September 27, 2023 2:41 pm

The Barrel Report – July 2023 – Vol 41.2

B-I-B: Bourbon In Brief

Name the New Still at Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey Row Experience

Here’s something fun: you could name the new 75-gallon Vendome pot still at the Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey Row Experience in Louisville. Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and the best fit for the Buzzard’s Roost brand. At stake for the winner is a variety of prizes and “everlasting fame and glory.”

The new name will be announced at the venue’s grand opening party on Thursday, August 17th. The night is open to the public and will include musicians from the Louisville Orchestra and lots of food and drink.

Submit your name suggestion on the Buzzard’s Roost website through August 7th. Buzzard’s Roost Whiskey Row Experience is at 624 W. Main Street (AKA Whiskey Row) in Louisville.

New Riff Starts Sour Mash Single Malt Project

New Riff Distilling is about to launch a deep dive exploration into how malted barley and the sour mash Kentucky whiskey process affect each other.

 The Newport Kentucky distillery is calling its effort the Sour Mash Single Malt project.

“Even before the distillery opened, we were talking about the possibilities of malted barley distillation using the Kentucky regimen — that is, sour mashing, open fermentation, copper column still and using a continuous doubler for the second distillation,” said co-founder Jay Erisman. “Malt whiskeys are made in Kentucky today on a modest basis — and they have a historical basis as well — but they are rarely mentioned and even more rarely bottled.”

 The new malt whiskey offerings were distilled in 2014 and will be available for consumers in the fall.

Yellowstone Limited Edition Whiskey Rolls Out in August

Limestone Branch Distillery is rolling out this year’s expression of Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Whiskey in August. It’s a blend of 7, 13, and 16-year old bourbon finished in Tokaji casks. Tokaji is “a traditional sweet wine from the Tokaji region of Hungary made exclusively from white-wine grapes.”

The 101 proof whiskey will have a suggested retail price of $99.99 per 750 ml bottle.

“With each year’s Yellowstone Limited Edition offering, I seek a finish that I both personally love and believe will make for a flavorful, well-balanced bourbon. This year, I found the perfect finish in the Tokaji casks sourced from northern Hungary,” said Limestone Branch Distillery Master Distiller Steve Beam.

Bourbon Country Calendar of Events

May to October 2023

Concerts at The Amp

Dant Crossing
Gethsemene, Kentucky

September 1, 2023 

Bourbon with Heart

Seasoned Spirits Charity Art Exhibit

September 15-17, 2023

Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Bardstown, Kentucky 

October 6, 2023

Bourbon Street on Broadway

Frankfort, Kentucky

August 19, 2023

Bourbon Mixer

Louisville, Kentucky

September 14-17, 2023

Bourbon and Beyond

Louisville, Kentucky




October 7, 2023

Bourbon on the Banks

Frankfort, Kentucky

Tasting Notes From the Team


41.7 % ABV – 87 Proof
27-Year-Old Malted Barley

By: Mindy SchwartzWhiskey Network Editor-In-Chief

 Recommendation: 4 out of 5. Worth a pour.

 A delightful older Islay scotch that was aged in refill quarter casks and first fill bourbon barrels. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would expect with a whisky of this age. The peat is still very prominent, not mellowed with age as we sometimes see.

With a high SRP I don’t know that I would run out and buy a bottle. But if it was among the offerings and I was in the mood I’d buy a dram at the bar on date night.

Nose: Smoke forward followed by baking spices, tropical fruits, and salinity.

 Palate: Citrus dominated tropical fruits followed by sweet smoke and jalapeno.

 Finish: Long and dry with tobacco smoke and lingering citrus.

Whiskey Network Magazine:

iWhiskey Trivia

This small batch brand was named after a Civil War colonel

A. Harlin Sanders
B. E.H. Taylor
C. Blanton’s
D. Jim Beam

E.H. Taylor!

E.H. Taylor was the grand-nephew of President Zachary Taylor

 (Source: Bourbon Trek, An Intriguing Bourbon Trivia Game)

"Whisky is liquid sunshine."

George Bernard Shaw

“The light music of whiskey falling into a glass – an agreeable interlude.”

James Joyce

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