Scottie Pippen Launches His Own Bourbon

NBA legend and entrepreneur, Scottie Pippen, along with famed Wine & Spirits maker Dave Phinney to launch DIGITS, a five-year-old bourbon exclusively in Chicago.

A city icon is ready for his next moment – Hall of Famer, 6-time NBA Champion, 2-time Olympic gold medalist, retired NBA legend, Scottie Pippen announced today, his latest venture: DIGITS, a five-year old bourbon whiskey.

Pippen, known for his smooth style, tapped the award-winning Savage & Cooke distillery to create and produce an equally smooth five-year old bourbon that Chicagoans will be the first to taste and experience.

“I’m thrilled to tip off DIGITS in Chicago exclusively, as I begin this next chapter of my personal journey. Chicago has meant so much to me, the experience and equally as important the people that inspired me and cheered me on, I wanted to toast with them first and foremost.  My partnership with Dave Phinney has been remarkable from the start and I believe we have created a superb bourbon. We wanted DIGITS to be more than a bourbon, we wanted it to be a reminder of who we are individually and how we came together to create this bottle. I’ve always celebrated with bourbon, now getting to celebrate with my own is something very special to me.”   – Scottie Pippen

The creation of DIGITS was an intimate experience for Pippen and his first foray into the beverage industry and will be launched exclusively in Chicago on June 24th, 2021. DIGITS is a 46% Alc. Vol. (92-proof) bourbon whiskey, aged for 5 years, and blended by Savage & Cooke master distiller, Jordan Via.

“Savage & Cooke, since its inception, has been a place of discovery and home to making opportunities for great spirits to come to life. Little did I know I would have an opportunity to add one of the greatest basketball players of all time in Scottie Pippen, to the Savage & Cooke roster, whose drive for another great moment would include us coming together to make what is a beautiful and championship level bourbon in DIGITS.”   – Dave Phinney

About Savage & Cooke

Savage & Cooke distillery is located on Mare Island, near the city of Vallejo. Mare Island has a rich and colorful history; first as an important naval shipyard and today as a hub of activity including manufacturing, craft beverages, art, technology, and film production, all located on prime waterfront property.  In 1854, Mare Island was established as the first naval yard on the Pacific Coast and was once one of the busiest shipyards in the world.

One of the most prolific winemakers in Napa Valley, Phinney then created the acclaimed flagship blend “The Prisoner”.  Phinney continues to consult for Orin Swift and produces wines from his vineyards in France, Italy, Spain and Greece. Phinney began distilling spirits in 2014, which led to the new Savage & Cooke distillery venture.

Savage & Cooke produces Second Glance American Whiskey, The Burning Chair Bourbon, and Lip Service Rye, and Bad Sweater Whiskey all aged in Phinney’s wine casks with water and grains from Phinney’s property.  Phinney has also launched Home School, a bottled craft cocktail line. The distillery will be launching their new restaurant on the property later this year.

Phinney recently produced over 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 shortage in his commitment to helping the community and people all over the US avoid infection, transforming Savage & Cooke distillery into a temporary hand sanitizer production facility.

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