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Copper & Kings Brandy Distillery: Saving A Kentucky Heritage

Brandy distillation was an important part of Kentucky’s distilling industry before prohibition. In the early days of settlement, apple, peach and pear brandies were the premium spirits in the local taverns. A drink of these brandies would cost you twice... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Sour Mash Bourbon

I first met Elmer T. Lee when he visited me at the United Distillers Archives and I like to think we became friends. He had a real love of the history of the industry and shared many of his experiences... Continue Reading →

Is Louisville The World’s Best Whiskey City?

Several months ago Rosemary and I were asked by the Louisville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to join them for dinner and drinks with a well-known whiskey writer. I won’t mention his name since I have not asked his permission to... Continue Reading →

New York City Cigar Scene

There’s no shortage of things to do in New York City - unless you are planning to smoke a cigar. Existing cigar lounges are grandfathered in to the smoking ban there - unlike in Louisville - so the few cigar... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Uncle Nearest 1856 Tennessee Whiskey

Uncle Nearest is named for Nearest Green, the African-American distiller who taught Jack Daniel the art of distilling Tennessee Whiskey. The brand was created by Fawn Weaver who did extensive research on Nearest Green. She decided to get some sourced... Continue Reading →

Beaumont Inn – A Place Steeped In Bourbon Heritage

In the 19th century the Dedman family entered the Bourbon business in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The C.M. Dedman Distillery, DSP 16, 8th District, was not a large distillery. The Mida’s Financial Index of 1909 gave the distillery an “F” ranking with... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Starlight Single Barrel Bourbon, Barrel 1455

Join us tonight for the Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm! This Bourbon was picked by The Bourbon Society from the barrels offered at the Starlight Distillery in Southern Indiana. It was bottled at cask strength and unfiltered. The Bourbon Society... Continue Reading →

Bourbon’s Unsung Heroes: Ted Huber And Farm Distilling

Join us August 1 for the Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm! Farm Distilleries were common before Prohibition. The excise tax on distilled spirits made them less common after the American Civil War, but they continued to exist up to the... Continue Reading →

Bourbon And Cigar Pairing: RoMaCraft CroMagnon Mode5 Maduro

RoMa Craft is a great boutique brand available in select shops. The CroMagnon was the first cigar they ever produced, and in under a decade RoMa Craft has earned quite the following. You can usually find an excellent cigar from... Continue Reading →

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