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#happyhourclub: World Whiskey Day with Crown Royal, Bulleit and The Hilhaven Lodge

#happyhourclub: World Whiskey Day with Crown Royal, Bulleit and The Hilhaven Lodge

World Whiskey Day is a holiday us Berrinis can get behind. For the World needs a little whiskey and celebration, right? If Merle Haggard had his way, it would be an outstanding YES. Tonight we'll be celebrating with our good friend Eric, who you might remember from our Boozin' Bourbon Tasting. For the festivities, we'll be cracking open 3 whiskies sure to make a full moon night a little more interesting. The selects: Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, Bulleit Bourbon and The Hilhaven Lodge. The luxuries and pleasures each of these sweet delights bring our unique to their own. Here's a little cheat sheet from our friends at Diageo to help get to know these 3 smooth whiskies.

The Most Coveted: Crown Royal Northern Harvest

The Most Coveted: Crown Royal Northern Harvest

Crown Royal Northern Harvest
Appearance: Amber
Gold Medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Recently crowned the 2016 World Whisky of the Year by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, Northern Harvest Rye embodies some of the finest ingredients and craftsmanship in the whisky world. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is crafted from 90% rye, the offering is produced at the brand’s distillery in Gimli, Manitoba, where the distinctive Northern winters create the perfect conditions for a deliciously flavorful, extraordinarily smooth whisky.
90 proof, $30

Rising Star: The Hilhaven Lodge

Rising Star: The Hilhaven Lodge

The Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey
Appearance: Amber
Double Gold Medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
The Hilhaven Lodge™ is a new-to-world whiskey developed in collaboration between spirits company Diageo and Hollywood director, and current owner of Hilhaven Lodge, Brett Ratner. The Hilhaven Lodge features a distinctive blend of three different styles of whiskey spanning across three decades – Bourbon from the 2000’s, Tennessee Whiskey from the 1990’s and Rye Whiskey from the 1980’s. Combined, these whiskeys offer an unbelievably smooth tasting experience.
80 proof, $50

Go-To Bourbon: Bulleit Bourbon

Go-To Bourbon: Bulleit Bourbon

Bulleit Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Appearance: Amber
Double Gold Medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Bulleit Bourbon was inspired by a family recipe passed down through generations to founder Tom Bulleit. Only ingredients of the very highest quality are used. The subtlety and complexity of Bulleit Bourbon come from its unique blend of rye, corn, and barley malt, along with special strains of yeast and pure Kentucky limestone filtered water. Due to its especially high rye content, Bulleit Bourbon has a bold, spicy character with a finish that's distinctively clean and smooth.
90 proof, $45

The sipping session is in full effect and will report back on our favorite from these award-winning whiskies. Cheers!

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