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Old Forester, Woodford Reserve, Collingwood
Brown-Forman is a giant in American distilling. Employing more than 4,600 people worldwide with about 1,300 located in Louisville, Brown-Forman is one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies and among the top 10 largest global spirits companies. Brown-Forman has more than 25 brands in its portfolio of wines and spirits. Among them is the award winning Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Bottled at 90.4 proof, Woodford Reserve delivers a rich, smooth flavor with complex citrus, cinnamon, toffee, chocolate and spice notes. The finish is well-rounded and smooth.
Glen Grant, Russell’s Reserve, Wild Turkey, Forty Creek
Glen Grant is a genuine Single Malt Scotch established in 1840. The brand is currently the world’s #5 selling Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Renowned for its clear color and pure taste, deriving from the purifiers and tall slender stills designed by its inventor James Grant, Glen Grant also distinguishes itself for its quality, authenticity and versatility.
Since its introduction, Wild Turkey has maintained a distinctive distillation and ageing process that gives it a smooth taste and a lingering flavor. Wild Turkey uses a differentiated process whereby the bourbon is distilled at a low proof to seal in its flavors. Very little water is added to Wild Turkey, resulting in a full-flavored authentic bourbon taste similar to what one would get straight out of the barrel. Wild Turkey is a genuine drink with a sought after “burn” that comes from its high proof, an attribute fundamental to the brand and critical in maintaining its authentic bourbon characteristics.
Michter’s is proud to honor a historical legacy tracing back to the founding of America’s first whiskey company in 1753. Originally known as Shenk’s and later as Bomberger’s, the whiskey company which ultimately became known as Michter’s was founded by John Shenk, a Swiss Mennonite farmer, in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania in 1753. In its earliest days, Shenk’s produced whiskey from rye grain, a favorite local crop in the Pennsylvania Blue Mountain Valley where the distillery was located. In the 1990s, Joseph J. Magliocco and his consultant and mentor Richard “Dick” Newman teamed up to resurrect Michter’s. Today, Michter’s has two locations in Kentucky – a 67,000 square foot distillery in the Shively section of Louisville and, currently under renovation, the architecturally significant Fort Nelson Building in downtown Louisville.
Clyde May’s Whiskey
Clyde May lived outside the law and the bourbon belt. He was a moonshiner by trade but a craftsman by heart. Using copper stills, fresh Alabama spring water and the finest local grains, he vowed to make the best darn whiskey Alabama had ever tasted. While others sold their moonshine straight, he aged small batches in charred oak barrels and experimented until he created his own unique finish—Alabama Style™.
Childhood friends Darek Bell and Andrew Webber began homebrewing beer and wine in Darek and Amy Lee Bell’s garage. They hit a snag while working on a prototype bio-diesel plant, causing Andrew to remark that making whiskey would be much more satisfying. The idea stuck, and the two soon found themselves studying distilleries and spirits. Soon after, Corsair Distillery was founded. Corsair’s spirits have been praised in publications like Food and Wine, Saveur, Imbibe, Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate, the Atlantic, Time Out New York, and Maxim.com. Corsair’s innovative and adventurous spirits have won 41 medals at international spirits competitions.
The small island of Islay is home to the Lagavulin distillery, giving this whisky its characteristic smoky and peat-infused taste. Though it shares a coastline with two neighboring distilleries, former owner Peter Mackie took pains to ensure that Lagavulin would have exclusive use of its pristine water supply. The Lagavulin 16-Year-Old is a much sought-after single malt. This bottling features the massive peat-smoke that’s typical of southern Islay, yet offers a unique dryness.
Talisker, Oban, Caol Ila, Dalwhinnie
Located off the northwest coast of Scotland, the rugged Islands are home to a single distillery – Talisker. The soft, peaty water drawn from twenty-one underground springs on the Isle of Skye undergoes a double distillation process, giving Talisker its rich, deep characteristics. The result is a wonderful award-winning Island malt bottled at above average strength with a comforting smooth afterglow.
This 12-year-old round, elegant and finely balanced single malt comes from the heart of Speyside in Dufftown. Today, the town lays claim to the title of malt whisky capital of the world and the Glendullan distillery continues to thrive on the original site where it was built in 1897. The Singleton of Glendullan has a rich, smooth character that is derived from the combination of Scotch matured in European Sherry Oak casks and American Bourbon Oak casks. Malted barley, grown locally, is carefully selected, and pure water is drawn from the high, wooded hills above the distillery glen.
Nestled along the western shore of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba lies the small village of Gimli, where a dedicated group of workers give their time and passion to oversee the creation of Crown Royal® Blended Canadian Whisky. Acting as proud stewards, these men and women perform the same process that generations of Crown Royal workers have faithfully performed. A lifetime of experience goes into every bottle of Crown Royal.
The pioneering Johnnie Walker Red Label and iconic Johnnie Walker Black Label have been joined by the pinnacle of the blender’s art, Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Their award-winning range continues to grow, with the addition of Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve and Johnnie Walker Platinum Label. Today, Johnnie Walker is the biggest whisky brand in the world and its slogan “Keep Walking” has been adopted and embraced everywhere, as a rallying cry for progress, as encouragement in adversity, as a joyful expression of optimism and as the best piece of advice you’re ever likely to hear.