Master Distiller “Top Shelf Pick”!

Hey, Whatcha Drinkin’ There? Ever wonder what Master Distillers of bourbon and American whiskey labels drink when they’re not working? We aim to find out in what will be a long term (possibly never-ending?) project! Every month we’re now featuring a “Top Shelf Pick” from Master Distillers around the country and zeroing in on a…

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Elijah Craig 12 yr

Elijah Craig, named for a reverend who lived in Virginia. He kept a warehouse where he stored barrels and one day experienced a devastating fire. In a “happy accident,” he used charred casks regardless and found they imparted a complexity, depth of character and a wonderful flavor profile with the release of both char and sugars into…

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Colorado Gold

From micro-distiller newcomer hailing from Cedaredge, Colorado, this is “old school” bourbon, with a molasses nose, spicy black tea and brown sugar taste that brings vanilla, oaken and dark cherry to the finish. Awarded the Gold Medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2013. The “gold rush” continues.

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Cyrus Noble Small Batch

Picán, the “Westernmost Point on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail,” shares a bit of the western part of the trail with Cyrus Noble. Hailing from San Francisco and with roots back to the Gold Rush days, Cyrus Noble was in part created by the storied Haas family ⎯ a last name synonymous with iconic Levi jeans (invented…

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Blanton’s Bourbon

Albert Bacon Blanton (BONUS ALERT! Did someone say “Bacon”?) began working in the distillery at age sixteen years of age, quickly becoming a leading pioneer in the development of bourbon. He was named company president in 1921 and expanded the distillery from 44 to 144 buildings making it the largest Distillery of the era. During that period Colonel Blanton…

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