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Q&A With Brent Elliott Of Four Roses

Master Distiller Brent Elliott

A Chat With Lawrenceburg, Kentucky’s Newest Master Distiller By Richard Thomas The September 1st retirement of Jim Rutledge, Four Roses’ longtime Master Distiller and the architect of the distillery’s comeback from relative obscurity, drew plenty of press coverage, and rightfully so. It was the last day in a full, respected and accomplished career, but sometimes overlooked was that September 1st ...

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The Bourbon Berry Bramble

Bourbon Berry Bramble

By Julia Ritz Toffoli One of my favorite childhood memories is going wild berry picking with my grandfather in the south of France. Papie Roger—Grandpa Roger—was a life-long lover of the outdoors, and knew more about edible plants than anyone else I’ve ever met. While my brother and I reveled in the berry-laden bushes—stuffing more blueberries into our mouths than ...

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The Glenlivet Claims Top Selling Single Malt Crown

By Richard Thomas The rivalry between the two biggest names single malt whisky heated up yesterday, as The Glenlivet laid claim to the title of the world’s top-selling single malt. Until last year, The Glenfiddich, owned by William Grant & Sons, had been both the world’s top seller and the only single malt Scotch in the world with sales topping ...

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WhistlePig Old World Madeira Finish Rye Whiskey Review

WhistlePig Madeira Finish

By S.D. Peters Rating: A+ WhistlePig’s Old World Series Rye, a limited release, is Master Distiller Dave Pickerell’s experimental finishing of Straight Rye Whiskey in French Sauternes, Madeira, and Port casks. Such finishes, which have long been in use to enliven some Old World fire water, are the perfect complement to uisge beatha’s New World Cousin. The first release in ...

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Book Review: “Branding: Distilled”

By Richard Thomas Just as the whiskey boom has become so large as to support plenty of new books about bourbon and moonshine, the micro-distilling movement has become such a tidal wave as to prompt its own crop of books. The difference is that whereas whiskey boom books fall into the category of popular non-fiction, micro-distilling books are technical and ...

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