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Book Review – But Always Fine Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle And The Story Of Old Fitzgerald

Join us September 18 for Sip & Smoke and Oxmoor Farm Join us October 8 for the Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm: Women Distillers I was still working for United Distillers when Sally Van Winkle Campbell started to research this... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Buzzard’s Roost Single Barrel Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Join us September 18 for Sip & Smoke and Oxmoor Farm Join us October 8 for the Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm: Women Distillers I have known Jason Brauner for about 15... Continue Reading →

Bonded Warehouses

Join us October 8 for the Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm: Women Distillers In order to pay for the American Civil War, the United States Government placed a tax on distilled spirits. Originally, the government looked to simply put a... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – I.W. Harper’s Bowing Man

In 1937, Schenley Distilleries acquired the Bernheim Distillery and the I.W. Harper brand. The brand had been popular in the days before Prohibition and was the flagship brand for Bernheim Bros. They had marketed the brand with slogans such as... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Elijah Craig Small Batch

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Elijah Craig is one of Heaven Hill’s flagship brands. It has been around since the 1950s and has always been considered a premium Bourbon. In the 1990s Heaven Hill made the brand... Continue Reading →

Causes Of Bourbon’s Decline In The Late 1960s

Bourbon has been in a boom market for the last decade. People often ask me, “How long is this going to last?” I don’t know but I do have an idea as to what caused the decline in the late... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America

I have known Brian Haara for several years and I have always respected his knowledge of the law in regard to the distilling industry. I was quite pleased when I found out that he also had a love of history.... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Calumet Farm Single Rack Black Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Calumet Farm is a very well respected farm for breeding race horses. They have bred several Kentucky Derby winners over the years and have name recognition throughout the United States and the... Continue Reading →

Prohibition And The Great Depression

Prohibition was an economic disaster for the United States. Before Prohibition a large portion of the Federal budget was being funded by the excise tax on alcohol. The newly passed income tax, a tax promoted by the Prohibitionists, was a... Continue Reading →

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