MGP Ingredients continues its journey into Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) distilled spirits with the launch of Eight & Sand Blended Bourbon Whiskey. MGP says their latest release is a blend of bourbons and whiskies inspired by the American railroad.
Eight & Sand = Smooth Sailing
Eight & Sand was launched in MGP Ingredients hometown of Atchison, Kansas at the Atchison Railroad Museum, home to the 811 locomotive. The 811 is featured on the Eight & Sand label. Eight & Sand refers to the eighth (and fastest) notch on a locomotive’s throttle and the sand used on the wheels to prevent slipping. To wish a train crew an “Eight & Sand” is akin to “smooth sailing.” Eight & Sand celebrates the timeless journey along the American railway with a classic tribute whiskey crafted by the MGP Distillery team in historic Lawrenceburg, Indiana. You’ll often hear this distillery referred to as the old Seagrams Distillery. In fact, the words are still emblazoned across the top of the massive brick structure.
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“We’re proud to position Eight & Sand as an engine of innovation in our portfolio,” says Andrew Mansinne, Vice President of Brands, MGP Ingredients. “We were inspired by the story of the American railroad, and Atchison’s local E&S Locomotive 811 which has long connected our hometown to the country. We’ve designed Eight & Sand as an approachable blend of bourbons and whiskies designed to appeal to consumers looking for great value, great quality and smooth taste.”
Mansinne added, “As we roll the brand out to other markets, we will identify and work with local and regional railroad museums by supporting their efforts with samplings, events and monetary donations.”
Tasting Notes from MGP
Eight & Sand Blended Bourbon Whiskey, the newest member of MGP’s Rack House Series, is a blend of bourbon and whiskies married together to create a smooth and satisfying experience in every sip.
- The nose and palate deliver spicy rye and cinnamon notes, followed by a touch of caramel at the caboose.
- There are no additives or colors – just quality, blended bourbon whiskey.
Eight & Sand Blended Bourbon Whiskey is 88 proof (44% ABB) and will have a suggested retail price of $29.99 750ml bottle. Eight & Sand will be available in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin.
Eight & Sand Blended Whiskey joins the other MGP consumer brands including TILL American Wheat Vodka, Tanner’s Creek Blended Bourbon Whiskey, George Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Rossville Union Straight Rye Whiskey.
Eight & Sand Blended Bourbon Whiskey