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The London Bourbon And Cigar Scene

My birthday is November 5th, Guy Fawkes or Bonfire day in England. Spending my birthday in London has been on my bucket list of things to do for years and this year Rosemary gifted me that for my birthday. Best... Continue Reading →

Holiday Gift Ideas For Cigar Lovers

The holidays are fast approaching, and it can be daunting to shop for a cigar lover. With a little bit of guidance you can find a gift that will knock their socks off. I highly recommend going to a local... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Early Times Bonded Bourbon

Back in the mid 1800s Jack Beam decided he wanted to open his own distillery and make whiskey like they did in the “Early Times”. He ran his distillery until his death and his son passed away at about the... Continue Reading →

The Evolution Of Bourbon Labels

Looking at the images and names of the bottles of Bourbon labels, I have often contemplated how the brand name was derived. Starting with the term “Brand Name”, this term comes from the 19th century when the barrel was the... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Rock Hill Farms

Rock Hill Farms is a single barrel Bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery. After the success of Blanton’s Single Barrel in the 1980s it was decided that at what is now Buffalo Trace that they would release other expressions of single... Continue Reading →

William Mida: A Forgotten Hero Of Whiskey

When I first started as an Archivist at United Distillers in the early 1990s, on top of my list of things to do was find historical sources of information on the whiskey trade. Some of the best sources were the... Continue Reading →

Barefoot Manhattans: Shaken Or Stirred?

“The Manhattan should be prepared by stirring,” Albert Schmid says in his book dedicated to this cocktail. “Shaking the combination of ingredients produces a drink that is cloudy and foams across the top. Stirring preserves a transparent drink and allows... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style

This is the third in Brown-Forman’s “Whiskey Row Series” of Old Forester expressions. The first was called Old Forester 1870 and was released at 90 proof since that was the proof the original bottling of the brand in 1870. The... Continue Reading →

Could Corn Whiskey Be The Next Rye?

Corn Whiskey has a great potential to be popular but distillers seem to be ignoring it. Not all but most distillers are pigeon-holing this whiskey into an ageless product that should only be used as a substitute for vodka in... Continue Reading →

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