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Bourbon History

The Van Winkle Factor in the Bourbon Industry

The Van Winkle Family have never been distillers. They have never held a job where they made the mash or ran the still to make their living, however they still had a huge impact on the industry and Bourbon as... Continue Reading →

American Malt Whiskey And Cocktails

American malt whiskeys are experiencing a resurgence - a resurgence rather than newfound popularity because they were made and enjoyed before Prohibition. As the legal framework for whiskeys tightened just before, during, and after Prohibition this category virtually disappeared. But... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon

Wild Turkey created this brand to honor Jimmy and Eddie Russell. It originally was a 10yo Bourbon bottled at 101 proof but then Bourbon took off and things started to change. They dropped the proof to 90. They probably did... Continue Reading →

Pioneer Distillers: Elijah Craig

Elijah Craig is credited with being the inventor of Bourbon in 1789, but as you may know I don’t believe that to be a true claim. There is no evidence that supports the claim earlier than the 1870s when he... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Book of Classic American Whiskeys

Mark Waymack and James Harris were the first people over twenty years ago to decide that American Whiskey would be a good subject for a book. I first met them when they were writing this book and they came to... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Buffalo Trace Bourbon was created in the late 1990s a few years after Sazerac acquired the Ancient Age Distillery. They wanted a premium small batch Bourbon in their portfolio and a new image for the distillery. They changed the name... Continue Reading →

Brand History – Old Fitzgerald

Old Fitzgerald is an old Brand dating back to 1870 When S.C. Herbst, a rectifier based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin registered the trademark “Jno. E. Fitzgerald”. There are many stories told as to how he created the brand but they are... Continue Reading →

Whiskey And Cigar Pairing: Black Works Studio Sindustry Robusto

I’ve been traveling a lot this year checking out distilleries outside of Kentucky - they do exist! As Mark Twain so eloquently said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Jim Beam Bonded

Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon has been repackaged in the last few years. The bottle I have is one of the first repackaged bottles and they goofed on the label. All Bonded whiskeys have to state on the label the DSP... Continue Reading →

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