Valentine Distilling bourbon gets new name

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Three years after debuting Woodward Limited Bourbon whiskey, Ferndale’s Valentine Distilling Company announced it was rebranding the smooth spirit as Mayor Pingree Bourbon.

Hazen S. Pingree was the mayor of Detroit from 1889-1897 and later served as Governor of Michigan. The name change is being observed with a limited edition bottle of 10 year bourbon. Mayor Pingree Bourbon is also sold in a red label with spirit aged four years and a black label aged 8-10 years. Look for a single barrel selection sold in a blue label.

“Mayor Pingree’s successful battles with some of Detroit’s largest and most powerful entities served as an inspiration in launching Valentine Distilling,” founder Rifino Valentine said in a press release. “We are a small southeast Michigan distillery taking on some of the world’s most prolific distillers of vodka, gin and whiskey. By adorning his name on one of our more popular products, we are honoring his legacy.”

Another reason for the name change is that Woodward Limited Bourbon sounds similar to Kentucky’s Woodford Reserve bourbon.

Mayor Pingree Bourbon, which hits stores and bars this week, isn’t the first time the Ferndale distillery has tipped its hat to Detroit’s history. Before making bourbon, it released Liberator Gin. The spirit is hand-crafted from eight botanicals and is named after World War II’s B-24 Liberator Bombers, which were constructed by the Ford Motor Company at Willow Run.

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