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So You Think You Can Tell Bourbon From Rye?

The whiskeys can differ very subtly by their 'mash bill'

(Newser) - The study may be small, but researchers at Drexel University have opened an inquiry into whether modern bourbons and ryes—both types of whiskey—are different enough to be discernible to the average taster, and they've come back with a resounding "no." Reporting in the Journal of ... More »

US Boozers Sour on Scotch

Bourbon is on the rise worldwide

(Newser) - America's whiskey drinkers have joined the trend to buy local, which is bad news for the Scots: The latest figures show that export sales of Scotch whisky dived 7% to $5.8 billion last year, largely because of a 9% fall in sales to the US, reports the BBC... More »

Dispiriting News: We're Short On Fine Bourbon

Distillers underestimated bourbon demand, and we're paying for it

(Newser) - It's been rumored for a few years now; Nautilus' take on the looming "bourbon shortage" is that it already has hit. Though we're awash with Knob Creek and Maker's Mark, high-end and small-batch bourbons are in short supply, spurring well-heeled drinkers to clear the next tier... More »

Suck It, Scotland: World's Best Whiskey Is From Japan

First time Scotland hasn't appeared in top 5

(Newser) - Each time a new edition of the World Whisky Bible comes out, you can expect to see a Scottish distillery at the top—but the 2015 version is full of firsts. A Japanese whiskey has stolen the No. 1 rank for the first time, while no Scottish whisky even made... More »

'Fireball Whisky' Yanked Over Antifreeze Ingredient

Not to worry: Offending ingredient is deemed safe enough in US

(Newser) - Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is red-hot in the US and gaining traction abroad, becoming especially big at frat parties and recently declared the "most popular shot for college students," reports the Daily Beast . But a batch of the whisky that "Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell" has... More »

Whiskey Set to Vanquish Vodka in US Sales

Consumer preferences leaning more toward 'authentic' liquor with heritage

(Newser) - Vodka has reigned victorious in sales over all other spirits in the US since 2007, but it's about to be wasted by a formidable opponent: whiskey. Even though vodka still has a hold on volume, whiskey is projected to wrest the sales title away this year, according to Euromonitor... More »

In 40-Year First, Moonshine Fest Will Pour ... Moonshine

Straitsville, Ohio, operation serves legal white lightning

(Newser) - The tiny town of New Straitsville, Ohio—population about 700—made a name for itself with moonshine in the 1880s. And for 40 years, it has celebrated that history with a Moonshine Festival, the Los Angeles Times reports. But those festivals didn't actually involve any drinking of the illegal... More »

There's a Serious Whiskey War Going On in Tennessee

At the root of it: the law that defines just what Tennessee whiskey is

(Newser) - What is Tennessee whiskey? Well, according to a year-old law, in order to call your product that, it must be made ... almost exactly the way Jack Daniel's is made. That is, as the AP puts it:
  • It must be "fermented in Tennessee from mash of at least 51%
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Japanese Firm Buys Jim Beam for $13.6B

$13.6B deal set to be 3rd-biggest in industry history

(Newser) - Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, and Knob Creek bourbons will soon have a second home in Japan. Beam, the owner of the whiskeys and the world’s fourth-biggest liquor company by sales, has reached a deal to be purchased by Osaka’s Suntory, a family-owned liquor company that’s No.... More »

Hot 'New' Drink: Moonshine

Even Walmart's carrying the stuff

(Newser) - Moonshine is making a comeback—and it's very much legal. Of course, that may be a contradiction in terms, at least when it comes to moonshine's traditional definition. But today, the term tends to refer to any unaged white whiskey, and the market for the stuff is growing.... More »

George Washington's 'Bad' Whiskey Going on Sale

It costs $95 a bottle, but one blogger uses the word 'rotgut'

(Newser) - Mount Vernon is making 1,100 bottles of rye whiskey using a recipe from none other than George Washington himself. The booze will go on sale next month for $95 a bottle, reports AP . Must be great stuff, right? Eh, "what the liquor peddlers at Mount Vernon aren’t... More »

Cops: Mansion Caretaker Drank 52 Bottles of Rare Whiskey

Pittsburgh police charge him over century-old booze

(Newser) - Fifty-two bottles of well-aged whiskey disappeared between his lips, police said, and now it's time for a western Pennsylvania man to settle up. John Saunders, the former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion, faces criminal charges for allegedly drinking more than $100,000 worth of the owner's whiskey.... More »

$750K of Whisky Poured Down Drain

Mix-up at Chivas plant sent more than 4K gallons into sewers

(Newser) - Who knew the Pogues' "Streams of Whiskey" was more than just a metaphor? A mix-up at a Chivas Brothers plant in Scotland in the wee hours of Tuesday morning resulted in around 4,750 gallons of whisky—about $750,000 worth—getting flushed down the drain, reports the Scottish ... More »

Maker's Mark: OK, We Won't Water Down the Bourbon

Because 'thousands' of you people whined about a little less alcohol

(Newser) - Maker's Mark has heard your anguished cries, and is backing off its plan to water down its iconic bourbon . "We've been tremendously humbled over the last week or so," says Rob Samuels, the brand's COO and grandson of its founder, in announcing the move today.... More »

Maker's Mark to Make Its Bourbon Less Potent

To meet rising demand, it's 'watering down' bourbon

(Newser) - Bourbon's worldwide popularity is on the rise, and with countries like Australia, Japan, and Germany clamoring for the stuff, Maker's Mark is changing its formula. In order to respond to increased demand, the firm says it's cutting the alcohol by volume by 3%—though it apparently means... More »

Maker's Mark: Why We Opted to Water Down

Drinkers should 'keep an open mind': COO

(Newser) - After announcing a reduction in the alcohol content of Maker's Mark, its makers took questions from Quartz about the process—and why it's necessary. First off, why isn't the company simply raising its prices to respond to increased demand? Well, the company founder "did not like... More »

Man Blind From Vodka Is Cured by Whisky

New Zealander says doctors saved him with Johnny Walker Black

(Newser) - Talk about a hair of the dog that bit you: A New Zealand man went into surgery after literally drinking himself blind this summer, and doctors cured him with a healthy dose of Johnny Walker Black, the New Zealand Herald reports. Denis Duthie, 65, was celebrating his parents' 50th wedding... More »

Distillery Neighbors Sue Over 'Black Gunk'

Whiskey distilleries lead to gross-sounding fungus

(Newser) - The good news when you live next door to a whiskey distillery is that … you live next door to a whiskey distillery. The bad news? Apparently those distilleries cause a fungus—or, as the New York Times calls it, a "sooty-looking black gunk"—to spread over houses,... More »

Gaga's Drunken Diet Secret: Whiskey

Also, some yoga

(Newser) - Ever wonder the secret to Lady Gaga's killer abs? No? Well, it's a little something she likes to call "the drunk diet," reports the New York Daily News. "I like to drink whiskey and stuff while I'm working." But it's not all boozy fun: "I've... More »

100-Year-Old Scotch Back From Antarctic Depths

But you won't be able to get your hands on it

(Newser) - This is probably a little more special than anything your Average Joe has in the liquor cabinet: Three bottles of Mackinlays scotch whisky, which have sat beneath the Arctic ice since 1907, made their way home to Scotland today. The bottles are part of a crate of circa-1897 whisky found... More »

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