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Images Of The Past – Postcard Of Glenmore Distillery

In 1881 R. Monarch and E.P. Millet established the Glenmore Distillery and produced Kentucky Tavern Bourbon in Owensboro, Ky. The brand was successful and by 1892 they had added the brands Kentucky Club, T.J. Monarch, R. Monarch and Glenmore to... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Barrel Bourbon, Batch 17

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The people who bottle Barrel Bourbon purchased bulk whiskey from several distilleries. They are making their name in the industry by doing something pioneered by Evan Kulsveen at Willett back in the... Continue Reading →

Brand History: Old Crow

James C. Crow came to Kentucky in 1838 and started work as a distiller for Oscar Pepper. He spent most of his career as a distiller for Pepper with only a few months working at other distilleries. Crow changed the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Bluegrass, Belles And Bourbon: A Pictorial History Of Whiskey In Kentucky

This is one of the first books I read when I was starting in the industry as archivist at United Distillers, in 1991. It is still one of my favorite books, not because the history is 100% accurate, but because... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Michter’s Single Barrel 10 YO Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Michter’s makes a very good Bourbon. This bottle is the 2019 release of their 10 year old Bourbon. It was contract distilled for them and had a barrel entry proof of 103,... Continue Reading →

Bourbon And The American Civil War

Most people don't know Prohibition was the law of the land in the Confederacy.

Images Of The Past: James E. Pepper Distillery

The James E. Pepper Distillery is in Lexington, Ky. This image is an aerial photograph taken by Schenley Distilleries when they owned the distillery in the 1930s. It shows the distillery building, warehouse and associated buildings that they owned, but... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Chicken Cock Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Chicken Cock Bourbon is a brand that has been revived in the past few years. The brand dates from before Prohibition and was listed in the Mida’s Criteria Registration of Trademarks book... Continue Reading →

The Great Debate Between Distillers And Warehouse Managers

You will often hear people say that 75% of whiskey’s flavor comes from the aging process. Warehouse managers love to hear this since it shows how important their job is to the whiskey in the bottle. Distillers take exception to... Continue Reading →

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