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A whiskey emoji? >:-(

Our long national nightmare may soon be over: Starting next year, there may finally be an emoji for whiskey drinkers. The Unicode Consortium, which standardizes characters and emojis across operating systems, announced this week that this glass of whiskey on…

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Buffalo Trace 2015 Antique Collection

Every September, Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky., releases its Antique Collection, five limited-edition whiskeys – George T. Stagg, Eagle Rare 17 Year, William Larue Weller. Sazerac Rye 18 Year and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye – that have become…

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They work the line

As you may know (and if you don’t, you should), it was Maker’s Mark matriarch Marge Samuels who came up with the idea to seal each bottle with red wax, thereby giving the brand the distinctive packaging that’s immediately recognized…

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Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2015

100 proof, 12 years old $69.99/750ml suggested retail price The story: Each year on Sept. 2, in honor of founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday, Old Forester releases a limited-edition, 12-year-old vintage-dated expression. This year’s lot of barrels were filled on…

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A toast to Four Roses’ Jim Rutledge

Today – Sept. 1, 2015 – is significant in the bourbon world because it is the first day of National Bourbon Heritage Month. But there’s another reason today is significant: As of today, Jim Rutledge is no longer master distiller…

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The Kentucky Sparkler

Heaven Hill sponsored the opening night’s reception at the Bourbon Women’s Sip-osium at the Pendennis Club on Friday, Aug. 21, and three bartenders created cocktails using three of their products. My favorite, The Kentucky Sparkler, was mixed by Emily Hornback…

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I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain

It’s been a tough week for the bourbon industry here in Kentucky, and it’s only Wednesday. First, a fire that broke out on Monday afternoon and took 85 firefighters to control heavily damaged three of the buildings in the 100…

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And the best Single Oak Project Bourbon is…

A four-year quest to find “the perfect bourbon” concluded this week with Buffalo Trace Distillery’s announcement that drinkers had selected Barrel #80 as their favorite in the Single Oak Project. Buffalo Trace, meanwhile, accumulated reams of information on how entry…

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Why is this called a ‘Moscow Mule’?

Sharing the recipe for the Kentucky Mule, a bourbon variation of the vodka-based Moscow Mule, got me wondering about that cocktail’s name. The “Moscow” part seems pretty obvious, since Russians are always portrayed as drinking that spirit from birth, but…

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