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A ton of new whiskies have come out in the past three weeks. Here they are:

Chocasmoke Whiskey

ChocasmokeThe First in the Seven Hills Series by Seven Stills is Chocasmoke Whiskey. 

The product is distilled from a chocolate oatmeal stout. It was brewed the wash at Mill Valley Beerworks and distilled at Stillwater Distillery in a 500 gallon Vendome copper pot still. It was aged 6 months in new charred American Oak barrels.

Chocasmoke is the first release in the Seven Hills series, an ode to Twin Peaks, where the Seven Hills concept was born and recipe testing began. Only 400 bottles of this first release were made They plan to eventually have seven whiskies, each named after one of San Francisco’s seven hills and dressed in a label featuring the work of a local artist.

Bottling strenght is 45%ABV, the SRP is $55. Chocasmoke will be available by order through Jug Shop but will generally only be available in CA.

A Midwinter Night’s Dram by High West Distillery

MND750wHigh West Distillery & Saloon of Park City announces the limited release of  A Midwinter Night’s Dram, which is High West’s Rendezvous Rye whiskey finished for several months in port and French oak barrels.

A Midwinter Night’s Dram joins 11 other High West spirits. Bottled at 98.6 proof and priced at $79.99 per bottle, it went on sale in the High West Saloon and General Store in downtown Park City on February 14, and in liquor stores nationwide in October in time for next Winter.

Berkshire Mountain Distillers Beer Cask-Finished Series

BMD Berkshire Bourbon HighResBerkshire Mountain Distillers has launched a unique collaboration with 10 craft brewers across the country. BMD owner and distiller, Chris Weld is finishing his Berkshire Bourbon in recently emptied beer barrels from participating brewers for a minimum of three months. 

This limited-edition line of Berkshire Bourbon will remain at 43% ABV with an MSRP ranging form $42.99 to $60. Berkshire Bourbon is triple distilled and aged in charred virgin American white oak barrels. The mash bill contains corn sourced from a family farm located just three miles from the distillery.

Big Sky Brewing, Missoula, Montana; BigSkyBrew.com
Beer: Hound Dog – A double IPA 8.8% ABV
Release Date: March 2014

Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Florida; CigarCityBrewing.com
Beer: Forgotten Island- Belgian-style, quad aged in rum barrels; 15% ABV.
Release Date March 2014

Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids, Michigan; FoundersBrewing.com
Beer: Kentucky Breakfast Stout – An imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels; 11.2% ABV.
Release Date: March 2014

Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, Oregon; FullSailBrewing.com
Beer: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout  9% ABV.
Release Date: Summer 2014

Hale’s Ales, Seattle, Washington; HalesBrewery.com
Beer: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout – An imperial stout; 10.5% ABV.
Release Date: March 2014

Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, New York; Ommegang.com
Beer: Adoration – A Belgian Winter aged in bourbon barrels, 10% ABV.
Release Date: Late Spring 2014

Samuel Adams, Boston, Massachusetts; SamuelAdams.com
Beer: Samuel Adams Utopias  aged in bourbon, port and rum barrels; 29% ABV.
Release Date: January 2014 & Late Spring 2014

Smuttynose Brewing Company, Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Smuttynose.com
Beer: Durty – A brown IPA aged in BMD Ragged Mountain Rum barrels; 8.4% ABV.
Release Date: TBD

Terrapin Brewing Company, Athens, Georgia; TerrapinBeer.com
Beer: Monk’s Revenge – A Belgian triple aged in red wine barrels; 9.8% ABV.
Release Date: January 2014

Tröegs Brewing Company, Hershey, Pennsylvania; Troegs.com
Beer: Troegenator – A double bock aged in bourbon barrels; 8.2% ABV.
Release Date: January 2014

2 GINGERS Irish Whiskey Launches Nationally

2 GINGERS Bottle2 GINGERS Irish Whiskey from the Kilbeggan Distilling Co. is now officially available across the United States, expanding from limited Midwest markets one year ago to all 50 states this month.

2 GINGERS Founder and CEO Kieran Folliard, former owner of one of the country’s top-selling Irish whiskey pubs, originally created the whiskey and its signature cocktail, the BIG GINGER. The blended whiskey is aged 4 years and double-distilled.

Beam Inc. acquired 2 GINGERS in December 2012, and since that time has rapidly expanded distribution.

For more information on 2 GINGERS Irish Whiskey, which sells at a suggested retail price of $19.99 for a 750ml bottle, please visit www.2GINGERSwhiskey.com.

Booker’s Bourbon 25th Anniversary Batch No. 2014-1

Bookers_25_WithBox_WhiteTwenty-five years after the initial selection, Booker’s Bourbon Batch No. 2014-1 is taken from the center-cut of Booker’s favorite rack house, bottled at its natural proof, uncut, unfiltered and extra aged.

Available in select markets now and nationally in early March, Booker’s Bourbon Batch No. 2014-1 comes inside a commemorative wooden case and was selected with the following characteristics:
Proof: 121 – 130
Age: 9 – 11 years

Booker’s Bourbon 25th Anniversary Batch No. 2014-1 is available nationwide in March in limited quantities for a suggested price of $99.99 for a 750ml bottle.


Redbreast 21 Year Old and Green Spot Irish Whiskies

GREEN SPOT US Bottle &Cork (Hi-Res)Pernod Ricard USA has announced that it is introducing two Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys to the United States: Redbreast 21 Year Old and Green Spot.

Joining Redbreast 12 Year Old, Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength and Redbreast 15 Year Old, Redbreast 21 Year Old is the oldest bottle in the Redbreast family. Made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley, the whiskey is triple distilled in copper pot stills and matured in a combination of American Bourbon barrels and first fill Spanish oloroso sherry casks. 

A non-age statement Single Pot Still whiskey, Green Spot is comprised of pot still whiskey aged between seven and ten years, matured in a combination of new bourbon and sherry casks. Only 12,000 bottles of Green Spot are produced every year.

Redbreast 21 Year Old is non-chill filtered and will be available in the US starting March 1, 2014 in limited quantities at a suggested retail price of $250. Green Spot will be available starting March 1, 2014 at a suggested retail price of $50.

For more information, please visit http://www.singlepotstill.com/.

 Two Releases from Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company

Image001Diageo has launched the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company – a new project determined to locate lost and forgotten barrels of whiskey from around the world and share them.

The first two variants to be released from the company will include the 20-year-old Barterhouse Whiskey and the 26-year-aged Old Blowhard Whiskey. Barterhouse Whiskey (SRP: $75) stocks were discovered in old warehouses at the famed Stitzel-Weller facility in Louisville, Ky. 

Old Blowhard Whiskey (SRP: $150) was also found at Stitzel-Weller at 26-years-old. 

Both whiskies are bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn., and are expected to begin appearing on select shelves throughout the U.S. in March 2014 under strict allocation.



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Scott S - Boston

Berkshire Bourbon is a tremendous purchase. I highly recommend the Berkshire bourbon that is aged in the Sam Adams casks (Limited). For the price range it's a hidden gem.

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