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VIRTUAL GREAT BUFFALO CHASE 5K HOSTED RECORD NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS – American Whiskey News

VIRTUAL GREAT BUFFALO CHASE 5K

HOSTED RECORD NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

More than $21,000 raised for local VFW, $15,000 donated to local food pantry 

        FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (July 28, 2020) – Runners from all 50 states and seven countries participated in Buffalo Trace Distillery’s 19th annual Great Buffalo Chase 5k which was held virtually for the first time over July 4th weekend. This was also the first time this race, which has historically attracted top runners from across the United States and the world, received runner participation in all of the 50 states, and the most participants to ever run the race in a single year. In total, 1,124 people participated in the virtual race.

Registrations for the race raised more than $21,000 for the city of Frankfort’s VFW Post 4075’s annual fireworks show which has been rescheduled for this fall.

The race kicked off the morning of July 3 with the singing of the National Anthem, performed by Christina Kaloyanides, a soprano opera singer from Chicago. Then, runners and walkers participated in this year’s virtual race in their hometowns and local neighborhoods wherever they were located during the period of July 3-5 instead of running at the Distillery as in the past. Participants were mailed a commemorative T-shirt and race bib and had the option to record and submit their personal race time.

Due to the nature of this being a virtual race, and in the spirit of fairness, prizes were not awarded to top runners this year. On behalf of all participants, and in commitment to supporting others, Buffalo Trace Distillery is donating $15,000, which would have been prize money for top runners, to God’s Pantry Food Bank to support the local Franklin County community.

All registrants were entered into a raffle for the chance to receive a hand-made American Flag made from bourbon barrel staves, to be donated to the charity of their choice for fundraising. The recipient of this raffle was Chris German who donated the hand-made barrel-stave flag to the SJ5K Foundation, which supports local, Plymouth-Canton, Michigan families facing crisis situations. This nonprofit, which was started by members of German’s family, will use the barrel-stave flag to raise funds for the foundation.

Participants also were encouraged to take part in the virtual patriotic attire costume contest on the Buffalo Trace Distillery Facebook Page and by using #ChaseTheBuffalo for the chance to win a prize from the Gift Shop.

A full listing of submitted race times can be found on the Buffalo Trace Distillery website, here.

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1775 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 35 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by “Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018” and its William Larue Weller and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac were named 2nd and 3rd finest whiskeys in the world, respectively, in the “Jim Murray Whiskey Bible 2020.”  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 1,000 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com

Loch Fyne Whiskies, Inveraray is Back!

Today we’re delighted to be welcoming back some familiar faces to our Inveraray store. Oh, how we’ve missed you!

We’ll be open from Thursday to Monday (10-4pm) with all staff keeping local customers safe in store while they search for the perfect summer-in-the-garden dram, or a top-up of their usual tipple! 🥃

Don’t forget, you can Click & Collect your orders on our website and pick up your bottle when it’s ready in store. We’ve recently added even more incredible drams to our whisky sale online, just to tempt you a little bit… 👀

Shop Sale

Relaxed break…Maltstock 2020 Cancelled – Whisky News

Relaxed Break

Hi Maltstockees,

After 11 years of Maltstock, we guess we deserve a relaxed break… 😉 We’ve decided we have to cancel Maltstock 2020.

Social distancing is the very opposite of what Maltstock is all about. But, the safety of our guests and crew is always our number one priority. Covid-19 has made it impossible to safely host a relaxed Maltstock weekend. So, sadly, there will be no Maltstock weekend this year.

Annette, Bob, Klaas, Stan, Teun

But relax! We’ll be back in 2021!

Dates for next year are

10-12 September 2021

We hope to see you all next year. That would be very relaxed!

Tickets

Tickets for the 12th edition will be available mid-September. First everyone who had already bought a ticket will get a chance to use it for the 2021 edition.

The past months we’ve tried to bring you a little bit off relaxed entertainment. We hope you enjoyed our virtual flyer hunt, the Black Sheep Red Sheep virtual morning walk, the Milk & Honey online tasting and of course the Whisky Shop Dufftown Relaxed Whisky Quiz!

Now we will get busy getting everything ready for 2021. In a very relaxed way of course.

PS

We do realize it’s our fabulous crew you will miss the most. So here they are:

The Green Welly Stop – Re-opening – Whisky News!

Open again from 15th July

We are delighted to announce that the main business will be open from tomorrow (15th July). The business hours are as follows:

Filling Station – 7am until 9pm
Snack Stop Café – 7am until 8.30am & 3.45pm until 9pm
Main business – 8.30am until 5pm

Whilst it is fantastic to be re-opening, our Food & Beverage departments will have a restricted menu until further notice. We respectfully ask whilst in the restaurant queue that you keep your masks on until you reach your table.

We will have plenty of hand sanitising stations, please use them. We will also have clear signage to assist with social distancing.

If you have any comments to make to us, please come and speak to a member of our team directly. We want you to enjoy your visit and are doing everything we can to keep both our customers and staff safe.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our business.

#StaySafe #SoupsOn

Fiona Robertson, Partner, The Green Welly Stop

The Green Welly Stop

Tyndrum

CRIANLARICH, PERTHSHIREFK20 8RY

United Kingdom

Campbeltown – Cancelled Festival – Glen Scotia Release at Tyndrum Whisky – Scotch Whisky News

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Finally here!

Glen Scotia Campbeltown Festival 2020

Bottled before lockdown, and before the Campbeltown Malts Festival was cancelled, Glen Scotia have this lovely Tawny Port 14YO now available. Blackberry, floral notes and ocean spray on the nose leading to a silky mouthfeel, not to be missed!

It’s finally here!

From the cancelled Campbeltown Malts Festival 2020, we’ve got the Tawny Port Finish Peated 14YO

Matured in American Oak Barrels before being finished in Tawny Port Casks for 6 months, bringing dark fruit and berry flavours that complement the spice and tangy peat finish.

Official tasting notes:

Blackberry, floral notes and ocean spray on the nose, the palate has a wonderful silky mouthfeel and flavours of crisp green apple, peach syrup and vanilla with a honey sweetness. There is a gentle peat smoke with blackcurrant, raspberry and clove spice notes on the finish.

Distilled and bottled by Glen Scotia Whisky Distillery

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Diageo take stride towards climate change goal with first carbon neutral distillery – American Whiskey News

Diageo take stride towards climate change goal with first carbon neutral distillery

Our new Kentucky whiskey distillery producing Bulleit is expected to be one of the largest carbon neutral distilleries in North America

We have announced that our new Kentucky whiskey distillery, which will distill Bulleit, is expected to be carbon neutral – one of the largest in North America, and a first for Diageo. Reinforcing our global commitment to reducing our carbon emissions and addressing climate change, the site will be powered by 100% renewable electricity, with a capacity to produce up to 10 million proof gallons per year.

The new distillery, which is currently under construction in Lebanon, Kentucky, reflects Diageo’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions and moves us closer to our goal of sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Employing electrode boilers, the site will utilize a mix of renewable electricity sources to power a 72,000 square-foot distillery, dry house, and warehousing facilities. As previously announced “The Diageo Lebanon Distillery” will have the capability to distill a variety of bourbon and American whiskey brands. Bulleit will be the first and lead brand produced at the new distillery – supplementing existing production at The Bulleit Distilling Co. in Shelbyville, Kentucky. This move will further strengthen the brand’s commitment to a more sustainable future.

““As a company we know that our long-term sustainable growth depends on reducing our reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to climate change,” said Perry Jones, President, North America Supply for Diageo. “This groundbreaking undertaking to electrify our operations and then power them with renewable electricity will result in one of the largest carbon neutral distilleries in North America. This is a significant step to strengthen our commitment to minimizing our carbon emissions and will result in an important reduction of Diageo’s environmental impact on a global level.””

 

To achieve carbon neutrality at the site, we plan to incorporate a variety of features that will avoid annual carbon emissions by more than 117,000 metric tons. This is the equivalent of taking more than 25,000 cars off the road for an entire year. These features include, but are not limited to:

  • Electrification of operations
  • Energy efficiency embedded into the facility design
  • Sourcing renewable energy
  • Water savings design
  • Zero waste to landfill

Committed to decarbonization with approved science-based targets, Diageo is part of a pioneering group of organizations that are championing a green recovery and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals, through membership of the United Nations Global Compact, We Mean Business Coalition and other key global advocacy organizations. As a signatory to RE100, Diageo aims to source 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030. In addition, Diageo has signed onto the global Race to Zero campaign, a commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. We recently joined over 150 multinationals to reaffirm our commitment to Science Based Targets and urge governments around the world to align their COVID-19 recovery efforts with the latest climate science.

““For Bulleit, our passion for sustainability began when we built the Bulleit Distilling Co. in Shelbyville, where we focus on reducing carbon emissions, water conservation and waste management during production. Then, when we opened our Visitor Experience there, we chose to implement practices like eliminating single use plastics from our bar and sourcing locally-grown organic cocktail garnishes from our onsite garden,” said Sophie Kelly, SVP Whiskies, Diageo NA. “Our commitment to the environment evolves with the Lebanon distillery, where no fossil fuels will be consumed for the production of Bulleit. This allows us to really begin to double down on our ambition to reinvent category standards.””

 

Rendering of electrode boilers, courtesy of Precision Boilers

Evan Williams Bourbon Announces 2020 American-Made Heroes – American Whiskey News

Evan Williams Bourbon Announces 2020 American-Made Heroes

Select class of veterans chosen to be featured on special edition labels and receive $5,000 donation from American-Made Heroes Foundation to charity of their choice

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Evan Williams Bourbon today announced the veterans selected as the 2020 American-Made Heroes. Each veteran will receive a $5,000 donation to the charity of their choice through the recently launched American-Made Hero Foundation, as well as their picture and story on the side of the special-edition label.

As an American-made and American-owned brand, Evan Williams recognizes true American heroes through their exceptional stories of honor and bravery. This special edition label of Evan Williams Black Bourbon celebrates the heroic stories of military veterans, chosen for their selfless acts of service at home and abroad (bios included below). The 2020 Evan Williams American-Made Heroes were chosen from over 6,500 nominations and are featured on more than 360,000 bottles available nationwide.

The 2020 American Hero edition label features bold red and white stripes framing a blue background featuring subtle star imagery and “American Hero Edition” in bold red font on the face. Proudly displayed on the side of each bottle is one of the brand’s key taglines “American Owned, American Made, American Proud” signifying the brand’s American heritage as the second-largest selling Bourbon in the world. Each Evan Williams American-Made Hero is prominently featured on the side of the label with their picture, name, military title and distinguished story.

“We are proud to kick off the sixth year of the Evan Williams American-Made Hero program by lifting up these extraordinary veteran stories and support veteran-related causes through the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund,” said Julie Cole, Evan Williams Bourbon Brand Manager. “We are honored to celebrate veterans who uphold the American spirit.”

Evan Williams is honored to broaden its support of veteran communities across the country through the launch of the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund, announced in April 2020. Due to the national impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund focused its inaugural efforts with the COVID-19 Veteran Relief Grant, which awards donations to nonprofit organizations that serve the veteran communities negatively impacted by the coronavirus.

Media and advertising support for the 2020 program include national digital and social media campaigns, a website, off-premise display pieces, and point of sale featuring the veteran stories and the new American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund.

The 2020 Evan Williams American-Made Heroes are:

  • Robin Harder, Mico, TX, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (Ret.): As a Cryptologic Linguist, Robin’s 20-year career took her everywhere from Germany to Afghanistan. She is the founder of the Women Veterans of San Antonio: a non-profit group that serves, honors, and empowers women Veterans in her community. Robin has chosen to donate to ReGroup Foundation. To learn more about their mission, visit https://regroup4vets.com/
  • John “JC” White, Martinsville, VA, U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms (Ret.): J.C. first served in the U.S. Navy during Operation Desert Storm and re-enlisted after 9/11. He went on to complete five more tours of duty. Over the years, he has volunteered as a Special Olympics coach, provided services to the homeless, and mentored at-risk youth. J.C. has chosen PAWS for Purple Hearts as his charity. To learn more about their mission, visit https://pawsforpurplehearts.org/.
  • Jonathan Hiltz, Marion, IL, U.S. Marine Corps Corporal: Jonathan served as a Nuclear Biological & Chemical Defense Specialist in Iraq. Today, he serves other veterans as a Peer Support Specialist. He established two non-profits, the Arise Veteran Foundation and Love Goes, to help alleviate poverty and support the homeless. Jonathan has chosen Love Goes as his charity.
  • Mary Tobin, Atlanta, GA, U.S. Army Captain (Ret.): Mary began her 10-year military career at West Point, deployed twice to Iraq, and was awarded the Combat Action Badge. As regional Executive Director of The Mission Continues, she helps veterans take charge of community service and revitalization projects across the U.S. To learn more about The Mission Continues, visit https://missioncontinues.org/.
  • Eduardo “Eddie” Ramirez, Fairfield, CA, U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant (Ret.): Always driven to serve, Eddie capped off his decorated, 22-year military career by going to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs. His experience led him to establish OneVet OneVoice: a veteran advocacy group focused on healthcare, education, housing, and employment. Eddie has chosen OneVet OneVoice as his charity. To learn more about their mission, visit https://onevetonevoice.org/.

The American Hero Edition bottle is available nationally for a suggested retail price of $24.99 for the 1.75L and $12.99 for the 750ml, and is bottled at 43 percent alcohol by volume (86 proof). To learn more about each of the 2020 American-Made Heroes and to apply for funding through the COVID-19 Veteran Relief Grant, visit https://american-madeheroes.com/.

ABOUT EVAN WILLIAMS: The flagship Bourbon of Heaven Hill Distillery, Evan Williams is among the leaders in the rapidly growing American Whiskey segment as the world’s second largest-selling Bourbon. Evan Williams is a proud sponsor of Major League Baseball and the World Series, first forming a partnership with the national pastime in 2016. As an American-made and American-owned brand, Evan Williams has recognized true American heroes through their exceptional stories of honor and bravery on special edition American-Made Hero labels for the past five years, now supported by the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund. The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience (www.EvanWilliamsBourbonExperience.com) celebrates the legacy of Evan Williams through an immersive visitor’s center experience which brings to life the history and tradition of Kentucky’s native spirit as an official stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN-MADE HEROES FOUNDATION FUND: Evan Williams is honored to broaden its support of veteran communities across the country through the launch of the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund, announced in April 2020. The American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund was established to show Evan Williams’ pride in being American-made and owned, and to give back to those who served. Our purpose is: to provide a platform for sharing inspiring veteran stories; to raise public awareness for causes impacting the veteran community; and to support nonprofit organizations that help veterans and their families through a specialized grant program. Due to the national impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund will focus its inaugural efforts with the COVID-19 Veteran Relief Grant, which awards donations to nonprofit organizations that serve the veteran communities negatively impacted by the coronavirus.

Cotswolds Distillery Opening – English Whisky News

We’re delighted to announce that this week we will be opening our doors to the public once again!

On Thursday 2nd July, we’ll be reopening our shop at the distillery in Stourton as well as our shop in Bourton-on-the-Water, and on Friday 3rd July our shop in Broadway will reopen. Head to our website to find the revised opening hours by clicking the button below.

Please note: our café and toilets are closed until further notice and Tour & Tastings are cancelled until the 3rd August.

VIEW OPENING HOURS

We want to assure you that we’re working hard to keep our staff and our visitors safe, and COVID-19 measures in line with government guidelines will be in place at all sites. If you’d like to visit us at one of our shops, here are a few things to bear in mind:

HELP KEEP OTHERS SAFE

Please do not visit us if you have COVID-19 symptoms. These include: a high temperature, new continuous cough and loss of or change to sense of smell or taste. All our shop staff will be wearing masks.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

We’ve added signage to help keep customers stay socially distanced. Please ensure you keep 2 metres apart from others at all times.

LIMITED NUMBER OF SHOPPERS

We’ll be limiting the number of people in our shops to ensure people remain socially distanced.

NO CASH

We will only be accepting card payments and will no longer be accepting cash as a payment method for the time being.

CLEANING AND SAFETY MEASURES

We’ll be carrying out extra cleaning to keep our shops as clean as possible for you and hand sanitiser is available for you to use. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Kind regards,

The Cotswolds Distillery.

Virginia Distillery Co. Reopening Announcement – American Whisky News

Introducing Virginia Distillery Co.’s Reopening Plans

Hello friends! We sure have missed having you at our Visitors Center and we are so excited to welcome you back. Starting June 19th, our Visitors Center will be on a reduced schedule, open for outdoor tastings Fridays through Sundays by reservation only. 🎉

GET THE DETAILS

A Perfect Gift for Father’s Day

Is whisky the best Father’s Day gift? We’ll let you make that decision. In the meantime, shop our selection of whisky, cocktail kits, glasses, and more on our website. 🎁

SHOP HERE

Defining American Single Malt Whisky

We’re proud to be the largest independently-owned American Single Malt Whisky distillery in the United States. But how does American Single Malt compare to Scotch and Bourbon? Read all about it in our complete guide. 📖

LEARN MORE

Find a Bottle Near You

From Fort Lauderdale, to San Jose, to Boston, and everywhere in between, Virginia Distillery Co. products can be found in 23 states across the country. Check out our new recently-launched store locator on our website and find a product on a shelf near you. 🥃

FIND YOUR BOTTLE

Our mailing address is:
Virginia Distillery Company
299 Eades Ln
Lovingston, VA 22949

Glen Scotia releases exclusive Dunnage Tasting Box following success of virtual festival – Scotch Whisky News

Glen Scotia releases exclusive Dunnage Tasting Box following success of virtual festival

The Glen Scotia virtual festival has been heralded a huge success, after attracting over 8,000 visitors from all around the world.

Following the cancellation of the Campbeltown Malts Festival 2020 which had been scheduled to run from 19-21 May 2020, the Glen Scotia Distillery announced it would bring its programme of events online for the first time at www.glenscotia.com/festival.

As part of the programme the distiller made its famous dunnage whisky tasting, which for many is the pinnacle of their Campbeltown Malt Festival experience, available for those outside the distillery for the very first time.

The theme for 2020 is The Casks of Campbeltown, featuring whiskies matured in casks from the town, and investigating the influencer they have on the modern Campbeltown style.

Only 200 dunnage tasting packs have been released in the UK, each containing five 25 ml samples along with password access to a specially created tasting video hosted by Iain McAlister. A further 1800 tasting boxes will be distributed to markets around the world.

In the UK, the Glen Scotia Dunnage Tasting Box is available to order from Dram Team priced at £55.99 (including postage).

The five samples will include:

  • Glen Scotia Victoriana, 54.2% abv
  • Cask 810, 2005 First Fill bourbon 60.1% abv
  • Cask 486, 2002 Refill Sherry Hogshead 48.8% abv
  • Cask 2/359, 2009 First Fill Bordeaux Red Wine 57.1% abv
  • Cask 6/413, 2005 First Fill Tawny Port Hogshead 57.4% abv

Iain McAlister, Master Distiller at Glen Scotia, said: “We’ve been absolutely thrilled by the response we had to the Glen Scotia Virtual Malts Festival. We saw over 8,000 people join us from all over the world including Europe, North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia – wildly exceeding our expectations!

“We’re now considering making some elements of the festival permanently ‘virtual’ going forward. We know Campbeltown isn’t the easiest place in the world to get to so this will be a great way to allow our global whisky fans the chance to be a part of the celebrations in future years.

“The dunnage tasting is one of my favourite events in the Campbeltown Malts Festival schedule and we’re excited to be able to provide those who had hoped to join us in person, and perhaps quite a few who usually wouldn’t have had the chance, the opportunity to take part in our special dunnage tasting.”

Chris Borrow, Founder, DramTeam added “I could not be more thrilled to be working with the fantastic team from Glen Scotia to put together this incredible dunnage tasting set. Some friends and I had the privilege of being utterly spoilt by Iain McAlister on our first ever visit to Campbeltown, when he very generously hosted us for a Glen Scotia dunnage warehouse tasting. To this day, the best tasting experience of my life – and one that I am very excited to put in a box for other people to enjoy. This is legitimately the best whisky-tasting-by-post we’ve ever done!”

Campbeltown was known as the whisky capital of the world during the Victorian era and was home to over 30 working distilleries. The annual Campbeltown Malts Festival is a celebration of Scotland’s fifth and smallest malt producing region and its whisky making heritage. This year’s event was set to take place from 19-21 May, however in line with Covid-19 government guidance, the festival has been cancelled for the first time since it launched in 2009.

Founded in 1832, Glen Scotia reflects centuries of craftsmanship and experience associated with the region and its award-winning whiskies are renowned for their distinctive maritime influence and Campbeltown character.  For those who missed out on the festival this year many of the tastings and tours are still available to watch www.glenscotia.com/festival.

Notes

About Glen Scotia:

  • Independent distiller Glen Scotia has been producing single malt whisky in Campbeltown since 1832.
  • Glen Scotia is one of three surviving distilleries in Campbeltown.
  • Glen Scotia 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch whisky was awarded a Platinum medal at the prestigious 2020 San Francisco World Spirits.
  • Glen Scotia Double Cask was awarded a Gold Medal at the Scottish Whisky Awards 2019.
  • Glen Scotia 18 Year Old won Best Campbeltown Malt at the World Whisky Awards 2018.
  • Images and interviews with key staff from Glen Scotia are available upon request.
  • www.glenscotia.com /Twitter: @GlenScotiaMalts

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