Bourbon History

The Next Big Spirit

I recently saw an article stating that Rum is going to be the “Next Big Spirit”. Writers are always looking for the next big trend in spirits, expecting a phenomenal growth spurt like Bourbon’s growth over the past decade. I... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Very Old Barton 90 Proof Circa 1973

The bonding period for whiskey – the amount of time the distillery could age their whiskey before paying the Federal Excise Tax – was 8 years until 1958 when it was increased to 20 years. That is why you see... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Widow Jane 10yo Blend Of Straight Bourbons

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Widow Jane Distillery has been distilling for many years. The distillery is called “Widow Jane” because they get their water from the Rosendale Mines in upstate New York. This mine was... Continue Reading →

Chattanooga Whiskey Distilleries

Rosemary and I recently took an American Queen Steamboat cruise that started in Chattanooga. We arrived on Sunday afternoon to check-in for the trip and found we had an afternoon free to explore the city. We decided to visit two... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Guide

This book is in its second edition, but a third edition is in the works. The author, Susan Reigler, worked many years as the restaurant critic, spirits writer and travel writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper, so it was only... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Clifty Hoosier Apple Brandy

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Alan Bishop is the distiller at The Spirits of French Lick Distillery and Winery. He makes excellent whiskey, but one of his first loves is distilling brandy. Southern Indiana has a rich... Continue Reading →

The Bar At Willett Distillery

Rosemary and I decided to go to Willett Distillery for lunch. We were in Bardstown and we knew that they had recently opened a restaurant at the bar. The bar and restaurant are on the second floor, above the gift... Continue Reading →

Manhattans On The American Queen

This year for my birthday, Rosemary and I went on a trip on the American Queen for their Civil War cruise. The cruise started in Chattanooga, Tennessee and ended eight days later in Memphis, Tennessee, cruising the Tennessee, Ohio and... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength 2019

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass I have always liked the Angel’s Envy Cask Strength whiskey. It is finished in a port wine barrel and bottled at barrel proof, 122.4. It is interesting to me that this version... Continue Reading →

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