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Just in time for the holidays, Michter’s has released its 20-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon for 2022. Bourbons aged this long sometimes taste woody due to decades of barrel aging in high temps and high humidity. The rare survivors are highly coveted among collectors. Bottled at 114-proof, the SRP for this year's 20-year Michter's is $1,200. That may seem steep, but previous Michter's 20-year bourbons have sold for over $10,000 on the collector market. At least that's cheaper than Michter's other unicorn bourbon, the 25-year-old, which sells for upwards of $16K. Too rich for me. But if you got the cash, I got the ice cubes.
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Severe drought and heat waves forced French winemakers to adapt and harvest a full month earlier than usual this year. The upshot? "Better ripeness, better balance" in the grapes, according to Fabien Teitgen, technical director of Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte in Martillac, south of Bordeaux. "Global warming is very positive," says Teitgen. At least, so far.
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American single malt is a growing niche in the whiskey industry. To establish standards of identity, the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) has proposed a definition mirroring that of single malt scotch. To wit, it must be be made from 100% malted barley; distilled at one distillery; mashed, distilled and matured in the US; matured in oak casks no larger than 700 liters; distilled to a maximum of 160 proof; and bottled at at least 40% ABV. Neutral spirits are not allowed, but coloring, flavoring and blending elements are. If you want to weigh in, the public comment period closes on September 27.
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Cheers to Lyaness in London, where mixologists shake up experimental cocktails like the Marigold Gimlet, consisting of Bacardi Ocho, oyster honey, white verjus, brioche, and apple blossom. Lyaness was named the World's Best Bar at last month's Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. The organization also named Lyaness the Best International Hotel Bar, while honoring Washington DC's Silver Lyan at the Riggs as Best US Hotel Bar and New York's Katana Kitten as Best US Cocktail Bar.
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You probably associate Budweiser beer with football, thanks to a longstanding sponsorship arrangement between Anheuser-Busch and the National Football League. But Gallo wine? As of this August, Barefoot wine be the first brand that Gallo spotlights in its new role as the official wine sponsor of the NFL. Wine and football...a sign of the times.