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Balcones Co-Founder Scores Points In Court

By Richard Thomas Balcones co-founder Chip Tate won an important victory in court earlier this month, when Judge Jim Meyer ruled that actions taken by the Balcones board of managers since Tate’s August ouster were invalid. More specifically, on November 11 the judge directed that Tate had to be present at board meetings for there to be a quorum, according ...

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Sazerac Insists Fireball Whisky Safe

By Richard Thomas On Tuesday, Sazerac, makers of the trendy Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, insisted that Fireball was safe to drink and denied rumors that there had been a product recall in North America. It also explained the origin of the misunderstanding. Late last week Sazerac, the makers of Fireball, was contacted by its European bottler regarding a small recipe-related compliance ...

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Parker’s Heritage 2014 Cask Strength Wheat Whiskey Review

Parker Heritage Wheat Whiskey 2014

By Richard Thomas Rating: A Heaven Hill’s Parker’s Heritage Collection, a limited edition series named for Master Distiller Parker Beam, is noteworthy as American whiskey’s big annual mystery box. One year saw a cognac-finished bourbon, another an 11 year old cask strength, small batch bourbon. The one constant for Parker’s Heritage is that every year has brought a bourbon of ...

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India’s ABD To Launch New Premium Whisky Brands

By Richard Thomas India’s Allied Blenders and Distillers (ADB) is set to compete with brands like Blenders Pride and Signature for the premium end of India’s domestic whisky market. ADB is the maker of Officer’s Choice, which at 23.8 million cases sold in 2013 makes it the world’s largest, topping Johnnie Walker by a factor of three. Although many Indian ...

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Takeaways From The Balcones Controversy

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By Richard Thomas When people refer to Chip Tate and Balcones Distillery as “trailblazers,” they aren’t exaggerating. After several years spent in the brewing industry and a Summer 2008 apprenticeship under Jim McEwan of Bruichladdich, Tate set about building a distillery with his compatriots from scratch. In a spirit reminiscent of the early days of the craft brewing boom, they ...

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