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SOS: Three Great Gifts

November 25, 2012

Thankfully Black Friday (aka Buy Nothing Day) is behind us. Maybe you chose to participate in Small Business Saturday, which really seems to be picking up steam across the country. But people have lots of gifts to buy for the loved ones in their lives, so I’m guessing even if you spent the last two days shopping there is still more to be done in advance of the holidays.

For what it’s worth, Chanukah comes really freaking early this year and will be long done by the time Christmas rolls around. In fact, the first night of Chanukah is Saturday, December 8. So the time to start panicking about presents is right now. Eeek.

Luckily I got an email this week with a press release that could help you knock three names off your list. You know, provided that they are over 21 years old and actually like whiskey.

Today’s Sell Out Sunday contains only the one press release, but when I saw it arrive in my email box, the news made me giddy. As a result I’ve posted it in full. Now I have no direct knowledge of if this product is any good. But if its predecessor is any indication of overall quality, it should be great. Still, we won’t know for sure until December 7.

Albany Distilling Company is Releasing Its First Aged Bourbon

Bourbon will be second product released by Albany Distilling Company

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 20, 2012) — The Albany Distilling Company, Inc. (“ADCo”), Albany’s first licensed distillery since the beginning of Prohibition, has announced that Ironweed Bourbon Whiskey will be available for sale in December.

Ironweed will be ADCo’s second product, after Coal Yard Distillers’ Series New Make Whiskey, a white, unaged whiskey. As a young bourbon, the whiskey batches aged for Ironweed production have been in barrels at ADCo’s production facility from Sept. 1, 2012 to Dec. 1, 2012, a three-month aging process.

Ironweed comes in a 750ml bottle, complete with a Glencairn whiskey glass, and is available by pre-registration. Customers can reserve up to three bottles by e-mailing with distribution starting on Dec. 8 at ADCo. The price per bottle is $44.

To be compliant with the Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits, a bourbon for consumer consumption must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51 percent corn, aged in new, charred-oak barrels, distilled to no more than 160 proof (or 80 percent alcohol by volume), entered into barrels for aging at no more than 125 proof (62.5 percent alcohol by volume), and bottled at 80 proof or more (40 percent by volume).

To launch the product, ADCo will be featured at “Bourbon Night at Orchard Creek” at Orchard Creek Golf Club (6700 Dunnsville Road, Altamont, NY 12009) on Friday, Dec. 7 starting at 7 p.m. The event will include Pre-sale tickets are available at $35 per person ($40 at the door). Reservations can be made by calling (518) 861-5000 (ext. 2).

The Ironweed label design was completed by id29 of Troy, N.Y.

Additional company and product information can be found online at, on Facebook (, and on Twitter under hashtag @AlbDistCo. 


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  1. November 26, 2012 12:44 pm

    Oh crap — I hate when Hannukah comes early, ’cause there’s no way I’ll get my cards out in time! :(

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