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Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey: Toast To Summer Event

…..Tonight, in 18 Cities across the country Jack Daniels will host a one day only “Toast to Summer” celebrating the recently released Tennessee Honey Liqueur to their portfolio. The event is free however it is private so you will need to RSVP for an invitation. If you haven’t done so already, RSVP at JoinTheSwarm . You can expect a great social atmosphere, and plenty of complimentary Jack Daniels. If JD isn’t you’re thing though the events are being held at a regular bar so you will have the options to drink something else.

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Wild Turkey 81 Takes Flight !

Wild Turkey® is expanding its portfolio with the addition of Wild Turkey 81 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The first whiskey solely crafted by Associate Distiller and Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame member Eddie Russell, Wild Turkey 81 was developed with bartenders and consumers in mind, creating a truly mixable spirit that delivers Wild Turkey’s famous kick every time.

Wild Turkey 81 was born through extensive research – that is if you consider sitting in bars across America talking to bartenders and whiskey fans research.  Having already collaborated with his father, famed Wild Turkey Master Distiller Jimmy Russell, on Russell’s Reserve® Bourbon and Rye, Eddie wanted to create a spirit all his own that met the needs of today’s whiskey drinker, who is looking to experience bourbon with mixers and in classic, good-time cocktails more and more.

“I discovered those folks who didn’t want the punch of Wild Turkey 101 were sorely disappointed by other whiskies that disappeared like a fox down a hole when mixed with things like cola,” said Eddie Russell.  “So with Jimmy’s blessing, I developed Wild Turkey 81 – an everyday whiskey that can stand up to any mixer or in any cocktail with the bold, in-your-face taste that is distinctively Wild Turkey.”

Wild Turkey 81 uses Wild Turkey’s famous high-rye mash for a spicy kick that lasts and lasts.  Hand-selected American oak barrels from the Ozark Mountains receive an “alligator char” before being filled at the distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.  Wild Turkey 81 is the only bourbon in the category to use this expensive, deep char (also called a “#4 char”), resulting in extreme vanilla and caramel flavors that are hallmarks of a Wild Turkey Bourbon.

The filled barrels are placed in wood-rack warehouses that use no heaters or air conditioners, unlike others in the category.  Continued Eddie, “Mother Nature’s got her hands all over this brand.  We like to do things the old fashioned way around here, letting the barrels age solely based on the weather that shows up on our doorstep that day, which creates a more balanced whiskey.”

Wild Turkey 81 is a masterful blend composed primarily of six, seven and eight year old whiskies, making it the longest-aged bourbon or Tennessee whiskey in its class.  The result is a whiskey with a deep, rich amber color, and a nose full of fruit, butterscotch, toffee and toasted oak. On the tongue, you discover cigar-box sweetness, caramel, vanilla and pear, with a long finish of rich spice notes and hints of toast.

“I’ve spent the last 30 years working with my son Eddie, and teaching him everything I know about making bourbon,” said Jimmy Russell, himself a 57-year whiskey veteran. “As soon as I tasted Wild Turkey 81, it was clear he was paying attention.  I am one proud Dad.”

Wild Turkey 81 shows up to the party wearing brand-spankin’-new duds, in the form of the first package change to the Wild Turkey family in nearly 15 years.  The classic bottle shape remains the same, but the label gets a “badass” makeover.  It is cleaner and more aggressive than before, with the famous Wild Turkey symbol standing proud.  The label gives a stronger nod to which Wild Turkey product you are about to enjoy – 81 or 101 – and shouts out our proud Kentucky heritage like never before.  The new packaging will be featured with Wild Turkey 81, Wild Turkey Rye, and the kickass granddaddy of them all:  Wild Turkey 101.

“Even a good old boy changes his shirt every now and again,” said Jimmy.

Wild Turkey 81 is priced at $19.99 (MSRP) and is available now in the US at bars, restaurants and spirits retailers nationwide.  It will be supported by an extensive marketing campaign featuring print, outdoor and digital advertising, as well as a loud, badass social media campaign.

Wild Turkey 81 joins an already impressive lineup of bourbons and rye whiskies from the Wild Turkey distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, including the iconic Wild Turkey 101, Rare Breed, Kentucky Spirit, Russell’s Reserve, and American Honey®.  Wild Turkey is distributed in the US by Skyy Spirits.

Skyy Spirits was founded and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.  More information on the company can be found at www.skyyspirits.com, www.facebook.com/skyyspirits, Twitter: @SkyySpirits and www.camparigroup.com.  Please enjoy Skyy Spirits brands responsibly and in moderation.

(Press Release Courtesy of Skyy Spirits.)

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Press Releases, Whiskey

 

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Tastes Like Heaven, Burns Like Hell: Fireball Whisky Review

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky needs no introduction. If you haven’t tried it yet, just imagine what it would be like to get a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick to the face if his legs were on fire and tasted like cinnamon. Like it, love it, shoot it– your dad’s whisky never tasted so smooth. What happens next is up to you.”

…..While we wouldn’t exactly compare the kick in Fireball Whisky to a kick from the almighty Chuck Norris (How dare they!), we do agree that there’s enough cinnamon kick in this one to ignite a flame in your mouth if you aren’t careful. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky comes to us all the way from Canada, originally created to fight off the harsh winters of the North as their website suggests. Coming in at a whopping 66 proof, this whisky actually comes off a bit more like a schnapps, or liqueur.

Presentation: I love both the bottle design and logo they created. The yellow and red obviously visualize the fire and flame theme that they are going for. Easy bottle design great for pocketing and sneaking into college parties and tailgating events.

Aroma: Cinnamon, Cinnamon, and more Cinnamon. Oh and a bit of sugar too. Intense Cinnamon and sugar aromas are the only things I notice when cracking open a bottle. Not a trace of whisky on the nose but that’s not to say it isn’t in there.

Taste: Have you every wondered what Big Red Bubble Gum infused alcohol would taste like? Something tells me this is as close as you’ll ever get. There’s an intense cinnamon flavor that immediately hits you followed by a sweet finish with a bit of a bite. Again, not a Chuck Norris bite, but maybe Steven Segal-ish. It actually goes down pretty easy and blends the cinnamon and the whiskey together nicely. While many traditional whisky fans may scoff at this, Cinnamon Schnapps fans will probably embrace it and enjoy the warmer tones the whisky brings out in it. By itself it makes an excellent shot (supposedly it was meant to be consumed in shot form), and in the right drink it can make a nice warm cocktail.

Grade: C+/B- (C+  as a whisky, B- as a cinnamon gimmick drink… sorry had to do it)

Price: $19.99

Overall it’s a good gimmick cocktail sure to make some fun and interesting drinks. This definitely will be popular in the college circles for shooting purposes much like Goldschlager, Jagermeister, and other similar drinks. Here are a few recipes courtesy of Fireball Whisky.

Tennessee Apple

  • 1 oz. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • 1 oz. Apple Schnapps
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Shake with ice and strain, garnish with a Honey Crisp® apple

The Igniter

  • Half Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Half Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon
  • Shake with ice and strain into shot glass

The Wake N Bake

  • 1 shot Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • 1 cup of your favorite coffee
  • Brew a cup of coffee or hit up your local Starbucks® and drop in a few shots of Fireball

Fireball sample for review was courtesy of representatives of ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.For more information on Fireball including where you can locate it, recipes, and more visit FireballWhisky.com. As always don’t forget to friend us on Facebook for updates and other fun things. Class Dismissed !

 

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Makers Mark 46 Tasting Review

…..With Preakness now in our rear view window, and The Belmont less than a month away, we’re in full swing of the season. Not Horse Racing season, well yes that too, but we’re talking Bourbon season. That’s right, Bourbon, Racing, and Kentucky go together as seamless as “A,B,C” and with that said we thought it time to introduce you to a wonderful addition to the Bourbon genre; Maker Mark 46.
…..Now to give you a bit of background on just how significant this entry is, understand this; Since 1958, Makers Mark Distillery has made only one thing, Makers Mark Bourbon. Bill Samuels Sr’s pioneering efforts led to a bourbon that forever changed the category and rather than dilute their product over the years with multiple variations like many of their competitors, the family behind Makers Mark has stayed loyal to their core product pledging allegiance to a superior recipe that has needed no tweaking. Jim Beam carries 7 variations of it’s product, Wild Turkey currently sells 6, and Jack Daniels is pushing around 5 or 6 products on your local convenience store shelves just to give you a comparison. Fans of Makers have had to settle for lack of variety over the years in exchange for a truly amazing tasting bourbon and in fact, with the exception of a few limited releases over the years (Makers Mark Black, Mint Julep Makers), this is the first new product in 52 years.
….. So how exactly do you go about releasing the first new product from your company in half a century without screwing things up? You start by using your award winning bourbon as a base for your new creation. Makers 46 is a hand crafted, full bodied bourbon that starts out as the original makers and is then continued into maturation using a technique involving French oak staves allowing for a release of natural flavors of caramel, spice, and vanilla notes into the final product. Fancy huh? Just remember that the next time you’re pouring yourself a glass and say “Thank you Bill Jr, Kevin Smith, and Brad Boswell”. (President, Master Distiller, and “Wood Chef”). And for those of you wondering, the 46 is not a notation of alcohol percentage, but in fact is in reference to the profile number of the winning recipe after several different trials and experimentations. Now as much as a bourbon snob as I am, I’d be foolish to think on first taste I’d be able to pick apart everything different about Makers 46 so for tasting purposes I decided to break out the original Makers for reference.

Aroma: Worth noting;46’s color is slightly darker, and more amber than Makers Mark. Upon peeling the wax you get strong notes of caramel, honey, and vanilla very much like what you are use to with Makers Mark. “46” actually comes off with slightly less punch in my opinion than MM.

Taste: This one comes at you right where Makers Mark left off with strong sweet notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and honey. 46 builds on this award winning tastes with a noticeable addition of spice in its flavor. In addition, 46 comes to you at a higher proof (94) and yet still maintains a smooth finish that is both rich and delicious (think chocolate). Though 46 was built on foundations from Makers Mark, it stands on its own perfectly and will definitely become a mainstay in my liquor cabinet.

Grade: A

Price: $45 (avg, check your local retailer for exact amount)

Makers 46 sample was provided for review courtesy of representatives of Makers Mark. For more information about Makers 46 and Makers Mark, go to MakersMark.com or visit Makers Mark on Twitter and Facebook. And while you’re there don’t forget to visit INTOXICOLOGY101 on Facebook to stay up to date on our latest news and reviews. Class Dismissed !

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Reviews, Spirits, Whiskey

 

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Brown-Foreman Introduces: The Triple Crown of Cocktails

With the 136th annual Preakness only a day away, alcohol giant Brown Foreman has decided to release what they are calling the “Triple Crown of Cocktails”. Three delicious recipes highlighting one of each of the three major races. Early Times and Woodford Reserve bourbon are both featured in the signature drinks.

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The Early Times Mint Julep
Official Cocktail of the Kentucky Derby

The mint julep is the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby and the Early Times Mint Julep has been the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby for the past 24 years. Over 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served at Churchill Downs during Derby week.

2 ounces Early Times Kentucky Whisky
1 Tablespoon Simple Syrup
Mint Sprigs
Crushed Ice

Muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom of your mint julep cup, then fill with crushed ice. Add one tablespoon of simple syrup and two ounces Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir gently until glass frosts. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig, sip and enjoy.

The Black-Eyed Susan
Official Cocktail of the Preakness

The Preakness Stakes is held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland and marks the second leg of the Triple Crown. The Black-Eyed Susan serves as the Official Drink of the Preakness and Early Times Kentucky Whisky is a key ingredient to this signature cocktail.

1 ¼ ounces Early Times Kentucky Whisky
¾ ounces vodka
3 ounces sweet and sour mix
2 ounces orange juice
Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

Woodford Reserve Belmont Jewel
Official Cocktail of the Belmont Stakes

The third and final leg of the Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes, held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY. Woodford Reserve is the Official Bourbon of the Belmont Stakes and is the main ingredient for the Official Cocktail, the Belmont Jewel.

1 ½ oz. Woodford Reserve
2 oz. Lemonade
1 oz. Pomegranate juice

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge or cherry.

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137th Kentucky Derby: Race Day Cocktails

The Kentucky Derby is one of the South’s most premier sporting events and though many will empty their pockets in hopes of picking the winner, there are only two guarantees you can truly bet on; Big hats and Mint Julep cocktails. From the outside looking in the focus is on the horses but when you’re in attendance everyone wants to know what your wearing and what you’re drinking.The Mint Julep is the traditional mainstay at the Kentucky Derby and to honor the event I’ll be sharing with you a few Julep recipes including the original, a few spins, and some of the other popular drinks so you can have the proper experience whether you’re there in person or enjoying the festivities on the big screen from the comfort of your own home.

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Classic Mint Julep

  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) club soda
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 15 fresh mint leaves, plus 5 small sprigs for garnish
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) Makers Mark or other high-quality Bourbon
  • 2 cups crushed ice

Stir together club soda and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add mint leaves and, using glass muddler, gently press leaves into sugar syrup until slightly darkened but not completely crushed. Add whiskey, then fill cup with crushed ice and stir briefly. Tuck mint sprigs into top of cup and insert straw.

Georgia Mint Julep

  • Take 1 tea-spoonful of white powered sugar.
  • 3/4 wine-glass of Cognac brandy.
  • 3/4 wine glass of peach brandy.
  • About 12 sprigs of the tender shoots of mint.

Put the mint in the tumbler, add the sugar, having previously dissolved it in a little water, then the brandy, and lastly, fill up the glass with shaved ice. Stir with a spoon but do not crush the mint. In it’s origina, the Southern Mint Julep used cognac instead of whiskey.

Old Fashioned

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • club soda
  • 2 ounces Bourbon Whisky ( Or Rye if your one of THOSE people)
  • Cherry and Orange Slice garnish (Optional)

Place the sugar cube in an Old-Fashioned glass. Wet it down with 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of water or club soda. Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler or spoon. Rotate the glass so that the sugar grains and bitters give it a lining. Add a large ice cube. Pour in the rye (or bourbon). Serve

Agave Julep (For the Tequila Lovers)

  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 tbls Simple Syrup (it’s very tart, so you may add more)
  • 1 1/4 ounces Reposado Tequila
  • 1 1/4 ounces fresh lime juice
  • Dash of Agave
  • Lime wedge, mint sprig for garnish

Muddle the mint leaves with the sugar syrup in a highball glass. Add the tequila and lime juice, fill the glass with crushed ice, and stir vigorously to mix. Decorate with a lime wedge and a mint sprig.

Pimms Cup (A British Spring/Summer Classic making waves during the Derby)

1 part Pimm’s No.1 Cup
2 or 3 Parts Lemonade (Depending on how sweet you want it)
Optional- Can replace 1/3rd Lemonade with 1/3rd Lemon Lime soda, Ginger Beer, or Ginger Ale

Add ingredients in shaker filled with ice (except soda). Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with cubed (not crushed) ice. Authentic Pimm’s will then have slices and peices of fruit thrown in and topped off with.

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Spring Fever: Spring Cocktail Recipes

The sun is shining, the snow is melting (hopefully), and the green grass that has alluded you for months is starting to show again. That’s right, Spring is finally here. For those of you up north, the transition from Winter to Spring is one of the most anticipated times of the year. Having spent 18 years of my life in the North before moving to the scorching South, it’s ironic that I now anticipate the transition from Summer to Fall more than anything. But now is the time for you to put away the procrastinations of Winter and complete your Spring cleaning, filing of taxes, and planning your Summer vacations or stay-cations. After all is said and done, you’ll want to treat yourself to a deliciously refreshing cocktail on your patio, porch, or whatever relaxing spot you’ve made for yourself. Here are a few excellent cocktails to help you usher in the essence of Spring:

Lynchburg Lemonade
1 oz Jack Daniels
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Sweet N Sour Mix
4 oz Lemon Lime Soda (Try the new Citrus Blast Product!)

Add all ingredients except the soda into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled collins glass and top off with 7 up. Garnish with a Lemon Wedge.


Spiked Arnold Palmer (The John Daly) – Great for Making Pitchers
2 Oz Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
2 Oz Lemonade (Preferably home made)
Garnish with a lemon wedge

Rum Ting Cocktail
2 oz Wray & Nephew Jamaican Rum
Juice of one half a lime
4 oz Ting Grapefruit Soda (Hard to find so substitute with other grapefruit sodas if you must)

Pour your rum into a tall glass filled with ice. Add in Lime juice and top with your soda and that’s it! Tasty, refreshing, perfect for spring and summer.

Red Berry Blast (Created by the Professional Drinker)
1.5 oz Ciroc Red Berry
3 oz Lemonade
1 oz Lemon Lime Soda
.25 oz Grenadine

Add your Vodka and Lemonade into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top off with your Sprite and then add in a dash of grenadine. Garnish with a lime wheel

Hope your enjoyed today’s lecture. There is no reason for you NOT to have a drink in your hand. Don’t forget to become a fan of ours on FaceBook !

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2011 in 4th of July, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey

 

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