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    A Complaint Filed Against a NDP

    No, unfortunately not the TTB but a trademark dispute between Monument Valley Distillers over their label for DUKE Bourbon. Duke University has filed the Complaint trying to block Wayne's estate (Ethan Wayne a partner in Monument Valley Distillers) from using the label because it's similar to the university's own logo. You can find different write ups of the story by doing a search but I'll link to the Washington Post story since it contains a photo of the label and this whopper of a line attributed to Bryan Gray/ Duke Spirits "Duke Bourbon was inspired by bottles from John Wayne's personal whiskey collection, preserved for over 50 years and only recently discovered." And if Duke's collection really exists can you imagine what they would bring at auction.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/m...-duke-bourbon/

    I also noticed this bourbon is available as listed on the Binny's web site-$27.99 and 88 proof. And, not another LDI/MGP if the label is to be believed.
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    Re: A Complaint Filed Against a NDP

    If not for filing this lawsuit, not a single person would have ever associated John Wayne pictured on a bottle of bourbon, with Duke University.

    In any event, can't say I'm clamoring to try this one:

    The Style of DUKE Bourbon was inspired by bottles from John Wayne’s personal whiskey collection, preserved for over 50 years and only recently discovered.


    Meticulously blended to reflect The Duke’s preferred whiskey flavor profile from tasting notes left behind during the time he was planning his own distillery.


    Distilled the old-fashioned way; hand crafted in small batches and aged in new hand built heavily charred American Oak barrels. A selection of 5 to 10 year old whiskeys are chosen barrel by barrel and blended by hand before the DUKE Bourbon reaches the bottle, and ultimately, you.
    Wut.

    http://www.dukespirits.com/product/k...aight-bourbon/

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    Re: A Complaint Filed Against a NDP

    I hate it because Monument Valley is most certainly not in California where from this "distillery" claims to be.
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    Re: A Complaint Filed Against a NDP

    Just my $.02, the label looks nothing like the Duke Blue Devils logo. The back label says distilled in Lawrenceburg, KY. There are two big distillers there: Four Roses, and Wild Turkey. WT has said they don't sell to NDPs.

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    Re: A Complaint Filed Against a NDP

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulO View Post
    Just my $.02, the label looks nothing like the Duke Blue Devils logo. The back label says distilled in Lawrenceburg, KY. There are two big distillers there: Four Roses, and Wild Turkey. WT has said they don't sell to NDPs.
    Except that they do sell to NDPs. Don't trust people who sell whiskey. They're always lying.
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    Re: A Complaint Filed Against a NDP

    Quote Originally Posted by HighInTheMtns View Post
    Except that they do sell to NDPs. Don't trust people who sell whiskey. They're always lying.
    My nose and tastebuds have been telling me for the last 2 months that WT is lying about not selling to NDP's. Whether I had anyone else confirm they feel the same way, I will go to sleep each night knowing in my mind they are lying, and what I'm drinking is a vat of WT barrels and a few others.

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    Re: A Complaint Filed Against a NDP

    Not to beat on a horse, but let me add to the Duke University is off base on this one. The lettering isn't even close, not the same color and not used in a context that even connects the 2. Add in the spur and I think the university is being a bit of a bully on this one. I understand the need to preserve their copy rights and agree that infringements should be punished hard, but this one is about as far fetched as possible. Stuff like this makes me wish there was the penalty of loser pays in our court system. It could be the crappiest whiskey in the world, but the spirits company shouldn't be left with the bill on this unless there is some behind the scenes evidence of them trying to connect the 2. Otherwise, Duke U should foot the bill for this one.

    As for the booze in the bottle . . . I'll be happy to read someone elses review if they want to grab a bottle, but this one will probably be safe right next to J.R.'s stuff on the shelf when I hit the store.

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    Re: A Complaint Filed Against a NDP

    Quote Originally Posted by petrel800 View Post
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    As for the booze in the bottle . . . I'll be happy to read someone elses review if they want to grab a bottle, but this one will probably be safe right next to J.R.'s stuff on the shelf when I hit the store.
    Pretty much sums up my feelings. Maybe a store will give me a free sample. All I was saying before is somebody in Lawrenceburg, KY made this (according to the label). I have no inside information.

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    Re: A Complaint Filed Against a NDP

    you wanna really see some papers fly try naming one MacBourbon

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    Re: A Complaint Filed Against a NDP

    Or Glen anything on a Bourbon label. Truth is I suspect more people selected at random would associate the word Duke with the late Mr. Wayne than a university. Duke U. would be smarter to set up a distribution deal.
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