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This Month's Bourbon Zeppelin Feature Article
Bringing Classic Whiskies Back to Life 


A Look at How New Liberty Distillery in Philadelphia is Bringing Back Some of America's Favorite Brands of Yesteryear by Steve Akley
One of the biggest challenges for becoming a distillery that produces whiskey is the gap between starting your business and the time it takes the product to age. Not many companies have the resources to wait two, three, five, eight years, or more, for whiskey to mature before they begin selling their product.

In the interim, this lag time is typically counteracted by either the production of products like moonshine, gin or vodka that do not requiring aging, or, outsourcing to a distillery that has stock on hand of aged whiskey. The biggest issue with the second scenario is differentiating a product that will be sold under your label when there are start-up companies all over the United States using the same organizations to outsource their early products.

New Liberty Distillery in Philadelphia has come up with an incredibly unique way to combat the potential commoditization of its early offerings by taking a unique approach to its outsourcing: they have decided to bring back the taste and look of brands that have long been out of business and nearly wiped from the collective memories of whiskey fans.

Led by the efforts of Master Distiller Robert Cassell, under the direction of its President Tom Jensen, New Liberty has been able to recreate the flavor profiles of beloved American brands that were lost in the previous century. During the years of Prohibition (1920-1933), not only did most distilleries go out of business, Americans' tastes began to change as well. The illegally made products during the era were often so harsh they needed to be cut with other ingredients making the cocktail come into vogue. With these lighter drinks becoming the norm, the thirst for the full-bodied whiskies, which were commonplace before Prohibition, was gone when the era ended.

The New Liberty team thought it might be a fun project to ring back tastes David Wondrich called in the September 2014 issue of Whiskey Advocate magazine as, "dark, rich and chewy." Their first project was a Pennsylvania favorite in Kinsey Whiskey. Kinsey had survived Prohibition remaining in production until the company closed for good in the late 1970s. While Robert Cassell worked with the company on the perfect blend to replicate Kinsey's smooth taste (a former employee even shared some of the final production process with them), the New Liberty team worked on securing the trademarks to bring back the name.

The success of Kinsey Whiskey led the team to embark on another project, this time bringing back three whiskies from Maryland. In the early days of American history, the center of the whiskey world in the United States wasn't Kentucky as it is today; it was Pennsylvania and Maryland. The grains needed at the time to make the whiskey mashes popular of the era where widely available in these two states.

The New Liberty team, looking once again to replicate another American classic, began researching the 100 plus defunct distilleries from the State of Maryland. They were so taken by three, rather than going with just one, they elected to add all of them to their portfolio. Melvale Straight Rye had been a product of the Melvale Distillery in the greater Baltimore area. This brand was unique in the area in that while it is long gone, one of the buildings from the distillery is still standing and in use today (not as a distillery, but it remains in use as a part of a U.S.-based conglomerate).

The second brand they brought back was Melkly Miller Eight Year Old American Whiskey which had been produced by M.J. Miller's Sons Distillery in Accident, Maryland. The company produced whiskey from 1875 all the way to the start of Prohibition. The abandoned facility remained in Accident, Maryland until it burned to the ground in separate fires in the 1970s and 1990s. Despite being shuttered decades before, the distillery remained on the minds of residents with the Garrett County Historical Society marking the spot where the distillery stood with a sign.

The third Maryland-based whiskey the New Liberty team brought back was Maryland Club Straight Bourbon which had been produced by Cahn, Belt & Co. in Baltimore. Maryland Club had been a well-known brand fueled by creative marketing with ads in the likes of publications like Life Magazine. The brand even had a connection to the Titanic with a date book found in the remnants containing an ad for Maryland Club Straight Bourbon.

All four of these offerings aren't simply marketing with historic names affixed to a whiskey you could buy today under other brand names. Each is a replication of the original mash and tastes you would have found when they were in their respective heydays. The team also took the approach of bringing the branding up-to-date just as it would have likely evolved had these lexicons remained in business.

With the New Liberty team now very close to going to market with their own unique offerings, what will become of these historic brands? Are they time capsules brought back to life by a company looking to get established only to disappear from the landscape once again?

Not a chance!

New Liberty has brought these gems to be part of their line moving forward. Robert Cassell, who worked to formulate these whiskies, is now aging his creations at their distillery meaning moving forward these will be offerings crafted and created uniquely by New Liberty.

In our Mark the Imbiber column this month, Mark "Cake" Hansen breaks down the flavor profile of the Maryland Series tasting all three of New Liberty's latest offerings. He gives you an idea of what it's like to "go back to the future" and taste a modern version of some of the greatest whiskies from our past. Join Cake, and the BZ team in trying these whiskies from New Liberty to experience these flavor profiles nearly lost to the ages!

The photo montage of this month's feature article. Clockwise from top left: A bottle of Kinsey Whiskey from 1950 compared to New Liberty's version of today, Master Distiller Robert Cassell is the guy behind all of the formulations at New Liberty, a vintage Maryland Club magazine advertisement, the Melvale Distillery circa 1895 and Tom Jensen

Photo Credits: New Liberty Distillery (2016 Kinsey Whiskey bottle, Rob Cassell & Tom Jensen), WhiskeyAntique.com (1950 Kinsey bottle), pre-prowhiskeymen.blogspot.com/Ohio State University Archives (Maryland Club ad), Pre-Pro.com (1895 Melvale Distillery)
In this issue...
I spoke to Tom Jensen from New Liberty Distillery on a really big day in Bourbon Zeppelin history. It was May 31, 2016, and I was preparing to release the first issue of BZ the next morning. With no issues published at that time, I really didn't know what I had with the "bourbon magazine of newsletters." Basically, I had assembled this incredible team and as a group we put together a publication we, as bourbon fans, would want to read. As I told Tom a little about issue #1, he was really supportive of what we were doing by saying, "I think you've got a winner on your hands. Your timing is perfect and there is a lot interest in the type of information you are putting together."

Less than 24 hours later, issue number one was out and it's been a whirlwind ever since. Associate Editor Hasse Berg and I talk numbers a lot and we've been able to clearly exceed expectations with everything we've done thus far. The great news is that BZ keeps gets better. We've got some awesome new features debuting this month. Emily Oursler, who has been with us since the beginning but had to tie up some issues with another organization she was working with before officially joining he staff is onboard now. Emily serves as our Managing Editor and assists me with both the BZ in terms of publishing and marketing. She also will be writing about a variety of topics. Her inaugural writing appearance is in this issue. Speaking of debuts, Robin Ricca, another staff member who has helped out with some Steve + 4 Reviews makes her writing debut here in the My Favorite Bottle segment.

Three new staff members are also appearing for the first time in this issue. One of my best buds from Instagram is the incredible Six Feet of Dynamite. Dynamite was one of the first people I got to know on IG and I've always found her writing on there to be both funny and thought provoking. She's a beer drinking who is just starting to get into bourbon and other types of whiskey. She has joined the BZ family combing the beer and bourbon worlds by doing Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beer Reviews for us. This is an excellent addition to a newsletter for bourbon fans.

Chrissy Martin is a whiskey sommelier who combines a passion for bourbon with cooking. She plans on a variety of different types of articles for us, but this time she put together an incredible recipes for mustard using Heritage Distilling's Brown Sugar Bourbon.

After appearing in last month's secondary market feature article, Matt Saunds has become a regular contributor talking about prices on the secondary market. Whether you are shopping for something unique, or simply what to see what's hot out there right now, Matt brings a unique perspective to his column for BZ fans.

Finally, we've got a couple of readers jumping in to help us this month. BZ fans Greg Schneider and Seregon O'Dassey have some great contributions to this issue.

Plus, we've got all of the regular features you love. As always, I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as the BZ team had putting it together for you!


Editor-in-Chief
Bourbon Zeppelin
Reviews of Unique Bourbon Offerings by Steve and Four Bourbon Zeppelin Team Members

This month we take a look at:
Booker's
Maw Maw's Batch
A cornerstone of Bourbon Zeppelin are the Steve + 4 Reviews. In this regular feature, Steve and four of the B.Z. team members will rate and score a bourbon. Knowing that there is something intrinsically wrong with any scoring system, BZ attempts to smooth out the human factor in three ways:

1). Right out of the gate, having five evaluators automatically adds legitimacy to this type of system which is typically completed by one person.

2). Steve + 4 helps remove personal bias by removing the top and bottom scores are tossed out leaving only the three scores in the middle as the ones that count.


3). The three scores that are left are then averaged giving us the final score for the monthly selection.

All final scores are tallied and kept at the bottom of BZ allowing us to have a growing comparative database.

Let's see how this month's selection fared:


Reviewer #1
Evan Haskill - 73.5
Notes:
Aroma - Fruit and ripe banana
Taste - Spice, clove, black pepper, sweet bakery good and brown sugar
Final Evaluation - Booker's is a punch in the mouth and Maw Maw does it with a heavy hand. She does it with love, though.


Reviewer #2
Kate & Kris Kettner - 72.5
Notes:
Aroma - Ethanol, hot on the nose at first, vanilla, cinnamon, black pepper, cherry, almond, rye, Frosted Flakes and maple syrup after it has been sitting awhile 
Taste - Bitter dark chocolate, cinnamon, oak, black pepper and blue raspberry
Final Evaluation - Overall, this is a pretty good bourbon. It's a little hot, but not overpowering. The balance is pretty good between the fruitiness, spiciness and dry oak. Makes your throat warm and happy.


Reviewer #3
Alice Seim - 69.0
Notes:
Aroma -
Alcohol, grain, oak. Smells like whiskey.
Taste - Alcohol. Toasted Oak, Orange, Vanilla. Oh, and Alcohol.

Final Evaluation - This is not a whiskey I want to drink neat, that’s for sure. Ice was a great addition. Between the price and my inability to enjoy it neat, I probably wouldn’t reach for it in the store to buy a bottle. I’m sure this would make a damn fine mixed drink. I would definitely order it on the rocks if I were out at a bar and it seemed like one of my better options.
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Tossed Reviews
High

Steve Akley - 94.5
Notes:
Aroma - Light oak, honey and citrus
Taste - Honey, caramel, oak and baked goods
Final Evaluation - This one offers a fine balance of taste and punch. At 128 proof you know it's going to pack a wallup, but Maw Maw's does it in the best way possible.


Low
Robin Ricca - 67.0
Notes:
Aroma - Caramel, oak, butter, honey and a hint of leather
Taste -  Clove, caramel, maple, oak and dark chocolate
Final Evaluation - The nose is full of sweetness - butter, caramel and short-lived notes of honey and leather. It packs a punch on the palate. Quick hits of clove and black pepper stick o your tongue and throat but it's a good balance of sweet and spicy.


Combined Score
The final score for Booker's Maw Maw's Batch Bourbon is...

 
71.67

The Bouron Lifestyle
A look at products for bourbon fans

Mixing up classic cocktails just got a whole lot easier thanks to our friends at Eli Mason. Included in their line of cocktail mixers are a couple of classics from the world of bourbon. Eli Mason has both an Old Fashioned and Mint Julep mixers. They also have others in their line like a rich simple syrup that would appeal to bourbon fans. We even included one of their bourbon recipes using their Old Fashioned mixer. If you want to go directly to their order page to get to mixing up your own creations right now, click here!

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BourbonPens.com offers handcrafted pens made from bourbon barrels. The pens can be customized with up to 10 letters. Steve Akley got one of the slim designs made from a Maker's Mark barrel last Christmas. He reports it to be his favorite pen to use at the office.

BourbonPens.com offers options for 10+ distillers and inventory is ever changing based on which barrels they get in. If you would like to check out a pen like Steve has (pictured above), just click here.
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BLiS Gourmet of Grand Rapids, Michigan was recently awarded a "sofi award" (Specialty Outstanding Food Innovaton) for their Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup.

Bourbon Zeppelin's own Evan Haskill, who is a Grand Rapid's resident notes the entire BLiS line is outstanding but he is particularly fond of the Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple syrup. We trust Evan's judgement in the area of pancake toppings! If you want to pick up  a bottle of this award-winning product, just click here!

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Who doesn't love a little trivia about their favorite distilled spirit?

Knob Creek is certainly a favorite of many bourbon drinkers. Do you know where the Knob Creek name comes from? It actually is associated with a pretty famous individual.

Still don't know. Okay, we'll give you a hint. It is named after the family farm of this famous individual.

Got it yet?

Nope. Okay, one more clue. The Knob Creek Farm Knob Creek Bourbon is named after was located in Kentucky?

Still don't know?

Well, you will have to scroll to the bottom of the page if you still haven't got the answer yet. The answer is located below Hasse Berg's column.

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Whiskey Sevilia
Submitted by Eli Mason

- 2 ounces bourbon
- 3/4 ounce Eli Mason Old Fashioned Mixer
- 1/2 ounce orange marmalade
- 1/2 ounce orange juice
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- Pinch of sea salt
- Shake with ice
- Dirty dump* shaker into glass
- Garnish with an orange slice and serve in a rocks glass

*?
So what is the "dirty dump" mentioned in this recipe?"
Dirty dump is simply a cocktail making technique where the contents of a cocktail shaker are poured directly into the glass without straining them first. Impress your friends with your cocktails and your knowledge!
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22 Boulevard
Submitted by Wyoming Whiskey (Ashley Amato)

- Build in a rocks glass
- 1 1/2 ounces. Wyoming Whiskey
- 1/2 ounce Aperol
- 1/2 ounce Boulard Apple Brandy
- 1 ounce Sage Honey Tea
- Stir
- Garnish with sage leaf
News About Bourbon the B.Z. Team has Heard
Is there a town where bourbon flows like water? We present the following evidence this might be true:


Actually these two water towers marked "BOURBON" sit right on Highway 44 about 75 miles west of St. Louis in Bourbon, Missouri. While they might not be actually be filled with bourbon, they are a popular photo op. for bourbon fans when they come across them on the interstate.

Bourbon, Missouri actually is part of one of our prize packages this month. Own your own piece of this small town with the coolest name in America!
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Booker's Rye, the first rye offering of the Booker's brand is out in the wild. A little over 13 years old and north of 136 proof, the reviews on this offering have been great. Two factors probably determine whether you will be picking up a bottle of this one. First, can you find it? It's a very limited with strong demand on the secondary market. The second factor is the cost. This one will set you back at least $300.

Based on the reviews, and the fact if you are reading this you are probably a fan, we'll look to a 1986 John Hughes comedny to provide a recommendation on what to do if you spot a bottle at your local liquor store:

"If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."
-Ferris Bueller
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Two spirits from A. Smith Bowman Distillery were awarded Gold Medals at the 2016 Los Angeles International Spirits Competition.

Bowman Brothers Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey and John J. Bowman Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey each received this honor.
A. Smith Bowman's distilling roots date back to the years before Prohibition when the Bowman family had a grainary and dairy farm in Sunset Hills, Virginia. They used excess grain from the family estate to distill spirits. In 1934, after the Repeal of Prohibition, Abram Smith Bowman and his sons continued the family tradition and built a more modern distillery in Fairfax County, Virginia called Sunset Hills Farm.  In response to the rapid rise of taxes in Northern Virginia, the Distillery was moved in 1988 and is now nestled in Spotsylvania County near the city of Fredericksburg, 60 miles away from the original location.

Speaking of A. Smith Bowman, the Bourbon Virgin weighs-in on their  Small Batch Bourbon below!
 

The Bourbon Virgin Tries...

Bowman Brothers
Small Batch
(90 proof)

For my third attempt to find a love for bourbon, I was tasked with sampling Bowman’s Brother’s. The setting this time wasn’t as wonderful as the last. I had a busy weekend, so all I could really contribute to this taste test was about five minutes. So I grabbed the first cup within my reach – this time it was paper; filled it with ice, and quickly splashed the bourbon all over it. No count down this time, I just put the cup up to my lips, tilted by head back and drank it down until I couldn’t feel my throat anymore. First thought that came to my head: I sure would hate to meet Bowman’s sister! Or Mother or Father!! I’m going to say this in the best way possible, but you bourbon lovers are some hardcore, badasses! I would never want to get on your bad sides! You have to be a strong mofo in order to take this stuff down with ease and enjoyment. I thought maybe the third time would be the charm, but there was no charm in this bottle. Don’t want to disappoint anyone, but maybe next month will finally be the time I am able to say “I love this stuff.”

 

At least I’m not giving up! Onto the next one!



About The Bourbon Virgin
Amanda Hoppes, the Bourbon Virgin, is a poet/author from Iowa (she has never lived on a farm, owned a cow, nor does she constantly have one of those long pieces of straw hanging from her mouth). With the exception of some experimentation in college with Jim Beam, Amanda's drinking has pretty much kept to Bud Light and cherry bombs. Bourbon Zeppelin is going to try to redefine her palate by introducing her to bourbon. We'll see what happens each month as she tries something new! Follow her on Instagram (@abhoppes) and Twitter (@shehoppes). Her book of poetry, From Midnight to Moonlight, is available on Amazon by clicking here!
DETROIT

by Greg Schneider


Bourbon and Metal
Bourbon and whiskey have always been available in Detroit. During prohibition, the Purple Gang (a mob of bootleggers domiciled in Detroit) kept it flowing in the speakeasy. Not even Al Capone messed with these guys. Being across the Detroit River from Canada, and seeing the big Canadian Club sign, must have been torture for the dry souls in the D. Lucky for us, Michigan was the first state to repeal prohibition and the bourbon has flowed ever since.

I was first turned on to whiskey by my Grandfather who drank his Jack until his last breath. I didn’t know that there was more to whiskey than Jack. I am a metalhead, and all my metal heroes including Lemmy (RIP), drank Jack on stage. One day I found Knob Creek and my eyes were opened. To me, there is way more flavor in a good glass of bourbon. Now I enjoy the search for that perfect bottle. It is a never ending quest.

In the last few years, there has been a surge in new bars in Detroit that are bourbon-focused. If I get to write another column, I will take you to one. In this one, I am going to focus on the neighborhood liquor store and what is available just blocks from my house. This is the place I go for my bottles, as it is the most economical.

In Detroit, there are liquor stores on virtually every corner, most of them right next to a wireless store or smoke shop. Most of these are not that safe to visit and have very limited selections. I prefer a liquor store that is just outside the Detroit border (2 blocks). It’s called Redford Liquor and is on 6 mile in Redford. Adam is really cool and let me go behind the bullet proof glass to take pictures. All stores in the Detroit area keep the good stuff behind the glass. He will order me anything as long as I promise to buy it. In Michigan, the liquor is controlled by the state. It used to be no sale prices and you could go a penny over or under the state price. The resorts up north changed the law so they could fleece tourists. Now, you can charge as much over as you want. This doesn’t fly in the Detroit area, and most stores have signs that say State minimum prices.

This is the selection on the cheap shelf:

 
Then there are the usual Makers and Jack both are delicious:

 
 This is my favorite shelf as I really love Elijah Craig!!!! It is the best bang for the buck:
 

This is the coolest bottle I could find there:
 

That is one bottle I would love to sample!  My favorite bourbons are Knob Creek, Elijah Craig, and of course Makers. On my bucket list items is the Bourbon Trail. I have friends down in Kentucky that keep bragging about it. I know I would love just sippin’ some bourbon all day onge. I am open to suggestions as to some other bourbons I might like. On twitter I am @schneiderg63. If you like this article please tell Steve. If you don’t also tell him. Until next time, I’ll be staying Metal and sipping bourbon in Detroit. \m/

Greg Schneider
The Bourbon Scene In... is a regular feature in Bourbon Zeppelin designed to be an interactive piece featuring BZ staff and fans sharing what the bourbon scene is like in his or her city. Greg Scheider is a BZ reader and friend of Steve's from Twitter. Just like Greg, you are encouraged to share a firsthand account and photos of all things bourbon in your hometown. If you would like to share what your local bourbon scene is like, please reach out to the BZ team by clicking here!


Steve takes a look at and reviews bourbon related products
This month we test...


Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Jam
by Jammit! Jam
Review by Steve Akley
One of life's mysteries is why aren't there more food items bourbon-flavored? The barbecue sauce people certainly have caught on to the delights of the bourbon flavor profile, but it appears everyone else is way behind. Jammit! Jam ("It's not jelly. It's Jammit! Dammit!" reads their cap) is bringing bourbon flavor to our morning bagels.

The product line at Jammit! Jam includes an Apple Cinnamon Bourbon jam. The team at Jammit! sent over a jar to BZ world headquarters in St. Louis to sample. Right away, I noticed the product looked good. The jar is filled with apples. Truthfully, it looks like pie filling (I would flip over the back to read the many potential uses of this jam including small pies so it made sense).

As I toasted my bagel, just like I was about to enjoy a dram of bourbon, I picked up the jar to give it a sniff. Apples, sugar and... yes, bourbon. I spread a thick coating of the A.C.B. jam on my bagel. Lot's of apple chunks. It looked delightful.

I then gave it a try. Apples, cinnamon and a hint of bourbon. Perfection. I really enjoyed what the team is cooking up over at Jammit! Jam. You can as well since one lucky winner will nab a jar of Apple Cinnamon Bourbon jam as we are giving one away in one of our contests this month. See the details below in our Monthly Contests section on how to register to win a jar for yourself!


You can pick up a jar of Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Jam by clicking right here!
Steve enjoying that bagel with his Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Jam on it!
Buffalo Trace Distillery Distills First Corn Crop for Farm-to-Table Bourbon
FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (June 23, 2016) A little over a year ago, Buffalo Trace Distillery quietly purchased an additional 293 acres of farm land adjacent to the Distillery, with the intention of building more barrel warehouses to meet the growing demands of bourbon. In the meantime while permits were being secured for the new construction, Buffalo Trace decided it would be “fun” to plant its own corn, with an idea of creating its own farm to table “single estate” bourbon experience. 

But it couldn’t be just any corn that was planted, the Distillery wanted to plant something that had historical meaning to this 243-year-old National Historic Landmark. Research began, and soon a strain was identified that dated back to 1876, around the same time
E. H. Taylor, Jr. was making his mark on Buffalo Trace. The strain originated from a White Mastodon variety and through selection techniques in isolation it became “Boone County White,” after a farmer named James Riley coined the name. Coincidentally, Harlen Wheatley, Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace, was born in Boone County, Ky., making that strain even more fitting. 

After planting 18 acres of the non-GMO white corn in the summer of 2015, Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley and his team eagerly watched the corn sprout up and begin to grow, and grow, and grow!  And harvest time, the stalks were well over 12 feet tall! The corn was harvested in August of last year and the grain was processed to be dried. After drying all winter, the corn was fermented and distilled at Buffalo Trace on May 31, 2016. All told, 117 barrels of the Boone County White Corn variety were distilled and are now aging in Buffalo Trace’s warehouses, to be taste tested periodically over the next few years to check on progress, and then eventually released, provided the taste profile is up to Buffalo Trace’s rigorous standards.

Now, in 2016, the cycle is beginning again, with Buffalo Trace planting its second year of non-GMO corn, this time Japonica Striped Corn, a strain originally from Japan and dating back to the 1890s. This variety will have variegated leaves of green, white, yellow and pink stripes with dark purple tassels and burgundy kernels. Typically used as an ornamental corn, this variety will be a true experiment to see how it tastes once fermented and distilled next year!  In addition to both the Boone County and Japonica Striped corn being from E. H. Taylor, Jr.’s era, both are dent corn varieties, which have a high starch content and are ideal for distilling, unlike traditional sweet corn one might see in the grocery store.  Buffalo Trace uses a different variety of dent corn in the distillation of the rest of the bourbons in its portfolio.

Buffalo Trace Distillery intends to plant a different variety of corn each year at its farm so each year in the future there will be a unique release.  Name, age or price of this future bourbon has not yet been determined.
by Steve Akley
More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails

The Details
Written by:
Joy Perrine and Susan Reigler
Photographs by: Jessica Ebelhar
Published by: University Press of Kentucky
Cocktails: Over 70  Cocktails and Over a Dozen Food Recipes
Pages: 92
Publishing Date: July 27, 2016
Price: $16.95/Hardcover & $9.95/Kindle

Recently, at Bourbon Zeppelin Headquarters in St. Louis, we were lucky enough to receive a advanced copy of More Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails by Joy Perrine and Susan Riegler. This book is a gem. The first section features bourbon cocktails created by legendary bartender Joy Perrine (seriously, she literally hosts her own bartending event at the Bourbon Festival each September in Bardstown, Kentucky). The next part of the book features the signature bourbon cocktails from notable establishments throughout Kentucky. Next, there is a chapter just of winning cocktails from various distilleries. The book ends with some really great food recipes that incorporate bourbon as an ingredient. Sprinkled in the middle are some eye-popping color photos from Jessica Ebelhar that really showcase what the featured cocktails look like.

What I love about this read is the fact there is so much you can use here. The cocktails... the food... there is even a mint julep simple syrup recipe you can make out of mint leaves in your garden. The difficulty of the cocktails ranges from simple to complex so you get a nice range of potential drinks for all skill levels. Though I haven't yet tried any of the food, the recipes look fantastic and I plan on experimenting with them very soon.

I can't recommend this one enough!

 
I gave this one a read through while sipping the "Honey of a Manhattan" cocktail from page 24!
New Liberty Distillery Melky Miller
90 Proof
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Color: Light Apple Juice
Nose: Floral, Charcoal, Honeysuckle
Taste: Citrus, Vanilla, Mushroom, Mineral
Finish: Smooth Warm Honey and Soft Caramels


New Liberty Distillery Maryland Club Bourbon
95 Proof
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Color: Medium Amber
Nose: Pepper, Vanilla, Honey
Taste: Bananas Foster, Vanilla Bean With A Floral Notes
Finish: Butter Pecan With Intensifying Heat.



New Liberty Distillery Melvale Straight Rye
90 Proof
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Color: Copper
Nose: Fresh Baled Hay, Peppercorn & Sorghum
Taste: Vanilla, Cinnamon and Bartlett Pear
Finish: Peppery Heat, Oak And Tobacco
About Mark the Imbiber
Mark the Imbiber has been designed to help you select a bourbon based on flavor profile. The column is written by Mark "Cake" Hansen, a childhood friend of Steve Akley. Cake is not only blessed with a sophisticated taste palate, he combines it with a keen ability to convey those tastes with words. In his personal life, he puts these abilities to work brewing beer. Additionally, he is a graphic artist by trade and deisgns most of the artwork in Bourbon Zeppelin. You can reach Cake via email by clicking here.
Somewhere along the line we reversed the title on the reviews Cake did last month of Cadeé Bourbon and Cadeé Deceptivus Bourbon. We apologize for the error. Here are the corrected reviews:
Cadée Deceptivus Bourbon
88 proof
Isle of Whidbey 
 
Color: Deep copper
Nose: Sweet port wine, cedar plank
Taste: Caramel corns, bananas foster, raisins, 
Finish: Butterscotch, peppered and peaty. I'd refer to it as extremely smooth scotch whiskey with a lingering peat finish. . . but legally I can't.
 

Cadée Bourbon
84 proof
Isle of Whidbey
 
Color: Light Amber
Nose: Oak,vanilla with a hint of charcoal
Taste:  Honey, banana cream pie
Finish: Hazelnuts with a hint of pepper. A decent sipping whiskey.
by Emily C. Oursler
Gypsy Attends the Oregon Distiller's Guild Event/Explores Local Offerings
If you’ve ever seen or heard about the show “Portlandia” you know that it depicts the story of Portland and its reputation for being so “weird.” There’s just no way around it.  After all, where else do you see a guy dressed as Darth Vader while playing bagpipes and riding a unicycle? What other city can you attend   as a spectator, or as a participant, on a naked bike ride?  (I’m not kidding, it’s really a thing.)  Want a craft-brewed beer instead of a root beer while you’re at the movie theater? Easy. Want to go to the store and pick up some pot? No problem.   That’s Portland  . . . a healthy dose of what some consider odd, mixed in with  cutting edge and interesting happenings about town; and one thing’s for sure, they can prove to be a lot of fun!

For the bourbon-obsessed the element of fun can come in a less-edgy more laid back way that goes beyond hitting a distillers tasting room here and there, and shows up by way of a craft distillery event. Held at one of Portland’s famed
McMenamin’s properties, the Oregon Distillers Guild put on an outdoor show at the historic Edgefield property in Troutdale, OR showcasing over a hundred spirits from over twenty of Oregon’s craft distillers.  

Since bourbon doesn’t just come from Kentucky, I wanted to warm up and get more acquainted with the local offering. Truth be told, I’ve been known to turn my nose up at any bourbon that didn’t come from Kentucky. It’s true, and as my mom would say, it seemed like I was getting “too big for my britches” by not opening up to the local bourbon makers. So I took a nosedive into an evening targeting mainly whiskey and bourbon, but also sampled absinthe, brandy, gin, various liqueurs, and even vodka.

In the course of tasting and enjoying, it’s a good bet that finding a couple of gems to have at home is going to happen. After giving up a tasting token and deciding on the one to take home, the distillers made it easy by staging purchases near the exit and allowing festival goers to pluck packages on their exit.  Finding a favorite or two wasn’t tough at all.  Here are a few of my notables:
4 Spirits
Bourbon
Big Bottom Distilling
Barlow trail, American whiskey finished in Port barrels and small batch Delta rye
Bull Run Distillery
Straight bourbon whiskey, barrel strength
Indio Spirits Distillery
James Oliver bourbon barreled whiskey and Snake River Stampede double barreled whiskey, James Oliver rye
Rogue Ale & Spirits
Oregon Rye Whiskey
Clear Creek Distillery/Hood River
McCarthy's Oregon Single Malt

Tualatin Valley Distilling
Oregon Single Malt
About Emily C. Oursler
Nicknamed Gypsy Silo because she likes to travel and has been known to collect enough things on the way to "fill a silo," Emily Oursler serves Bourbon Zeppelin as the Managing Editor. In addition to contributing stories to BZ, she helps with the marketing and strategy of the publication. You can find Emily on Instagram and Twitter (@gypsysilo).
Submitted by Steve Akley
The Bourbon Slush is the only cocktail recipe I have that was passed down from my parents. This was their favorite summertime mixer so it's safe to say the Akley family has been enjoying this cocktail for over forty years. There wasn't a summer party or barbecue where there wasn't a tub of Bourbon Slushes in the freezer. One of the best parts about this recipe is you can use your "mixer bourbon." In fact, the subtle flavors of a high end bourbon would be lost with the other ingredients if you even tried to use the expensive stuff. An Evan Williams white or black label, a Buffalo Trace, Maker's Mark or even a Jim Beam white label is perfect for this recipe!

Ingredients
- 1 can lemonade concentrate
- 1 can orange juice concentrate
Using one of the concentrate cans as a measuring cup, use the following: 
- 3 cans water
- 1 can bourbon of your choice
- 1 can of water that includes 3 teaspoons of Lipton Instant Ice Tea Mix
Instructions
- In a gallon tub (one of the buckets cheap ice cream comes in is perfect), mix all ingredients together.
- Put the lid on and freeze overnight.
- The final product ends up with the consistency of a snow cone. The perfect cocktail on a hot summer day.


Serve this one in a beer tulip glass!
CHEERS!
It's been great to see the enthusiasm for Bourbon Zeppelin from our readers. It's been amazing to see how in-tune everyone is with the fact we are an independent publication staffed with volunteers. People seemingly just want to help. The best way you can assist the BZ crew is by promoting what we are doing to your social media followers. Our Associate Editor Hasse Berg has even formalized a program recognizing those who are helping us by providing them the following sticker:
Getting your very own BZ Brand Ambassador sticker is easy. Just drop us a line by clicking here and giving us your address. We'll get a sticker sent your way along with a letter that includes your unique Brand Ambassador number. All we are requesting of our BZ Ambassadors is to follow Steve Akley on social media. He will send out a reminder when each issue comes as well as a link to it (Twitter & Instagram @steveakley & Bourbon Zeppelin on Facebook). If you could then notify your followers of a new issue that would be awesome!

In addition to our request to post each time BZ gets published, we've got a summer challenge for our Bourbon Zeppelin Ambassadors we would like to extend to all BZ readers. We simply want a photo of the Bourbon Zeppelin logo in cool places. Here's a look at exactly how to participate:

 

1). Take a photo of your sticker or the Bourbon Zeppelin logo in a cool place, or you can request a copy of the BZ logo from Steve by clicking here that you can print and use.

2). Start your social media post with the sentence, "The Bourbon Zeppelin has been spotted in…"

 

3). Tell us your location and a little about what we are seeing.

 

4). Tag  @steveakley and @hasse_berg on Instagram (just Steve for Twitter)

 

5). Hashtag #BourbonZeppelinSpottedIn #BourbonMagazine #BourbonZeppelin

Limit one sticker per household please. Offer is good while supplies last.

Do You Have Any Artistic Talents?
The BZ team loves our flying whiskey barrel zeppelin. That's why we appreciate when someone takes our logo, gets all artsy, and then comes up with a take on the Bourbon Zeppelin which is uniquely their own. If you care to share you creation with us, we'd love to share it with BZ readers.

Take the example below. Associate Editor Hasse Berg's son Oscar drew Hasse's ambassador sticker while they were on vacation recently. Oscar, age 8, really got it right (see the ambassador sticker in the article above).

Way to go Oscar!

The second example below comes from the Instagram account of Kristopher Hart (@whiskypete). Kristopher is the co-founder of the
Houston Whiskey Social an annual whiskey festival. His Instagram account has this cool cartoon character who gets into all kinds of hijinks named Whisky Pete. One day, Whisky Pete apprently suited up like the Red Baron and took the Bourbon Zeppelin for a joyride.

We are actually honored to have Pete captain the BZ anytime he wants!

 
Care to share your Bourbon Zeppelin art? Just click here to email it to us!
Oscar Berg's drawing from the BZ Ambassador sticker.
Whisky Pete takes the BZ for a spin!
David Nicholson 1843® Launches New Variant and Updates Packaging
St. Louis-based 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.

“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 its rye mash bill, we achieved a more complex, toasted rich flavor and a spicier bourbon,” says Fletcher Buchman, brand manager at Luxco.

David Nicholson Reserve is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, bottled at 100 proof, is extra aged for a more robust flavor and a full-bodied long finish. Suggested retail price per 750ml bottle is $34.99-$39.99. The suggested retail price per bottle for the David Nicholson 1843 is $29.99-$34.99.

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.
Intro by Steve Akley
It's important to remember that I came into Bourbon Zeppelin not only as a bourbon fan, but an independent author as well. With that in mind, I've come up with great way to give back to the writing community now that the BZ team has developed such a strong following and great audience for this publication.

The idea is this...
Have a creative writing contest for an original fiction piece with bourbon being involved in the story. We share a nice prize for the winner and even give him or her the option of running a portion of the short story in Bourbon Zeppelin and have the rest of the story for sale in Bourbon Zeppelin for a brief time. The complete prize package is as follows:

 
  1. A $50 Visa gift card.
The following two components of the prize are at the winner's discretion and have no substitutions or cash value if they aren't used:
  1. If the winner likes, a 500 word excerpt from the winner's story will appear in Bourbon Zeppelin with the full short story being available for sale in the BZ store.
  2. Steve Akley's graphic artist will design you a cover for the short story, his editor will edit your work and he will assist you in getting your work published for Kindle and Apple. The author of the material retains 100% ownership of the piece and neither Steve Akley or his team share in the revenue from the sale of your short story. This is literally just assistance to help you find an audience for your original work.
Sounds pretty cool, right?

You have until September 30 to get your 1,000 - 5,000 word short story complete. Everyone is encouraged to participate regardless of writing background or previous experience. Remember, we're bourbon people. If you can bring a creative story incorporating our favorite distilled spirit you might just be the winner.

See the complete details below and good luck if you decide to enter!
Bourbon Creative Writing Contest Rules
1. Stories must be submitted by midnight Central time on Friday, September 30, 2016.
2. Stories much be an original, unpublished work created by the person submitting the story.
3. Story length is 1,000 - 5,000 words. (minimum 1,000 words and maximum 5,000 words).
4. The story must have bourbon in it. Bourbon doesn't necessarily have to be the central theme, but it is mandatory to include in the story and being that you are participating in a contest for a bourbon publication, it's probably not going to hurt to have it engrained into your submission.
5. There is a cap at 20 entries. The first 20 stories that are submitted correctly will be the only ones judged. You can check to see if space is still available by emailing Steve at:
bourbonzeppelin@gmail.com. If your submission is incorrect, but spots are available, you will be notified why your submission was rejected and you can correct it an resubmit so long as spots are still available.
6. Submissions must be emailed to:
bourbonzeppelin@gmail.com. Your story should be submitted using Microsoft Word saved as the title of the story and your name (example: BourbonZepplinSteveAkley). It should be double-spaced, 12 point Arial font with one inch margins. In a second document you should include an excerpt up to 500 words. This is what would be published in Bourbon Zeppelin should you win.
7. Our judge is our Field Reporter Elizabeth Jones. Elizabeth majored in creative writing at her performance arts high school and English in college. She will be judging the stories on creativity and what she finds interesting. These are both very subjective, but that's kind of what a creative writing contest is. There are no parameters on what you can and cannot write, but please keep in mind the values you see in this publication will likely be reflected in the winning submission. It should be noted Elizabeth does not receive the submissions directly. Those will go to Steve who removes the names. Elizabeth is simply reading stories. she has no idea who submitted them. In addition to the winner, Elizabeth may designate up to 5 honorable mentions. She doesn't t give any. These are simply recognition of a very solid effort if Elizabeth deems a story (stories) worthy. Those individuals will be noted for their accomplishment, but there is no prize beyond recognition for those submissions.
8. Everyone is eligible to participate, other than the BZ staff. Those members are listed as "Bourbon Zeppelin - The Team" below. Individuals who have contributed to BZ but are not staff members are eligible to participate (Example: Seregon O'Dassey contributed a piece for us this month but she is eligible to participate since she isn't on the staff, she was just doing a one-time reader submission.)
9. The winner will be notified on, or before, November 1. The winner won't be officially announced until the December 1 issue of Bourbon Zeppelin. This gives us time to assist in publishing the story if the author is interested prior to the December 1 announcement. We ask the winner to refrain from social media posts about the win until the December 1 announcement. The winner's Visa card will be mailed on December 1.
10. Have fun!
by Steve Akley
I was reading my Mom’s copy of Entertainment Weekly (honestly, it was my Mom’s) and they had an article in which they were listing the awards for “best of the year” in various entertainment-related categories as they stand through the first six months of 2016. One of the songs they listed was Bourbon by Gallant. Without hesitation, or even listening to it, I went to iTunes and downloaded it.
 
As a bourbon fan, who wouldn’t want a song called Bourbon that was listed as a leader for best songs of 2016 by the good people of Entertainment Weekly?

As it turns out, it really wasn’t my type of song (goodbye $1.29). It’s just a little too slow for my taste, though, I did like the line, “I need it like bourbon in my coffee cup.” The song did provide some inspiration for me. It got me to thinking about the best bourbon songs. There are a lot of songs with whiskey in the title… but how about bourbon specifically?
 
“Not so much,” I thought to myself.
 
I decided to begin a quest to find the best five bourbon songs. “Quest,” being defined as “going to iTunes and searching “bourbon” in the songs category. Just as I surmised, when I did my search, the selections were pretty limited.
 
I actually played the snippet of every “bourbon” song on iTunes and downloaded all that I thought might make the cut as one of the best five bourbon songs ever so I could listen to the whole thing of each of them individually. I defined a “bourbon” song as one that had bourbon in the title and referred specifically to the distilled spirit (songs like Moon Over Bourbon Street by Sting were eliminated since they weren’t about our favorite adult beverage). After minutes of exhaustive research, I’m pleased to present to you The Best Five Bourbon Songs… EVER!
 
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer by George Thorogood
This one is the anthem. No list like this would be respectable without this song. Bourbon, Scotch and beer fans can unite over this classic from the venerable George Thorogood! I would liken this one to Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Old… the standard to which all other bourbon songs are measured.
 
Jockey Full of Bourbon by Tom Waits
This one’s from the mid-80s, but it is hip enough to sound like it’s from the swinging 60s. Austin Powers would love this one! I would say this one is Wild Turkey 101 in a Mint Julep! Groovy baby!
 
Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf by The Killers
This one rocks led by the “killer” vocals of Brandon Flowers! This one is like Colonel E.H. Taylor’s Seasoned Wood limited release from earlier this year. Something truly unique and special!
 
Bourbon in Your Eyes by Devil Doll
Colleen Duffy’s vocals are as smooth as a sip of Blanton’s neat in this jazzy, cool tune.
 
Bourbon by Slim Fatz
The polar opposite of Collen Duffy’s silky smooth voice is Slim Fatz’s gravely vocals that sound like butter being spread on burnt toast… in the best way possible. Kind of like the hammer Booker’s delivers when you take that first sip. It knocks you back, but you love it.

Did I miss one of your favorites in this very unscientific and opinioted piece? Drop me a line if you have a favorite bourbon tune not covered in this list by clicking here.
This Month Aaron Reviews:
Four Roses Single Barrel
Private Selection OESV Recipe
Review number 2 for the Bourbon Zeppelin is a Four Roses barrel selection - this was selected by the Whiskey Barrel Society. Recipe OESV, aged 11 year and 2 months, and coming in at a high proof of 124.8. This is a very special bottle to me. 

 “Why?” you may ask…

“What makes this bottle so special?”

Well, it is a bottle of bourbon I helped pick out, and it was my first barrel picking experience. Going on a barrel pick is every bourbon lover’s dream. To try bourbon straight from the barrel, right to your glass; it doesn’t get any better than that.

If you don’t know much about Four Roses, they have ten different bourbon recipes. I’m not going to go through the whole list of them, but all ten recipes do go into the Four Roses Yellow Label. Only four recipes go into the small batch; it is a blend of OBSK, OESK, OBSO, and OESO. Finally, there is only one recipe for the single barrel OBSV.

When you do a barrel selection at Four Roses, they roll out ten different barrels for you to try - you can probably guess why there are ten. Ten barrels, and ten different recipes. Yep, each barrel has a different recipe. You ultimately taste through all ten recipes blind, not knowing what you are tasting, and conclude by picking your favorite barrel.

The barrel we picked was the OESV recipe.
Now to the tasting:
Everything about this bourbon is just great; and believe me I'm not just saying this because I helped pick this barrel. It's just one amazing pour!

The color is a deep amber. The nose is perfectly balanced. For being 124.8 proof there is very little alcohol on the nose. Big notes of caramel corn and brown butter, followed by light hints of cherry, coconut, rye, and toasted oak. I could sit a smell this all day long.

The palate on this OESV is mind blowing; there is so much depth and complexity here. The first sip is very rich and creamy, it coats your palate like oil; very sweet to start. Creamy caramel, almost like the Cow Tail candy and vanilla pudding. After the shock of sweetness, there are small hints of apricot jam and raisins, followed by rye, oak, and pipe tobacco.

The finish is long and hot.  You get maple syrup, cinnamon, rye, and toasted oak.

Lastly, you’re left with that nice burn in your chest!

I give this a 92/100.
About Aaron Cave
Aaron Cave is a bourbon enthusiast from Columbus, Ohio. Living just a short drive from the Bourbon Trail, Aaron enjoys keeping up with the latest in the bourbon world. He recently made a dream come true by spending a day at Four Roses helping with barrel selection and getting to sample bourbon straight from the barrel. Aaron is a regular member of the Instagram bourbon crew where he enjoys talking bourbon and sharing photos. You can follow him on Instagram (@acave0324) or Twitter (@AaronRocky0324).
Evan Williams American Hero Edition
Did you get your bottle of Evan Williams Special Hero Edition yet?

Ten military veterans, chosen for their selfless acts of service at home and abroad were featured on custom labels sold to retailers between Memorial Day and July 4 in a nationwide release. With the widespread distribution means bourbon hunters will likely be able to track one of these down still if they look hard enough.


“Evan Williams is proud to work directly with our chosen military heroes to showcase their achievements in the military and in their communities,” said Chris Ratterman, Evan Williams Bourbon Brand Manager. “The American-Made Heroes program encompasses the spirit of Evan Williams’ American heritage and those who protect the American spirit day in and day out. Every hero has a story, and Evan Williams is honored to share them.”

Evan Williams is also extending the program by inviting others to nominate the military hero in their life to win a $250 gift of thanks and the chance to be selected as one of the next official Evan Williams American-Made Heroes – a prize that will be awarded to hundreds of military members. Nominations will showcase the difference each of the veterans are making in the lives of others while exemplifying their courageousness.

To learn more about the program, go to
American-MadeHeroes.com. Please note, this contest ends today (August 1, 2016) so don't delay, nominate your military hero today! (Literally!)
by Seregon O'Dassey
A New Bourbon Fan Emerges
Over the past few decades, America has become a glorious melting pot full of various cultures, influences, and evolution of traditional lifestyles. Now more than ever, people are exploring options for personal happiness, locations, and careers that may not have been available before. People are becoming less fearful of change, and more tolerant of individuals and their choices. Albeit slowly, attitudes are thankfully changing with the seasons.
 
However, if one thing has remained unchanged over the years, it’s bourbon. A better version of a whiskey, bourbon, specifically Kentucky bourbon, remains true to its taste, ingredients, and core distillation process. To be considered as such, the grain mash must be made from 51% minimum of corn. (Other ingredients include rye, wheat, and/or barley. So if you’re merely gluten intolerant it might be alright for you, but a full on allergy you might want to steer clear.)  In addition, by law, the mixture of ingredients must be stored in charred oak containers. Additives are not permissible or the title bourbon is forfeited.
 
From television and film to gifts, bourbon is being enjoyed more and more while at the same time receiving new life in the last few years. This new life includes new members to the bourbon enjoying club: women. Although traditionally and typically considered a “man’s drink,” the rise of the unorthodox gives men plenty of reasons to date a woman who considers bourbon part of her liquor repertoire.
 
1. She’s non traditional. She’s not stuck in a stagnant time period with role requirements. She thinks for herself and won’t let anyone tell her she needs to stick to a “fruity” drink or light beer just because she’s a woman.
 
2. She’s a risk taker. She’s not afraid to try something new, and she’s not afraid to enjoy it. Don’t overlook this. Too many people stay with what’s comfortable and never venture outside of their comfort zones, even though this is where the magic happens.
 
3.  She’s not a quitter. Look, bourbon isn’t for everyone. The smoky sweetness doesn’t apply to everyone’s palete. It’s an acquired taste, particularly if it’s not something one is used to. It can be harsh, burning, intense. But this woman isn’t intimidated by hard work or put off by it. She doesn’t let the initial system shock define the vibe of the drink itself. She tried it again. This one is a keeper. If nothing else, she’s brave.
 
4. She has respect and appreciation. She appreciates the finer things in life. That doesn’t make her a gold digger. Respect and expect are not the same thing. She knows that. She’s worked hard to get where she is and she just wants to sit down and relax with a nice glass of Elijah Craig. She may be a risk taker, but she also takes time to stop and smell the roses (or corn as it may be).  Enjoy it with her. Trade stories about your day. Have some give and take. It’ll make you a better person.
 
5. Speaking of give and take…gifts. Not only will you not need to ask yourself every birthday, “What should I get? Will she like this?” bourbon makes a great gift to give and receive. It’s practically a go-to gift for the ignorant (along with cigars but that’s a different article).
Special thanks to Bourbon Zeppelin reader Seregon O'Dassey who volunteered to write an Opinion Editorial for his issue of  Bourbon Zeppelin. Seregon is an actress/model/writer from Allentown, Pennsylvania who currently resides in New York. Her resume includes appearances on As the World Turns, Law & Order: SVU and more than 10 feature films. She tells us her favorite bourbon is the first one she ever tried... Knob Creek. She notes the woodsy, smoky burn of Knob Creek is an experience she welcomes!

We thank Seregon for joining the BZ team for this issue.

Would you like to write an Op-Ed piece for BZ? If so, click here!
Reminder: Is There A Difference in These Three Bottles?
Don't forget, we are kicking off an experiment in this issue with the Steve + 4 reviews of Maw Maw's batch. We are using this issue, along with the next two months with this segment, to determine if there is a difference in the Booker's now that the Beam has taken a strategy of a named batch approach for this brand..

So... are there really differences in the batches, or is this just marketing hype? Well, we will know soon. We'll review another one next month before finishing this Bourbon Zeppelin experiment in the October 1 edition.

Stay tuned...
Brown Sugar Bourbon by Heritage Dillstilling
Reviewed by: Mike Swain

 

"Oaked bourbon meets sweet buttery cinnamon toast with a smooth finish."
 

It's not part of the official One Sentence Review, but it should be noted Mike's second sentence after his review was, "Where can I buy this?" Good news for Mike, and anyone else interested, you can pick up a bottle directly from Heritage Distilling Co. by clicking here!
The philosophy of  the Bourbon Zeppelin team is to offer a variety of different types of ways to evaluate products submitted by distillers for review. The one sentence review represents one of the many types o reviews you will find in B.Z.

The future of bourbon by BourbonBrotha news about the bourbon industry before the industry even knows it! 

Custom Aged Barrels
This month’s contribution to completely unfounded heresy in the bourbon world is something that has been already occurring at the macro scale but will be coming to you at the micro scale in the future. Currently we have large distillers such as MGP in Indiana who will contract distill for a company and provide that distillate to them to age at their location. Smooth Ambler is one of the better known for using MGP to bring out a great product that they don’t distill but age in their West Virginia location. Well, my well-read bourbon aficionados, that could eventually be your life. Yes, you could order a barrel of your favorite mashbill that will be delivered to you for storage and proper care until you deem it necessary to bottle that wonderful brown water. 

Imagine a world where you can go online and place an order for a filled barrel of whiskey in various sizes from the industry standard 53 gallon to the smaller volume barrels used by craft distilleries to the small table top 1 gallon barrels. Then, you can age said barrel in whatever location you want. Can you imagine the surprise of walking into your man (or woman) cave and having a barrel ageing in the basement waiting for the perfect time to empty it and sell to your fellow whiskey fiends? 

The glee of knowing that in the shed behind your house is a quiet barrel that slowly turning whiskey into a smooth and wonderful tasting bourbon. Imagine the repurposed tree houses filled with 20 gallon barrels waiting for the kids to return home after 4 years of college so that the entire family can enjoy the truly local home spirit.

But, this is not a new business plan for the bourbon industry. In actuality, bourbon was once shipped in barrels and delivered in the barrel so the local store could pour out the bourbon/whiskey in whatever container the buyer had.  This method was long ago dropped as the invention and marketing of bottling barrels of bourbon and selling them in a consistent bottled name brand occurred. Yes, for this future in bourbon article we are describing the future by imitating the past. 

All that would be needed is a contract distiller and a cooperage who is willing to make many different size barrels to have on hand for the order. We literally have the distiller (ahem MGP) doing that for smaller companies we only need a cooperage and someone willing to float the business model before we will all have our own brand of bourbon aged in your mother-in-law’s worn down barn for seven years. Talk about having a custom bourbon experience that beats the socks off putting your name on a barrel or being an ambassador. Everyone will be getting together to try the true locally aged bourbon and we could all call ourselves a “master bottler”. What better thing to look forward to than your own barrel ageing in your own tornado shelter or attic. 

That is a future that I would love to see!

---BourbonBrotha

About BourbonBrotha
Jerome Faulkner, aka BourbonBrotha, or BB for short, is an active member of the bourbon community on Instagram (@bourbonbrotha). He resides in Newark, Delaware, where he lives with his wife and two children. BB jokes he has lifetime "nerd status" based on his background in chemistry and his PhD in Plant Pathology. While he isn't actively working in the lab anymore, he still puts his background to use evaluating corn, rye and barley... the base ingredients for bourbon!
Looking for 1,000,000 Facebook Likes
Editor-in-Chief Steve Akley has never been a part of the Facebook crowd. Realizing that keeps him out of the social media reach of most of the population, he has recruited his daughter Cat to run the Bourbon Zeppelin Facebook page and tasked her with acquiring 1,000,000 likes.

Help Cat out in her "quest for 1,000,000" by liking the BZ Facebook page today!
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Bourbon Zeppelin Fans and Staff Members Share the Stories of their Current Favorite Bottle of Bourbon

This Month, BZ Staffer Robin Ricca Talks About:
Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Until a few years ago, I not only didn’t drink whiskey, I didn’t care for the smell of it. Then 2011 rolled around, and I began learning more about whiskies from bartenders. I grew to love bourbons. But one in particular has really become my favorite.
 
My husband received an email back in 2007-2008 mentioning this producer, and he found out they had just begun production. He was intrigued, but we would not acquire the first bottle until after the Spring 2013 release. And it could only be purchased in Texas. This was the first bourbon whiskey in the world authentically cooked, fermented, distilled, barreled and bottled outside of Kentucky or Tennessee.
 
The bottle is a joy to look at. Texas Bourbon. With a big star on it. Filled with a dark amber colored liquid begging to be sipped.  I open the bottle. Caramel, nutmeg, and subtle hints of brown sugar and ginger linger on the nose. It is a striking combination. I drink this bourbon a number of ways: straight up, neat, or on the rocks. My favorite is neat, with a single ice cube added. There is a potent warmth that sticks to your tongue and throat from beginning to end. I instantly loved it. The bouquet, the taste, the burn, it was a bourbon I had never encountered before. But of course, it is a Texas Bourbon.
What makes it my favorite is its unusual structure. The burn may be a bit too much for some. Even the flavor can come off as being very forward and lingering just a little too long. This is a bold bourbon distilled in the hot climate of Hye, Texas. That boldness works well on its own in a jigger glass after a long day at work, and as a gently sipped liquid poured over ice and enjoyed at sunset.
 
Want an unconventional bourbon? Don’t take my word for it. Here are the tasting notes for this release straight from the distiller and owner Dan Garrison: “Amber, gold and honey. Crystals of floating flavor in the light. Earthy nose with cloves. A pleasant effervescent, brown sugar sting along the back of the tongue. Licorice, nutmeg, toasted almond, cloves and cinnamon explode. Lingering finish of cayenne, cocoa and chili powder. First barrels hand-selected by master distiller Donnis Todd. On the rocks for grain flavor but better served straight up.”
 
I’m getting thirsty just reading that! This is not cheap, and also not easily acquired bourbon. I remember looking at the price and hesitating. However, after opening and tasting it, I was sorry I didn’t buy a second bottle. I will always enjoy other bourbons, and I do regularly. But there is absolutely nothing quite like a pour of Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Which is why it will always remain my favorite.
About Robin Ricca
Robin Ricca a St. Louisan and staff reporter for Bourbon Zeppelin. She enjoys photography in her spare time and is a big proponent of discovering the hidden gems and great places to eat in the city you live in. Look for more from Robin in future isues of Boubon Zeppelin!

You can find Robin on Instagram (@motokitten) and Twitter (@motokitten99).
What's your favorite bottle right now? Please reach out and tell us so we can feature you in a future edition.
Click here to tell us about your favorite bottle!
The Review
The influence of Scotland are noted immediately when sampling Cadée's Deceptivus. Master Distiller, and Scotsman, Colin Campbell brings more than a little taste of Scotland to this port barrel-finished offering. Even though this is a bourbon, and cannot be legally be called Scotch, we swear we hear bagpipes playing when we close our eyes as we are enjoying this one!
The verdict on this AWESOME offering...
This one is... 
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT CHICKEN WINGS AWESOME!
About The Awesome Meter
A lot of bourbon passes through Bourbon Zeppelin Headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Since we are bourbon lovers, we recognize a lot of it is really great and clearly we enjoy having it in our respective collections. Still, there are times when a tasting reveals an offering with something a little more to offer. One that extends the charts beyond great and into "awesomeness"... hence, the development of the Awesome Meter.

The Awesome Meter rates only the bourbons deemed by the BZ crew to be "AWESOME!" Let's be clear, once a bourbon makes the list here, the staff has already acknowledged this product is on your must have list... after all, it has already been declared "awesome." Still, there is this idea of delving a little deeper so the Awesome Meter uses the following scale to see just how awesome, "Awesome" really is!


LAS VEGAS AWESOME


KING KONG AWESOME


ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT CHICKEN WINGS AWESOME


TYRANNOSAURUS REX AWESOME



JIMI HENDRIX AWESOME
1866 - 2016
Happy 150th Birthday Jack Daniel's Distillery
The Jack Daniel's Distillery birthday party has been going on all year in 2016 celebrating the company's 150th year in business. You may want to celebrate yourself by picking up this commemorative 86 proof bottle of Tennessee Whiskey commemorating this historic event.

Cheers to the team at Jack Daniel's on the big ONE-FIVE-OHHH!
Hosted this month by Hasse Berg
The scene from the movie Fight Club I remember best is the one where Brat Pitt's character, Tyler Durden asks Edward Norton's character, "Which historic figure would you fight?" I have always liked that scene and the dialog surrounding the question. Not because I walk around all day long asking myself who I want to fight. After all, I am not that guy. But, I do find the question appealing. Come to think of it, I think that a lot of people do, and have asked themselves or their buddies the same type of question.

I bet it's pretty common practice among athletes, to ask each other, which famous athletes they would have liked to compete against, or actors asking which historical colleague they would have liked to work with.

Now, I'm neither in the acting or sporting business.  I’m the whiskey drinking business. So which historic person, would I have liked to share a dram with? The question is pretty easy answered; I don't even have to consider it...


Hemingway.
Ernest Miller Hemingway.

Why?

I am a addictive, a junkie, a user and abuser of literature, music and whiskey and besides, Hemingway is one of my favorite writers. Other considerations are the fact he was also very fond of alcohol and it's an understatement saying that things didn’t go down quietly around him.

Last but not least, hanging out with Hemingway properly meant, that you would be able to meet some of the greatest writers and painters from his time. Who wouldn’t, for example, have grabbed the opportunity to crack a joke about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wiener with Hemingway?....
 

Anyone?....   

No!... I'll go and grab my coat then!
So What Historical Person Would You Like to Share A Dram With?
This is a regular feature in Bourbon Zeppelin. In addition to the staff, BZ readers are encouraged to take a turn at hosting this column and share who they would like to enjoy a bourbon with. The only rule is it has to be someone known (sorry, no family members) and you have to choose someone new (a running list is being kept at the bottom o fthe newsletter). If you are interested in participating click here to send us an email.
Breaking Bourbon:
Can Alternative Grains Really Build A Better Dram?

 
Let me preface this story by saying that I was skeptical.
           
It was a Saturday afternoon, and I found myself in the tasting room at Corsair’s Nashville distillery, belly up to the bar. I eyed the bottle before me suspiciously. “That sounds so pretentiously hipster,” I muttered to my husband.  He half chuckled in agreement.

Quinoa Whiskey. Did I mention that I was skeptical?

I was only vaguely acquainted with this grain through my half-hearted attempts to cook it at home.  It appeared to be all the rage these days, popping up in supermarket aisles and health-food websites. I wondered out loud if the idea behind making such a whiskey was to flow with the current hipster food trend, or if it in fact distilled into a decent spirit. Our tour guide smiled knowingly and poured me a sample.

And wouldn’t you know, I didn’t hate it. In fact, I enjoyed it. It had a kind of rich, earthy nuttiness that I had never before tasted. And in that moment, my skepticism turned to intrigue.

Corsair Distillery is no stranger to the alternative grain movement in distilled spirits.  n fact, it could be argued that they spearheaded the revolution. From their Quinoa Whiskey to Buck Yeah, from Insane in the Grain to Oatmeal Stout, the good folks at Corsair have been playing with alternative grains for quite some time now, with innovative and interesting results. In his book Alt Whiskeys, Darek Bell, one of the owners and founders of Corsair, outlines a wide range of grains available to the daring distiller, including, but certainly not limited to, amaranth, quinoa, spelt, triticale, sorghum, millet, black rice, and blue maize.

Up until recent years, tradition has been pretty strict on what is acceptable in a bourbon mashbill. By law, 51% corn is required, and malted barley has a necessity factor in bringing the required enzymes for mash saccharification. The standard third grain is typically rye or wheat for extra flavor and complexity. For a very long time, those were considered the acceptable four that could comprise bourbon.

But thanks to a new generation of innovative distillers, that is quickly changing. Craft distilleries, such as Corsair, KOVAL, and Balcones, are introducing surprising and successful grain diversity. KOVAL distills a bourbon made with millet, and Balcones has released a line of whiskies, including a bourbon, that showcase blue corn. Corsair, however, is still the most ambitious in their grain usage, as detailed in Alt Whiskeys; their Seven Grain Bourbon recipe is comprised of corn, rye, wheat, malt, spelt, oats, and quinoa, and their Eleven Grain Bourbon includes yellow corn, blue corn, malt, red wheat, white wheat, rye, millet, oats, spelt, sorghum, and quinoa.

This new trend isn’t limited to the craft industry, either. In 2014, Jim Beam released their Signature Harvest Collection, a selection of six varieties of bourbon that feature different alternative grains. Included are Soft Red Wheat, Brown Rice, High Rye, Whole Rolled Oat, Six-Row Barley, and Triticale. All are eleven-years-old and bottled at 90 proof.  Buffalo Trace also released a unique bottling in 2011 from their Experimental Collection, a nine-year-old bourbon that replaced the standard third grain of rye and/or wheat with rice and oats. Woodford Reserve has rolled out their Master’s Collection, which includes a bourbon made with white corn. Though Woodford has given no details regarding specifics, it has been implied that more grain experiments are to follow.

What it boils down to is this; are alternative grains positively impacting the bourbon industry?   would confidently say yes.  hanks to a little bit of risk-taking and a whole lot of new cereals to choose from, distilleries are getting bolder and braver when it comes to their mashbills. This is creating a whole new line of pioneering whiskies and bourbons, and the trend is growing steadily. If you come across one, try it; there’s never been anything quite like them before. Dare to dream about what bourbon can be, and raise your Glencairn to the future. It’s only getting brighter.   
    
About Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Jones is the field reporter for Bourbon Zeppelin. As such, she brings firsthand accounts of bourbon topics and events, research pieces and personal narratives. In her personal life, she is a distillery worker and bourbon fanatic. She currently lives in the U.S. with her husband and dog-child. She has a tendency to take her work home with her, as her main hobbies are drinking whiskey, reading about whiskey, and following whiskey trends on social media.
Husband and wife team Kate and Kris Kettner answer your bourbon questions!
What's the most the Kettners have ever spent on a bottle of bourbon?
- Aaron P. - Frankfort, Kentucky

Who runs the Kettner household?
- Todd S. - Tampa, Florida

I think this is going to be a two-parter if that's okay with everyone. What's the most we've spent on a bottle of Bourbon and who runs the Kettner household, because I feel like they kind of go together.

Hmm, I think I'll start with the second question. We're really a pretty good team unless we need to hang a curtain rod or something like that, and then I'm better in that department because Kris gets upset about shoddily built things not working according to plan, and I'm way more chill when it comes to stuff like that. So, to have a happy house, it's better I hang that curtain rod by myself. 

When it comes to money we're both equally frivolous, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. Which leads us to the first question, we actually just dropped the most money, so far, on a bottle of Booker's Rye recently, which was $300.  But we both made the decision and we have no children, so we'll survive the sticker shock.

The most expensive bourbon was Elijah Craig 23 for $145. Side note: Kris has been known to buy big ticket items without telling me, like cars and the occasional high-end bourbon, but for the most part Team Kettner is pretty solid.

Thanks to Aaron and Todd for the questions. We've got a B.Z. pen on the way to each of you for asking!
 
About Kate and Kris Kettner
Kate and Kris Kettner are bourbon and beer bloggers from Edmond, Oklahoma. Together with friend Justin Sowers, they run the blog Barrels and Mash. They both can be found regularly hanging out in the virtual world of Instagram (Kate = @katekettner and Kris = @barrelsandmash)

Check out Kate and Kris' blog here!
The Bourbon Zeppelin team has an awesome deal for you to participate in our Ask Kate and Kris segment. If you question is featured in an issue (Kate and Kris select them without knowing who submitted the questions), we'll send you this awesome Bourbon Zeppelin pen complete with a stylus. This smooth writing gem will be sure to impress your bourbon lovin' buddies. There is no catch here. If your question is used in an issue of B.Z. we'll send you this pen completely free of charge. So... what are you waiting for? Ask your question today!
It's Bourbon Zeppelin PSA Time!

Because the more you know, the more you enjoy bourbon!
About Evan Haskill
Evan Haskill is a lover of good bourbon and craft beer as well as the owner of the blog The Bourbon Guy and Rye. He can be found on Instagram where he serves as the ringleader for the bourbon crew (@evanhaskill) or Untappd (@bourbon_neat84).

Check out Evan's blog here!
Here it is Bourbon Fans, You Built it...
Our winners (left to right): Blanton's, Colonel E.H. Taylor, Four Roses Small Batch (LE) & Booker's
Last month we asked Bourbon Zeppelin readers to provide their "Mount Rushmore of Bourbon" ...the four bottles they believe should be carved into the opposite side of Mount Rushmore. Our staff artist Mark "Cake" Hansen took our four winners selected by BZ readers and staff and worked up what this might look like.

The BZ crew thinks this looks pretty good. Anyone want to volunteer to start collecting signatures so we can make this happen?
Narrative by Steve Akley
One of the most incredible aspects of starting Bourbon Zeppelin has been meeting so many fantasic new people. Between the team we have working on the publication, the contributors from the companies in the bourbon industry and our incredible readers, it's been a really fun ride getting here.

With all of these new people in my life, there is one standout... and, that person is definitely Hasse Berg. Hasse is a bourbon/whisk(e)y/scotch drinker from Denmark. Hasse has been instrumental in getting this publication off the ground. The two of us will sometimes literally email one another ten or more times in a day working on BZ. These topics range from small logistical components of the publication like should we notify contest winners in the next month's issue or when they actually win and others get a little deeper; like do we take on advertisers? (We notify contest winners immediately and we will not featuring advertising... just in case you are interested.)  I know one thing, you need to have more than one person weighing in on these decisions so it's fantastic to have the counsel of Hasse Berg and that's why he serves as the BZ Associate Editor.


While Hasse Berg is a voice of reason as you work on building a world-class publication, truly the best thing about communicating with him is when he simply goes off script and just starts riffing sometimes. These are meant for publication. The guy is just talking to me. I have simply found these communications too funny not to share, so with his permission, I'm going to run these in BZ from time-to-time.

The contribution I have for you today is from his votes for the Mount Rushmore of Bourbon project we just announced the winners for above this article. Most people simply submitted the names of four bourbons. Hasse Berg, on the other hand, went on a classic Hasse Berg rant. The type of thing only he can do. With that, I present to you...
Hasse Berg Votes for the Mount Rushmore of Bourbon
I definitely want George T. Stagg carved into the back head of Thomas Jefferson, because that guy really looks like he could use something with a real kick to get him out of his paralyzed state-of-mind.

The second bottle I want up there is Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2014. I know that you said that only bottles are allowed on the back Bourbon Rushmore, but can I pretty please get just a itty bitty picture of Jim Rutledge up there to go along with the Four Roses Bottle. I have to say and I don't want to sound intimidating, if you don't allow Jim's picture, I'll make sure to visit the monument after it's done, bringing a jackhammer, carving the damn thing myself. And Steve. I'm not very handy with a jackhammer. You should see our basement floor, or, what used to be our basement floor.

The third bottle is going to be Elmer T. Lee. Man! I mean, just nose that thing. I could sniff that bourbon all night.

Last but not least... and, damn man! That's a hard one. Only one seat back. If I can convince your Congress to squeeze Barack Obama in between Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, can I pick a fifth? Okay, last one it is then. Rock Hill Farms? Blanton's? I'm really into Smooth Ambler right now. But that's not fair, it's a sourced bourbon.

What if I can get John Little to reveal their source for Smooth Ambler? But I don't have time to do all of this; Convince Congress to put Obama up on Mount Rushmore, maybe carve Jim's picture into a stoned carved to look like a Four Roses Bottle, convince John Little... No forget about it. I don't have enough time, I go with Blanton's Original. It is maybe not the greatest bourbon ever made., but it's a damn fine one and one there is so well known, that you actually can buy it, a lot of places in Denmark at a very fair price. 
 
Hasse
Bourbon Zeppelin has gotten pretty popular recently. As such, we've got three unique contests for you this month. Just enter one time and we'll put you in for all three. The first winner selected will get to choose what he or she wants and then we will repeat the process until we give away all three prize packages. If there is something you simply don't want, you can denote that in your entry email and we won't contact you if that is all we have left.

Entry is simple. Just send an email to us by clicking here. If you win, we'll reach back to you via email. See the fine print for all of the details.

Good luck!
Package #1 - Silverback Distillery Prize Pack
Christine Riggleman, our friend from Silverback Distillery, has put together and awesome prize pack. You get both a Strange Monkey Gin t-shirt (size XL/sorry no substitutions) and a Blackback Rye Whiskey rocks glass. Steve got one of these glasses from Christine and notes it's his go-to cocktail glass.
 
Package #2 - Jammit Jam Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Jelly Prize Pack
In the Try This column this month, Steve sampled Apple Cinnamon Bourbon jam by Jammit Jam. In this prize pack you get a jar to do a sampling of your own.

More than just a jam, other suggested uses include: an ice cream topping, pancake or waffle topping, a sauce for pork chops, a way to kick up the flavor on a grilled cheese sandwich and much more!
Package #3 - Three Patches Pack
Our third prize package is one Steve put together himself. You get three patches. You get both a bourbon (Jim Beam) and a zeppelin patch. Get it? As mentioned in the article above, you also get a patch from the Bourbon, Missouri Police Department!
Contest Rules (the small print)
1. Winner must be at least 21 years of age
2. Limit of one entry per household
3. All entries must be completed by sending an email by clicking here!
4. Prize package will only be shipped to a U.S. address.
5. All entries are due by midnight Central time on the 7th of the month.
6. Winner will be notified via email and sent via USPS.
7. There are no fees associated with the contest. Entry is free. The items won are free and shipping is free.
8. All entrants will be signed up for Bourbon Zeppelin so all future editions get delivered directly to his or her email.

GOOD LUCK!
Cask strength congrats go out to Jill Hawkins of Bardstown, Kentucky. Jill is the winner of the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel beer cap earrings from UpcycledAshley in last month's contest. Way to go Jill!
It was March and word in the boubonsphere was that Seasoned Wood was coming soon! I went to every store I could asking, “can you put me on a list for Seasoned Wood?!” I was sure that I would score big because no one else had asked these stores about it yet. Then I ran into the distributor for the area. How lucky was I?!  I started chatting him up telling him how excited I was for the upcoming release to which he responded, “Are you the guy that has been asking every store in town about Seasoned Wood?”.  “Why yes!” I exclaimed!  He replied “There’s only going to be a limited number for the state.  You can’t get every bottle that comes to the area.  I spoke with the store owners and directed them to not set bottles aside, but put them on the shelf or offer them to regulars." I had screwed up my chance of getting any in that area. I will never make that mistake again!
 
Last issue we talked about how to find out distribution in the stores, but there is a level above that which varies from state to state. Play this right and you could score big. Play it wrong and lose your chance at getting any. Some states distribute based on sales in an area, some equally throughout the state, others are required to offer bottles to all stores beginning with the little guys to the top.
 
States that distribute by area and sales take a little bit of figuring out, but can yield a high chance of scoring. For example, if a state distributes this way you can usually find out where an area ends and begins by talking to store owners. As before, grab a bottle and start chatting the clerk or owner about it. Ask them “does your area tend to see a lot of the allocated bourbons?  What areas tend to see the most?” Most of the time they don’t mind letting you know this information. I would also ask which stores have the “best bourbon selection?” Usually a better selection means a higher volume. Pick the 2 highest volume stores and ask to get on a list with them. As before, they may say sorry, you are not a regular, or they may be happy to help you out.  Always ask this with a bottle in hand to buy!

If your state is an ABC state, their rules will match that outlined in BZ’s last issue. Some states, however, are required to offer at least one bottle to each store in the distribution area. Many of these stores will not get bottles because their clientele will not buy it or even know what these bottles are. That’s your target!  If you are in one of these states, I would go to the “boondocks” and ask about specific releases. I would not go in and ask “do you get limited bottles?”  They won’t know what to look for, and you won’t score any bottles. Instead walk in and ask “Can you special order_____________ for me?”  No need to buy a bottle from these stores to ask that question. They don’t know or care, they just want to make a sale however they can. They will be hit or miss on whether they follow through so don’t ask too far in advance, but if they ask the distributor they are required to sell them one bottle. They won’t be able to get one of each Pappy, but one bottle of Pappy so ask for the unicorn but tell them you’ll take any year they can get.
 
Put this together with your knowledge of local distribution and you should be able to develop a few “honey holes” fairly quickly.  Keep hunting and may the bourbon gods smile on you all!  
About Corey Chandler
Corey Chandler lives in Richmond, Virginia, where he enjoys bourbon hunting with his fiancé. Corey is in the process of realizing a lifelong dream of opening a restaurant. Look for him to share more information about this as he get closer to opening his place next year. He's part of the regular bourbon crew on Instagram where he's always sharing his latest finds. Check out Corey Chandler's Instagram page: @mrshacorey
Through a collaboration with the team at the bourbon blog Breaking Bourbon, we are pleased to present their Bourbon Release Calendar to BZ readers. This tool is invaluable for seeking out those hard-to-find bourbon releases. As our own Corey Chandler notes, scoring big at the liquor involves a significant amount of planning. This calendar can help you put together your blueprint for success and we thank the crew at Breaking Bourbon for allowing us to share it with you!

August
No releases announced

September
- Elijah Craig 18 Year Old Single Barrel/90 Proof
- Elijah Craig 23 Year Old Single Barrel/90 Proof
- Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch
- Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
- Smooth Ambler Wheated Bourbon

As the calendar is continually getting new releases added, we encourage you to check out the most up-to-date version of Breaking Bourbon's Release Calendar by clicking here!
About Breaking Bourbon
Breaking Bourbon was created by Eric, Nick, and Jordan, three lifelong friends who share a passion for bourbon and whiskey. The website features bourbon and American whiskey reviews, an always up-to-date release calendar, articles, and more. Visit online at BreakingBourbon.com and connect on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook via the handle @breakingbourbon.
Summertime is Cocktail Time
This month Chrissy shares a recipe created for Bourbon Zeppelin Readers
Brown Sugar Bourbon Mustard

This Recipe Uses:
Ingredients
1C. Bourbon (Heritage Distilling Co. Brown Sugar Bourbon)
1/2 C. Filtered Water
1C. Brown Mustard Seed
1/2 C. Apple Cider Vinegar
6 Tbsp. Dry Mustard Powder
3/4 C. Brown Sugar
2 tsp. salt

Instructions:
1. In a large mixing bowl combine the bourbon, water & mustard seeds. Mix all together and steep the seeds until all of the liquid is absorbed.
(about 6 hours or over night if needed)

2. Once the seeds have absorbed all of the liquid, add the mustard seeds to a food processor (if you don't have a food processor you can use a blender).
Process the seeds until they are smooth, unless you are like me and like to have your mustard a little grainy, then leave the mustard grainy.

3. Add the following in the food processor, vinegar, mustard powder, sugar, salt and briefly mix with the mustard seeds.

4. Transfer mustard to a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Bring the mustard to a boil, stirring the mustard constantly. You will want to continue to boil the mustard until it reduces to your desired thickness.
(Just know that the mustard will continue to thicken once you allow it to cool)
Cook 3-5 mins

5. Make sure to taste the mustard as it reduces and adjust the seasoning.
(add additional water if it gets too thick)

6.Transfer to hermetic glass jar & store in the refrigerator for 2-3 months.
Get the "story behind the story" for this recipe, along with other recipes incorporating bourbon as an ingredient on Chrissy's blog (click on the site name below to check it out):
A Lil' Dab of Bourbon
About Chrissy Martin
Chrissy Martin is a whisk(e)y sommelier residing in the greater Kansas City metro area. In addition to her love for bourbon, she enjoys cooking. As a trained sommelier, she is able to combine her love for food with bourbon by pairing them together. Like most of the BZ team, Chrissy is a regular member of the bourbon crew on Instagram (@alildabofbourbon).
Westland Distillery Releases Garryana
by Steve Akley
On July 14, Westland Distillery in Seattle, Washington, released Garryana, a 2,500 bottle limited edition from their Native Oak Series. Garryana is a single malt whiskey aged in barrels made of Garry oak, a tree indigenous to the Pacific Northwest.

Single malt whiskey are part of the whiskey classification, most closely related to Scotch. Of course, only single malt whiskies produced in Scotland can legally be called Scotch.

Legalities aside, Westland Distillery prefers the name single malt whiskey over Scotch since they aren't trying to reproduce flavor profiles from Scotland. They are more into the concept of creating unique tastes from the area in which they reside... in, and around, Seattle.

Westland Distillery has really been gaining the respect of whiskey drinkers, and the industry, with their dedication to quality and unique tasting products. Westland's dedication to hands-on craftsmanship certainly can be witnessed in their Garryana release. You don't just go to your local barrel cooper and pick up a Garry oak barrel off of the shelf. These barrels were custom made for the Westland team to pair with the finest local ingredients they are using to create this unique offering.

They have a really in-depth look at Garryana on their website. Just click here to see the whole backstory on this very limited release.
Wanna Try Something Different is a column dedicated to introducing different types of whisk(e)y beyond just bourbon. While true fans always put bourbon first, we often like to expand our horizons a bit by trying other types and styles of whisk(e)y. The question of where does American Whiskey, Scotch, Rye, Japanese Whisky, etc. fit into Bourbon Zeppelin is now answered quite simply, "Right here!"
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This Month's Selection...
Oil Man
by Elevation Beer Co.
This bourbon barrel aged imperial stout taste like a gift from the beer demi-gods. It is the "demi-gods" and not the regular gods because it's not perfect; but still it's very good. It's from Elevation Beer Co.'s Double Black Series with a 10.80% ABV. I paired this with some kicking bourbon wings that I made and it was a perfect night.

I give it a 4 out of 5.
About Six Feet of Dynamite
Arizona resident. Chi-town girl. Avid craft brew drinker. Stout and porter lover. Getting to love all things craft... one brewery at a time. Like most of the BZ team, Dynamite is a regular member of the bourbon crew on Instagram and her Untappd account is not to be missed (@sixfeetofdynmite for either Instagram or Untappd).
Smooth Ambler Spirits Prepares to Release Non-Sourced Wheated Bourbon
The approved labels from Smooth Ambler Spirits application
Smooth Ambler Spirits received approval on July 5, for Wheated Bourbon, which will be a 100 proof, non-sourced offering made from an Appalachian whiskey base. Smooth Ambler has a stellar reputation for providing incredible tasting profiles for a value price. Friends of BZ, Breaking Bourbon, note the new Smooth Ambler Wheated Bourbon is a September release.

We will be in line for that one for sure!
Bourbon barrels can only be used one time...
... in the bourbon making process. That leaves plenty of life left in these versatile 53 gallon handcrafted gems. So what happens to all of those barrels? Well, the Bourbon Zeppelin team is determined to find out what happens to every barrels and tell the story of The Life of a Bourbon Barrel, one story at a time!

In issue #2 of BZ, we featured Kentucky Knows and their coffee they age in bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace. That's not the end of the line for those bourbon barrels. Tony Davis, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and owner of Kentucky Knows, is a craftsman. He turns these used barrels into pieces of art that he sells at his gallery in Lexington, Kentucky, and retailers throughout the state. Here is an example of a cutting board he made from a Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel:

 

Is there even one BZ reader who doesn't want this cutting board right now? We seriously doubt it! Awesome!
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There are plenty of bourbon barrel stories to tell. Help us out! If you know where a bourbon barrel is being used, that would be of interest for the Bourbon Zeppelin readers, just reach out to us to let us know by clicking here!
Here's a Look at What's Hot on the Secondary Market at the Prices they are Fetching:
Weller 12
Retail - $50
Secondary Market - $100 - $130

 
Booker's Rye
Retail - $310
Secondary Market - $350

Whistle Pig 15 Rye
Retail - $200 - $250  
Secondary - $175 - $200

 
Knob Creek 2001
Retail - $130
Secondary - $200+

Four Roses LESB Elliot's Selection  
Retail - $125
Secondary $300+
About Matt Saunds
Matt Saunds is a store supervisor at Village Wine and Spirits in Sleepy Hollow, New York where he manages the sale of inventory on the secondary market for the store. He also has a consulting business on his own helping clients buy and sell rare and hard-to-get distilled spirits. Matt is a regular with the rest of the B.Z. crew on Instagram (@msaunds27). You can reach him via email by clicking here.
While we have already been able to document some of the struggles in finding bourbon outside of the United States here in Bourbon Zeppelin, Suzie Allkins, our U.K. Correspondent , has reported an uptick in advertising there by Jim Beam. She sent over two screen captures that show advertisements for both Beam white label and their apple bourbon that  she has been seeing running recently.

Will the Brits acquire a taste for America's most beloved distilled spirit? Time we'll tell. Suzie, please keep us in the loop because it's already hard enough to find bourbon here. If this targeted advertising catches on across the pond, we all better expand our bourbon bunkers!
Do you care to share a photo of a bourbon section you've found in your travels? Would you like to share you personal bourbon hoard? Email those photos to the BZ team and we'll run them in a future issue!
And finally...
A Pour for a  Childhood Hero
Until three years ago, July 28 was just another day like any other that came before or those about to come. A single phone call changed that day forever.

It was the last day of our summer vacation and I had just pulled the car into our driveway, returning home from two fantastic sunny weeks in the cabin. As I opened the car door, my phone rang. A voice I couldn’t identify, asked if she was talking to Hasse Berg, and if I was related to Henry Rimpler. “Yes I am, he’s my grandfather”.  “I’m sorry sir, but I have to inform you, that we have just found him dead, in his armchair. We need you to come over and identify him."

Just like that, I lost my beloved childhood hero. A simple phone call was all it took. His heart finally gave up on him. To tell the truth, it did almost 25 years before that day when he lost his wife (my grandmother). He couldn’t cope with the fact that she was gone forever and for a decade he was lost and imprisoned in his own pain and misery. He quickly became an alcoholic. Then, suddenly, he stopped drinking and returned back to us from the shadows. Almost as if nothing had ever happened; once again becoming the man that we all knew so well.

My grandfather was born into a generation of old school working class heroes. A rare breed that sadly dies with them. Never in a hurry, he lways took the time to help other people out and he never failed to strike up a conversation with anyone he met on his way through life. He loved spending time with my younger brother and me and there was nothing in the world he wouldn’t do for us. He was a tough muscular welder, proud of his line of work. He was simply charming as hell and loved by many. Man, the stories I could tell about this guy. My younger brother was very much into cars and at the age of 10, our grandfather thought he would teach the kid how to drive a car. This ended up with them in the neighbor’s hedge. “No worries kiddo, Pops knows a guy who can pull us out, but don’t tell grandmother about it”. That was his typical reaction. A shrug of the shoulders, Hey sh.. happens, why not laugh it up?

Damn how I miss that guy.                

After his death, I took a couple of days off to help my parents clean out his apartment. I think I eventually did it more as a part of me needed to be there... to somehow close his door for the last time and send him off in my own way. In the process, I brought my boys, so they could see for themselves and understand that there great-grandfather wasn’t there anymore. At one point, the strangest thing happened. Our youngest, who was two years old at the time, suddenly started to wave towards the old man’s chair. I sat down next to our boy, asked him what he was doing. He looked up at me with a childish smile on his face saying “Can’t you see daddy, I’m waving to Pops”.

Three weeks before he died, he called me up late one night, afraid because he claimed that his heart was ticking so loud that he couldn’t sleep. I drove over there and spent a couple of hours with the old man. I calmed him down, telling him; “As long as you can hear you heart, you have absolutely nothing to be afraid of. When it stops ticking, you can start to worry”.

The old man loved irony, but the real irony is that he was absolutely right. Apparently, his time had started to run out that night, ticking so loud that he couldn't sleep. I’m just glad that I was given the opportunity to spend a couple of midnight hours with him, before going out of town on vacation.

So now when July 28 comes around, my wife and I visit the graveyard with our boys, showing him that his grandchildren are doing fine. Just before midnight I pour myself a whiskey and spend an hour in company of a ghost.

In loving memories, and in your own words "Jyden han er stærk og sej, vel er han ej!"
Hasse Berg        
About Hasse Berg
Hasse Berg is a passionate whisk(e)y fan and blogger from Denmark. He serves Bourbon Zeppelin as the Associate Editor. His site, Son Of Winston Churchill "A Part Of The Secret Whisk(e)y Society" features independent whiskey reviews and talk. Check out Hasse Berg's Instagram page: @Hasse_Berg

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Knob Creek Trivia Answer
So all of those clues didn't help?

Well, you're going to be disappointed in yourself. The answer to person whose farm Knob Creek Bourbon was named after is none other than Abraham Lincoln. That's right, the 16th President of the United States lived and worked on Knob Creek Farm near Hodgenville, Kentucky from 1811-1816. The farm itself is not only important simply because Lincoln lived there, but it is also historically significant because it represented Lincoln's first childhood memories. Lincoln famously liked to share stories of his childhood working on a farm and many of these tales can be traced back to his time on Knob Hill Farm. So they next time you are enjoying dram of Knob Creek, hoist your glass and give a nod to Honest Abe!
Editor's Note
We didn't want to mess with the continuity of Hasse Berg's article by including a translation. Still, we thought those of you who need a Danish to English translation might want to know the final words he memorialized his grandfather with. Google translator tells us it's:"

He is strong and tough... "well" he is not!
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