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Set 'em up! No curb on bourbon as Americans drown their sorrows
Journalstar.com ^ | 2-8-09` | Jerry Hirsch

Posted on 02/08/2009 7:55:37 AM PST by stan_sipple

As the economy continues to recede, are cutting back on their liquor — with the exception of whiskey.

Sales of bourbons such as Jack Daniels and Maker’s Mark are bucking a slump in sales of distilled spirits that set in during the final months of last year, according to industry officials.

It’s not clear whether in hard economic times drinkers are looking for comfort in the bottom of a glass of Wild Turkey, or whether Americans long enamored with vodka, rum and tequila have rediscovered one of the nation’s oldest spirits. George Washington had a working still at Mount Vernon.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said that whiskey sales rose 4.3 percent by dollar value and 1.3 percent by volume in 2008. And in a trend contrary to other segments of the alcoholic beverage industry, the expensive stuff, or super premium whiskey, logged the hottest growth. In other areas of the market, consumers are trading down to less-expensive brands, analysts report.

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TOPICS: Food
KEYWORDS: bourbon; liquorindustry; recession; whiskey
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1 posted on 02/08/2009 7:55:37 AM PST by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple

I guess this is the alcohol drinkers version of “Buy American”.


2 posted on 02/08/2009 7:57:49 AM PST by ssaftler (Barack Obama-lini: First "American I-dull" elected President of the United States)
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To: stan_sipple

I have a relative who works for a liquor store. The worse the economy gets, the better their business is.


3 posted on 02/08/2009 7:59:42 AM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: ssaftler

American whiskey, good quality and much better value, You can get a really premium bourbon for about the price of generic single malt scotch.


4 posted on 02/08/2009 8:00:03 AM PST by stan_sipple
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Bourbon ping. I’ll be gone ‘till afternoon, but have fun...


5 posted on 02/08/2009 8:00:54 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: stan_sipple

Here’s two over ice of Elijah Craig to you...


6 posted on 02/08/2009 8:01:54 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: ssaftler
You know, I think we should get some sort of stimulus to encourage the purchase of good old American spirits over those imports. Yes, I think that.

ML/NJ

7 posted on 02/08/2009 8:02:47 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: stan_sipple
Sales of bourbons such as Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels is magnificent, but it's not bourbon.

8 posted on 02/08/2009 8:05:16 AM PST by Paul Heinzman
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To: Paul Heinzman

exactly.


9 posted on 02/08/2009 8:05:53 AM PST by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple

It’s tough to find a good straight rye.

The last Maryland distiller, Pikesville Supreme, closed in the 70’s.

Now it’s this stuff from Kentucky.


10 posted on 02/08/2009 8:06:08 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: bcsco

And a Rebel Yell to you


11 posted on 02/08/2009 8:06:45 AM PST by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple
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12 posted on 02/08/2009 8:10:33 AM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: stan_sipple
It’s not clear whether in hard economic times drinkers are looking for comfort in the bottom of a glass of Wild Turkey, or whether Americans long enamored with vodka, rum and tequila have rediscovered one of the nation’s oldest spirits.

A small percentage can be attributed to farmers and/or the farmer's neighbors brewing their own and comparing it to the "real" stuff. So I've heard *hic*.

13 posted on 02/08/2009 8:11:44 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: stan_sipple
You can get a really premium bourbon for about the price of generic single malt scotch.

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But why would you want to?

14 posted on 02/08/2009 8:12:10 AM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: stan_sipple
People are tired of sissy drinks.

As a Kentucky girl, I have always drunk bourbon. It's a heck of a conversation starter at a bar or party. I'm on an Elijah Craig kick right now, though there is a brand called Russell's Reserve that is great, but we can't always get it at our Soviet State Store in Pennsylvania.

15 posted on 02/08/2009 8:13:50 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers (STOP the Generational Theft And Union Payback Act of 2009!!!!!)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

i like Knob Creek, Rebel Yell, and Makers Mark. But also Maccallan and Glenfiddich


16 posted on 02/08/2009 8:15:23 AM PST by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple
I went to a Fannie Mae dinner in 1997 and saw Angelo Mozilo sitting at the same table with Chris Dodd.

Everyone in Washington knew Angelo. You couldn't miss him, with his Italian and made suits and his perma-tan.

17 posted on 02/08/2009 8:22:59 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers (STOP the Generational Theft And Union Payback Act of 2009!!!!!)
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To: stan_sipple

Lagavulin for me.

If I have to drink bourbon, I’ll go with Knob Creek, but I’m a single malt scotch man, myself.


18 posted on 02/08/2009 8:25:37 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: stan_sipple

Canadian whiskey is much better.


19 posted on 02/08/2009 8:32:36 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (The Libertarian and Constitution Parties should merge into one)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Rittenhouse Rye-100 proof, no less!
http://www.heaven-hill.com/pr-recent.shtml?article=NTM4NnN1cGVyNTM4M3NlY3JldDUzOTA%3D


20 posted on 02/08/2009 8:35:10 AM PST by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: stan_sipple

Maker’s Mark on the rocks,with a quick splash of ginger ale on top and squeeze a lemon wedge in as well..........Why am I drooling all of a sudden?


21 posted on 02/08/2009 8:42:59 AM PST by GQuagmire
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To: stan_sipple


22 posted on 02/08/2009 8:44:56 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: stan_sipple

It’s barbaric to ruin a fine bourbon by adding trash to it. Just drink it. Woodford Reserve is a bit of heaven on a brisk winter day.


23 posted on 02/08/2009 8:45:36 AM PST by ottbmare
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To: stan_sipple

Friday night, I stopped in at the neighborhood liquor store and the parking lot was FULL! We do have a big rodeo going on..but I was still stunned at how many folks were buying liquor. Thinking of buying some liquor stocks Monday morning....lol


24 posted on 02/08/2009 8:46:02 AM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: stan_sipple
George Washington had a working still at Mount Vernon.

Mt. Vernon rebuilt Washington's distillery a couple years back. It's not part of Mt. Vernon proper, but several miles down the road co-located with the Grist Mill (which is a VERY neat place to see in operation).

I went there last year ... they'd apparently messed up their first batch and were giving the distilling process another try. Having been to other distilleries (Makers Mark in KY for instance), the Mt.Vernon/Washington's Distillery is definitely "period" in nature.

I like Makers for mixing, but otherwise prefer Knob Creek, Jefferson's Reserve and Buffalo Trace.
25 posted on 02/08/2009 8:51:15 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: SVTCobra03

From a distance, I thought that label said “ Krupp van Bismark’s family massacre”.

I was thinking...FREAKY, I gotta try me some of that massacre booze!


26 posted on 02/08/2009 9:11:35 AM PST by mamelukesabre (Give me Liberty or give me something to aim at)
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To: wtc911

Geez! American bourbon is the best whiskey on the face of the earth!


27 posted on 02/08/2009 9:13:11 AM PST by mamelukesabre (Give me Liberty or give me something to aim at)
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To: stan_sipple

More likely, Obama’s fault. Get loaded while you watch your country be taken over by the dictator.


28 posted on 02/08/2009 9:15:43 AM PST by dforest (life is now good again....he has been inaugurated)
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To: Paul Heinzman

Ok, what do you call it then? And if that’s not bourbon, then what do you call southern comfort?


29 posted on 02/08/2009 9:15:56 AM PST by mamelukesabre (Give me Liberty or give me something to aim at)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
It’s tough to find a good straight rye.

You ain't lookin' hard enough! ;-)

30 posted on 02/08/2009 9:23:00 AM PST by uglybiker (AAAAAAH!!! I'm covered in BEES!)
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To: mamelukesabre
“Southern Comfort (occasionally referred to as SoCo) is a fruit, spice, and whiskey flavored liqueur produced since 1874.”

From Wiki - anyway, it ain't bourbon.

31 posted on 02/08/2009 9:28:08 AM PST by stormer
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To: mamelukesabre
Says it right on the lable.


32 posted on 02/08/2009 9:30:39 AM PST by stormer
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To: uglybiker

Why look when some brilliant and compassionate FReeper will find it for me? ;)

Thanks, and they ship too!


33 posted on 02/08/2009 9:33:06 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: mamelukesabre

Jack Daniels is Tennessee Whiskey. It is the charcoal filtering that distinguishes it from bourbon. I’m not big on splitting hairs, but the folks at Jack Daniels are the first to point out that it is not bourbon.

Southern Comfort is a sweetened bourbon-based liqueur.


34 posted on 02/08/2009 10:23:03 AM PST by Paul Heinzman
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To: mamelukesabre

Too sweet by half, stopped drinking it when I started shaving.


35 posted on 02/08/2009 11:35:29 AM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: Tijeras_Slim
It’s tough to find a good straight rye.

Keep an eye out for Templeton Rye. My BIL gave me a bottle for my birthday in September. Just finished it yesterday. It's not too bad...

36 posted on 02/08/2009 1:43:37 PM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

Elijah Craig is my favorite. That burnt cask flavor is magnificent.


37 posted on 02/08/2009 1:45:08 PM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: mamelukesabre
Ok, what do you call it then? And if that’s not bourbon, then what do you call southern comfort?

Jack Daniels (along with George Dickel) is Tennessee Whiskey. It includes a carbon filtering process that's not part of the Bourbon process. That's why it's not Bourbon, and is considered Tennessee Whiskey. As for Southern Comfort, I call it yuck. And, no, it's not Bourbon. It's a combination alcohol that contains fruits and spices as well as whiskey. Again, something not part of the Bourbon process.

38 posted on 02/08/2009 1:52:56 PM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: bcsco

And jim beam? What’s that? Vodka?


39 posted on 02/08/2009 1:57:45 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Give me Liberty or give me something to aim at)
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To: mamelukesabre
And jim beam? What’s that? Vodka?

Go here...bourbonenthusiast.com

40 posted on 02/08/2009 2:08:54 PM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: stan_sipple; alarm rider; stump56; bcsco; PJ-Comix; kimmie7; MissDairyGoodnessVT; Paul Heinzman; ...

Late bourbon ping. I was busy entertaining family in town to attend the drowning my new grand-daughter this weekend.

Jim: Tried the Elijah Craig (12) and wasn’t impressed. I’ll try the EC-18 next.


41 posted on 02/09/2009 6:35:13 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Well, we all have different tastes. That’s what’s great about Bourbon, so many varieties in taste based on the distiller’s own recipe. I’ve tried brands others have written well of and came away unimpressed myself. But thanks for giving it a try...


42 posted on 02/09/2009 6:49:57 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: Paul Heinzman

Thank you.

Not only is JD not distilled in Bourbon County, it’s not even in Kentucky!


43 posted on 02/09/2009 6:51:40 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Doesn’t Kentucky have bourbon tasting for visitors at the various distilleries? That is something I would like to do.


44 posted on 02/09/2009 4:59:04 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Comedy is not pretty...most of the time)
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To: bcsco; Charles Henrickson

Jim Beam bourbon was orginially founded by Jacob Beam a German Lutheran immigrant who came to Kentucky in the late 1700s. Elijah Craig, a Baptist minister, is credited with inventing bourbon. It wasn’t until about the 1840s when there was a stigma placed upon alcohol consumption by the Baptists although they remain very fond of bourbon on the sly. Lutherans, meanwhile placed no such stigma on alcohol consumption especially since the beer breweries were mostly run by German Lutherans.


45 posted on 02/09/2009 5:12:26 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Comedy is not pretty...most of the time)
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To: PJ-Comix

Yes, many of the small-batch distilleries have tasting tours. They might be expensive and remember that there are still some dry counties in KY. That means the tour might advertise as a “tasting tour” but only transport you to few actual tastings.

Remember to spit. Not ‘cuz you’ll get drunk but because of the alcohol content, you can experience palate fatigue much faster. If the tour finishes at the right spot, you can get toasted there!


46 posted on 02/09/2009 6:11:18 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me is you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: PJ-Comix; bcsco; Charles Henrickson

Another good reason to be a Lutheran (and a non-pietistic one at that!)


47 posted on 02/09/2009 6:12:17 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me is you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: PJ-Comix; Cletus.D.Yokel; Charles Henrickson

There is a “tour” of distilleries. My BIL had a brochure from it a couple years ago that a friend gave him. Looked interesting. It hits all the distilleries in the major distillation area. I think there’s something about it online. I’ll look it up and provide a link later.


48 posted on 02/10/2009 5:00:59 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: PJ-Comix; Cletus.D.Yokel; Charles Henrickson
Well, that was easy. Here's the link to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. You'll need flash player 8 to view. There are also other information sites online as well. It's something I'd like to do sometime...as long as Julie does the driving :)
49 posted on 02/10/2009 5:23:14 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel; PJ-Comix; Charles Henrickson

My German Lutheran background meant there was always beer in the house. When I was a tyke, my dad allowed me one “airport” bottle of Mogan David Concord Wine on New Year’s Eve to celebrate. I still have beer in the house at all times but drink very little of it. It bloats me too much. I enjoy it after a round of golf, on a warm sunny day outside, or with a fine steak off the grill. Otherwise, I stick to my Bourbon. Two fingers over two cubes does me just right. And I don’t need anything to celebrate, although that always adds to the event...

Oh, have I mentioned cigars?


50 posted on 02/10/2009 5:33:42 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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