Bourbon History

Tasting Notes: Long Road Straight Bourbon

This Bourbon is from the Long Road Distillery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their Distiller, Jon O’Conner sent me this bottle along with a couple of other bottles of products they make there after a request for bottles to review for... Continue Reading →

From My Archive: A Study Of The Changes Taking Place In Whiskey Stored In Wood

In my days as archivist at United Distillers I was able to access many interesting pieces from the old Schenley collection in the archives. One of these items was copy from The Journal of the American Chemical Society from January... Continue Reading →

What Makes Four Roses Yellow Label Go With So Many Cigars?

The short answer to the question is: I don’t know. If you are looking for something Earth-shattering or based in scientific research I’m not going to be able to help you. But if you want to know my thoughts based... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Michter’s Single Barrel 10yo Rye Barrel 18E588 2018

This single Barrel Rye was chosen by Andrea Wilson, Master of Maturation and Pam Heilman, the Master Distiller. Michter’s single barrel whiskey is chosen with care and there are variations from barrel to barrel. They have a complex system that... Continue Reading →

Early Sour Mash

The sour mash process is an old method of making whiskey. Many people credit James C. Crow with inventing the sour mash process, but the process is much older than James Crow. The Kentucky Historical Society has a recipe for... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: George Washington’s Straight Rye

In the early years of the 21st Century archaeologists rediscovered the foundations of the still house on the Mount Vernon estate and the decision was made to rebuild the distillery. Research was done in their records and they uncovered the... Continue Reading →

Hosting a Bourbon Tasting

I am frequently asked by people “I am hosting a Bourbon Tasting. What should I do?” I always tell them that there are some basic things you should do when hosting a Bourbon tasting. It is more than just pouring... Continue Reading →

Whiskey Cocktails For Celebrating Independence

Distilled spirits are heavily intertwined with our nation’s founding and history. On the frontier distillation was a way to preserve your harvest, and oftentimes that spirit was used as currency in places where specie was hard to come by. Whiskey... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Rhetoric Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Join us tonight for Historic Flights at The Silver Dollar! Rhetoric is one of Diageo’s “Orphan Barrel” Whiskeys. The idea of an orphan barrel is that the barrel was lost in the warehouse and forgotten about until someone discovers it.... Continue Reading →

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