I have a friend looking for this one. Anyone has any info? I found this post back from 2006. Some of the info seems untrue to me though.
"If you are scouring the web looking for Slate bourbon you won't find much
about it... the reason for this is because Diageo (UDV)has launched it as a
brand new style of bourbon and is looking torwards Australia as its test
market globally, before launching this product in other markets. The reason
for this is because Australia has the largest bourbon market on the planet.
The bourbon itself is a great innovation, in the fact that it is blended. All
other bourbons except for Jim Beam Small Batch are 'straight' bourbons which
means that they come from only one distillery. Slate Bourbon is blended in
Chicago from various bourbons in order to create a smoother mouthfeel to the
whiskey. As such it is a very innovative product.Comparitively if you look at
the scotch whiskey market, 95% of all scotches sold are blends versus single
malts... with blends being much smoother on the palate. Not taking anything
away from the malts, it is just each has its own place. Slate will be
difficult to get for awhile because of the selected distribution as Diageo
tries to build this brand. If you can get it, try it straight, it's
fantastic... mellow, sweet vanilla / honey. Great for mixing drinks with!!!"