Blue Note Bourbon Brings Whiskey Flavors to Your Cookout This Spring

MEMPHIS, TN: Barbecue season is upon us, and Blue Note Bourbon wants to add a taste of Memphis to your cookout with the introduction of its new smoking chips made from aged bourbon barrels. BBQ aficionados, foodies, and bourbon geeks alike can now impart bourbon flavors in foods by using Blue Note Bourbon Barrel Smoking Chips, available online for shipping nationwide.  Produced in Memphis, Blue Note Bourbon is a full-bodied straight bourbon whiskey recently featured in Food & Wine and the Robb Report, where it was recognized for its quality. As the bourbon ages for years inside of American white oak barrels, the flavors soak deep into the wood creating rich flavors – perfect for the Blue Note Bourbon Barrel Smoking Chips.

“We’re from Memphis, which is world-famous not only for music but also for barbeque. There’s something about Bourbon, Blues and BBQ that just works well together, so we started to think: how can we better incorporate Blue Note Bourbon in barbeque?” said McCauley Williams, President and CEO of B.R. Distilling Co., producer of Blue Note Bourbon. “Then, a lightbulb went off as we realized that by making smoking chips, we could create a sustainable model for capturing the complex bourbon flavors left behind in the barrels and prevent anything from going to waste.”

Named after the blues music that made Memphis the birthplace of rock ‘n roll, Blue Note Bourbon is aged in barrels along the banks of the Mississippi River, where it cooks low and slow in the delta heat and humidity. This unique climate imparts into the whiskey-rich notes of caramel, vanilla, and maple. It should be no surprise to learn that these flavors pair well with barbecue.

Tips for enjoying the Blue Note Bourbon Barrel Smoking Chips on a gas grill or smoker:

1. Use Blue Note Bourbon Barrel Smoking Chips on your grill or smoker to infuse foods with the complex, unmistakable flavors of Blue Note Bourbon.

2. While you wait, be sure to hydrate by pouring yourself a tall glass of Blue Note Bourbon!

3. Remember, the best way to enjoy Blue Note Bourbon and Blue Note Bourbon Barrel Smoking Chips is the way you like it best. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Beyond the release of the smoking chips, the brand has also recently teamed up with several local Memphis businesses, creating bourbon-infused beer, honey, and more. Most recently, B.R. Distilling Co. partnered with Grind City Brewing Company, Crosstown Brewing Co. and Mill Creek Brewing Company, all based in Tennessee, to help create unique bourbon barrel brews. In addition, the distillery collaborated with Vice & Virtue coffee on a barrel-aged coffee that has already taken Memphis by storm.

Blue Note Bourbon Barrel Smoking Chips are available for purchase online (shipping available nationwide) at and in select stores. Interviews, photography, additional information, and product are available upon request. The Blue Note Smoking chips are only the start of an exciting year of product reveals to come from B.R. Distilling, and a whole lineup of new offerings will be announced soon.

About Blue Note Bourbon & Riverset Rye:

Crafted to honor the blues music from the streets of Memphis, Blue Note Bourbon is bold yet smoother than smooth. Blue Note Bourbon is offered in three different expressions, all with a similar smooth finish, including Blue Note Bourbon Premium Small Batch (MSRP $49.99-$52.99), Blue Note Juke Joint (MSRP $29.99), and Blue Note Bourbon Single Barrel Reserve (MSRP $59.99-$64.99) Follow them on Instagram (@BlueNoteBourbon) and Facebook (  More information can be found at www.bluenotebourbon.comRiverset Rye (MSRP $29.99) is a small batch rye whiskey crafted in Memphis from the spirit of rock n’ roll.  Aged along the banks of the Mississippi River for a minimum of four years and bottled at 93 proof, every sip tells a story.  Follow them on Instagram (@RiversetRye) and Facebook (  More information can be found at  Interviews, additional information, and product are available upon request.

About B.R. Distilling Co.:

B.R. Distilling Co. is the oldest distillery in Memphis, TN, and produces two flagship brands, Blue Note Bourbon and Riverset Rye, as well as several private label brands. Its products are currently distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, and Texas. For more information, visit

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