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Drew Estate Ships Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang & Swamp Rat

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today that the Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang & Swamp Rat will start shipping in April 2017. Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang and Swamp Rat were formally introduced at IPCPR 2016 and soft released at the 2016 Kentucky Barn Smoker.

Click Here To View The Press Release On Drew Estate’s Site

This thing should not be, and it’s a deeply disturbing yet pleasing smoke. Deep in the swamps it is lurking, waiting to be discovered. By pairing this deliciously sweet candela wrapper with the smoky & tasty Kentucky Fire Cured tobaccos, an eerie mystery has been revealed for a unique and powerful experience.

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From his Wynwood safehouse, Jonathan Drew stated “We continue to demonstrate our leadership in the Fire Cured Tobacco segment, making history as the first company to blend Candela and Kentucky Fire Cured Tobaccos in the premium segment. It is sure not to be like any other Candela cigar you have ever smoked.”

Pairing the smokiness of Fire Cured Tobacco with the sweetness of Candela wrapper, Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp creates a uniquely balanced, complex and savory cigar; perfect for fans of both Fire Cured and Candela tobaccos.

The release includes three sizes: Swamp Thang Toro (6 x 52), Swamp Thang Robusto (5 x 54), and Swamp Rat (6 x 46). The new sizes will be available in soft pack 10 count bundles similar to the current Kentucky Fire Cured lines, as a refill to the new display trays, which will only be available to retailers. Swamp Thang and Swamp Rat are Drew Estate’s first foray into Candela wrapped cigars.

About Drew Estate

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Isla del Sol, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, Florida Sun Grown, and Java by Drew Estate.

Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye To Take The Lead

Thanks to a visit during Bourbon Fest in Indianapolis, one of the hosts had the opportunity to not only test but purchase a bottle of whiskey from Jack Daniels.    Alright, so that isn’t that big of a deal but for $15, we certainly stumbled upon some high price whiskey to sample the entire day and then buy it at a reduced cost.   Does that sound like a bigger deal?   Well if it does, then you should go and try a bottle of Jack Daniels Single Barrel Rye, at full price or free if you have a friend who purchased a bottle.   That is what we did this week since Eric purchased the bottle.   Where does it rank in 2017?   Maybe the name gives a hint..  Maybe not..  Find out during this podcast..   Train..  Train..

After a month of travel, illness and general medicated hangover and took us a few weeks to get back on schedule.    If you can’t self-medicate with whiskey, then that certainly won’t be a high point of the week.   So we kicked off what was left over from our general illnesses, jumped into the studio and got back on track with our recording schedule.

As we said in the introduction, this was a bottle that we initially sampled during our trip to Bourbon Fest in Indianapolis in mid-December.   $15, all you can drink.. No Proof is too high..  No sample is too small..   That was the motto of the day and sure enough, we found plenty of whiskeys that we are going to be reviewing this year.   This bottle was one that Eric purchased for his own stache because lets face it, he loves a great Rye.     Let me tell you, this Rye did not disappoint and for coming out of the box at 94 proof, it certainly didn’t stop the woooooooooo’s from being yelled at both Bourbon Fest and also behind the mic..

Sure during the podcast, we did try this Rye three ways but lets face it..   One way was the winner..  What was it?   Can’t give you all of the details..  Listen to the podcast and find out…

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

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Thanksgiving Whiskey Feast With Wild Turkey 101

We are some hosts when it comes to Thanksgiving.   We aren’t only lining our tables with some great Turkey and fixing but quenching our thirst with some Wild Turkey 101.   Our GlenCairn Glasses were filled with Whiskey and we were entertained by our original guest sitting in the Hotel Tango Guest Seat, Patrick.   Patrick made his return after a day of waiting over night for his spot on the show, so really this was his attempt at getting ready for Black Friday.   Well what happens when you mix 101 proof whiskey with guys who were ready to drink?   Pure magic..   Train..  Train…

It is really that perfect time of the year when some awesome family holidays are lined up back to back.   Each of the hosts have a list of family traditions that really make the holidays.   While we were discussing this across each of the hosts, we found that we both have a completely different approach to our holiday festivities during Thanksgiving.    The biggest seems to be around a simple game..  Football..  While our pre-game seems to be the same:   food, whiskey and family..  The end of the story really seems to be completely different..  An American result depending upon how you look at it..

Most people will sit down with their Thanksgiving lunches (or dinners) and catch a days worth of football.  When you have three NFL games and a handful of College Football games, there is plenty of opportunities to watch some pigskin.    Well that is where Rob lives during his Thanksgiving experience with his friends and family..   Eric has a unique spin that seems like it should be replicated during the 4th of July timeframe.   As he describes it, they are the post office of Cornhole players..  No matter rain, sleet, snow or shine, they are playing Cornhole as a family..   Which again, traditions are great things when you are spending them with family.

Now we will say this during the podcast.   We had a great time bring back our buddy Patrick.   Everybody should have a friend like Patrick.   He always makes you laugh, he would do anything to help you out and he almost never says no to a whiskey drink.    Perfect guest for this holiday episode.   We hope that everybody enjoys their holidays with friends and family..

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Bugatti Cigars – http://bugatticigars.com

Central Standard Bourbon Driving With Bugatti

Kicking off the recording rust is never easy to do following a vacation.  Well in this episode, we certainly had some rust since we hadn’t recorded in a week however thanks to a venture through Wisconsin we picked up some new great whiskeys and bourbons.   We are drinking some youthful bourbon from the Central Standard Distillery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.    We paired the bourbon with a Bugatti San Andres Claro Cigar, which you can pick up at Cigars International.   It took us a minute or two to get going in this episode however we had two great products to get us up and going.   Train..  Train..

Alright, so we want to apologize upfront with this podcast and blog because we were kicking off some serious rust and getting our recording out for this week.   We try to stay within a few days of recording (usually about three days) however we recorded and put out this podcast within 24 hours of our normal podcast release time.   Given that information and one that we were a little rusty thanks to some vacation time, we came out slow in this recording.    While this isn’t a normal occurrence,  we did have a great combination of both bourbon and cigars in this podcast.   Each has it own story..

While we were cutting through Milwaukee, on our way up north for vacation, we stopped in to Central Standard Distillery to snag some of their bourbon they released back in October.   We knew that because we went to their Year 1 party back in 2015 and wouldn’t you know it, we hit the same location again for their 2nd Annual extravaganza.    To make sure we had the whiskey and it wasn’t forgotten during the celebration, we tried to stop in right when they opened to pick up a bottle..  Wouldn’t you know it, they were closed for another hour while they were prepping.   Now to some, that might have just been a sign to turn around and find a bar and wait an hour.   Well not for this host, I happened to notice somebody going into a back door and I was more than happy to hold the door.  Now since I have bartended for years, I always hate it when people come in before we are officially opened (especially on a big celebration day) but when you say I just want to buy a bottle and leave, people seem very happy to help you..  Heck, they even upsold me on another whiskey..  I mean seriously, why get one whiskey when you can get two different kinds and review them later.    So more of this story will be saved for the podcast but we do appreciate the folks from Central Standard Distillery hooking me up with my whiskey and for a great event..   Congrats for year two!!!

Now Bugatti, well this has been a discussion we have been having for about two months.   It all started around a sample question..  Would you care to sample and review some of our cigars?   Ummmmmm, yes!!!    Now we aren’t talking about a small sample, I am talking enough cigars for both hosts to enjoy and a variety that seemed to fit almost every situation.     We are talking, cigars that burn extremely slow, have a great flavor profile and live up to the Bugatti name..     Now this section will be a little bit shorter than the one above because we plan to do something different in the next few blogs.  When we have a Bugatti cigar as part of the whiskey review, we are going to give that cigar a bit more love in the blog.   We want to throw out a few more cigars reviews on the Bugatti cigars and give you some insights on what we like and might not like on the cigars.   Which is great about all of these cigars, you can pick them up at our friendly Cigars International sponsor..   How great is that?

Now, we have said it before and we will keep saying it again.   We are so very greatly with the awesome line up of companies we are working with during this podcast.    We like to think of each of our sponsors / partners as part of our extended Whiskey On The Rails family.   When you get to pair up such great products, it is really fun to come out and record every week because we stand behind everything we talk about and enjoy each of the products we get to use during the show.      Even Eric and Rob get along during the podcast because of these great products and that right there is a miracle..

You can find our sponsors at the following sites:

Luxco Announces Plans for Bardstown Distillery

COMPANY TO BUILD DISTILLERY ON THE KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL

(St. Louis) April 4, 2016 – Luxco announced today the company has finalized plans to build a distillery, located in Nelson County, Kentucky. Luxco has chosen to build the distillery on a 70-acre site off state highway KY-245 in the heart of Bardstown and Bourbon Capital of the World. The company announced preliminary plans for the distillery in late 2015, and the distillery is expected to be fully operational by late 2017.

Construction on the project will begin in the summer of 2016. Buzick Construction has been awarded the contract for the project. When finished, the distillery will be approximately 18,000 square feet, have six barrel warehouses and will employ an estimated 34 people. In addition, the distillery will feature a tasting room and event space and will offer visitors a new stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

“We are looking forward to building the distillery on this scenic property and in such a central location in Bardstown,” says David Bratcher, President and COO of Luxco. “We intend the distillery to be a welcoming stop for those visiting the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and we are excited to bring our bourbon experience and brands to Nelson County.”

The distillery will be built alongside an existing house on the property, which is registered as a National Historic Place and will remain. Architect renderings of the new distillery, created by Joseph & Joseph Architects out of Louisville, are available upon request.

With the rapid growth of Luxco’s bourbon brands, such as Rebel Yell, Blood Oath and Ezra Brooks, the company decided to build this new distillery in order to meet its increasing whiskey demand.

“At Luxco, we are always looking to be innovative,” says Bratcher. “Building this distillery will allow us to control our own production as well as offer us the ability to experiment with new and innovative mash bills, barrel types and aging techniques.”

Luxco has received support for the distillery from various entities within Kentucky.

“We are pleased with the support we have received from the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet, the Nelson County Economic Development Agency and City and County government officials,” said Donn Lux, Chairman of Luxco.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for $1.3 million in tax incentives for the project. The Joint City-County Planning Commission also approved rezoning of the land for this project. Luxco also owns 50 percent interest in the Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky – which produces Yellowstone Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

“We are excited to have Luxco become a part of our community,” says Dean Watts, Nelson County Judge Executive. “Their history and success in the liquor industry will greatly enhance our County.”

For more information, please contact:

Pia Reinhold at preinhold@commongroundpr.com

About Luxco

Luxco, Inc. is a leading producer, importer and marketer of beverage alcohol products. Our mission is to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our consumers, associates and business partners. Founded in St. Louis in 1958, where it is headquartered, it is owned and operated by the Lux family. Its portfolio of brands include: Juarez Tequila & Triple Sec, Pearl Vodka, Everclear Grain Alcohol, Arrow Cordials, El Mayor Tequila, Ezra Brooks & Rebel Yell Bourbons, Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky, St. Brendan’s Irish Cream, Salvador’s Cocktails, Yago Sant’ gria and other well-recognized brands. For more information about the company, visit www.luxco.com.

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is the 2016 World Whisky of the Year

Thanks to our friends at Taylor Strategy, we are sharing some of their great news via this press release.    Click here to view their press release in full detail.

NORWALK, Conn., Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Renowned whisky writer Jim Murray today announced Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye as the 2016 World Whisky of the Year, marking the first time a Canadian Whisky has received the honor. The recognition comes at a time when both the Canadian and Rye whisky categories continue to gain popularity amongst whisky aficionados and consumers alike.

“Crown Royal Northern Harvest pops up out of nowhere and changes the game,” said Murray of the whisky, which he awarded a record-tying 97.5 out of 100 points. “It certainly puts the rye into Canadian Rye. To say this is a masterpiece is barely doing it justice.”

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye was first released in the U.S. in early 2015. The variant showcases the distinctly Canadian rye whiskey featured in the traditional Crown Royal Deluxe Blend that consumers have grown to love throughout the last 75-plus years. The latest variant to be introduced by Crown Royal, Northern Harvest Rye (90 proof, 45% ABV) is the brand’s first ever blended, 90% rye whisky and embodies a smooth and spicy flavor profile that can be mixed into traditional rye cocktails or enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

Click here to view their press release in full detail.