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Tasting Notes: Heaven Hill 6 Year Old Bonded

I love to see a Bourbon that can only be found in Kentucky. When visitors come to Louisville and ask me what they should take home with them, I always recommend the Heaven Hill 6yo Bottled-in-Bond. It is an inexpensive... Continue Reading →

Decanters: Selling And Collecting

I am frequently asked by people, “My grandparents have passed away and they have all of these old decanters in their home. What should I do with them?” My first questions is are they full of whiskey? If so then... Continue Reading →

Barefoot Manhattans: The Right Rye

Rosemary Miller and I have very much enjoyed our Manhattan study thus far. We’re making a lot of surprising discoveries, and the feedback we’ve gotten in the comments and on social media has been very helpful. Keep those comments coming!... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12 Year

Very Special Old Fitzgerald has always been a sentimental favorite of mine. Back in my days as archivist for United Distillers, this is one of the brands I helped develop for the Bourbon Heritage Collection. The brand was sold to... Continue Reading →

The E.H. Taylor, Jr. Tour: A Retrospective

Mint Julep Tours likes to do specialty tours of Bourbon Country. Last summer they asked me to do a tour focusing on the history of E.H. Taylor, Jr. It was a small tour of about 20 people which gave me... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Minor Case Rye

Limestone Branch Distillery is a small artisan distillery founded by Steve Beam. With the last name Beam you know that there is a rich heritage behind the distillery and their brands. Not only does Steve have the Beam heritage but... Continue Reading →

Flavor Drift

I was discussing with a friend of mine the other day the fact that a brand is now making their own whiskey and I stated that we will now see how good that distiller really is at making whiskey. It... Continue Reading →

Traveling With Cigars

It seems like people tend to travel more in the summertime. Wherever you go, chances are you’ll want to relax on your vacation with a nice cigar. You’ll need to plan some things in advance, like where you will smoke... Continue Reading →

A Look At Straight Bourbon And Single Malt Scotch

I am always asked what the difference is between Bourbon and Scotch whiskeys. The answer I give is always “All Bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is Bourbon”. I follow this with a description of the regulations to make... Continue Reading →

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