Calling all Whiskey Lovers!

Montgomery County Liquor & Wine is kicking off 2020 in style. On Friday, January 17, 2020, we are hosting our next celebration of all things whiskey, Whiskey Rocks. The day-long event will be held at our Clarksburg Village Liquor & Wine Store 12051 Chestnut Branch Way, Suite 1, Clarksburg, MD 20871  from 10 am to 7 pm. 

We'll start the day with limited release products available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis -- and, to keep the excitement going throughout the day, there will also be a combination of timed product releases, tastings, engravings, barrel picks, bottle signings and an exclusive whiskey lunch with Maker's Mark Master Distiller, Denny Potter. 


10 am: First Come, First Serve Offerings:

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year (99 bottles)

O.F.C. 1994 by Buffalo Trace (1 bottle)

Weller Full Proof (12 bottles)

Weller 12 Year (60 bottles)

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric Library Pack (1 pack)

Old Fitzgerald 15 Year Bottled-In-Bond (42 bottles)

Orphan Barrel Foragers Keep (2 bottles)

Plus, a few special surprises!

Please remember, these are highly allocated products and each customer will only be allowed to purchase one bottle from this set of first come, first serve items.


10 am: In addition to first come, first serve item availability, our first wave of timed releases will hit the floor, including favorites such as Parker’s Heritage Collection 13th Edition, Yellowstone Limited Edition 2019 Bourbon, Angels Envy Cask Strength, Balvenie 30 Year, Glenfiddich 30 Year, 1792 Full Proof, 1792 Bottled-In-Bond, Elijah Craig 18 Year, etc. Limit one bottle per customer, per item.


10 am – 11:30 am: In-store raffle entry opens for George T. Stagg. Participants must be in-store to claim their bottle for purchase when their name is called at 12 pm. 

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10 am – 1 pm: Want to personalize your bottle? We’ll have an engraver on-hand to personalize any whiskey bottles purchased during the first few hours of Whiskey Rocks. To keep the line moving, one bottle per customer for engraving, please.


11 am – 1 pm: Interested in tasting a few of the most popular Indian whiskeys? We'll have a range of offerings from both Amrut and Paul John that we don't normally carry in our stores available for tasting.


12 pm: Haven't been able to snag that elusive bottle of George T. Stagg yet? This is your chance - between 10 am-11:30 am, visit the store and enter for a chance to purchase a bottle of George T. Stagg. Then, be back at noon to see if we call your name as a lucky winner (must be present to purchase).


12:30 pm – 2 pm: Whiskey Lunch with Denny Potter, Maker’s Mark Master Distiller. For more information on the Whiskey Lunch with Denny Potter and to purchase tickets, click here, https://whiskeyrocks_makersmarklunchwithdennypotter.eventbrite.comThis event is now sold out.


1 pm: Tastings, hosted by 1000 Stories and Nikka Coffey Family


1 pm: Raffle entry opens from 1 pm - 3 pm, enter in-store or online. Must be in store from 5 pm - 7 pm when your name is pulled to claim your bottle. You can win one of each type. Find a product list below under the 5 pm Whiskey Hour description.

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Elmer T. Lee 100th Tribute Edition (12 bottles) $124.99, EH Taylor Amaranth (12 bottles) $74.99, Yamazaki 12-Year-Old (5 cases) $109.99, Michter’s Toasted Sour Mash (18 bottles) $84.99, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: Eagle Rare 17-Year-Old (1 bottle) $99.99, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: Thomas Handy Rye (9 bottles) $99.99, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: William Larue Weller (13 bottles) $99.99, Rip Van Winkle 10-Year-Old (15 bottles) $59.99, Pappy Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 (3 bottles) $79.99, Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year (3 bottles) $119.99. 21+ only.

Must be present to claim the bottle at the time your name is called or the bottle will be forfeited.



2 pm: A second wave of special releases will hit the floor, including favorites such as Little Book Chapter 03, Baker’s Single Barrel 13 Year, Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series RC6, Four Roses Limited Edition 2019, High West Midwinter Nights Dram, Weller Antique, Michter's 10 Year, and many more. Limit one bottle per customer, per item.


2 pm: There will be four back to back, half-hour Elijah Craig seminars complete with the storied history of Elijah Craig and the bourbon that bears his name. Participants will get the chance to taste both of our exclusive Elijah Craig barrel selections -- Thy Bronze Butterfly (Elijah Craig 8-Year-Old) and Minister of Intensity (Elijah Craig 10-Year-Old). The experience will culminate in a head-to-head, blind tasting of two additional Elijah Craig barrel samples. Participants will vote for their favorite -- with the winning barrel named our People's Choice selection to be featured at our next Whiskey Rocks event. Participants can register by clicking one of the registration buttons below. One registration per customer, duplicate entries will be disqualified. All sessions are now sold out. 

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3 pm – 4 pm: It's time to meet the distiller! Join us as we launch our Maker's Mark Private Select and bottle signing with Denny Potter. Denny will be signing bottles from the Maker’s Mark family purchased during Whiskey Rocks. To allow as many people to meet Denny as possible, one bottle per customer for signing, please.


3 pm – 5 pm: Tasting, hosted by Sagamore


4 pm – 6 pm: Tasting and engraving, hosted by Beam Suntory


5 pm: Whiskey Hour (our version of Happy Hour for Whiskey Lovers). From 1 pm - 3 pm, enter in-store or online for a chance to purchase your favorite highly allocated whiskies. Starting at 5 pm, join us to see if we call your name as a lucky winner (must be present to purchase).

5 pm: Elmer T. Lee 100th Tribute Edition (12 bottles)

5:15 pm: EH Taylor Amaranth (12 bottles)

5:30 pm: Yamazaki 12-Year-Old (60 bottles)

5:45 pm: Michter’s Toasted Sour Mash (12 bottles)

6 pm: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – a limited number of bottles of Eagle Rare 17-Year-Old, Thomas Handy Rye and William Larue Weller

6:30 pm: Pappy Van Winkle – a limited number of bottles of Rip Van Winkle 10-Year-Old, Pappy Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 and Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year


5 pm – 7 pm: Tasting, hosted by William Grant


Additional details on our custom barrel selections that will be available for purchase beginning at 10 am.  

Thy Bronze Butterfly: This unique Elijah Craig selection is from Rickhouse T, Floor 3, with a barrel serial number of 6072559. Light and delicate with notes of sweet honey and nuttiness, this bourbon is far from overpowering. Thus, we’ve aptly named our pick Thy Bronze Butterfly. Bronze being the gift traditionally given on an eighth anniversary, with a butterfly representing the subtleness of the selection. 



Minister of Intensity: This unique Elijah Craig selection is from Rickhouse Q, Floor 5, with a barrel serial number of 5360099. Dark and rich with notes of caramel and oak, this is a full-bodied and complex bourbon. It takes its name from the power of its flavor and the fact that both Elijah Craig and Martin Luther King, Jr. were ministers (note: Whiskey Rocks is held on the Friday before MLK Jr.'s, birthday).


Maker’s Mark Private Select: Beginning as fully matured Maker's Mark at cask strength, Private Select is created by adding 10 custom wood finishing staves to each barrel. It's then aged in their limestone cellar to extract a unique, flavorful taste profile.

With 1,001 possible stave combinations, each expression of Private Select has a customized finish and taste profile that is unique. Our custom combination is:

Baked American Pure (P2), 1 stave

Seared French Cuvée (Cu), 2 staves

Maker's Mark 46 (46), 1 stave

Roasted French Mocha (Mo), 4 staves

Toasted French Spice (Sp), 2 staves


Buffalo Trace: Barrel selected exclusively for Montgomery County by Master Distiller, Harlen Wheatley.


No residency requirement for Whiskey Rocks, must be 21+ to participate. For email and text updates, join our retail list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.