Bourbon News May 17, 2024 Edition

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Let's take a look at recent distillery, whiskey and bourbon news for May 17, 2024! Four Roses new mash bills, Beam Institute names head distiller, Ohio Distillery Trail to launch, Milam & Green Bottled In Bond, Bardstown Bourbon Company Amrut Collaboration, Michter's 10 Rye, Little Book Chapter 8, Old Fitzgerald BIB Spring 2024, Weller Millennium & Master's Keep Triumph.

Welcome to this week’s Bourbon News for May 17, 2024! We’ll do a short recap of notable Distillery, Whiskey & Bourbon News from the past two weeks. There have been A LOT of new releases announced lately, and I tried to list most of them. If you want to learn more about any entry, then simply follow the links to read the full press release or other sources. Cheers!

But First, Here’s What’s New on

We have some new whiskey and bourbon reviews: (Click the whiskey’s name to read the full review)

  • Never Say Die Rye – Distilled and initially matured in Danville, KY, this rye was then sent on an ocean voyage to England, aged for another year, proofed down with English water and then sent back to the US.
  • 15 STARS 8 & 15 Private Stock Bourbon – Everything I have had from 15 STARS has been a winner, and their latest combination of 8 and 15 year old Kentucky Straight bourbons is no exception.
  • Ten Day High Rye Bourbon (Single Barrel) – Ten Day Bourbon is a relatively new brand, founded by three Kentucky doctors. Their second release is this single barrel high rye bourbon.
  • Elijah Craig PGA Championship Edition Bourbon – As the official bourbon of the PGA Championship taking place in Louisville, Elijah Craig has a special release of their Small Batch Bourbon. It has PGA themed packaging and is a blend of barrels selected from specific rickhouses. See how it compares to regular Elijah Craig in our review.
  • Balcones Mirador Eclipse Single Malt Whisky – To commemorate the recent total solar eclipse, Balcones Distilling has released a special version of their Mirador Single Malt – Mirador Total Eclipse. It’s fermented using special yeast strains, and aged longer than the regular annual Mirador release.

Now, on to the news!

Weekly Whiskey & Bourbon News – May 17, 2024

In an unexpected announcement made to members of the Mellow Moments Club, Four Roses Distillery has some big news:

Four Roses Logo - Credit Four Roses Distillery - Weekly Whiskey & Bourbon News – May 17, 2024
Logo credit: Four Roses Distillery
Four Roses Reveals Two New Mash Bills!

Earlier this week, Four Roses Distillery sent an email out to members of their loyalty group, the Mellow Moments Club. In that email, two new mash bills were announced, one low rye, and one very high rye. If you’ll remember, Four Roses currently has 2 mash bills and 5 different yeast strains, so the addition of these 2 new mash bills greatly increases the number of recipes that they can create, assuming that each mash bill will be used with each yeast strain. So there should be some exciting new things coming our way soon!

New Four Roses Mash Bills

  • 43% Rye, 52% Corn, 5% Malted Barley – Now their highest rye mash bill
  • 10% Rye, 85% Corn, 5% Malted Barley  Now their lowest rye mash bill

Weekly Whiskey & Bourbon News – May 17, 2024

There’s a new Head Distiller in Lexington:

James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits Names First Head Distiller

The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits, part of the University of Kentucky’s Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has announced their first Head Distiller. The Institute was founded in 2019 as a collaboration between UK and Suntory Global Spirits (formerly Beam Suntory). It provides multidisciplinary education and research related to the distilling industry. Last year, their distillery and maturation facility were opened on campus, and recently the filling of their first barrel was celebrated. Now, they have named their first Head Distiller, a former UK alumna, Glenna Joyce. She was previously the Education Coordinator at the Beam Institute, which also entailed running the apprenticeship program for Suntory Global Spirits employees. We are excited to see her in this new position and look forward to what’s to come from the Beam Institute!

Read more right here:

Weekly Whiskey & Bourbon News – May 17, 2024

For those who are in or near Ohio:

Ohio Distiller's Guild to launch Ohio Distillery Trail May 22 - Logo credit: Ohio Distillers Guild
Logo credit: Ohio Distillers Guild
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Ohio Distillery Trail Launches on May 22!

The Ohio Distiller’s Guild is getting ready to launch the Ohio Distillery Trail later this month. There is very little information currently available on their website, but the Trail will be composed of Guild member distilleries who wish to take part. You can sign up to be notified when the launch is official and to get more information and news at:

Weekly Whiskey & Bourbon News – May 17, 2024

The latest in Beam’s Little Book series is all about rye:

Little Book Chapter 8 - Path Not Taken - Photo Credit: James B. Beam Distilling - Weekly Whiskey & Bourbon News – May 17, 2024
Photo Credit: James B. Beam Distilling
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The Latest In The Little Book Series: Chapter 8, “Path Not Taken”

I am a fan of the James B. Beam Distilling Co.’s Little Book Series, and personally think that last years, Chapter 7, was the best, yet. However, I haven’t tried this one! Previous Little Book blends have consisted of a wide range of whiskeys, however none have focused on rye, until now. The most recent release, Chapter 8, was just announced. “Path Not Taken explores the future of American Rye by blending a unique range of ryes together – showing that rye still has plenty of stories left to tell.” I’m a rye fan, so I am looking forward to trying this one! $149.99. 118.2 Proof.

Here is the breakdown of the components whiskeys:

18yrs Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (High Rye)
11yrs Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
7yrs Kentucky Straight Rye Malt Whiskey
5yrs Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (KY Family-Style, Char 4)
5yrs Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (PA Family-Style, Char 1)
5yrs Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (PA Family-Style, Char 4)
4yrs Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Weekly Whiskey & Bourbon News – May 17, 2024 – New Releases

Weekly Whiskey & Bourbon News – May 17, 2024
New Releases – Bourbon News May 17 2024
Photos from respective distilleries

There are quite a few additional exciting new releases:

  • Milam & Greene Bottled in Bond BourbonMilam & Greene Whiskey has released their first Bottled in Bond Straight Bourbon. This bourbon is the latest addition to their portfolio. It is aged for almost 5 years, and was distilled at the Bardstown Bourbon Company from M&G’s proprietary mashbill of 70% corn, 22% malted rye, and 8% malted barley. My review is coming soon, but you can read the press release now. $64.99. 100 proof.
  • Bardstown Bourbon Company Amrut Collaborative Series – The Amrut Collaborative Series brings together the tradition of single malt with the robust palates of long-aged Indiana ryes and Kentucky bourbons. Amrut, if you are not familiar with them, are the makers of the first Indian Single Malt. BBC’s Amrut Collaborative Series takes two Indiana Ryes, aged 8 & 9 years, and finishes them in used Amrut Single Malt barrels for 18 months. Then, the ryes are blended with 3 Kentucky Bourbons aged 10 to 14 years. My review is coming soon, but you can read the press release now. $159.99. 110 proof.
  • Indian Whisky – Not a new release, but speaking of Amrut, I wrote an article about Indian Whiskey a little while back. You can read it here.
  • Michter’s 10 Year RyeMichter’s Distillery has announced this year’s release of one of my favorite ryes. These ryes have always been bottled as single barrels, and this year’s is no exception. I am not super happy to see the price increase, however, but that seems to be the trend. $200. 92.8 proof.
  • Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond Spring 2024 Edition – These wheated bourbon decanters from Heaven Hill Distillery are another one of my favorites, although I definitely miss the days when you could easily buy them at the distillery. Nonetheless, they are still worth seeking out. This latest release is a 10 year old bourbon, just like the spring 2023 release. Available soon. $139.99. 100 proof. Press release.
  • Weller MillenniumBuffalo Trace Distillery announced the latest release in the Weller family. Aside from the astronomical price, another unusual thing about this whiskey is that it is not a bourbon! It is a blend of wheat whiskeys and wheated bourbons distilled from 2000 – 2006. However, we are not told the actual ages of the component whiskeys in the press release. Distilleries have been known to dump whiskeys and place them in tanks to prevent further aging, so possibly that has been done in this case? We don’t know for sure. Likewise, we are not told the number of bottles in this release. All of this information would be nice to see, given the price. I’m pretty sure I won’t be buying this anytime soon, although I would love to try it, if given the opportunity! $7,500. 99 proof. Press release.
  • Wild Turkey Master’s Keep – TriumphWild Turkey Distillery announced the latest in the Master’s Keep series: Triumph. It’s a 10 year old rye, only the second rye in the series, and the oldest age-stated rye to be released by Wild Turkey. Master’s Keep Triumph will go on sale starting in June 2024. $275. 104 proof. Press release.

Weekly Whiskey & Bourbon News – May 17, 2024 – New Releases

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