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Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Releases Annual Limited-Edition Kentucky Derby Festival Bourbon Bottle – American Whiskey News

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Releases Annual Limited-Edition Kentucky Derby Festival Bourbon Bottle

The 2013 Vintage, 115 proof Bourbon is dipped in hot pink wax and features the 2021 Pegasus Pin on the bottle neck

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As an official sponsor of the Kentucky Derby Festival for the fifth consecutive year, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience today released a special edition bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon with a commemorative 2021 Pegasus Pin sealed in wax on the neck.

Dipped in a unique hot pink wax, the bottle features a special face label with the gold and teal Kentucky Derby Festival logo and includes an official 2021 Pegasus Pin in an envelope attached to each bottle. Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Artisanal Distiller, Jodie Filiatreau, and Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO, Matt Gibson, unveiled the official 2021 pin and limited-edition bottle at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience by personally hand-dipping two of the limited-edition bottles.

This product will be available for purchase at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience for $74.99 beginning Thursday, March 11 and at select Kentucky retailers while supplies last. The limited edition 2013 vintage is bottled at 115 proof, commemorating both the 66th Kentucky Derby Festival plus the 49th Pegasus Pin anniversary. Each bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon contains the exact day it was put in an oak barrel to age, the barrel number, and the date it was bottled.

The Bourbon is matured in natural open-rick warehouses under the careful supervision of Heaven Hill’s Master Distiller, who monitors the progress of each year’s vintage to ensure it maintains its intended flavor profile and superb quality. Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage has won five “Whiskey of the Year” awards and is one of the most critically acclaimed specialty Bourbons produced by Heaven Hill Distillery, the world’s second largest holder of aging Bourbon.

“The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is proud to partner yet again with the Kentucky Derby Festival to share the unique Kentucky spirit of hospitality, entertainment and resiliency,” said Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Artisanal Distiller, Jodie Filiatreau. “Join us as we raise a toast to all of those in the Bluegrass state who have supported our industries over the past year and look forward to a time of celebration during 2021 Kentucky Derby Festival.”

Bringing the community together since 1956, the Kentucky Derby Festival has become a whirlwind of special events leading up to the big race in May. Each year, the Pegasus Pins are a signature of spring in the Derby City and a key fundraiser for the not-for-profit Festival. The 2021 pins can be purchased exclusively at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience through March 1, prior to being available at other local retailers.

“Our partnership with Evan Williams celebrates two of Kentucky’s favorite things – the Derby Festival and bourbon,” said Matt Gibson, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “Although 2021 will be different, Pegasus Pins are still a great way to share the Derby Festival spirit and support your favorite events.”

ABOUT HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY: Founded in Kentucky by the Shapira family in 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery continues its legacy as one of the foremost American Whiskey producers. Heaven Hill has cultivated the traditions and history of America’s Native Spirit with its fierce independence, passionate family ownership, dedication to quality, and thoughtful innovation. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery maintains over 1.8 million barrels aging in 63 warehouses throughout Nelson and Jefferson Counties. It is home to an award-winning collection of American Whiskeys including Elijah Craig Bourbon, Larceny Bourbon, Evan Williams Bourbon, Pikesville Rye Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye Whisky and Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill Distillery currently holds the title of 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Distillery of the Year, Best in Show Whisky, and previously held the titles of 2018 San Francisco Spirits Word Spirits Competition Best Bourbon, 2017 Whisky Advocate Whisky of the Year, 2016 Whisky Magazine Distillery of the Year, 2016 Whisky Advocate American Whiskey of the Year. For more information, please visit www.heavenhilldistillery.com.

Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely.  Drink Wisely.”

ABOUT THE KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL: Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 9 Rogue Casks at The Whisky Shop – Scotch Whisky News

Port Ellen 40 Year Old 9 Rogue Casks

Own a piece of Port Ellen history with Port Ellen 40 Year Old Rogue Casks; the oldest and most limited expression from the Islay distillery to date. Distilled at the original Port Ellen in 1979, these nine casks of whisky were discovered and brought together to create a unique limited edition release.

Each cask was matured for at least 40 years before all nine were married together and bottled at a natural cask strength of 50.9% VOL, free from any artificial colouring. Presented in a beautiful case, under lock and key, this release is limited to just 1,380 bottles worldwide.

Enjoy delicate notes of mild smoke, burnt orange and fresh herbs on the nose, before more smoke, rich leather, pipe tobacco and gentle wood spice on the palate. The finish is as long and satisfying as you would expect from such a spectacular dram.

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Learn more about Port Ellen 40 Year Old 9 Rogue Casks from the experts! Diageo’s Global Whisky Master Ewan Gunn delves into the history and production process of this incredible whisky, exclusively for customers of The Whisky Shop. Watch Ewan’s introduction to Port Ellen 40 Year Old 9 Rogue Casks over at our YouTube channel, complete with his own unique tasting notes.

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UPCOMING RELEASE* Sullivans Cove Double Cask Batch DC0109 – Tasmanian Whisky News


Our latest batch of Double Cask Single Malt Whisky is ready for release.

DC0109 will be available on our web store on Tuesday March 2nd at 11am, Hobart time.

DC0109 is a marriage of portions from ten different casks, ranging in age from 7 to 17 years. As well as whisky from several American oak ex-Bourbon casks, this batch also contains whisky from both American and French oak casks which have been previously used for either Tawny, white wine, or red wine.

“These casks are team players, they work really well together and complement each other to create a whisky with great character and complexity.”
– Heather Tillott, Head Distiller.

Full tasting notes and cask details can be found on our web store.

Please note, purchases are limited to one bottle per cask, per person.
Bottles added to your cart aren’t guaranteed until the checkout process is complete.

Scotch Whisky Auctions Contactless Collections UK March 2021 – Whisky Auction News

Thank you to all who took part in last months contactless doorstep collections.

The office remains closed in line with the Covid restrictions. We will therefore be offering our contactless doorstep collections for our 118th auction which begins on 29th March 2021. As before this offer is opened to our customers based in the UK mainland who have 10+ bottles or bottles to the value of £1000 to be uplifted.

To register your interest please complete the form which can be found here as soon as possible. We will then be in touch when the dates have been confirmed.

As this is a contactless doorstep collection, we ask that your bottles are packed for uplift. In addition please complete the forms which can be found here. The label should be taped to the front of the box and pack your completed submission sheet in box 1.

Stay Safe

Julie & The Collections Team

Unmissable Whiskies ~ Limited Editions at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News

Limited Editions…

Unmissable Whiskies

Limited editions from Islay, Campbeltown and the Lowlands. Including a Bruichladdich 14 Year Old single cask, Glen Scotia 11 Year Old Double Cask and the UK release of Daftmill 2009 Summer 2020.

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Tullamore D.E.W., one of the world’s top Irish whiskey brands, will donate 100% of merchandise sales proceeds from the inaugural O’Everyone campaign to national registered charitable organization CCDI.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 — For the first time in history, Tullamore D.E.W. launches the O’Everyone campaign, donating 100% of proceeds from merchandise sales to support diversity initiatives across Canada led by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.“CCDI is proud to partner with Tullamore D.E.W for the first ever O’Everyone national campaign to be launched in Canada. This is an opportunity to amplify the O’Everyone campaign message to millions of Canadians and support an objective driven by inclusion, diversity, solidarity and celebration,” comments Michael Bach, CEO & Founder, CCDI.

To kick off this inaugural campaign, Tullamore D.E.W. has pledged an initial $20,000 (CAD) and will continue to donate proceeds of all sales of O’Everyone merchandise from every Canadian consumer coast to coast who joins us in O’Everyone!

In partnership with the CCDI, O’Everyone is a year-long, nationwide, benevolence campaign that invites Canadians to unlock the power of their O’Lastnames. Sales are tracked via the live-ticker on the website, with the grand total being donated to the CCDI in December 2021.

“The Tullamore D.E.W. O’Everyone campaign strives to support diversity amongst Canadians by donating proceeds to the powerful education-led initiatives of the CCDI across Canada,” comments Michael Mooney, National Brand Manager, Tullamore D.E.W. 

Canadians can participate in O’Everyone by purchasing a personalized O’Lastname T-shirt and bottle label at www.OEveryone.ca for $20.00 (CAD).  Once purchased, customized shirts and bottle labels will be created and mailed directly to consumers.

“When our consumers receive their O’Everyone merchandise, we encourage them to share pictures of themselves in their O’Lastname T-shirts on social media and to tag their community,” adds Mooney.

“The goal is to keep the benevolence train rolling and raise as much funding as possible to support the great work of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.”

Founded in 2012, The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) is a registered national charity organization.  Their mission is to help create inclusive spaces that are free of prejudice and discrimination, and to generate awareness, dialogue and action that helps recognize diversity as an asset and not an obstacle.

The O’Everyone customized O’Lastname T-shirt and bottle label bundle costs $20.00 and will be available for purchase in Canada at www.OEveryone.ca from February 2 to December 8, 2021. Tullamore D.E.W. will cover all costs associated with production and shipping of the O’Everyone T-shirts and labels.

“Tullamore D.E.W. is honoured to support the CCDI who we sought out based on their powerful education-led work helping Canadian organizations achieve lasting diversity and inclusion,” adds Mooney.

For additional information about O’Everyone, please visit www.OEveryone.ca

For additional information about the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), please visit www.ccdi.ca

For press images and information about O’Everyone and Tullamore D.E.W. in Canada, please visit www.tullamoredew.alchemystsinc.com

For additional information about Tullamore D.E.W. globally, please visit www.tullamoredew.com


Tullamore D.E.W. is the second largest Irish whiskey in the world in the fastest growing category. With an intriguing smooth yet complex character, Tullamore D.E.W. is triple distilled, but is also a unique blend of all three types of Irish whiskeys; the pot still, malt and grain whiskeys. As a result, Tullamore D.E.W. is three times smoother with an added gentle complexity. Tullamore D.E.W. was the first and remains one of the few international Irish whiskeys to pioneer this blend of three.

Created in 1829, the brand’s strong heritage started in Tullamore, a town in the heart of Ireland, and was fostered by the vision of an early founder Daniel E. Williams, whose initials live on the bottle to this day. In 2014, Tullamore D.E.W. was brought back to its roots with the opening of a new distillery in the town of Tullamore, which returned whiskey production to the town 60 years after the original distillery closed its doors. www.tullamoredew.com.  Distributed by PMA Canada. www.pmacanada.com.


William Grant & Sons Holdings Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the global premium spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch, Grant’s®, as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W.® Irish Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder® Blended Malt Scotch Whisky and Drambuie® Scotch Liqueur. William Grant & Sons has been honored as “Distiller of the Year” by the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition and International Spirits Challenge 12 times over the past 13 years, including the most recent award in 2019.

Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest growing spirits portfolios in the US with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, Drambuie, Milagro Tequila, Fistful of Bourbon, Grant’s, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson’s Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Flor de Caña Rum, The Knot and Raynal French Brandy. For more information on the company and its brands, please visit www.williamgrantusa.com

Creating 50 jobs, Government’s Multi Million Pound Borderlands Distillery Ag Gefrin given go ahead – Whisky News


Great News for Ad Gefrin and the People of Wooler

Plans for Northumberland’s major new tourism experience gets go ahead

from central Government with final funding approval. 

Today the team behind Ad Gefrin announce that they have now received the final go ahead for the highly anticipated visitor experience and bespoke whisky distillery development in North Northumberland. There could not be a better start to 2021 for all involved and the Wooler Community!

Despite all that has happened in the past year, the core Ad Gefrin team has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure that when this moment came, they could hit the ground running. This means that work on Ad Gefrin can start immediately, and North East contractors Brims Construction Ltd, have now moved onsite.

This will make Ad Gefrin the first project in the Borderlands Programme for Northumberland to break ground. Ad Gefrin has received £3m from the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal which is funded through the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and has also received £1m from the North East Rural Growth Network – Strategic Economic Infrastructure Fund (SEIF) through the North East LEP, and £600k through Northumberland County Council.

These successful funding bids show the project has gained supporters with the promise of a resurgence to Northumberland tourism, an exporter trade boost, and environmental considerations integrating the site into the surrounding landscape.

Located in Wooler on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, this exciting and innovative multi-million-pound regeneration project plans to deliver economic growth to the local and wider communities of Glendale. Those living within, passing through or visiting this outstanding area of the county will see the new visitor experience start to take shape during 2021 with the opening expected in Autumn 2022.

The Team

Commenting on the exciting news, Eileen Ferguson said, “We have never doubted that we could fulfil our vision to create a world class visitor destination in this beautiful county. The people of Glendale haven’t doubted either. Throughout everything we have continued to be overwhelmed by everyone’s good wishes – even when it looked on the surface as if progress was slow to the point of coming to a halt. We can’t thank everyone enough.

“We really want to thank all those who have worked so hard to get us to this point. We especially wish to thank Northumberland County Council and their officers who have given so much support to the development of Ad Gefrin. We hope this news lifts everyone’s spirits and means we can all start 2021 on a real high looking forward to much better times ahead.”

Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Luke Hall MP said:

“It’s fantastic that work can now begin on a new multimillion pound visitor centre and distillery at Ad Gefrin – a hugely important site showcasing Northumberland’s heritage.”

“The new centre and distillery, backed by £3 million investment from the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal, will provide a magnet for tourism as well as an important export boost for the region.”

“We’re levelling up across the country by investing in projects which create jobs and drive economic growth, making our regions great places to live, work and visit.”

Also delighted, Glen Sanderson, Leader of Northumberland County Council commented: “This is extremely welcome news which will bring more jobs, investment and visitors to this beautiful part of our county. We’ve worked so hard behind the scenes to support this fantastic project and we’re looking forward to seeing construction start imminently and hopefully open for business by the end of next year.”

With the ambition to create upwards of 50 FTE new jobs, this funding approval will help revitalise the rural economy in the Glendale valley and couldn’t have come at a better time to support a COVID-19 recovery. Tourism is a key economic driver for Northumberland and will likely be boosted by the expanding market for UK staycation tourism.  Ad Gefrin will showcase Northumberland’s unique Anglo-Saxon heritage and celebrate its ancient hospitality alongside the very best arts, crafts and produce the county offers today, as well as re-awakening a 200-year-old local tradition for whisky distilling, bringing a much-needed boost to the valley’s economy and wider region come 2022.

Helen Golightly, Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Ad Gefrin is one of the most important economic and tourist developments for many years in North Northumberland and will undoubtedly boost economic activity in Wooler and the wider Glendale community.

“I am delighted that funds from our Local Growth Fund have been invested by the Rural Growth Network into a second iconic development on the fringe of Northumberland National Park, complementing The Sill, on Hadrian’s Wall. The development team are congratulated on their vision and commitment to deliver this unique scheme on this highly visible gateway site into Wooler and The Cheviots.

Tony Gates, Chief Executive of Northumberland National Park, responded to today’s announcement: “This is exciting news for North Northumberland and for tourism and heritage in the county more generally.

“To have a new visitor destination which will foster rural economic growth and which reflects the rich heritage of our landscape at a key gateway to Northumberland National Park is a significant boost for the area. The Ferguson family’s vision and passion for the landscape and heritage of Glendale will come to life at Ad Gefrin, symbolising the unique qualities of Northumberland in more ways than one. I wish the project every success and we in Northumberland National Park look forward to working closely with Ad Gefrin to showcase the best of this special place.”


  • The Ad Gefrin visitor destination and whisky distillery will be a major new cultural asset and business opportunity that will accelerate regeneration and economic growth, and boost productivity, in an important part of North Northumberland’s rural economy.
  • The new cultural centre will offer an immersive AV and museum interpretation of the Northumbrian royal capital of Ad Gefrin and the Golden Age of the Kingdom of Northumbria. It will link with the landscape, archaeology, and stories of the area, as well as trails through the Northumberland National Park, encouraging visitors to explore and spend time and money across the wider Borderlands area.
  • It will be a significant new business for Northumberland, creating a distinctive visitor destination celebrating Northumberland’s unique culture and heritage, alongside the first whisky distillery in the area for 200 years, reviving a long tradition of whisky making in Northumberland.
  • The distillery will produce a new and distinctive Northumbrian whisky product, creating new wealth and jobs through sales in UK and international markets.
  • Ad Gefrin will become a long-term employer in Wooler (creating up to 50 FTE jobs by Year 5), supporting training and employment across the hospitality, visitor engagement and spirit production sectors.
  • The Borderlands Partnership consists of Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Northumberland County Council, Scottish Borders Council. The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal is progressing towards the final Deal sign off, due in March 2021. The Deal will deliver up to £350 million investment in projects across the region from the UK and Scottish Governments alongside local investment of £100 million.  More information can be found at www.borderlandsgrowth.com 
  • About the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a public, private, and education sector partnership that covers Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland local authority areas.

LinkedIn: @ad-gefrin-distillery

Facebook: @AdGefrin

Instagram: @adgefrin




The immersive spirited experience in the heart of New Orleans was recognized for excellence in visitor experience and management

NEW ORLEANS, La (February 18, 2021) – The Sazerac House was recognized for its unique visitor experience and exceptional general manager during an online awards ceremony for the “Icons of Whisky, America” on February 1, 2021. The awards, which recognize excellence in the whisky industry across the United States, are presented by Whisky Magazine, which is the industry’s leading publication on the subject of whisky. Sazerac House won the “Visitor Attraction” category and General Manager Miguel Solorzano won “Visitor Attraction Manager.”

“In our first year of operation we have been so thrilled to welcome happy guests both in-person at the Sazerac House and virtually through our tastings and events online,” said Miguel Solorzano, general manager of the Sazerac House. “We are honored to be recognized for the creativity and ingenuity represented in our visitor experience, and for the team we have created here to tell the story of New Orleans through our cocktails.”

The awards come in the midst of a very challenging year for the industry, and honor those who have worked tirelessly for the growth of the industry, celebrating the best and brightest people and places in the sector. The winners of the Icons of Whisky awards for America, will go on to compete in the Icons of Whisky Global competition, held virtually in Spring 2021.

About Sazerac House

Standing proudly in a historic building at the corner of Canal and Magazine, and just a short stroll from the original 1850s era Sazerac Coffeehouse, the Sazerac House is an immersive exploration of the spirited culture of New Orleans. Featuring three floors of interactive exhibits across 48,000 square feet, including private event venues, an on-site Sazerac Rye distillery, and Peychaud’s Bitters production facility, the Sazerac House welcomes visitors to experience New Orleans history through the stories of its cocktails. For more information on the Sazerac House, please visit www.sazerachouse.com

About the Icons of Whisky

First introduced by Whisky Magazine in 2007, the annual Icons of Whisky awards aim to celebrate the achievements of outstanding people and places in the global whisky industry, including distilleries and staff, retailers, bars and industry communicators. The awards are now split into five regions: America, Australia, Scotland and Rest of World. The Icons of Whisky form part of the annual Whisky Magazine Awards, along with the World Whiskies Awards and Hall of Fame.

New publication: ”Whisk(e)y Atlas North America 2021“ – North American Whisky News

New publication: ”Whisk(e)y Atlas North America 2021“. 

The new map collection ”Whisk(e)y Atlas North America 2021“ is the logical consequence to respect the rapid development of American whisk(e)y during past years. Especially as it is not longer possible any more to meaningfully display the number of US whisky distilleries on one map sheet only.

While in 2013 we saw a manageable 300 distilleries in the USA, their number raised to over 800 distilleries in 2016. And at the beginning of 2021 we got aware of over 1763 US whiskey distilleries.

The development in Canada is similar. The number even more than redoubled from roundly 60 in 2016 to 146 at the beginning of 2021.

And who can believe that there are 8 active whisky distilleries in Mexico already?

In 30 regional maps the Altas lists more than 1916 North American whisk(e)y distilleries including postal & web addresses.

For sure the ”Whisk(e)y Atlas North America 2021“ is certainly the ideal tool and companion for friends and those interested in American Whisk(e)y to orientate themselves in at present time.

Information on the ”Whisk(e)y Atlas North America 2021“

– 100 pages, Hardcover, thread-stitched

– Language: English

– 30 regional maps + 5 general maps

– over 2000 distillery notes:

            – 1763 whiskey distilleries in the USA

            – 230 closed distilleries in the USA

            – 146 whisky distilleries in Canada

            – 21 closed distilleries in Canada

            – 8 whisky distilleries in Mexico

            – 2 closed whisky distilleries in Mexico

– Date of release: 03/01/2021

– ISBN 978-3-944148-88-5

– 39 € (35 € early booking price 02/20/2021)

– available in whisky and bookshops or directly

  from the publishing company (www.alba-collection.com)

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