Grain & Barrel – Collaborative Distilling

The Bardstown Bourbon Company announces Grain & Barrel Spirits’ participation in its program to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the historic Chicken Cock brand.

A partnership between The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) and Grain & Barrel Spirits – the maker of pre-prohibition favorite, Chicken Cock Whiskey – has been announced, with the latter joining BBCo’s collaborative distilling program.

The two will work together to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the historic Chicken Cock brand, dating back to 1856. BBCo and Grain & Barrel concluded their first distillation of 616 barrels at the end of August.

Through the distilling program, the master distiller at Grain & Barrel, Gregg Snyder will collaborate with the Bourbon Hall of Fame master distiller, Steve Nally and BBCo’s first class distilling team to produce high-quality, small-batch whiskey, bourbon and rye for many years to come.

“Joining the Collaborative Distilling Program at BBCo completes the exciting resurrection of Chicken Cock, one of the oldest bourbon brands in the country,” said Matti Anttila, chief executive officer of Grain & Barrel Spirits. “The brand is now officially 100 per cent back home in Kentucky, a mere 80 miles from Paris, where its story began 162 years ago. Working with the world class team at BBCo we are confident that the brand’s best years are ahead of it.”

“We are proud to work with the Grain & Barrel team and become the home for Chicken Cock Whiskey,” said David Mandell, CEO of Bardstown Bourbon Company. “Chicken Cock Whiskey has an incredible history in Kentucky, and we are excited to add to the next chapter in its development.”

Due to the success of its sold-out Collaborative Distilling Program, BBCo recently expanded its three million proof gallon capacity to 6.8 million proof gallons, which started operations in early July this year.

Major Milestone – Breaking the 1,000 Barrel Mark

Austin’s first grain-to-glass urban whiskey distillery, Still Austin Whiskey Co., hit a major milestone recently as they filled their 1,000th whiskey barrel. Opened in September 2017, the distillery is still in its first year of operation, but has shown considerable growth within the short time span.

One of the more recent distilleries to enter the new wave of craft spirits, Still Austin Whiskey Co. is a 100 per cent grain-to-glass distillery and handles all milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, barreling and bottling in house. Through their relationships with Texas farmers, Still Austin Whiskey Co. utilizes local grains, limestone-filtered water, and the Texas climate to make whiskey expressions unique to Austin.

Still Austin Whiskey Co. made the bold move of opening with three, fresh-off-the still new make whiskeys – the Signature New Make whiskey; Mother Pepper, a spicy rendition featuring local peppers, and Daydreamer, a citrus infused whiskey.

Still Austin Whiskey Co. has continuously strived to stand out from their craft distiller peers, including the June 2018 release of their newest spirit, a first-of-its-kind Texas Rye Gin. Barreling has been a consistent focus since the start of production and the anticipation for aged product is high amongst the Still team and the public.

The 1,000th barrel marks a considerable milestone for the distillery. “We could not have accomplished this much so quickly without our talented team led by John Schrepel, the support from our local farmers, and the Austin community,” stated Andrew Braunberg, Co-founder and general manager of production.

Still hopes to release the first of its aged products, a Rye Bourbon, in the upcoming months.


American rye inspires expression from Glenmorangie

Glenmorangie’s first single malt whisky fully matured in American ex-rye whiskey casks is revealed as the ninth release in the Highland Distillery’s Private Edition series.

Glenmorangie Spìos, the Private Edition for 2018, exhibits a subtle spice inspired by American rye whiskey. With its savory and full-bodied character, Glenmorangie Spìos (Scots Gaelic for ‘spice’ and pronounced ‘spee-oss’) recalls the heyday of American rye when production levels of rye whiskey were at an all-time high, it was hugely popular and considered highly desirable. Indeed, classic cocktails such as the Manhattan, Old Fashioned and Sazerac all used rye as their base alcohol when they were first created, over time, the spirit fell from favor and slipped into obscurity, where it would remain for years to come.

When traveling in the US in the late 1990s, Glenmorangie’s director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, Dr Bill Lumsden, sought out some of the few remaining rye distilleries, intrigued by the whiskey’s history. He found its characteristics of cinnamon and clove so captivating, that he decided to experiment with American ex-rye whiskey casks. Aware that a spirit of Glenmorangie’s renowned smoothness could invite rye’s subtleties to shine through in a way that many others would not, he was determined to one day bring a hint of American rye whiskey’s character to the Distillery’s renowned spirit.

To make Glenmorangie Spìos, Dr Bill sourced the finest first-fill casks from American whiskey’s heartland of Kentucky. Long before the rye resurgence of today began, he arranged for these hand-selected oak casks to be shipped across the world, to the Glenmorangie Distillery.

Dr Bill comments: “I have always loved American rye whiskey’s spicy character, and I believed our smooth house style would perfectly complement the nuances of ex-rye casks. The result is Glenmorangie Spìos – a full-bodied, savory single malt which brings to mind American rye whiskey’s golden age. Its fresh, herbal nose hints at cherry, clove and scents of green grass. The rye’s spice bursts on to the palate, as toffee, clove and cinnamon mingle with buttery  vanilla, before a sweet and lingering finish – a single malt whisky which is unmistakeably Glenmorangie, yet exquisitely different.”

Bottled at 92% Proof, and non-chill filtered, Glenmorangie Spìos is available from and specialist whiskey shops worldwide priced at $110.