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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.

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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 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.