Weekly Bourbon News – January 19, 2024

Let's take a look at this week's bourbon and distillery news for January 19, 2024! Here are the headlines: Garrard County Distilling Opens; Uber to close Drizly; Old Forester Releases 1924 Bourbon; Angel's Envy Announces Cellar Collections Series 1-3 Multipack; Blacklion Rare Sheep's Milk Vodka comes to the US

I hope you enjoy this short recap of notable Whiskey, Bourbon & Distillery News from the past week. If you want to learn more about any entry, then simply follow the links to read the full press release and from other sources. Read on for the Bourbon News for January 19 2024! Cheers!

Garrard County Distilling Co. Distillery Opening in Lancaster Kentucky - Bourbon News January 19 2024
Garrard County Distilling Co. Distillery – Photo credit: Garrard County Distilling
Garrard County Distilling Co. Opens in Lancaster, KY

In Kentucky, there are currently multiple large distillery construction and expansion projects underway. The latest distillery to open is Garrard County Distilling Co, in Lancaster, KY. They began production this month. The distillery has a large production capacity, with two 36 inch diameter, 45 foot tall Vendome Copper and Brass Works column stills. These stills give Garrard County Distilling a potential capacity of 150,000 barrels per year. Two rickhouses have already been constructed, with plans for up to 24 to be built by 2030.

The distillery is owned by Staghorn, a spirits company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently their only brand is All Nations Whiskey, which is sourced from undisclosed distilleries. Their slogan is “All Nations Welcome Except Carrie” a common bar room poster from back in the day. For those not familiar with her, Carrie Nation was a famous member of the temperance movement, known for destroying bars with a hatchet. In addition to the distillery construction, her birthplace home has been transported and reconstructed on the distillery grounds. Also in the works on the property are a visitor center with a tasting room and restaurant, scheduled to open by the end of 2024.

Press Release: https://www.prweb.com/releases/staghorn-opens-largest-all-new-independent-distillery-in-kentucky-garrard-county-distilling-co-302034942.html

Weekly Bourbon News – January 19, 2024

Source: PRNewsfoto/Drizly
Drizly Logo – Source: PRNewsfoto/Drizly
Drizly To Close

Uber, which acquired the alcohol delivery service Drizly for 1.1 billion dollars a few years back, plans to shut it down by March 2024. However, fear not, as Uber will not be giving up delivering alcohol. That service will be taken care of through Uber Eats. It’s not clear what Uber’s reasons are, although it could have something to do with a serious cybersecurity issue (for Drizly, before Uber owned them) revealed back in 2020 that exposed information on about 2.5 million customers. Or perhaps Uber just wants to consolidate their business under the Uber brand.

Sources:
https://www.axios.com/2024/01/15/uber-drizly-acquisition-shutters
https://techcrunch.com/2024/01/16/uber-is-closing-alcohol-delivery-service-drizly-three-years-after-acquistion/

Weekly Bourbon News – January 19, 2024

Old Forester 1924 Bourbon - Bourbon News January 19 2024
1924 Bourbon
Old Forester Releases 1924 Bourbon

Old Forester (OF) just released 1924, the latest, and 5th, installment in their Whiskey Row Series. It is available nationwide, however it is unclear to me whether it is a limited, possibly recurring, release, or a permanent full time addition to the line. I have read both things. Regardless, it is currently in high demand.

During Prohibition, those with medicinal whiskey licenses were allowed to sell whiskey; for medicinal purposes, of course. However, as time went on, to maintain supply, those with medicinal whiskey licenses purchased the previously distilled whiskeys of other distilleries. According to the Old Forester 1924 press release, in 1924, Old Forester acquired barrels from closed distillers, and bottled that liquid under their own label. This release is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of that event. The bourbons that Old Forester acquired all had different mash bills, and thus, Old Forester 1924 strays from the traditional OF mash bill. 1924 uses 79% corn, 11% rye and 10% malted barley. In contrast, the traditional OF mash bill is 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malted barley.

Old Forester 1924 bears a 10 year age statement and is bottled at 100 proof. It is available nationwide for an MSRP of $115.

Press Release: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/old-forester-debuts-1924-the-newest-expression-in-the-whiskey-row-series-a-10-year-old-bourbon-and-a-new-mash-bill-302027562.html

Weekly Bourbon News – January 19, 2024

And, for those Angel’s Envy fans:

Angel's Envy Cellar Collection - Weekly Bourbon News – January 19, 2024
Cellar Collection
Angel’s Envy Unveils Cellar Collection Series Volumes 1-3

Angel’s Every just announced their Cellar Collection Series Volumes 1-3. This special release includes three 375ml bottles from their Cellar Collection, which was an annual release featuring ANGEL’S ENVY Kentucky Straight Bourbons finished in various fortified wine casks.

This set Includes 375ml bottles of:

  • Chapter One: Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks (2019 Release)
  • Chapter Two: Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Tawny Port Casks (2020 Release)
  • Chapter Three: Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Madeira Casks (2021 Release)

The set comes in packaging reminiscent of a set of books, and gives purchasers the opportunity to taste these three releases side by side. It will be available at select retailers in D.C., MD, SC, DE, KY, FL, LA, IN, TX, MO, CO, IL, NV, HI, AZ, WA, NM, AK, CA, NC, PA, VA, OR, OH, WI, MA, CT, NJ, TN, GA, and Domestic Military. It will also be available at the distillery starting February 1, 2024, although that may only be through the advance purchase lottery offered to members of Angel’s Envy’s consumer engagement platform, 500 Main. For more information and purchasing details, visit https://angelsenvy.com.

Press Release: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/angels-envy-unveils-cellar-collection-series-volumes-1-3-marking-the-first-time-three-whiskeys-from-its-highly-acclaimed-cellar-collection-are-being-rereleased-and-showcased-side-by-side-302037346.html

Weekly Bourbon News – January 19, 2024

And now for something a little different….

Blacklion Rare Sheep's Milk Vodka comes to US. Logo: https://blacklionvodka.co.uk/
Blacklion Rare Sheep’s Milk Vodka comes to US. Logo: https://blacklionvodka.co.uk/
Blacklion Rare Sheep’s Milk Vodka To Launch in U.S.

A new spirit is coming to Kentucky, and, guess what, it’s not bourbon! It’s a vodka made from Black Lion sheep’s milk. The milk from these sheep is used for making cheese, and whey is a byproduct of that cheese-making process. It is this whey that is use to make the vodka. The whey is fermented and then triple distilled and triple filtered. The vodka is currently produced in Cotswolds, UK.

But, that’s not all! In addition to being sold in Kentucky, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the vodka will soon be produced here as well. The Black Lion Sheep will be raised on a farm in Paris, KY and distillation is planned to take place at a yet undetermined distillery. Blacklion Rare Sheep’s Milk Vodka is now (or will be soon) available at select bars and retailers in Kentucky, with plans to expand distribution elsewhere in the US. MSRP is said to be $50-60 per bottle. The vodka will also be available online at blacklionvodka.com.

Sources:
https://www.kentucky.com/lexgoeat/bourbon/article284134713.html
https://blacklionvodka.com

Weekly Bourbon News – January 19, 2024

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