UK's thriving American whiskey sector gets two newcomers

A Kentucky-based distillery is bringing its bourbon and rye whiskey to the UK this month to tap into a growing consumer interest in American whiskey.

Limestone Branch Distillery is introducing Yellowstone Select Bourbon - named after the Yellowstone National Park – in a small batch of four and seven-year aged straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey, made with locally grown white corn, rye, malt and limestone water.

Yellowstone became Kentucky’s biggest selling bourbon in the 1960s and it was first produced by master distiller Steve Beam’s ancestors in 1872. The original family recipe was resurrected in 2010 with the first barrel filled in 2015.

Minor Case is a two-year old straight rye whiskey distilled using 100% American heartland gains and finished in a sherry cask. The whiskey is named after distiller Minor Case Beam, who is the great grandfather of Beam.

Beam said: “In the UK there is a huge demand right now for authentic bourbon and rye whiskies, from both the on-trade and also specialist whiskey retailers. We are delighted to be able to introduce out Yellowstone Select and Minor Case Whiskeys to the UK market.

“Bourbon and rye whiskeys offer an ideal entry to the category and the increasing popularity of classic American whiskey-based cocktails such as the Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour and the Manhattan, are further fuelling demand.”

Yellowstone Select and Minor Case are distributed in the UK by Woolf Sung, priced at £49 each.

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