Received this email from my dear friend Bill Samuels Jr. today:

"Dear Ambassador,

We've some really exciting news to share with everyone this month, so take notes. You can join Maker's Mark Master Distiller Kevin Smith, John Campbell of Laphroaig Distillery in Scotland and whisky expert John Hansell for a one-of-a-kind event known as Distillery Live!

As many of you know, once we're finished with our bourbon barrels, we ship them to our friends in Scotland where they take on a second life as single malt whisky barrels. On Saturday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. EDT, go to
for the Webcast and fascinating discussion of the relationship between Maker's Mark and Laphroaig Distilleries. You'll even have the opportunity to send in questions during the Webcast that will be answered live. If you'd like more info about this special online event, please visit"

Mention of KBF and silly cocktail followed.