In other (weird) news, Rex and Daniel were just nominated for this year’s Icons of Whisky award - by Whisky Magazine.
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Friday, January 31st,2020
In other (weird) news, Rex and Daniel were just nominated for this year’s Icons of Whisky award - by Whisky Magazine. They popped up in the Brand Innovator of the Year category.

That’s very cool, and a little surprising. Cool because it’s a prestigious award. Surprising because let’s face it, Tribe - our distillery’s brand is still small. The Crowded Barrel Whiskey Co. doesn’t even have a bottle on retail shelves yet!

A bit of context, last year’s "Category Winner" was Tullamore D.E.W., with Method and Madness grabbing 2019’s "Highly Commended" status.

Could the nomination have been aimed at the Whiskey Tribe, rather than Crowded Barrel? That could make sense because, you know - we’re Magnificent. But I see the Whiskey Tribe as more of a community venture than a "brand".

Dunno, I could be overthinking it. Even though our time and energy has always been aimed at whisk(e)y lovers over whisk(e)y makers, it’s nice to get a nod from people in the industry. Maybe they’re recognizing your growing role (as whiskey lovers) in the whiskey making process?

The lad’s don’t seem to have any hangups about winning or losing the category - an honor just to be nominated and all that. Either way, launching the world’s first crowd-sourced whiskey distillery alongside you Magnificent Bastards is turning into an amazing feather in our collective cap.

~ The Magnificent Bastard

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[+] The Development Of Glenmorangie’s Distillation Director

Whiskey producers are curious. They have to wait years and even decades to find out if their work is a good thing. It takes a special kind of person to maintain their long-term focus, and we appreciate their efforts because we love their sweet, sweet nectar…


[+] Scottish Scientists Use Radioactive Isotopes From Old Nuclear Tests To Find Counterfeit Whisky. More Than 40 Percent Of What They Tested Is Fake

A group of scientists turned sleuths in Scotland who developed a way to test the age of Scotch whisky have found that a lot of the vintage spirits aren't anywhere nearly as old as advertised.

The team with the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre hopes the test can help stop the third-party con artists who are trying to cash in on the popularity of rare Scotch by dumping cheap booze into antique bottles…


[+] Boom In Whisky Casks Shows No Sign Of Ending

Cask 88 online cask auctions is getting ready to hold Against the Grain – its third auction.

Bidding will open next Friday, 31 January, at noon, before closing on Sunday 9 February at 5pm.

This auction is notable for the diversity of liquid on offer, including both malt and grain whiskies, new-make and well-matured spirit, and an eclectic range of cask types – proving that there is a whisky for every palate…

Where We're Going
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