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Bourbon brands offering up special blend

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By Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky's renowned bourbon brands are offering up a bit of their whiskeys for a special blend to benefit efforts to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease.

The concoction is called Master Distillers' Unity. Bardstown-based Heaven Hill says a crystal two-bottle set of the one-of-its-kind blend will be offered at auction in New York City on Oct. 13.

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The special 100-proof blend will be offered at the Bonham's Whisky, Cognac and Rare Spirits auction. It consists of bourbon from Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. The master distiller for each brand selected the extra-aged bourbons, and longtime Heaven Hill Distilleries master distiller Parker Beam developed the special blend.

The blend consists of equal amounts of each brand.

All proceeds will go to the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund, which is raising money for research and patient care by the ALS Association.

Parker Beam has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

The special blend won't be sold in liquor stores. Other than the auction winner, the only people with an opportunity to taste the special bourbon will be those attending a tribute to Parker Beam at WhiskyFest New York on Oct. 12 -- the day before the auction.

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