Category Archives: Whiskey News

Hotel Tango Celebrates Its 2nd Year With Whiskey

When you have great company to drink with, you will never have a bad day..     That phrase doesn’t even begin to explain how much we enjoy drinking with our great sponsors…   On a beautiful fall morning, we invaded Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery in beautiful downtown Indianapolis.  Travis and Maggie opened their doors and bottles of whiskey for our discussion on the great things happening at their location.  If you are downtown on the 11th of November, stop by their location for their 2nd Anniversary extravaganza and grab a bottle of their newest whiskey!!!   Enjoy this great podcast and check out their awesome spirts..   Train..  Train…

Our blog is very special for this podcast because we got to go down and hang out with our friends down at Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery..   Hotel Tango was our original partner on Whiskey On The Rails partner line up and we have enjoyed a great deal of their whiskey.   Now we have had their whiskey before our recordings, while we have been bartending, while we have been playing golf, while we have been sailing, while we have been arguing and heck while I am typing out this blog.    We talk specifically about their whiskey (because we are a whiskey podcast) but they have a lot of award winning spirts across the board.

What makes them great is the people..   We haven’t met one person that we haven’t walked away saying hope to never talk with them again..   Everybody has a great story..  From the owners, to the distillers and to the mixologists.   Everybody has a great piece of this company and a great story to tell and that makes the place even that much more special.     Now you can come in and grab a bottle and leave and that right there would be a mistake..    Stay a while..  Get a drink..  Sit infront of the fireplace..  Enjoy the atmosphere..  Find Fletcher and know that Eric is honestly terrified of their bobcat..  Well terrified might not be the right word but he gets heckled by Fletcher…

End of the day..  We plan to be down there a lot more for recordings..   We plan to hit them up for more bottles of spirits..   Drinking their seasonal spirits and drinks..  Getting fueled before we head down to Pacers games and watch the misery..    More importantly, drinking some awesome whiskey and waiting to see what is next??   Find out what is next by coming into Hotel Tango and finding out more..

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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David Nicholson 1843® Launches New Variant and Updates Packaging

(St. Louis) June 27, 2016 – Luxco announced the brand refresh of David Nicholson 1843® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and the launch of David Nicholson Reserve®Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The brand, dating back to 1843 and part of Luxco’s portfolio of whiskeys since 2000, will continue to provide 100 proof ultra-premium bourbon, in an updated sleek, upscale package for both of the variants.

“The 100-proof bourbon category continues to explode with an impressive 24 percent growth rate*,” says Fletcher Buchman, brand manager at Luxco. “We continue to add products to our portfolio that fulfill the demand for craft bourbons with fuller flavor and connect current and future consumers that celebrate authentic bourbons.”

David Nicholson Reserve is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that offers a rye mash bill for a spicy, warm finish and will be available in 750ml in July. This bourbon, bottled at 100 proof, is extra aged for a more robust flavor and a full-bodied long finish. Suggested retail price per bottle is $34.99-$39.99. The suggested retail price per bottle for the David Nicholson 1843 is $29.99-$34.99.

“David Nicholson 1843 is still made according to the original recipe and offers a smooth, wheated Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with hints of vanilla and oak. For David Nicholson Reserve, with the rye mash bill, we achieved a more complex, toasted rich flavor and a spicier bourbon,” says Buchman.

The brand’s packaging refresh includes a sleeker, contemporary bottle and a cleaner label design. With the addition of a natural cork and embossing on the shoulder of the bottle, the packaging now reflects the award-winning bourbon inside. David Nicholson 1843 recently earned a double gold award in 2015 and a gold award in 2016 at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

For more information about David Nicholson 1843 and David Nicholson Reserve, please visit www.davidnicholsonwhiskey.com

*Source: NABCA 9L R12 through March, 2016

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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.

Cigars International Joining Whiskey On The Rails Partner Lineup

Whiskey On The Rails – May 4, 2016 – In our effort to drive whiskey knowledge and general enjoyment centered on whiskey, we realized we were missing a huge part of that overall enjoyment. During each of our sessions, we have been enjoying a wide variety of cigars from around the world. We realized the final piece that was missing in our overall puzzle would be where our community can go and find those great cigars and accessories. We looked to one of the largest cigar retailers on the planet to partner with Whiskey On The Rails.

Cigars International Joining Whiskey On The Rails Partner Lineup (View Press Release)

Cigars International has been a staple for our cigars purchases for our whiskey and personal enjoyment for a great number of years. Cigars International is the biggest, bestest cigar retailer on the planet and the home to the CI Nation. Whether you’re new to cigars, a grizzled old vet, or a certified cigar lunatic, sleep peacefully knowing you’ve found your ultimate one-stop-shop for all things cigars online. So why buy your cigars online with Cigars International? That’s simple. Cigars International is home to the nation’s largest cigar humidor. A cavernous, 49,000 square foot fortress securing over 80,000,000 tasty premium cigars, pipes, pipe tobacco, and accessories. Over 950 cigar brands stored at the optimum conditions at all times, including the brands you know, love, and enjoy regularly.

We were certainly honored and excited to welcome them to our list of partners and provide a great avenue for our followers to enjoy their vast selection of cigars. With each of our podcasts and blogs, you will discover a great new way to pair up our whiskey reviews with a great cigar selection. With our website, we will be showcasing the “Cigar Of The Week” and “Cigar Of The Month” from Cigars International to our visitors and push our stamp of approval on each of those selections.

We look forward to this great partnership with Cigars International and look forward to adding them to our overall list of partners of Whiskey On The Rails.

Those additional partners would include:

  • Hotel Tango – Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery is the brainchild of Master Distiller Travis Barnes and his wife Hilary. Along with a few of their closest friends, Adam Willfond, Brian Willsey and Nabeela Virjee, the Hotel Tango Distillery team is spearheading its entrance into the artisan distillery market. Visit their website by clicking here, find them via social media on Facebook or Twitter.
  • GlenCairn Whisky Glass – The Glencairn Whisky Glass is a revolutionary whisky glass that really lets one savor the taste and complexity of fine whisky. These are great to use for any of your Single Malt Whisky’s, Irish Whiskey’s, and also your single barrel bourbons. With the tapered mouth, you are able to really smell all of the nuances the whisky has to offer. Any malt advocate will love this glass! Visit their website by clicking here, find them via social media on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Whisky Stones – The original. Simple. Straightforward. Useful. These are the principles we had in mind when we invented Whisky Stones beverage cubes back in 2007. We’re proud to now include other products which deliver on this same distilled philosophy. Visit their website by clicking here, find them via social media on Facebook or Twitter.

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Exciting New Partner Announcement Tomorrow

When we started this podcast, we had three goals we wanted to accomplish during the first year.   We wanted to expand our whiskey palate by trying as many different varieties of whiskeys that we could get our hands on both regionally and globally.   We wanted to do our best to bring people together with different ways to enjoy their whiskeys..   Finally, we wanted to complete our puzzle by bringing together some outstanding cigars to pair with these whiskeys.

We originally paired with GlenCairn Whisky Glass Company to bring together some awesome whisky glasses for people to really enjoy their whiskeys.   The overall appearance of the glasses really stepped up your appreciation of the whiskeys because not only did the look cool but helped your senses by really catching all of the smells before you enjoyed your spirits.    The Glencairn Whisky Glass is a revolutionary whisky glass that really lets one savor the taste and complexity of fine whisky. These are great to use for any of your Single Malt Whisky’s, Irish Whiskey’s, and also your single barrel bourbons. With the tapered mouth, you are able to really smell all of the nuances the whisky has to offer. Any malt advocate will love this glass!

The second partner we partnered with really helped one of our hosts appreciation for his enjoyment of whiskey.   He loved his whiskey cold but didn’t really want to add ice to his whiskey and dilute it down.  So we brought on board Whisky Stones and they do exactly what they say, chill down your whiskey with no dilution.   Whisky Stones – the original. Simple. Straightforward. Useful. These are the principles we had in mind when we invented Whisky Stones beverage cubes back in 2007. We’re proud to now include other products which deliver on this same distilled philosophy.

Finally, we knew we needed a great whiskey sponsor that we could get behind with an outstanding product and a great overall message.  That is when we engaged Hotel Tango out of Indianapolis, IN.  This is a great company that not only puts out a great selection of spirits but they also have a great background and message.  The name Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery reflects the military roots of the company’s founder, Travis. Returning home to Indiana after serving three combat tours as a Recon Marine, Travis wanted a special way to honor his wife and their marriage.   Hotel Tango opened its doors on September 15th, 2014 featuring its one-of-a-kind tasting room, bar, and retail establishment. Hand-crafted cocktails as well as bottles of each artisanal spirit are available for purchase including gin, moonshine, vodka and of course, whiskey (although it is currently aging in the rickhouse next door). Manufactured on site, Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery uses only the highest quality, locally sourced raw materials, including Indiana-grown corn.

Our newest addition is going to be announced on Wednesday, May 4th.    We are excited about this new partnership and really looking forward to all of the great items that our friends and followers will enjoy on a monthly basis.     We are so very appreciative for everything our sponsors and partners have done for Whiskey On The Rails over this past year.   We are looking forward to another great year and bringing people together for everything great about Whiskey..

Rob Branson / Eric Stanley

Whiskey On The Rails

Luxco Releases Blood Oath Pact No. 2

(St. Louis) March 28, 2016 – St. Louis-based Luxco has launched Blood Oath Pact No. 2 –the second expression in the limited release, ultra-premium bourbon series, Blood Oath.   Blood Oath combines rare, top-notch bourbons, blended and bottled by hand for a distinctively exclusive and unimagined Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Pact No. 2 is a masterful union of three well-bred bourbons ranging in age from seven to 11 years. The first, a seven year rye bourbon finished in port barrels, is artfully joined by an 11 year wheated bourbon and an 11 year rye bourbon. Pact No. 2, bottled at 98.6 proof, is available in limited quantities nationally in 750ml bottles, with a suggested price of $99.99.

“Pact No. 2 is a rich marriage of three carefully selected bourbons, hand blended and bottled for a unique combination and exceptional taste,” says John Rempe, creator of Blood Oath and Director of Corporate Research and Development at Luxco. “The rye mash bill of the 11 year offers an oaky and spicy flavor, which is smoothed out by the extra-aged wheated bourbon – while the port-barrel finished rye brings it all together with a velvety sweet finish.”

Blood Oath Pact No. 2, just like its predecessor, is topped with a custom, eco-friendly natural cork, sealed and labeled with certificate-style paper stock signed by John Rempe. New for this year, each bottle of Blood Oath Pact No. 2 will be sold in a commemorative fire-branded wooden box. The Blood Oath series launched in 2015 with Pact No. 1, and will highlight a different variant, or Pact, each year.

“Pact No. 2 has a slightly fuller mouthfeel than Pact No. 1 with an oaky, caramel and cocoa aroma and a smooth flavor. The port-barrel finish really brings out the spice and fruit finish flavors,” says Rempe. “The freedom to choose the bourbons with the most complementary flavor profiles for Blood Oath allows us to create something truly special.”

Pact No. 2 is limited release, with only 7,500 3-packs created – this bourbon will never be made again.

For more information on Blood Oath, visit http://www.bloodoathbourbon.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.

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  • Pia Reinhold at preinhold@commongroundpr.com
  • Maggie Hallam at mhallam@commongroundpr.com

The Quiet Man Irish Whiskey Launching in U.S. in January 2016

(St. Louis) January 5, 2016 — Luxco is proud to introduce its first-ever Irish whiskey, The Quiet Man, set to launch two varieties in the U.S. this month. The handcrafted Quiet Man is produced through Luxco’s partnership with Niche Drinks in Derry, Ireland, and is the first Irish whiskey bottled in Derry in more than 100 years.

The Quiet Man brand was born when Ciaran Mulgrew, managing director and co-owner of Niche Drinks, and founder of The Quiet Man, decided to create a whiskey to honor his father, John Mulgrew.

“The Quiet Man is a completely unique combination of hand selected whiskies, finished in first-fill bourbon barrels, creating sweet and spicy notes,” Ciaran Mulgrew said. “In more than 50 years behind the bar, my father saw and heard it all, but like all good bartenders, John Mulgrew was true to the code and told no tales. He was ‘The Quiet Man,’ or as they say in the pubs of Ireland, ‘An Fear Ciuin.’”

Distilled in traditional Irish whiskey pot stills matured in oak barrels and recasked in first-fill bourbon casks, The Quiet Man will be available in two varieties: The Quiet Man Traditional Blended Irish Whiskey and The Quiet Man 8-Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey, both bottled at 80 proof and sold in 750ML bottles. The Traditional Blended Irish Whiskey is aged four years and has a high malt percentage, compared to most blends, offering a mellow and ultra-smooth finish. The Single Malt offers a smooth taste and floral notes for a premium experience.

“The difference between a good whiskey and a great whiskey lies not just in picking the best ingredients and having the most skilled distiller,” Mulgrew added. “It lies in selecting the finest barrels to let the whiskey mature in. Our unique process of finishing the aging in barrels that previously held bourbon but never whiskey allows The Quiet Man to soak up those wonderfully sweet yet spicy oak flavors, and the result is two great Irish whiskies.”

The Quiet Man is currently available in Germany, South Africa, Canada and Ireland, and was first bottled in June 2015. It will be available in the U.S. in January, through a joint venture between Luxco and Niche Drinks, whose partnership dates back to 1986.

Suggested retail price is $39.99 for the blended variety and $49.99 for the single malt variety.

For more information on The Quiet Man, please visit

 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.

About Niche Drinks

Since 1983, Niche Drinks has been producing Cream Liqueurs, Irish Coffee and Ready To Drink Cocktails of the highest quality for its retail partners in Ireland, the UK, the USA and Europe. Additionally, Niche, located in Derry, Ireland, provides its expertise to multinational drinks companies, creating brands for them to market and sell from Boston to Bangkok.

 

Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Launching This Month

(Lebanon, Ky.) December 14, 2015 – Limestone Branch Distillery introduces Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon, set to hit the market this month. Bottled at 93 proof and available in a 750ml bottle with a commemorative tube, Yellowstone Select is crafted using hand-selected barrels of 4-year and 7-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

“Yellowstone Select uses some of the finest hand-selected barrels available to create a well-rounded bourbon –  a spicy rye taste at first rounding out with caramel notes and a rich, brown sugar finish that highlights Kentucky tradition,” says Steve Beam, president and distiller of Limestone Branch Distillery. “In 2010, my family and I founded Limestone Branch Distillery with the intention of crafting only the finest whiskey and the dream of restoring the Yellowstone brand to its former glory. In the spring of 2015, that dream came true, and to celebrate this family reunion of sorts, we bring you Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.”

Yellowstone Select’s suggested retail price is $49.99 and will be available nationally. It is the second offering from Limestone Branch Distillery, following the success of Yellowstone Limited Edition, which launched in fall 2015.

Steve Beam and his brother Paul Beam founded Limestone Branch Distillery in 2010. The distillery is known for its Moon Pie Moonshine, T.J. Pottinger Sugar Shine and Precinct No. 6 whiskey. With a history of distilling on both sides of their family, the brothers are seventh-generation distillers, and are currently working on the original Yellowstone recipe.

“Bringing the Yellowstone brand back to our family continues to be a point of pride, and we will continue to create unique bourbons that celebrate the brand’s rich history,” says Steve Beam.

In addition, in fall of 2016, Limestone Branch is planning on launching the Yellowstone Barrel Selection Program, where consumers can create a one-of-a-kind bourbon experience. The program will allow participants to choose their own mash bill, barrel size, barrel char level and aging level, as well as allowing them to choose their level of involvement in the process. Participants will be able to select their personalized bourbon and visit the distillery to fill the barrel and bottle the product.

For more information on Limestone Branch Distillery and Yellowstone, please visit

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