Sunday, March 2, 2014

The New Bourbon Country Reader Is a Must-Read

The February 2014 edition of the Bourbon Country Reader (Volume 15, Number 6) is at the printer now and will go into the mail shortly (though it probably will be March before anybody gets it).

If you're not already a subscriber, this one will tip it in for you. We've never had an issue this jam-packed with controversy. The lead headline: "Is KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair Cheating On You?" If nothing else, the KDA may regret choosing that name when The Reader gets through with them.

You'll learn why the KDA's big 'Affair' is a huge power and money grab that kicks regular, loyal bourbon enthusiasts to the curb and is the spearpoint in a campaign to drive all independent visions and voices out of bourbon country.

But that's not all.

Michter's, sometimes called New Michter's to distinguish it from the predecessor company of the same name, gave The Reader unprecedented access to its new Kentucky facility and plans for the future. A lot of it will surprise you.

Finally, how much is a bottle of Pappy 23 really worth? The Reader was given access to a new service that attempts to make and publish a record of actual transactions involving collectible American whiskey, all on the down-low, of course. We'll tell you as much as we can and give you some real numbers too.

Why not just make it easy and post it all here? As we're learning from the KDA, if you want the good stuff, you have to pay for it.

Happily, a subscription to The Bourbon Country Reader is still just $20 per year (six issues) for addresses in the USA, $25 for everyone else. The Bourbon Country Reader is always independent and idiosyncratic and has no distillery affiliation. It is published six times a year, or thereabouts.

Click here to subscribe with PayPal or any major credit card, or for more information. Click here for a free sample issue (in PDF format). Click here to open or download the free PDF document, "The Bourbon Country Reader Issue Contents in Chronological Order." (It's like an index.)

(Please be patient with the links. They seem to be running very slowly for some reason.)

If you prefer to pay by check, make it payable to Made and Bottled in Kentucky, and mail it to Made and Bottled in Kentucky, 3712 N. Broadway, PMB 298, Chicago, IL 60613-4198. Checks drawn on U.S. banks only, please.


snakeman48 said...

Sooner or later I knew I was going to sign up for the BCR. With all the BS the KDA is sturin' up right now, I finally got on board.

See you in a few weeks in Louisville

Justin said...

As always, can't wait. Snakemann48? See you there.

sam k said...

I'm looking forward to your take on the new Michter's distillery. I was given access last summer, but they were just getting things rolling with their single-barrel bottling line, with much more to come.

I hope they are able to realize their potential there...they have big plans.

I'm also pleased that they invited you in despite your having been a big detractor over the years. It shows a willingness to take a diplomatic approach. I'm encouraged by this for both sides.

For those who do not subscribe, you are making a big mistake. The BCR is essential reading for the American whiskey enthusiast.

Justin Victor said...

Hey Chuck, do you email reader customers to let them know their subcpscription is almost up? I have again failed to keep track of when mine is up.

Chuck Cowdery said...

Subscribers receive two written notices, mailed with their last issues, plus an email after they've been taken off the list. You're okay, Justin.