They say opposites attract. It’s almost like the balance of law and nature: Yin and Yang, Up and Down, Good and Evil, Hot and Cold… Somehow, there’s harmony in extreme opposites that provide balance and justice. That’s the best way to describe some of the greatest duos: Batman and Catwoman, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez, Beyonce and Jay-Z, and now… Armond and Samara (yes, me) – the hosts of the ABV Network’s newest podcast, Bonded in Bourbon.Read More
As you know, Samara and I went to Maker’s Mark back in July and went through their exquisite Private Select Barrel program. You can read more about that experience here, but this is about the finished product and its debut release a few weeks ago in Atlanta. It’s about the liquid in the 240 bottles, and the pure unadulterated joy I saw on people’s faces when they tasted it. The 240 bottles completely sold out in less than 24-hours due to popular demand.Read More
We are halfway through a busy bourbon fall release season full of amazing bourbons including Buffalo Trace’s highly anticipated Antique Collection and Four Roses’ 130 Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch. And while all of that sounds amazing and the majority of us are on the hunt searching for these unicorn bottles to add to our collections; I must ask you to stop and have a seat to take this moment to discuss something of utmost importance —- your health. Not us women, that was last month - with Breast Cancer Awareness month. I’m talking about the number one consumer demographic in the bourbon industry – Men. For the entire month of November, I am challenging you and the Bourbon Industry to make an everlasting impact on Men’s Health by shaving off your beards and stashes and joining the Movember Movement.Read More
“You get what you pay for” is one of the oldest sayings in society. My grandmother used to say it to me when she would shop for fresh fruit. I have heard it applied to any number of things; from furniture, to financial planners, to toilet paper (which is totally true, by the way). The one area where I’ve noticed that the saying doesn’t apply is with whiskey. For some reason, there seems to be no direct correlation between the price of whiskey and it’s quality.Read More
A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in Bourbon & Beyond – an annual two-day rock concert and bourbon festival at beautiful Champion’s Park in Downtown Louisville. Bourbon & Beyond is just one of a series of bourbon related festivals produced by Danny Wimmer Productions and boasted a legendary rockstar lineup of Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Sting and others. However, the entertainment was just a backdrop to the reason why I was there. The common denominator that is behind all of DWP’s productions in Louisville and it’s shining star headliner is and will always be bourbon.
Much has been made recently about the diversity, or lack thereof, in the spirits industry. Minorities are underrepresented at all levels of the industry, from brand ambassadors, to C-suites, to distillery workers. Although it is not well known outside the industry, minorities have played a major role at distilleries for well over 100 years. Much has been made recently of the story of Nearest Green, a slave who was rented to Jack Daniel, and taught him the process of distilling whiskey. Fawn Weaver and her team at Uncle Nearest have done a great job of spreading the word about Nearest Green and his contributions to the industry. There are still more stories of minority contribution that need to be told.Read More