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Monday, February 11, 2019

MGP Launches Eight & Sand Blended Whiskey Brand

MGP has announced the creation of a new brand called Eight & Sand inspired by the American railroad. The name originates from the eighth notch on a locomotive's throttle and the sand used on the wheels to prevent slipping.
"To wish a train crew an "Eight & Sand" is akin to 'smooth sailing.'"
In a statement, MGP says:
"We're proud to position Eight & Sand as an engine of innovation in our portfolio," says Andrew Mansinne, Vice President of Brands, MGP Ingredients. "We were inspired by the story of the American railroad, and Atchison's local E&S Locomotive 811 which has long connected our hometown to the country. We've designed Eight & Sand as an approachable blend of bourbons and whiskies designed to appeal to consumers looking for great value, great quality and smooth taste."
This new whiskey is a blend of bourbons and whiskies, but no ratio or brands were provided. Eight & Sand comes in at 44% alcohol and a suggested retail price is $29.99 for a 750ml bottle. The flavor profile is:

Nose and Taste: Spicy rye and cinnamon notes
Finish: Touch of caramel

Eight & Sand will be available for sale in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin. No word on if or when it will come to Ohio.

We're hopeful that this will be a unique whiskey with unique new flavors than more of a marketing pitch... however, we'll withhold judgement until we get our hands on some. As always, since this is a new brand stay tuned to for more information as it becomes available.

Source: MGP

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