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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Buffalo Trace Announces 21st Annual Lighting of the Trace - December 4th

In what is an annual tradition, Buffalo Trace will be kicking off the holiday season with their 21st annual Lighting of the Trace taking place on December 4th at their distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

The annual event is family friendly and includes refreshments, carols, Christmas stories read
by Santa’s elves, and of course a visit from Santa. The event kicks off at 5:30pm with a special candlelight tour of the Distillery featuring carolers along the tour route. Note, candlelight tours are offered on a first come, first serve basis and the capacity is limited.

2019 State of Ohio Whiskey and Bourbon Bottle Lottery is Live - Enter Now!

The 2019 Ohio Bottle Lottery is live. You can enter at the link below until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. I reached out to the state and they confirmed there are nearly 900 bottles available. The allocation by brand was not provided.

Enter Here!


In order to enter, you'll need the following:

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Announcement: December Columbus Ohio Whiskey Society (COWS) Meeting

You won't want to miss our December Central Ohio Whiskey Society (COWS) meeting. As normal the $10 flight of whiskey tasted blind and will be the star of the show but we have some other special things in store. We will be having a raffle to raise money for the Central Ohio Food Bank where you can win some very sought after whiskey and some that can't even be bought in Ohio. There also will be some swag from donating distilleries. So bring cash to buy some tickets to get your chance. There will be many winners in this raffle. Please click the link and sign up so we have a head count as we are expecting a good crowd.

If you're planning on attending, please RSVP here so they can let the Buckeye Bourbon House know to properly prepare. Any questions, email eric@columbusbourbon.com

Date And Time
Wed, December 11, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST

Location
Buckeye Bourbon House
36 East Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215




Saturday, November 30, 2019

November 2019 in Review

Welcome to the November 2019 recap. If you are looking for more ways to interact with us and share your love of bourbon, please tell everyone you know.

Also, be sure to sign up for emails on the front page. You'll get an email the day after anything is posted with the full article. No spam and the email address is not passed on to us in any way.

This month I posted 15 unique articles and the site saw over 8400+ views... nearly doubling the previous all-time high of 4941 set last month.

For context, last November I had 404 page-views so this represents nearly a 2000% increase year-over-year!! This is the third consecutive month with record traffic. Thank you to everyone and remember, tell everybody!






Tobey dressed up as a panda for 2019 Halloween and rocking his new shoes... he was not having it! Finally, his 14th birthday at Pet People

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Maker's Mark OHLQ Holiday Barrel Program - Available December 6th

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the availability of what they are calling the OHLQ Holiday release beginning at select locations (list below) at 9am on Friday, December 6th. This is the State's second Maker's Mark barrel selection release in 2019 following the ‘The Great 88 Select’, ‘Capital City Select’, ‘Queen City Select’, and ‘North Coast Select’ barrels released in April.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Angel's Envy Announces 2019 Cask Strength Bourbon Finished In Port Barrels

Angel's Envy has announced the release of 14,000 bottles of their 2019 Cask Strength Bourbon Finished In Port Barrels that hit select markets on November 1.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Michter's Announces Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey After 3-Year Hiatus

Michter's has announced the upcoming release in December of their Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey. This is the first release of the Sour Mash since 2016 and is a blend of whiskey taken from six carefully selected barrels.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Heaven Hill Releases 7 Year Bottled-In-Bond

Heaven Hill has announced the release of a 7 year Bottled-in-Bond bourbon. The original Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond debuted in 1939 and at one time, was the #1 selling bourbon in the state of Kentucky.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

How Much Bourbon Evaporates Over Time?

One of the neat things about how bourbon works is that it's a very time intensive process. Once the bourbon is made, the liquid is poured in a wood barrel where it sits for years or even decades. One of the challenges is that over time, like the vast majority of liquids, evaporation happens. This is commonly referred to as the Angel's Share and often produces a black fungus known as Baudoinia (see photo below from a warehouse at the Wild Turkey Distillery).

Sunday, November 17, 2019

2019 State of Ohio Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Bottle Lotteries Announced

Like last year, the The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection bottle lottery. This is an opportunity to enter a lottery to win the opportunity to purchase a hard to find bottle of select Buffalo Trace products at retail prices. The 2019 edition begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2 and runs through 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Rossville Union Single Barrel - Available November 22nd

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the availability of Rossville Union Single Barrel beginning at select locations (list below) at 9am on Friday, November 22nd. This is the State's first ever single barrel selection of Rossville Union.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Michter's Announces 20 Year Bourbon - Coming in November

Michter's has announced the 2019 release of Michter's 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon shipping to distributors and importers as early as November of this year and comes with a suggested retail price of $700.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Reminder: Central Ohio Whiskey Society (C.O.W.S.) November Meeting - Tomorrow, November 13th @5:30pm

Courtesy reminder that the Central Ohio Whiskey Society (C.O.W.S.) November Meeting is happening tomorrow, November 13th @5:30pm at the Buckeye Bourbon House located at 36 East Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215. You can help them out by RSVP'ing using this link so they can let the bar know approximately how much bourbon they'll need. All are welcome!

Any questions, drop a note to Eric


Monday, November 11, 2019

Canadian Club Announces Release of Canadian Club® 42 Year Old AKA Issue No. 2: The Dock Man

Beam Suntory owned Canadian Club has announced the release of Canadian Club® 42 Year Old, also known as Issue No. 2: The Dock Man. Yes, you read that right... 42 years old! Based on math, this puts the whiskey barreled in or around the year 1977. This is the second release in the CC Chronicles premium release series and celebrates the dock worker who delivered quality whisky to bar owners and drinkers when counterfeit whisky ran rampant during the Prohibition era.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Central Ohio Whiskey Society (C.O.W.S.) November Meeting

Hope all is well and the bourbon is neat. 

We are having reservations for the November meeting come in and we have some new people that have reserved. I know there were many names talked about at the October meeting that haven't reserved a spot that are more than welcome. Help spread the link to anyone you may want to come to the meeting and if you haven't signed up, don't forget to do that. It helps ensure we have enough space reserved. November 13th will be here before you know it. Click here for the Eventbrite link

Click for a recap of the October meeting and the bourbons that were tasted.  

Until the next time



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Maker's Mark Announces Custom Holiday Calligraphy Labels for Ohio

Because it's never too early to prepare for the holidays... Maker's Mark has announced the availability of calligraphy labels in Ohio. These make great personalized gifts and the best part is that they are free (no purchase required). It is as simple as going to one of the locations below during the time frames and providing the information. After that, you place it onto your new bottle and you're done.

As an added bonus, if you cannot make any of the dates and times below, you can request a label at https://makersmarkpersonalize.com/ and they will mail it free of charge.




The locations in Ohio are:

Dates: Nov. 16, Dec. 14, 1–3 p.m.
Location: Spirits of Madeira
6917 Miami Avenue
Madeira, OH 45243

Dates: Nov. 22, Dec. 13, 5–7 p.m.
Location: O’Bryan’s Wine & Spirits
8972 Columbia Road
Loveland, OH 45140

Dates: Nov. 23, Dec. 7, 3–5 p.m.
Location: Beckett Wine & State Liquor Agency
8211 Princeton Glendale Road
West Chester Township, OH 45069

Dates: Nov. 15, Dec. 6, 5–7 p.m.
Location: Chateau Wine & Spirits Dublin
6665 Sawmill Road
Dublin, OH 43017

Dates: Nov. 13, Dec. 18, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Chateau Wine & Spirits Polaris
2131 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, OH 43240

Dates: Nov. 16, Dec. 13, 1–3 p.m.
Location: Northwest Wine & Spirits
821 Bethel Road
Columbus, OH 43214

Dates: Nov. 15, Dec. 13, 5–7 p.m.
Location: Fishers Foods
5215 Fulton Drive NW
Canton, OH 44718

Dates: Nov. 22, Dec. 20, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Location: Portage Crossing Market District
2687 State Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Dates: Nov. 8, Dec. 6, 5–7 p.m.
Location: Brunswick Giant Eagle
3440 Center Road
Brunswick, OH 44212


Source: Maker's Mark

Monday, November 4, 2019

Buffalo Trace Announces Another Bourbon You Won't Be Able to Find or Afford - 1994 Vintage O.F.C.

Buffalo Trace has announced the latest edition of their O.F.C. Bourbon with their 1994 Vintage. This new vintage was barreled in 1994 (the year Friends debuted on television). The 1994 edition will be available in extremely limited quantities beginning in November of 2019 and carries a suggested price tag of $2500.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces New Riff Single Barrel - Available November 8th (Updated)

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has followed up the announcement of the Four Roses 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch raffle occurring on November 6th and the Old Forester Birthday Bourbon raffle occurring November 14th with the announcement of select New Riff Single Barrels available beginning at 9am on Friday, November 8th at select locations across the state (list below).

Friday, November 1, 2019

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Raffles - November 14

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced raffles for  Old Forester Birthday Bourbon occurring on November 14th. The raffle will occur at four locations across the state (locations below) with entries accepted beginning at 6:00pm with the raffle occurring at 7:30pm and entrants must be present to win. The bottles will sell for $99.99 + tax for a 750ml bottle.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

October 2019 in Review

Welcome to the October 2019 recap. If you are looking for more ways to interact with us and share your love of bourbon, please tell everyone you know and follow us on Instagram!

Also, be sure to sign up for emails on the front page. You'll get an email the day after anything is posted with the full article. No spam and the email address is not passed on to us in any way.

This month I posted 13 unique articles and the site saw 4650+ views, down from the all-time high of 4906 in September.

Mark in Northern Minnesota 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Four Roses 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch Raffle - November 6

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced raffles for Four Roses 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch occurring on November 6th. The raffle will occur at four locations across the state (locations below) with entries accepted beginning at 6:00pm with the raffle occurring at 7:30pm and entrants must be present to win. The bottles will sell for $149.99 + tax for a 750ml bottle.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Buffalo Trace Announces Next Edition of Old Charter Oak Series with Canadian Oak

Buffalo Trace has announced the next edition of their Old Charter Oak Series with the addition of Canadian Oak. The Old Charter Oak Series  is Buffalo Trace's attempt to try barrels produced with various types and species of oak, with the intent to bring out unique flavors and taste profiles. This new version follows the June announcement of French Oak in June and Mongolian Oak in December of 2018.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Woodford Announces Latest Master's Collection Called Chocolate Malted Rye Bourbon

Woodford has announced their latest addition to their Master's Collection in the form of a new spirit called 'Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Chocolate Malted Rye Bourbon.' This is the second release in 2019 of the Master's Collection joining 2019 Batch Proof that was announced in May.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Joseph Magnus Single Barrels - Available 9am on October 26

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced a limited release of nine barrels of Joseph Magnus available exclusively to Ohio. The release will start on October 26th at 9am at select stores (list below) and will sell for $101.99 + tax for a 750ml bottle. The State Liquor Control worked with first time with Master Blender Nancy Fraley to choose the barrels for this release.

Buffalo Trace Announces 2019 Pappy Van Winkle Annual Release You'll Never Be Able to Buy

Buffalo Trace Distillery has announced the release of the 2019 Van Winkle Bourbon Collection. Van Winkle bourbons are aged longer than most bourbons and are the most sought out by bourbon connoisseurs... whether this is due to their scarcity or quality is a lingering debate.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Larceny Announces First Brand Extension with Larceny Barrel Proof

Heaven Hill brand Larceny has announces their first brand extension with a new spirit called Larceny Barrel Proof. This new edition will be released three times per year (January, May, and September), with the first shipment arriving in January of 2020.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Central Ohio Whiskey Society (COWS) Gets Its Start

On a beautiful early October evening several people made their way to downtown Columbus to The Buckeye Bourbon House (BBH) for the first meeting of the Central Ohio Whiskey Society. The anticipation of the group was in the meeting of new friends and old but the flight of 3 whiskeys, they were going to get to taste blind, was what brought them to BBH.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Baker's Reintroduces Itself As Single Barrel Bourbon

Beam Suntory brand Baker's has announced that it is transitioning itself to a single barrel bourbon while maintaining their 107 proof and minimum seven-year age statement. As part of the transition, Baker's has introduced a new bottle design that includes details about the individual barrel as well the warehouse in which it was aged and the date bottled.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Jefferson's Reserve and Ocean - Available 9am on October 11 (updated)

10-09-2019 - This post has been updated to reflect that the Jefferson's Ocean is not barrell strength.

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced a limited release of two Jefferson's single barrel products. The release will start on October 11th at 9am at select stores (list below). The State Liquor Control worked with Master Blender Trey Zoeller to choose the selections of Jefferson's Reserve and Ocean Reserve 17 specifically for Ohio.


Friday, October 4, 2019

Announcement: Central Ohio Whiskey Society (COWS) First Meet-Up - October 9th

From time to time, we hear of events and announcements for bourbon and whiskey fans in Ohio. For anyone close to Columbus, this is a new whiskey group started by friends of the site (Eric). The first meeting will be Wednesday, October 9th at 5:30pm at the Buckeye Bourbon House at 36 East Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215. The announcement and RSVP is below.

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Hello all!

We are a week away from our first meeting. I am using the name of Central Ohio Whiskey Society (COWS) until we vote on an official name at the meeting. I have set up an Eventbrite just so Buckeye Bourbon House will have a head count. Don't pay anything through the Eventbrite. Just bring your $10 on the 9th.

Also, be sure to pass this link around to others that you may think would be interested in joining in on the fun.

Thanks again and can't wait to taste some whiskey with old and new friends.

Eric

Eventbrite Link

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Beam Suntory Announces Knob Creek Quarter Oak Bourbon

Knob Creek has announced the limited release of a new spirit titled Knob Creek Quarter Oak. This new bourbon uses a secondary finishing approach to bring out enhance the influence of oak (more on this later).

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Hooray, We're 1 Years Old!

October 2nd marked the anniversary of the first post on ColumbusBourbon.com. It was a review of Basil Hayden's you can view here. Since that time, I've posted 185+ articles and conducted 25 bourbon and whiskey reviews. Additionally, the site has had over 25,500 page-views, been displayed 59,000+ times in Google searches, had over 3600 clicks from Google and over 1000 from Facebook. It's been an incredible year that has exceeded my expectations.


If you're looking for more ColumbusBourbon or ways to interact, follow us on Instagram or come to a bourbon meetup. Our first meetup is happening on October 9th at Buckeye Bourbon House in Columbus. As I reflect on the first year, I want to thank everyone for visiting and spreading the word. I'm excited for the future.

Thanks!

Mark


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Lux Row Distillers Announces Double Barrel Bourbon

Lux Row Distillers (makers of our highest rated bourbon) has announced their newest spirit called Lux Row Distillers Double Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This new limited release bourbon is a 'thank you' to customers for supporting Lux Row Distillers during their first year in business.

Monday, September 30, 2019

September 2019 in Review

Welcome to the September 2019 recap. If you are looking for more ways to interact with us and share your love of bourbon, please tell everyone you know and follow us on Instagram!

Also, be sure to sign up for emails on the front page. You'll get an email the day after anything is posted with the full article. No spam and the email address is not passed on to us in any way.

This month I posted 12 unique articles and the site saw a new record with 4600+ views, up from 4205 in August.

Mark & Tobey at the 2019 CHA Dog Jog

Friday, September 27, 2019

Kentucky Owl Announces Bourbon Batch #9 Coming in October

Just in time to capitalize on the Ohio Division of Liqour Kentucky Owl Confiscated raffle on October 3, Kentucky Owl has announced the availability of their newest bourbon created by Master Distiller Dixon Dedman called Bourbon Batch #9. This is their highest-proof batch to-date coming in a whopping 127.6-proof (63.8% alcohol-by-volume) and will be available in select markets (list below) beginning in October.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Kentucky Owl Confiscated Raffle - October 3

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced an upcoming raffle for Kentucky Owl Confiscated occurring on October 3rd at four locations across the state (list below). The events start at 6 p.m. with entries collected until 7:30 p.m at which time the winners will be announced. Winners must be present to purchase.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Buffalo Trace Announces the Release of Bourbons You'll Never Be Able to Find or Buy

Buffalo Trace has announced the 2019 releases of their Antique Collection. The Antique Collection consists of five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. The five whiskeys are George T. Stagg, William Larue Weller, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye, Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, and Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old. Suggested retail is $99 for each bottle (more on that later).

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces WhistlePig Barrel Series #2 of 4 - Available September 28

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the availability of the second of four WhistlePig Single Barrel selections that will be offered in Ohio. The four releases are titled Spicy Pig, Smooth Pig, Rich Pig, and the Sweet Pig. All releases will be coming from 10-year-old, single barrel selections. This release is for the barrels called 'Smooth Pig' and will be available on Saturday, September 28th at 9am at select stores (list below).

Four Roses Announces 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon

Four Roses has announced the release of their 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon. This new bourbon is a mix of four of their recipes selected by Master Distiller Brent Elliott to create this release.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Chicken Cock Whiskey Announces Namesake Anchor Expression (Update)

Note: This post was updated on 11/2/19 after hearing from

Grain & Barrel Spirits brand Chicken Cock has announced the creation of their signature Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This new spirit is distilled, aged, and bottled in Kentucky and produced at Bardstown Bourbon Company.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Maker's Mark Releases First Ever Limited Edition Bourbon

Maker's Mark has announced their first ever limited release with the introduction of their Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series 2019 Limited Release: Stave Profile RC6 (what a name!). This new bourbon is bottled at barrel strength and uses proprietary wood staves that are referred to as referred to as Stave Profile RC6.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Bourbon & Whiskey Meetup in Columbus - October 9th!

Calling all bourbon and whiskey lovers in Ohio! Some friends of the site are starting a whiskey club. All are welcome and the initial information is below. This is a great event if you are new to bourbon or a seasoned vet. If you are interested or have any questions or suggestions, drop a note to eric@columbusbourbon.com.

The idea is to meet, taste some whiskey, meet new friends and have some fun. We have been delayed starting as our original location we were going to meet unexpectedly closed but in that happening I think we ended up with a better place. The Buckeye Bourbon House (BBH - 36 E Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215) has agreed to host our meetings. They seem to be very accommodating.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Beam Suntory Announces Third Chapter Of Little Book Whiskey Series Titled "The Road Home"

Beam Suntory has announced the third edition of their 'Little Book' series that is developed by eighth generation Beam distiller Freddie Noe (grandson of legendary distiller Booker Noe).

Monday, September 9, 2019

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Selection - September 13th

For the second time this year, the Ohio Division of Liquor (OHLQ) has announced the availability of a Small Batch Barrel Selection from Elijah Craig. This new release encompasses six barrels that range in age from eight to eleven years old for sale beginning at 9am on September 13th at select stores (list below).

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

MGP to Introduce Remus Repeal Reserve Series III November 13th

Indiana based MGP has announced Remus Repeal Reserve Series III Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be released on November 13th to commemorate the birthdate of George Remus, who was a bootlegger who operated out of Cincinnati during prohibition.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Bulleit 12 Year Rye

Welcome to the review for Bulleit 12 Year Rye.

If you haven't heard, Bulleit has been in the news for some negative reasons that include allegations of discrimination, sexual, and physical abuse assault against an LGBT member of the Bulleit family by the family patriarch. It has escalated to the point that parent company Diagio has removed the figurehead from representing the brand.

The news on Bulleit is very disturbing and if you have ethical concerns over supporting companies based on their behavior, this is something to keep in mind. I'm not going to let the news influence the review, but rather if I buy Bulleit in the future.


As always, I'll get started with the specifications.