Bourbon History

Book Review – The Ideal Bartender

Tom Bullock was an African-American bartender who worked at the Pendennis Club in Louisville in the 1890s. He is often credited with creating the Pendennis Club’s version of the Old Fashioned cocktail with muddled fruit. There are a couple of... Continue Reading →

Tasting With Mike And Matt – Old Elk Wheated Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Rosemary saw this bottle on Seelbach’s website and purchased it. It is sourced whiskey from Indiana and a single barrel pick from the people at Seelbach’s. Matt and I included it in... Continue Reading →

The Search For The Ultimate Bourbon

I would make a lousy owner of a distillery because I would be more interested in experimenting with making the whiskey than selling it. I would quickly go bankrupt! Still, I like to think about what I would do to... Continue Reading →

Pre-Prohibition Applejack Cocktails

The term “applejack” is hard to define. I have read or heard several different definitions. One source says apple jack is made by freeze distillation – the process of taking hard apple cider and sitting it outside on a sub-freezing... Continue Reading →

Tasting With Mike and Matt – Coalition Rye Whiskeys

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Kentucky Artisan Distillery sent some samples of rye whiskeys to me that they have distilled for a customer who is releasing them under the Coalition brand name. There are four samples –... Continue Reading →

A History Of Melrose Rye Whiskey

Melrose Rye was a brand of Maryland Rye Whiskey. It has a very interesting heritage and the brand has been revived by J.W. Kelly & Co. of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It all started with the Goldsborough family who first settled in... Continue Reading →

Images of the Past – J. Swigert Taylor Distillery Warehouse Receipt

In the early 1870s, Edmund H. Taylor, Jr. purchased a small distillery in Woodford County, Kentucky and placed his eldest son, Jacob Swigert Taylor in charge of the production. They named the distillery for Jacob Swigert Taylor. The distillery was... Continue Reading →

Tasting with Matt and Mike – Brough Brothers Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Yarbrough brothers, Victor (CEO), Bryson (COO), and Chris (CMO) became part of Kentucky distilling history in the year 2020 by founding the first African-American owned distillery in Kentucky – Brough Brothers... Continue Reading →

Schenley Distillers Corporation – The Forgotten Giant Part Two

After the war, Schenley continued to grow. Between the end of the war and 1950, Schenley become the distributor for Kahlua in the United States; acquired the Pebbleford Distillery in Ekron, Kentucky; 50% of Dowling Bros. Distillery in Burgin, Kentucky;... Continue Reading →

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