Author Archives: Paul Miles

January and February Updates

President Paul Miles celebrates daughter Caroline and undefeated Gamecock teams. He introduces a $59.98 Yellowstone “Laurel and Main” barrel pick, honoring Soda City Market and Ambrosia Taverna. Buy within 21 days for a chance to win Weller Special Reserve at MSRP. Broad Branch barrel delayed but coming soon.

Garnet Trust T-Shirt and New Merchandise

In the midst of a storm, the Gamecock Bourbon Society anticipates a successful 2024. They commend Lamont Paris for transforming basketball, and announce new merchandise, including a unique t-shirt and Peter Millar items. Proceeds will support the Garnet Trust. Paul Miles also seeks feedback for potential future merchandise. Visit their online shop for more details.

Whiskey Journey: What is Hazmat Whiskey?

Those who have followed along with our “Whiskey Journey” articles in the past know that most of my knowledge of the aging process, grains, and flavor profiles come from working at high end restaurants in Charleston and Birmingham, Alabama. Even the best training offered by distillers, distributors, and those in sales can miss major nuggets […]

Our Trip to Maker’s Mark…Amongst Others

We finally ticked off a whiskey bucket list – selecting a private barrel at a historic distillery in Kentucky. The insightful and fun-filled trip involved exploring distilleries, engaging tastings, hearty laughs, and shared stories. This memorable experience was rounded off with the selection of tailored staves for the perfect bourbon blend and signing the chosen barrel together as a team.

Tailgates, Barrel Picks, and Merchandise

The Gamecock Bourbon Society has shared updates on various current and upcoming activities. A busy football season has seen the Society growing in members and momentum. The Society is releasing its first-ever barrel pick from South Carolina, named “Garnet Dawn”, on November 24th with a special release at Bottle’s Beverage Superstore. Other notable highlights include tailgates and merchandise sales for football and basketball games, upcoming bourbon barrels from Maker’s Mark and Broad Branch, and a tribute gift to bourbon legend Julian Van Winkle.

Blue Run and Chicken Cock Barrel Update

Gamecock Bourbon has announced the arrival of their two new barrels at retail partners, ready for shipment across South Carolina. Bottles can be collected from Green’s on Assembly and Bottles Columbia. Inquiries are welcomed via email or Twitter DM. Special offers are available for members who have reserved bottles via the company’s website until November 24th. However, prices will increase after the cut-off date of November 25th. The initiative does not generate profits but aims to spread good bourbon in South Carolina.

A Chicken Cock Kind of Friday

An executive from Chicken Cock Whiskey partnered with the GBS for tastings and potential collaborations. After tasting several whiskeys, they selected an 8-year bourbon, naming it “The Roost”. They also had a special barrel tasting with Driftless Glen and picked a Rye for future release. A premium whiskey tasting event with Chicken Cock was organized at Prime Steakhouse, where “The Roost” was served to guests. The dinner event received positive feedback and similar events are planned for the future. “The Roost” will be made available to the public at Green’s on Assembly Street.

Barrel Pick Updates and More!

The Gamecock Bourbon Society has had a busy year acquiring exclusive barrels for its members. Upcoming releases include the popular Blue Run “Black Magic” and Lone Elm Texas Wheat Whiskey, as well as 100% Jimmy Red Corn Bourbon from Charleston’s High Wire Distillery. Other selections, including Chicken Cock’s 7-year-old Single Barrel and Broad Branch’s Single Barrel, will be launched later this year. Future tastings are planned at Maker’s Mark and Jack Daniel’s, among others. The Society has received member interest in selecting, tasting, and naming barrels, and is working on solutions to facilitate such involvement.

Great American Whiskey Fair Starts this Weekend! Here’s What You Need to Know

The Great American Whiskey Fair, an internationally recognized event, will take place at Grand Hall, Columbia, SC, on October 6, 2023. The fair will feature over 300 American whiskies, bourbons, and ryes with representation from 100 distilleries and bottlers. The Gamecock Bourbon Society will participate for the first time, offering giveaways and raffles. Attendees will have access to all whiskey presentations, a tasting glass, and BBQ, with cigars available for purchase.

GBS Tailgate Behind Enemy Lines (Athens, here we come!)

The Gamecock Bourbon Society invites fans to join their tailgate in Athens, Georgia on September 16, 2023. The event, taking place before the Gamecocks’ match against the top-rated team, includes bourbon, TV, close restroom access, shade, and catered lunch for $25 per person, catering to 40 attendees. The gathering aims to provide a lively atmosphere for Society members and players, with exact location details shared to those who reserve spots.