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Quick Bourbon Notes (QBN)

Three Quick Bourbon Stories Delivered to You Each Friday 
(or Saturday if Bourbon Zeppelin delivers on a Friday) - Issue 25
The label for the 3rd Booker's release of 2019
  • The latest batch of Booker's starts rolling out today (August 2). It's called Booker's Country Ham after the hams Booker was famous for smoking and carrying around in his trunk... listen to an episode of Bourbon History we did where author Jim Kokoris tells a funny story about Booker and his hams by clicking here. Here's Fred Noe's thoughts on this offering, "My dad, Booker Noe, enjoyed the art of curing – and tasting! – country hams almost as much as he enjoyed his bourbon. It was one of his favorite things.

    Some might say Dad’s love of country ham was inherited alongside his love for distilling. My great grandfather Jim Beam would hang and age ham inside his own smokehouse in the backyard, which still stands today. When Dad later moved into Jim Beam’s house, he followed suit. He would hang up to 50 country hams from the rafters of the smokehouse at a time, smoke them for a few days, wrap them up in newspaper and let the curing magic carry on for one year to eighteen months. He was so passionate about his ham that he was known to keep one in the trunk of his car. Once, he even brought it into a fine dining restaurant to show the chef what real Kentucky country ham should taste like.

    Just like his bourbon, Dad had high standards for his ham. And he liked to keep things simple – his bourbon neat and his country ham paired only with a cracker or biscuit. As you’re getting ready for the fall season, take a note from Booker and try a nice ham alongside a glass of Booker’s Bourbon. You won’t regret it."
  • I spoke to Mark Coffman, Master Brewer for Kentucky Ale and Master Distiller for Town Branch recently for an upcoming episode of The Bourbon Show. They have a couple of good things in the works. They will be coming out with double-barreled bourbon that begins rolling out in September. They are also expanding distribution. Look for them to be in the all 48 continental U.S. States by the end of the year.
  • Breckenridge Distillery is building a new warehouse that will hold 7,000 barrels. It should be finished in September or October. Owner Bryan Nolt notes that he is laying down a lot of malt whiskey. He firmly believes its the next big thing in whiskey and considering it takes longer to age than bourbon, he's putting down as much as he can in preparation for the growth he is anticipating years down the road.
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