The Tasting Panel magazine

October 2015

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10  /  the tasting panel  /  october 2015 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT A Champion of Bourbon A 24-year veteran of the original Jim Beam Brands Co., Kathleen DiBenedetto was recently honored with an induction into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. She has committed much of her career to the development and advancement of the bourbon whiskey category. Hired in November of 1991, Kathleen worked alongside Booker Noe on the launch of the Small Batch Bourbon Collection. Together with Booker Noe and his son Fred Noe, Kathleen was instrumental in the creation of Booker's, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden's and Baker's. Whiskey Wisdom F rom the New York Times best-selling authors of The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert, The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22), by Richard Betts, MS with Crystal English Sacca and Wendy MacNaughton, breaks down the brown spirit for your customers just in time for the holidays. This witty kid-style book on the adult topic includes humorous illustra- tions, scratch-and-sniff scents and a pull-out poster that details 279 brands of whiskey. It's sure to put your guests on a path to becoming a whiskey wizard in no time. Best Mates O n the heels of the Jameson Drinking Buddies pro- gram, Jameson Irish Whiskey launched Jameson Caskmates. For the first time ever, local Irish micro-brewery Franciscan Well and Jameson Original shared casks to create one exceptional whiskey combining the smooth- ness of Jameson Original with the richness of stout beer, offer- ing a new and distinct tasting experience. Born in 2013 over drinks at a local neighborhood pub in County Cork, Ireland, Caskmates was created by two longtime friends, Dave Quinn, Master of Whiskey Science at Jameson Distillery, and Shane Long, Head Brewer at Franciscan Well. Following Quinn and Long hatching the idea of Caskmates, Jameson shared its proprietary oak whiskey barrels from the Midleton Distillery with Franciscan Well, who created a unique Irish stout aged in Jameson barrels.

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