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Old Pulteney Brings Stroma Liqueur To The U.S.

Old Pulteney single malt Scotch whisky is introducing its Stroma Liqueur to the U.S. market. Named after the windswept Orcadian isle off Scotland’s North East Coast, where Pulteney Distillery is located, Stroma originates from the Norse word meaning ‘island in the stream’. It also refers to the dangerous currents on the island’s shores, including the infamous ‘Swelkie’ whirlpool. Stroma is ...

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Iowa Whiskey: Making Bourbon In Corn Country

MRDC Still

There Is Much More To Whiskey-Making In Iowa Than Just Rye By Richard Thomas One of the peculiar features of the craft whiskey picture in the Hawkeye State is just how big a presence rye has in it. This is because of Templeton Rye, the notorious bottler that preceded the emergence of Iowa’s first micro-distilleries by several years. Templeton sourced ...

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Bluebird Distilling Four Grain Bourbon Review

Bluebird Distilling Four Grain Bourbon

By Richard Thomas Rating: Phoenixville, Pennsylvania is home to Bluebird Distilling, a prime example of one of the branches the rapidly expanding craft distilling scene is following. With well over a thousand micro- and nano-distilleries operating in the United States, many newcomers are either becoming very specialized or setting up not in major cities, but picturesque, oft-visited locations. In my ...

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EU Threatens Bourbon Exports Over Trump Steel Tariff Proposal

By Richard Thomas Encouraged by its recent success in finalizing a new trade deal with Japan, the European Union (EU) has responded to talk of new tariffs to protect American steel by U.S. President Donald Trump with warnings that such measures would provoke immediate counters against American exports to the European free trade zone. One class of exports that would ...

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Strolling Down Noe’s Way

Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, KY

By Debbie Shocair I’ve been writing about whiskey for approximately a bazillion years. Sometimes I enjoy thinking of myself as, in the way I put it, “sort of a big deal” in whiskey circles. That’s what I like to think. And then I knew better. I met a real “big deal.” Fred Noe, seventh-generation master distiller at Jim Beam and ...

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