Whiskey Roundup 4.29.14

Semi-regularly, we will post roundups to let you know when new whiskeys hit the market, breaking news, and what’s happening in the world of whiskey.

Recently, two new bourbons announced they will be hitting the market soon. Some distillers are producing interesting (read: slightly weird) bourbon advertising. Buffalo Trace is expanding. And a Seattle bartending favorite has a new cocktail home. It’s all below in this edition of the whiskey roundup.

New Bourbon

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon

The folks at Elmer T. Lee (Buffalo Trace) are introducing a limited release single barrel bourbon starting this month. The bottling commemorates Lee, who passed away last year, and his ongoing support of war veterans. Lee was a World War II vet and long time supporter of the Veterans of Foreign Affairs. The full story can be read in Buffalo Trace’s press release.

2014 Parker’s Heritage 8th Edition

News is starting to spread of the next annual release of Parker’s Heritage whiskey. According to Red, White, and Bourbon, the next release will be a 13 year, high wheat, cask-strength bourbon. Coming in at whopping 136.2 proof, I will be interested to see what the average whiskey drinker thinks of this whiskey. To read more on the release, check out Red, White, and Bourbon’s blog post.

Whiskey News

Rumors are strong in bourbon land. Fred Minnick takes a look at the hottest rumors of late and then does his best to debunk them.

The Spirits Business is reporting that Buffalo Trace plans to spend $71 million in expanding their distillery. Being that I’m a big fan of many Buffalo Trace products, I’m very happy with this development.

It seems one of the side effects of the bourbon boom is distilleries spending more on advertising. Woodford Reserve has made news recently with some interesting commercials. I’ll let you be the judge if they're effective advertising or just a little weird.

Local Whiskey Happenings

We finally got an update on where one of Seattle’s favorite bartenders, Murray Stenson, will continue to ply his trade. After leaving Il Bistro in February, the Seattle Times has reported that Stenson will head up the list of bartenders and Elysian Brewing Company’s new bar, Elysian Bar.

In Case You Missed It

Here’s the latest of what’s been happening at the Seattle Whiskey Collective: