“The liquor world is rife with marketing scams,” said PT Wood, co-founder of Wood’s High Mountain Distillery in Salida. His whiskey is still aging. It cites a variety of examples of where both stores and customers have referred to the new The Bourbon Cigar as some variation of the Maker’s Mark cigar. Thin with the tart fruit from the nose being the dominant factor. But they need to be honest,” Kleckner said. Maker’s Mark’s complaint shows the Maker’s Mark cigars versus the Original Bourbon Cigar by Ted’s. If you’re hunting for something more interesting, look somewhere else. The lawsuit accuses Templeton of duping consumers into spending more for its whiskey with an untruthful tale. Whiskey sales grew 6.2 percent in 2013 to more than $7 billion, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. If that’s all you want, this is for you. A team of distillers is bottling Georgia Peach Whiskey, hand-writing the batch number on each bottle. And many of those upstart companies are more crafty than craft, laboring to conceal the source of their liquor with provincial names and marketing that taps the wildly trendy locavore movement. Other outfits might briefly mention that their whiskey was made with Midwestern grains but amplify the fact it was cut with local water. The Bourbon Breckenridge showcases a mash bill with a whopping 38% green rye, along with 56% yellow corn and 6% unmalted barley. Maker’s Mark did not return a request for comment regarding Ted’s countersuit. Diageo filed another request for the cancellation of Maker’s Mark’s 813 trademark in 2008. The new Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familiar, without dripping wax. We mash, ferment and distill a lot of Bourbon in house. Ever wonder how a brand-new distiller is offering 8-year-old whiskey? Once blended the bourbon is proofed down to 86 proof, 43% ABV, and sold with a retail price of around $40-$45. Today, a modern-day whiskey revolt is fermenting, with whiskey fans laboring to differentiate distillers who actually make the liquor and those who simply package it. This made in the USA claim might not be dishwasher-safe. Leopold, head distiller at Leopold Bros., runs a small-batch distillery in Denver. Maker’s Mark and Spalding Group—the parent of Ted’s Cigars—have sued each other, the latest chapter to a relationship that began in 1996 as part of a licensing agreement that saw Ted’s produce and sell Maker’s Mark cigars seasoned with the company’s famous bourbon. Healthpeak Properties, a real estate investment trust based in Irvine, Calif., announced Tuesday in its third-quarter earnings report that it has chosen Denver over Nashville and Dallas for its new corporate headquarters. Breckenridge Bourbon is an 86-proof blend that's out to take over the world from its mountainside craft distillery. hide. At a new facility in industrial north Denver, his family is forging a list of first-evers for the Leopold Bros. brand. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. This is without a doubt a rye-forward bourbon. Maker’s Mark abandoned the 813 trademark, but prevailed on the red dripping wax claims in the second lawsuit. Those factories churn out millions of gallons of hooch every year, and they feed the nation’s exploding craft distilling industry. The companies’ relationship began like many other entities in Kentucky, at the Derby. “One of them is pretending to be the other.”. Thoughts on Breckenridge bourbon? CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. “This whole thing is like comparing an air-guitar player to a real guitarist,” said Donovan, co-founder of 9-year-old Peach Street Distillers in Palisade. Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey is made from a high-rye mash bill mixed with Rocky Mountain snowmelt into a traditional open-top Scottish fermenter and then distilled using a Vendome copper pot still. According to Breckenridge A Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskeys. share. Bourbon and “Tennessee Whiskey” are the workhorses, with sales climbing more than 10 percent in 2013, to $2.4 billion. It features a secondary band that says “SEASONED WITH MAKER’S MARK®.” One notable difference—particularly as it pertains to this lawsuit—is that the red wax that is on the tube is flat, not the irregular dripping wax is trademarked by Maker’s Mark. Wanted to get y'all's opinions too! That’s not the only discussion about the wax. I see it becoming a bigger problem if the general public or the consumer gets a bad taste in their mouth for craft spirits in general.”. The gentle aftertaste lingers, with light to moderate amounts of wood and chewing gum-like peppermint. We are so lucky. Less than two weeks later, Diageo requested that Maker’s Mark’s application for a new trademark—2,690,813—which included red wax be canceled. The outfits that are aboveboard — like Park City, Utah’s High West Distillery — clearly label who made their bourbon, acknowledging they need to sell something while their own creation ages in oak barrels. FCC to issue largest fine in agency history. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 751,000, a still-historically high level that shows that many employers keep cutting jobs in the face of the accelerating pandemic. Buyer beware: This "proud U.S. manufacturer" of basketball hoops makes some of its products in China. Peach Street, he said, “did it the stupid, hard way,” laboring for years to craft the right bourbon and then waiting years for it to finish in oak-staved barrels. report. Bright and fruity with just a hint of youth showing. Matthew Ward, right, labels bottles of Rocky Mountain Peach Whiskey with a barrel and batch number while Alec Ropes boxes them. Ted’s would use Maker’s Mark’s bourbon to season cigars, which would then be packaged in a manner that reflected the bourbon’s packaging, including the Maker’s Mark name, SIV logo and the red irregular dripping wax that adorns the top of the bourbon bottles. The complaint, which was filed earlier that, Court Issues Order Halting Operators of Fake Websites Claiming to Sell Clorox and Lysol Products ftc.gov/news-events/pr…, RT @jeffgreenbaum: FTC's October Responses to NAD Referrals Regarding "Fresh" and Other Claims (via Passle) by @jeffgreenbaum https://t.co/…, RT @CaulfieldTim: @DrvanTilburg @jonathanstea @DrHowardLiu The #misinformation on @Instagram (and there is LOTS) can be particularly insidi…. That local liquor from the distillery down the road might not be so local. 32 comments. I almost always smell musty wood once the glass is empty, but Breckenridge Bourbon has it with the glass still half full. Let’s try and see. Bob Dylan's Heaven's Door is getting sued by Heaven Hill , a bourbon and distilled spirits manufacturer based in Kentucky, for copyright infringement. The peppermint is delicate and allows for other flavors to appear. “To me this is about being honest,” Masters said. “Of course I’m not saying you cannot offer a bourbon cigar seasoned with bourbon flavors,” wrote Samuels. It’s important to note that the description of Maker’s Mark’s trademark doesn’t include a specification about the color of the wax. Another class-action lawsuit filed this month in California targets Tito’s Handmade Vodka, arguing the Texas-based distillery cannot be hand-crafting — “in an old fashioned pot still” as the label says — the 15 million bottles of vodka it sells annually. It would have been easier — and cheaper — to mix it with whiskey from afar. The vodka and gin were distinct and smooth. There's nothing official to this very official-looking letter. He then requested that Maker’s Mark legally stop Gurkha from using the dripping wax on its cigars. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. Appearance: Reminiscent of a warm caramel sauce or maple syrup. Both parties have requested a trial by jury. “I wish the guys who did that would be more upfront about it.”. I hope the public will see through this and notice the quality or lack of quality. Cowdery has drawn a bead on Double Diamond Distilling in Breckenridge, which he says sells far more of its popular Breckenridge Bourbon than … Just got a bottle as a gift from my sister and am really enjoying it!! It requires sleuthing to uncover distilleries that source their bourbon. Employees for Ted’s responded indicating that they no longer offer the Maker’s Mark cigar, but sell a bourbon cigar. Maker’s Mark’s trademark—which specifically covers both whisk(e)y and steak sauce—is described as “wax-like coating covering the cap of the bottle and trickling down the neck of the bottle in a freeform irregular pattern.”. If there is a high quality bourbon with a greater percentage of rye at its core, I’m not aware of it. Steve Ury, a California attorney who tracks whiskey makers on his Recent Eats blog, counts more than 300 whiskey distilleries in the U.S., up from 190 a year ago and 35 in 2009. Breckenridge Bourbon hails from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, which definitely isn't the first location that pops into most bourbon fans' minds. February 2015: A federal judge granted final approval of this settlement. hide. In the country’s only pagoda-topped malting kiln, which Leopold designed using an 18th century book, hot air rising from below a steel mesh floor will cure that germinated barley. Masking the origin makes it tough for discerning consumers, but perhaps worse for craft distillers whose locally made products are more expensive than the bulk-blended bottle. Sort by. The Barrel finally shows up in the form of vanilla and a vague burnt salted caramel. Eric is a whiskey collector and drinker from Huntington WV that enjoys sharing pours with those around him. The Class-Action Tracker is intended to notify consumers about false advertising class-action lawsuits filed around the country, but does not necessarily reflect TINA.org’s opinion with respect to the lawsuits or disposition of the cases, Ad Alerts I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. There’s a lot of potential, but Breckenridge may have saved it for another bourbon. Published on March 23rd, 2015 | “They are in violation of labeling laws,” he said. “It’s a real problem,” said Ury, who said labels reading “produced by,” instead of “distilled by,” often signal that a distiller is buying, not making, its liquor. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. My issue is that this bourbon’s smells are too round and soft, likely due to the low proof and youthful age. It was an agreement that […] Jackson claims that the licensing agreement required Maker’s Mark to defend its trademarks. Our Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskeys also consists of Barrels selected from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana chosen for their unique qualities, heritage, and ability to marry in our blend, always made from a high-rye mash bill.”. Jackson’s countersuit then says that nothing happened from a legal perspective until this month. 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