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Book Review: Whiskey: An American Pictorial History

Join us Feb 5th for the Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm! Book Review: Whiskey: An American Pictorial HistoryOscar Getz was the owner of the Barton Distillery when he started collecting whiskey memorabilia. He turned this collection into an exhibit at... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: A Midwinter’s Night Dram; Act 6, Scene 6

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Join us Feb 5th for the Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm! A Midwinter’s Night Dram is a seasonal release from High West Distillery. This is their sixth release of the bottling and... Continue Reading →

American Blended Whiskey: A Dying Category

Join us Feb 5th for the Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm! American Blended Whiskey is a dying category with a rich heritage. Blended whiskey as a category had its start in the 19th century with the growing rectifying business in... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past: The Big Three Of Stitzel-Weller

When I was working as North American Archivist for United Distillers, I was visited by a lady who was secretary to Julian Van Winkle Jr. after the war in the late 1940s. She donated to the archive a series of... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: McKenzie Bonded Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Finger Lakes Distillery in New York is one of my favorite distilleries outside of Kentucky. I have yet to taste a product from there that I did not like. I have... Continue Reading →

From My Archive: A Jigger Of Common Sense

In the 1950s Julian P. Van Winkle did a series of advertisements that were folk stories he would tell with a moral that you should drink Old Fitzgerald Bourbon. He later had a collection of these stories published as a... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Bartender’s Bible: 1001 Mixed Drinks And Everything You Need To Know To Set Up Your Bar

This is the very first cocktail book I ever bought. I admit I purchased it because I was impressed by the author, Gary Regan, when I worked with him on The Book of Bourbon. I never regretted getting it because... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Starlight Pear Brandy

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass I visited Ted Huber a couple of years ago and we started tasting barrels in their warehouses at Starlight Distillery. One of the spirits I tasted was a pear brandy that had... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Blogs for 2018

To me, a historian is more than a scholar of history. A historian should make the knowledge learned available to others. History is a growing organism that changes every time new documents or artifacts are found. New information can confirm... Continue Reading →

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