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The New York Times — American Whiskeys Find Their Middlemen
Some couples bond over music, movies or travel. For Nora Ganley-Roper and Adam Polonski, it was Scotch whisky.
When they started dating six years ago, Ms. Ganley-Roper, a manager at Astor Wines & Spirits in Manhattan, and Mr. Polonski, a senior writer at Whisky Advocate magazine, found they were both big admirers of Scotland’s independent bottlers, which purchase barrels of whisky from single-malt distilleries and sell them under their own label, sometimes after blending them together.
Liquor.com — 12 New American Whiskeys to Try Right Now
Why should bourbon and rye get to hog all the attention when a wide range of other intriguing American whiskeys is available to try?
Tucson Local Media — Independent bottling company showcases Whiskey Del Bac in spring 2021 release
An East Coast boutique bottling company focused on releasing unique American whiskeys produced by independent distillers has chosen three single malt spirits from Tucson’s Whiskey Del Bac to be a part of the company’s offerings this spring.
Forbes — Get To Know These Three Women Shaking Up The Wine & Spirits Industries
But there are some you may not be as familiar with as others. So to honor International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, a celebration that’s now over 113 years old, here are three rising stars in the liquor industry who are starting to make an impact.
Cool Hunting — Interview: Lost Lantern Whiskey Founders Nora Ganley-Roper + Adam Polonski
In 2018, Nora Ganley-Roper and Adam Polonski embarked upon what they refer to as their “great whiskey road trip.” The couple (now married) toured 50 distilleries across dozens of states in the US for eight months straight. This was more than passionate immersion into a hobby; it pertained to an idea they had that stemmed from their professional backgrounds: Ganley-Roper as a sales manager at NYC’s Astor Wine & Spirits; Polonski as an editor at Whisky Advocate. From this experience, the duo launched their own bottling brand, Lost Lantern Whiskey, that same year.
The Whiskey Wash — The Independent American Whiskey Bottler Arises In The United States
As the advent of the 21st century brought with it an explosion of micro-distillers around the world, as well as increased output from heritage distillers, it was inevitable that some form of “new” independent bottler would take shape, this time focused on American distilleries. These US-based versions, however, are following more of a mixed path, some in Scottish tradition and others striking out in new ways. In all cases, they’re balancing the virtue of transparency and innovation with the need to build a widely accessible brand.