July 2009

O Noes: Knob Creek Bourbon Shortage

I don't know if it's related to the recession or not—results appear muddled regarding liquor sales and the economy—but conglomerate distillery Beam Global Spirits and Wine makers

of not only Jim Beam but also the very popular bourbon Knob Creek, a 100 proof small batch bourbon that's aged in barrel at least nine years, took out an ad in the June 29th Wall Street Journal announcing that they have run out of Knob Creek. Yep; that's right—what's on the store shelves right now, is all there will be for some months. The current year's bourbon was put into barrels in 2000, and Jim Beam underestimated demand, rather drastically.

Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond

Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey from Heaven Hill Distilleries comes in two versions;

the regular Rittenhouse Rye, and the "Bond" version, Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey Bottled in Bond (100 proof). Rittenhouse Rye won the 2006 North American Whiskey of the Year competition in San Francisco, where it was unanimously awarded the gold medal by all judges in a blind tasting. It was also named "Whiskey of the Year" for 2005 by Wine & Spirits Magazine.