My Father Cigars The Judge 6 x 56

Source: Half Wheel
The banging gavel, the black robe, the issuance of justice and punishment, all things we associate with a judge. My Father is hoping you’ll associate big bold flavors and a pair of thick, box-pressed cigars with the word as well. Released at the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show but …
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My Father Cigars The Judge 6 x 56

Rabobank Identifies Trends in Wine M&A and Global Supply

Source: Wine Spirits Daily
Looking back on the activity in the wine industry during Q4, Rabobank focuses on three key trends in its most recent quarterly wine report: (1) The effects of declining global production; (2) what M&A trends tell us about where wine trends are headed; and (3) continued growth of US wine imports.
Rabobank Identifies Trends in Wine M&A and Global Supply

2016 Awards: Company of the Year

Source: Half Wheel
As we have stated at the beginning of each of our previous company of the year award announcements, there are no strict guidelines for company of the year. It can be awarded to one of the biggest of international companies or to a fairly new startup with just a handful …
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2016 Awards: Company of the Year

Edrington Appoints New Americas Chief, Promotes Paul Ross

Source: Wine Spirits Daily
Christopher Spalding has been promoted to lead the Edrington Americas team as president and ceo. He is replacing Paul Ross, who is moving across the pond to join the Edrington Global Leadership Team as managing director of super premium and innovation in Glasgow, effective April 1.
Edrington Appoints New Americas Chief, Promotes Paul Ross

Bourbon Trail Airports Upgrade Their Whiskey Options

Source: Whisky Advocate
  By Susannah Skiver Barton
Visitors headed home from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail now have a reason to get to the airport early. Both Louisville International Airport and Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport are opening new bourbon-centric venues to allow travelers to enjoy one last taste of the good stuff before boarding their planes.
At Louisville’s airport, Book & Bourbon Southern Kitchen recently opened, taking the place of a restaurant that focused on the Woodford Reserve brand. The new bar and restaurant features a wide array of Kentucky-made whiskeys. It’s designed to have the look and feel of a library, from leather-bound books on display to “library cards,” featuring classic cocktail recipes, which guests can take with them. In keeping with that theme, Book & Bourbon also aims to provide education about whiskey and distilling. Guests can peruse books about bourbon and Kentucky history, as well as explore different bourbons on iPads. The restaurant’s servers are trained to answer questions about bourbon production, history, and tasting notes.
The Peaches & Beam cocktail
Book & Bourbon has over 85 bourbons, ryes, and American whiskeys, in addition to other spirits, beer, and wine. Guests can choose from a number of whiskey flights which start at $10 and go up to $101 for a selection of rare and allocated bourbons, like George T. Stagg, Angel’s Envy Cask Strength, and Pappy Van Winkle. The venue also has an extensive cocktail menu that ranges from classics like the Mint Julep and the Old Fashioned to signature concoctions such as the Peaches & Beam, which features Jim Beam bourbon, peaches, basil, and apple juice. Book & Bourbon’s food menu focuses on Southern classics like buttermilk fried chicken, deviled eggs, and pecan pie.
Meanwhile, Blue Grass Airport is set to open a location of Cork & Barrel Wine & Bourbon Bar in the spring, most likely in April. The venue will focus on retail, allowing customers to buy a bottle or two of whiskey to take home, and will also be able to offer samples. “The whole concept of our retail space is to help educate our customers on both Kentucky distilleries and the process of making bourbon,” says owner Jim Taylor. The store will offer around 200 bourbons and whiskeys from Kentucky and other states, including special barrel picks that are exclusive to Cork & Barrel—and some that are available at the airport location only.
A rendering of Cork & Barrel in Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport, set to open in April 2017
“Our barrel picks will be our spotlight,” explains Taylor, who says he’s already selected an 8 year old Buffalo Trace and two Woodford Reserve barrels. “Our choices were complete brackets of the regular Woodford product. One shows very fruit and floral notes while the other has a more dark, cinnamon, and toasty profile. These are great examples of why barrel picks are so appreciated by the bourbon drink who wants to taste ‘outside the lines’ of a regular release.” Cork & Barrel will have selections from Jefferson’s, Knob Creek, Old Forester, and six to eight additional distilleries by the time the store opens. It will also sell bourbon-related paraphernalia and food items, wine, and craft beer products.
Interestingly, the store’s exterior will feature a barrel rick made of timbers from the Old Crow Distillery outside of Frankfort, Kentucky. That facility was bought in 2013 by Deviant Distillers—now Glenns Creek Distillery. The company uses a microdistillery set-up to produce OCD #5 bourbon and a rum, and it also bottles rye and bourbon made at MGP in Indiana. The timbers likely came from the break-up of old rickhouses at the distillery prior to the 2013 sale. If you happen to pass through Blue Grass Airport once the store is open, take a look and let us know what you think!
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Laranja Reserva Baixo Goes on Sale at Thompson

Source: Half Wheel
Thompson Cigar Co.’s growing list of exclusives has a few new items for 2017. First up is a new size of Espinosa Premium Cigar’s popular Laranja Reserva. The Laranja Reserva Baixo, a 5 1/2 x 50 box-pressed robusto extra, is now officially on sale at the Tampa-based retailer. It’s a Thompson …
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Laranja Reserva Baixo Goes on Sale at Thompson

Kansas Governor Seeks to Double Tobacco Taxes

Source: Half Wheel
As part of a plan to help remedy a projected $900 million shortfall in the state’s budget over the next 18 months, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing a doubling of the state’s taxes on tobacco products, which includes premium cigars. Brownback announced the plan on Wednesday, part of a number of …
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Kansas Governor Seeks to Double Tobacco Taxes

La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro Toro

Source: Half Wheel
At the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, La Palina released a large number of new cigars, but only two of the new lines had Nicaragua in the name and use the same binder and filler tobaccos in their blends: the La Palina Nicaragua Connecticut and La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro. As the name …
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La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro Toro

A.J. Fernández Raising Prices

Source: Half Wheel
Earlier today, A.J. Fernández announced that it has raised prices on some of its brands. The Enclave, New World and San Lotano brands will increase “approximately 10 percent” according to an email sent to retailers. “As you are all aware, this slight increase is due to increased manufacturing costs and …
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A.J. Fernández Raising Prices

2016 Awards: Factory of the Year

Source: Half Wheel
In boxing, some won’t consider you a true champion until you defend the belt. It’s a belief that winning your first is significantly easier than defending it—something the sports world saw on display again Monday night. Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. has defended its belt. The factory more commonly known as TABSA …
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