What visits will 2020 bring?

31 December 2019

I stated the other day I had visited 53 distilleries in 2019, but later realised I had not added Tullamore to my timeline so I have actually visited 54.

I have started planning my visits for 2020 and, based on current plans, I will be visiting distilleries in the following regions:

  1. South Carolina
  2. North Carolina
  3. Tennessee
  4. Kentucky
  5. Scottish Islands
  6. Campbeltown
  7. Islay

As I travel around, I also hope to pick up a few distilleries in the following countries:

  1. England
  2. Republic of Ireland
  3. Northern Ireland

The majority of the distilleries will be whiskey or rum, but there may be a few other types sneak through.

Missouri Bourbon Whiskey regional designation signed into law

13 July 2019

On the 11th July 2019, Missouri Governor Mike Parsons signed into law a Missouri Bourbon Whiskey regional designation. The new law, House Bill 266, goes into effect on 28th August 2019.

Bourbon barrel made in Missouri

There are three key requirements for distillers to meet if they wanto label their product Missouri bourbon or Missouri bourbon whiskey:

  1. The product must be “mached, fermented, distilled, aged and bottled” in Missouri.
  2. The bourbon must be aged in oak barrels manufactured in Missouri.
  3. All “corn used in the mash must be Missouri grown corn”.

The first two rules come into force on the 28th August 2019, but they have until 1st January 2020 before the third rule comes into force.

The St Louis Today has full details on the story; unfortunately, they region lock so the article isn’t accessible for potential readers in Europe.