Bourbon History

Book Review – The Whiskey Merchant’s Diary

Dr. Linda A. Fisher was working on the historical spread of diseases such as cholera in 19th century America when she found this diary in St. Louis in 1993. She became enthralled by the quality of the information found in... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Belle Meade Mourvedre Cask Finish Bourbon And Nashville Barrel Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass On this last Wednesday of September, I am going to Tennessee for the tastings. I have two new products to taste with the Belle Meade Mourvedre Cask Finished Bourbon and Nashville Barrel... Continue Reading →

A Typical Frontier Distiller In Kentucky

I was having a discussion with a friend the other day and was asked, “What was the typical distiller doing in 18th century Kentucky?” I thought we had an interesting conversation that I would turn into a blog. First of... Continue Reading →

The Tom And Jerry Cocktail

The Tom and Jerry was a very popular cocktail before Prohibition, but seems to have faded out of existence after the repeal of Prohibition. It is a cocktail that was served either hot or cold that contained eggs. It was... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch And Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series, 2020

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass I recently had the honor to receive samples of these two fine whiskeys and to taste them while chatting with Brent Elliott of Four Roses and Jane Bowie of Maker’s Mark via... Continue Reading →

Blind Tastings

Blind tastings are difficult and humbling to those who feel they can name a brand from the taste. I always do a blind tasting at the end of my Bourbon Country Institute as a way to show students how difficult... Continue Reading →

Images of the Past – George Dickel Cascade Hollow Distillery ca 1960

When the Motlow family decided to sell the Jack Daniel Distillery and brand to Brown-Forman instead of Schenley, Schenley decided to revive the George A. Dickel Cascade Hollow distillery and create a brand named for Dickel. Since “Old No. 7”... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – The Mattie Gladden and Watershed Bourbon Finished in Apple Brandy Barrels

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass It is Bourbon Heritage month so I thought I would taste two Bourbons on my “Tasting Wednesday” blogs for the rest of the month. I am starting with “The Mattie Gladden”. This... Continue Reading →

Brand History – Fleischmann’s Distilling Corporation

I think I am safe in saying that the majority of Americans, when they hear the name “Fleischmann’s”, they think of the yellow packets of yeast found in grocery stores across the nation. What they might not know is that... Continue Reading →

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