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Smugglers Notch Distilling: ForWhiskeyLovers Conversation with Jeremy Elliott

Smugglers Notch Vermont is world renown for amazing skiiing, and a plethora of outdoor activities...and now a world class distillery. ForWhiskeyLovers recently sat down with distillery president/co-owner Jeremy Elliott to see what what he and his father Ron are cooking in the woods of Vermont.  

Laws Whiskey House to Release Two New Bottled in Bond Corn Whiskeys

Denver CO - June 1, 2017 --  Laws Whiskey House (LWH) announced today that it will release A.D. Laws Bottled in Bond Straight Corn Whiskey and A.D. Laws Bottled in Bond Two Grain Straight Bourbon on June 4, 2017. Both are the first release of these expressions for LWH and meet the high standards of the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897. A.D. Laws Straight Corn Whiskey and Two Grain Straight Bourbon are coaxed from a mash bill of 86% corn and 14% barley malt. Both were distilled, aged and bottled by LWH in Denver. Distilled in the fall season of 2012, they were aged close to 5 years with the A.D.
Scotland Fracking

Fracking May Pose a New Threat to the Scotch Industry

Due to the possibility of water contamination, fracking may threaten the vitality of the Scottish whisky industry, which supports more than 10,500 Scottish jobs and creates more than 30% of Scotland's exports. The Scottish government is currently considering allowing fracking for shale gas in an area known as Scotland's "Central Belt," roughly the area between Glasgow and Edinburgh. After public consultation concludes on May 31st, the practice could spread out to other areas of Scotland, including our beloved Islay and Speyside, areas that many Scotch distilleries call their home.
Rodham Rye Hillary Clinton

D.C. Distillers Name "Rodham Rye" After Secretary Clinton as a Toast to Women in History

If you're anything like us, the only thing keeping you from smashing your television during the last election cycle was a trusty bottle of whiskey. Luckily, the dust has settled to reveal that Washington D.C. has been experiencing a craft spirits renaissance, all thanks to a new law passed by the city council making it legal to distill spirits. Now, there are eight flourishing distilleries in the area, including Republic Restoratives: a distillery run by two women and inspired by the history of women in America. Their newest release, Rodham Rye, pays trubute not only to Hillary Clinton but to the pantheon of women who have fought to make in impact on American history.

A Man, His Passion, and a Vespa: The Recipe for a Whisky Odyssey

Imagine that you're on vacation, sipping a glass of your favorite whisky while relaxing outside of your hotel on the Scottish isle of Jura. Suddenly, a man arrives on a Vespa loaded up with camping equipment and painting supplies. Intrigued, you strike up a conversation and learn that his name is Ben Birdsall, and that he has just arrived from Switzerland to travel the Scottish Highlands and Isles, hopping from distillery to distillery along the way."Are you an alcoholic?" You ask. "No," He replies. "Are you wanted by the police?" asks a friend. Birdsall retorts: "Not yet."

Need to Age your Whiskey Faster? Science can Help

Even though creative experimentation is at an all-time high in the whiskey world, a demand for well-aged whiskey dictates that the fruits of these craft distilleries will not be enjoyed for years to come. Some whiskeys are meant to be enjoyed sooner than others, but most whiskeys need to spend quite a bit of time in the barrel before they are ready to meet the world. Fortunately, a new chemistry study claims to have found a way to age whiskey many years in just a few days, a breakthrough that could change the whiskey world forever

Kingsbarns Distillery Welcomes Copper Pot Stills

The Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre, located in the East Neuk of Fife celebrated another momentous milestone as the copper pot whisky stills arrived at 09:00 this morning (Thursday 2 October).
 Both copper pot stills travelled from Rothes, Speyside and have been hand-made by Forsyths of Rothes.
 
The Wash Still, weighing three and a half tonnes and holding 7,500 litres and the Spirit Still, weighing three tonnes and holding 4,500 litres will both play an integral part in determining the light character of spirit produced at Kingsbarns Distillery.
 

Suntory Buys Beam

13 January 2014 - It was announced today that Suntory is buying Beam Inc. for $16 billion. So far I have no information  how this will affect the brands. Suntory already owns Morrison Bowmore Distillers which has Bowmore while the Beam deal will bring Laphroaig into the Suntory fold. Beam also owns Teacher's, while MBD doesn't really bother about the blended Scotch category. It'll be interesting to see if the QC and blend work on Laphroaig and Teacher's stays with personnel currently with Beam in the UK or whether they shift over to MBD.
The BenRiach Distillery

BenRiach Returns to Its Own Floor Maltings

Peat Reek is Back   The process of malting is the first stage in turning a field of barley into a bottle of whisky. During malting, barley is soaked in water to induce germination and thereby release enzymes that will modify starches into fermentable sugars, before being dried to halt the germination process.