There are plenty of competitions to find the best whiskies, but what about competitions to find the best whisky tasters? Those are few and far between, but The Big Blind Bourbon Taste-Off will give whisky lovers a chance to test their skills later this month in Lexington, Kentucky. The winner gets $2,000 in cash, a barrel head trophy, and most of all…bragging rights. Daniel Marlowe of Lexington’s Whiskey Bear bar is one of the organizers, and we’ll discuss the competition on WhiskyCast In-Depth. There’s also a discount code in the podcast if you’re thinking of entering the competition. In the news, Sazerac continues its acquisition binge as it ups its stake in India’s John Distilleries, while Diageo’s distillery expansion plans in Scotland are working their way through the approval process along with Islay’s latest distillery project. The New Year also brings a handful of new whiskies, and we’ll share some of your New Year’s drams on Your Voice.
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