year’s Collection. In addition, there will be the opportunity to purchase bottles at each participating distillery at specific times throughout the week.

According to the press release, “Throughout National Bourbon Week, attendees can partake in a range of festivities including special distillery events, curated tastings, unique bourbon education opportunities and the 21st Annual Bourbon City Street Concert.” The full schedule and list of events are on the National Bourbon Week website: https://visitbardstown.com/national-bourbon-week/.


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BBQ and Barrels - Owensboro, Kentucky - Whiskey, Distillery & Bourbon News March 10, 2024
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Tickets Now On Sale for BBQ & Barrels In Owensoboro, KY

The BBQ & Barrels Festival will take place in Owensboro, KY on May 10-11, 2024. According to the websites, “BBQ & Barrels represents the culmination of 45 years of a cultural tradition in Owensboro and Daviess County. It is the celebration of our past, our present, and our future, bringing together two of Owensboro’s greatest traditions – authentic, unparalleled Owensboro barbecue and historic Kentucky bourbon.”

The barbecue component of the festival takes place in downtown Owensboro with the Backyard BBQ Cookoff, church cooking teams, live music, carnival rides, and of course, many barbecue vendors. The BBQ event is open to the general public. The Bourbon component of the festival takes place in the Owensboro Convention Center. It looks like the VIP tickets are already sold out (although a VIP weekend package including lodging and the Green River dinner is still available), but the General Admission tickets are on sale. There will also be a bourbon pairing dinner at the Green River Distilling Co as well as a Weller dinner at Lure Seafood Grille, both ticketed separately.

Link to festival site: https://bbqandbarrels.com


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New Whiskey Releases - Whiskey, Distillery & Bourbon News March 10, 2024
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New Whiskey Releases
  • ***New Releases — Bourbon News March 10 2024***
  • Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company Releases Toasted Bourbon Batch 1 – The release event will take place at the Peerless Distillery in Louisville on Saturday March 16, beginning at 10am. The first 100 bottles will have special numbered labels, and bottle signings will take place from 10am-noon. Peerless Toasted Bourbon is first aged in char 3 barrels for 5 years, and then finished in medium toast barrels. The price per bottle and proof are not mentioned. More information is available here.
  • ***New Releases — Bourbon News March 10 2024***
  • Old Forester® Releases 117 Series: High Angels’ Share – The 117 Series is a limited expression line up with 3 different releases per year. This latest release is comprised of barrels which had a low yield due to high evaporation, with the result being a bourbon with more concentrated flavors. This is the 3rd release of the High Angels’ Share Bourbon. It is priced at $59.99 for a 375ml bottle, and according to the press release “Guests visiting the distillery for tours between now and March 20 will have the opportunity to sample High Angels’ Share and purchase a bottle, under the distillery’s special release policy. It will also be available at select Kentucky retailers.” https://www.oldforester.com
  • ***New Releases — Bourbon News March 10 2024***
  • New Riff Releases 8-Year-Old Bourbon – This bourbon will become a permanent addition to New Riff’s flagship line. A fact that most New Riff fans will find very intriguing is that this bourbon is not Bottled-In-Bond, which is atypical for anything other than New Riff’s single barrel whiskeys. It is still bottled at 100 proof and could have technically been BiB since all of the barrels came from the Spring 2015 season. However, New Riff wanted the flexibility to blend barrels from different seasons in some batches, to maintain the desired flavor profile. Therefore, future batches could have barrels from different seasons. That would make those batches ineligible to be classified as Bottled-In-Bond. The barrels in this batch range from 8 years 8 months to 9 years old. Price is $67.99 for 750ml. You can read much more about it here.
  • ***New Releases — Bourbon News March 10 2024***
  • Castle & Key Releases The Latest In Their Woolgatherer Experimental Series: Rye Finished In Amburrana Barrels – Like all of the Woolgatherer releases, there was only a limited quantity of this whiskey released. It is sold only at the distillery and at their Castle & Key 502 location in Louisville. The whiskey went on sale Thursday March 7, 2024, and it probably won’t last for very long. So, if you would like one, hurry on over! It probably wouldn’t hurt to call first, to check availability. 109 proof, $75 for 750ml. https://www.castleandkey.com
  • ***New Releases — Bourbon News March 10 2024***
  • Woodford Reserve Announces The 2024 Kentucky Derby Bottle – For those who enjoy collector bottles, this is a much anticipated release each year. According to Woodford Reserve “This year’s special release features the artwork of Kentucky native Wylie Caudill, known for his bold, repetitive patterns, and his signature roses. His painting, “Adorned in Roses,” depicts a racing thoroughbred covered with red roses, with a background of multi-colored roses.” It is just the packaging that makes the release special; the bottle contains Woodford Reserve’s flagship bourbon. 90.4 Proof, $52.99+ https://www.woodfordreserve.com/whiskey/kentucky-derby-bottle/
  • ***New Releases — Bourbon News March 10 2024***
  • Lost Lantern Whiskey Announces Their Spring 2024 Collection – This is the first regional collection by the independent bottler, and will focus on the midwest. It consists of 7 releases, and will become available on March 27th. The Collection will feature Far-Flung Rye, a multi-distillery blend, and single casks from 6 distilleries: Starlight Distillery, Cedar Ridge, Tom Foolery, Wollersheim Distillery, FEW Spirits and Middle West Spirits. The Collection will be available at the Lost Lantern Tasting room in Vermont, on the Lost Lantern Whiskey website, at Seelbachs.com and at select retailers in NY and CA. Prices range from $90-$120 per bottle.

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Sazerac Barrel Select’s (SBS) Blanton’s Gold Charity Sweepstakes Raises $1 Million

A few weeks back, I mentioned in this newsletter that Sazerac Barrel Select, Sazerac’s single barrel program, was having a sweepstakes. The winner received a VIP experience at Buffalo Trace, and the opportunity to pick their own barrel of Blanton’s Gold, as well as the money to buy the bottles from the barrel. Contestants received an entry for every $100 donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. In just two weeks, $1 million was raised! Congratulations to Sazerac and all those who donated! Well done!


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