Bourbon History

Tasting Notes – Chicken Cock Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass I love seeing old brands brought back to the market. Chicken Cock is a very old brand that died out with Prohibition but has been revived recently. The brand was created in... Continue Reading →

The Modern Farmer-Distiller

In the early 19th century, most distillers were farmer-distillers. They raised their own grain and made whiskey from that grain during the winter season. As the technology improved and the government taxes were imposed, the farmer-distiller became a rare occupation.... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Old 1889 Royal Bourbon Circa 1995

I have had this bottle since it was gifted to me in the mid-1990s. It was at the time a brand found mainly in the St. Louis market and not available in Kentucky. Heaven Hill made this whiskey under the... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Elijah Craig Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass This is the newest product from Heaven Hill in the Elijah Craig line of whiskeys. It has been in the market for less than a year and there are a select few... Continue Reading →

Dating Old American Whiskey Bottles

I am often asked to look at photographs of old bottles and give my opinion on the bottle’s age. It is not easy to do from photographs because there are many things I look for when I date a bottle.... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon?

I have known Susan Reigler for over 25 years. I first met her when she was a restaurant reviewer and spirits writer for the Courier-Journal newspaper here in Louisville and I have respected her writing ever since. I have known... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Old 55 Bottled-in-Bond Batches 16c1 & 16c2

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Old 55 Distillery is located west-northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana. The distillery has been around for a little over 4 years now and has some Bourbon that is aged for four years.... Continue Reading →

Brand History – Early Times Bourbon

I was surprised to hear that Brown-Forman is selling the Early Times brand to Sazerac. Brown-Forman have owned the brand for almost a century, and in the 1950s, it was the best-selling Bourbon in Kentucky and even today, it is... Continue Reading →

The Old Fashioned Cocktail

When I first started in the industry in 1991, I was told that the Old Fashioned Cocktail was created in Louisville at the Pendennis Club. That has since been proven incorrect by extensive research done by Dave Wondrich. I remember... Continue Reading →

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