|Latest Site News|
|Login problems fixed.|
Posted by Chris on 15 Feb 2011 13:23
In an effort to eliminate the issue of people getting "you have exceeded the maximum number of login attempts" messages and having to solve the CAPTCHA, we have blocked several anonymous proxy networks. ALL of the hacking attempts were coming from these IP addresses, and since we have blocked them a few days ago there have been 0 attempts...
If you havent logged on since all this started, you may get the message and be required to solve the captcha, but the problem shouldn't return... Unfortunately this may block some people who were using the anonymous proxies to get to the site legitimately, but the alternative is to leave them unblocked, inconveniencing every user of the site every time they logon...
We have also blocked large amounts of China, Bulgaria and Russia's IP space due to the large amount of spam/fake registrations from those areas (and the fact that we have had 0 legitimate users from those areas)
|'You exceeded the maximum allowed number of login attempts'|
Posted by Chris on 08 Feb 2011 11:19
Several users have had issues when logging in for the first time on any given day when they get a message "You exceeded the maximum allowed number of login attempts" and have to re-enter their usename/password and type in the captcha. This is a known issue with many high-profile forums... (see http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2115563&start=15 for some more info).. It appears that infected computers have some malicous programs running on them that are performing systematic attacks on user's passwords for many forums on the internet, once they get in they are saving a list of the usernames and passwords to be used for spam... The requirement to complete the captcha makes it impossible for these malicious automated password cracking attempts to continue, but unfortunately it also affects us when we attempt to logon while these attacks are underway... There have been many other forums that have reported the same problems, the people who make the PHPbb software are aware of this and hopefully they will deliver a fix that blocks consecutive bad logons on a per IP basis rather than on a per user basis sometime soon...
Here is a quote from one of the many other forums being hit with the same attacks: ( http://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.php?p=170999#p170999 )
A number of our members have reported receiving the "You exceeded the maximum number of login attempts" message while trying to login to the forum, and are then prompted to enter the confirmation code as well as their username and password.
Unfortunately it seems that several phpbb based forums have been attacked in the same manner which involves a bot persistently trying to login to member's accounts. The forum software catches this and after 3 attempts prompts with the challenge question.
There is no indication that the bot has ever got past this challenge (as it is specific to our forum) as it would require both the correct password, and the correct challenge answer.
I have been using the 'log me in automatically' feature on my home machines and it has helped a lot...
|Death to Spammers!|
Posted by bourbonv on 05 Jan 2010 18:50
In order to prevent spammers, I have changed the permissions so that I have to approve new members. I am sorry if this inconviences new members, but I am tired of deleting spam.
|New Administrator & New Moderator and Moderator Promotion|
Posted by Mark on 09 May 2009 11:50
I have posted this in this thread found here but I also wanted to make an announcement about it as well.
In light of what has happened with a few spammers lately it has become necessary to have a few more eyes and ears out there to help watch out for the site. Besides watching the site for these type of people it's also a way to reward people for their time and dedication to not jsut the site but everything they do for their love of bourbon and friendship.
It is our honor to make BourbonV an Admin on the site! Also, we are proud to promote Brewer to a Global Moderator and also help us welcome Mozilla as a new Moderator!
Chris and I think that with some changes made, some which will be made and with the help of our staff (who as you know all do this in their own time to help out the community) BourbonEnthusiast will be safer from the exploits of these... Well, I'll put it politely, scumbags.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding!
Mark and Chris
|Problems registering? Does it say your email is banned?|
Posted by Mark on 20 Mar 2008 17:39
To all the new members who may be trying to register and are having problems:
Is it saying your email address has been banned? That's because unfortunately some time ago we had to disallow email addresses from many 'free' based sites such as hotmail, yahoo, gmail etc. The spam/porn people creating bs accounts became too numerous to deal with. We do not do anything with your email address, heck we never even look at them, so please feel safe using your regular email from your isp. For example roadrunner, aol, comcast, any email that works except like I said, from the free email sites.
Thank you for your understanding in these matters and we sincerely hope you can understand why we have had to enact this. It has and will continue to make a more pleasurable site for everyone.
|Latest Industry News|
|World Whiskies Awards 2013 Winners|
Posted by Roscoe on 16 May 2013 17:07
World Whiskies Awards 2013 Winners Announced - George T. Stagg Named World's Best North American Whiskey
Source: Buffalo Trace Distillery
The whiskeys from Buffalo Trace Distillery were honored at the World Whiskies Awards, sponsored by Whisky Magazine. The event took place in London in March and featured more than 300 whiskies battling it out during three intensive blind tasting rounds, seeking the coveted title of "2013 World's Best Whiskies."
Buffalo Trace Distillery had three whiskeys winning top honors, most notably George T. Stagg, which won the top honor of "World's Best North American Whiskey." In addition, Stagg was named "Best Bourbon American Whiskey" and "Best Bourbon American Whiskey 8 Years and Over."
George T. Stagg was described by Whisky Magazine editor Rob Allanson as, "Big and bold, mouth coating with toffee and caramel notes. The oak is here too bringing spices and soft cream pastries.Nothing small about this, but it is all in balance."
Buffalo Trace's Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye was name...more
|Tennessee Whiskey....It's the law|
Posted by Roscoe on 08 May 2013 11:49
Tennessee: State Bill to Define "Tennessee Whiskey"
Posted on May 4th
We here at the Trail assumed the only whiskey related item on the State Legislature's docket had come and gone (FYI - Chattanooga Whiskey production will be heading back to Chattanooga). That was until we noticed a report last week indicating that a bill had passed that would officially define "Tennessee Whiskey" - on a State level of course.
Most Tennessean's are aware what distinguishes a Tennessee Whiskey from other styles. Colloquially, the term is indicative of processing what would otherwise be regarded as bourbon through Sugar Maple charcoal - aka the Lincoln County Process. Regardless of this common understanding, the Code of Federal Regulations does not distinguish a Tennessee Whiskey style with any specificity as it does with bourbon, rye, wheat, malt, and corn. This has never been an issue until the 2009 changes to the State law which essentially opened the floodgates to distilleries in the state, thus beginning the TN Whiskey Trail.
The House Bil...more
|Robert Parker goes off on Bourbon|
Posted by Roscoe on 08 May 2013 11:43
By Robert Parker
May 3, 2013
I became enamored with a television series called Justified, starring and produced by Timothy Olyphant and co-produced by the well-known criminal writer Elmore Leonard and his son.
Moreover, the bourbon drinking antics of the many violent episodes of this sensational series that takes place in Harlan County, Kentucky are a prominent sideshow. A little research had me on the chase for Pappy Van Winkle, the most difficult alcoholic beverage to find in the United States. If you think I'm joking, try and find a bottle, especially of the 20-year-old and the very rare 23-year-old bourbon. They are much more difficult to find than esoteric and limited production French wines such as Romanée-Conti, Montrachet or Petrus.
But persistence and knowing a lot of people in the wine and spirits business finally paid off as I was able to secure a bottle from a Washington, DC wine merchant, who shall remain anonymous in order to prevent him from being inundated with requests since he receives so little of it.
What started as a fun di...more
|BT Excells at San Fran Spirits Competition|
Posted by Roscoe on 06 May 2013 15:53
THE WHISKEYS OF BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY EARN SIX "DOUBLE GOLD" MEDALS AT 2013 SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION
New Entry Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Match Bourbon Earns Coveted Double Gold Medal
Source: Buffalo Trace Distillery
May 5, 2013
The whiskeys from Buffalo Trace Distillery continue to win significant awards with the latest honors from the 13th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), held last month. Top winners include Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Family Reserve Bourbon, named "Best Small Batch Bourbon" and "Best Bourbon." Top award winners were:
. Double Gold Medal
o Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
o Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
o Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
o Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Bourbon
o William Larue Weller Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
. Gold Medal
o Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
o Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
. Silver Medal
o Buffalo Trace Kentucky ...more
|BT Releases 9th Single Oak Project|
Posted by Roscoe on 03 May 2013 10:03
Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Ninth Round of Single Oak Project Bourbon
Interesting Insights Learned from Participants
Source: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery releases the ninth round of the Single Oak Project Bourbon and with it some interesting perspectives from the top two consumer reviewers.
In this ninth release, all of the bourbons that comprise this release entered the barrel at 125 proof, aged within the concrete walls and floors of Warehouse L, with a number three barrel char after the staves were seasoned for six months. This allows the release to focus on three other variables, the recipe, wood grain size, and tree cut. All of the other variables such as aging warehouse, entry proof, char level, and stave seasoning remain constant.
So far, more than 2,481 industry expert and consumer reviews have been logged online at www.singleoakproject.com and barrel number 106 continues to remain at the top, for now. It has battled for that top spot with barrel...more
|Forget Scotch, Rye Whiskey Comeback Packs 100-Proof Punch|
Posted by Roscoe on 29 Apr 2013 10:30
Forget Scotch, Rye Whiskey Comeback Packs 100-Proof Punch
By John Mariani
Apr 29, 2013
Ask people to name a rye whiskey label, and they'll probably squint and mumble, "Uh, Canadian Club?" (Which is a blended whiskey, not a rye, according to the U.S. Standards of Identity.)
Yet over the last couple of years, rye has become the hottest "new" whiskey around, despite its being America's first colonial spirit, long before bourbon was ever distilled.
"When we first came back on the market with our Michter's Rye in the 1990s, we were turned down by distributors," says Joseph J. Magliocco, President of Michter's Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky, which had gone bankrupt in 1989. "Now, we're completely sold out of our 10 and 25-year-old ryes, and our Chinese importer tells us it's selling in Hong Kong bars for $150 per ounce!"
This new fame was a long time coming. After Prohibition, rye competed well enough with bourbon, but by the late 1970s all "brown goods," including bourbon, Scotch, and brandy, were in free fall, a...more
|Kentucky wants to keep bourbon sales booming|
Posted by Roscoe on 29 Apr 2013 10:26
Kentucky wants to keep bourbon sales booming
The growing popularity of bourbon has sparked big dreams along the Ohio River and among the state's leaders in Frankfort.
An idea that began when Ken Lewis saw a surge in bourbon sales at his Party Source liquor store in Bellevue has taken shape with the stainless steel fermentation tanks now standing in front of his store on Ky. 8 in Bellevue.
These will become part of "The Nth" distillery sometime next year and produce alcohol that will sit in charred-oak barrels for five or more years before becoming a new brand of Kentucky bourbon - the only one produced in Northern Kentucky.
Gov. Steve Beshear and other Kentucky leaders hope to help Lewis and Kentucky's other 16 distilleries with tax credits and promotion to foster Kentucky's signature liquor industry.
"The seven large distilleries, Maker's Mark, Heaven Hills, every single one of them are all expanding because of the nature of aging bourbon to meet a need in the future," Lewis said.
"The heavyweights are doing the...more
|Maker's Mark goes OOPS|
Posted by Roscoe on 24 Apr 2013 12:49
Maker's Mark's Samuels took lesson from New Coke
Source: Business First
Bill Samuels Jr., the chairman emeritus of Maker's Mark Distillery Inc., said he took a lesson from The Coca-Cola Co.'s New Coke fiasco during the 1980s when his company contemplated changing its product earlier this year.
Speaking at a meeting of the Louisville chapter of Financial Executives International today at the Hurstbourne Country Club, Samuels said that when Coca-Cola was taking flak for introducing New Coke in 1985, Maker's Mark took out newspaper ads defending Coca-Cola. The chairman of Coca-Cola at the time was so impressed that he flew Samuels to Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta to have lunch with him.
They met for about two hours, with the Coca-Cola chairman speaking for about one hour and 59 minutes of the time, Samuels said. It gave Samuels a two-hour lesson in what to do if anything like that would ever happen to Maker's Mark, he said.
As Business First previously reported, something like that did happen in February, when Makers' Mark announced that it would water ...more
|Filson Bourbon Acdemy|
Posted by bourbonv on 23 Apr 2013 11:46
http://www.kentucky.com/2013/04/22/2610 ... taste.html...more
|2013 ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE|
Posted by Roscoe on 14 Apr 2013 15:11
A NEW WHISKEY AND CLASSIC FAVORITES FROM BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY WIN 2013 ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE
Blanton's Bourbon and Caribou Crossing Whisky Win Chairman's Trophies for the Second Consecutive Year
Source: Buffalo Trace Distillery
The winners from last month's 2013 Ultimate Spirits Challenge have been announced. Buffalo Trace Distillery was honored for one of its newer whiskeys introduced in 2012, along with some classic favorites.
For the second year in a row, judges awarded Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon the highest honor of "Chairman's Trophy" winner among all other bourbon whiskeys. Blanton's was the first Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey ever commercially sold back in 1984 and remains a favorite among connoisseurs.
Within the Canadian Whisky category, Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky was awarded the "Chairman's Trophy," also for the second year running. This $50 Canadian Whisky is the first Canadian Single Barrel whiskey of its kind and has been well received by both consumers and reviewers alike since its introduction in 2010...more