Bourbon History

Flashback Friday – Kentucky Tavern 1984

Kentucky Tavern is a very old brand of Bourbon. It was created by James Thompson and Bro. and quickly became their flagship brand. During Prohibition, after James Thompson died, the company changed its name to “Glenmore Distillery”. They had purchased... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Dettling 1867 Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Seth Dettling makes some good Bourbon. He is the owner and distiller for Big Escambia Distillery in Southern Alabama. This is a four-year-old bonded Bourbon made from six grains. He uses an... Continue Reading →

19th Century Distillers – Judge William H. McBrayer

E.H. Taylor, Jr. believed the best whiskey in Kentucky was being made in the Kentucky River Valley region of the State. He also believed that McBrayer was making some of the best whiskey in that region. Today, there are very... Continue Reading →

Book Review – New Classic Cocktails

I first met Gary and Mardee Regan when they were working on their Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskeys book in the early 1990s. In 1996 they came back to the United Distillers Archive while they were working... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Heaven Hill Select Stock Finished in a Cognac Barrel

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass This bottle was purchased at the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown, Kentucky. It is a barrel selection for the gift shop. According to the government regulations, finished whiskeys cannot have... Continue Reading →

The Marketing Revolution Of The Late 19th Century

For most of the 19th century, marketing of whiskey was mostly done by word of mouth and through newspaper advertisements. These newspapers advertisements were not fancy half-page ads with illustrations, but single-line advertisements such as those printed in the classified... Continue Reading →

Whiskey Cocktails Of 1935

The Repeal of Prohibition brought back the American bar and the cocktail hour. With Repeal, Ben Burk. Inc., the makers of the Old Mr. Boston line of spirits that included whiskey, gin, rum and liqueurs, decided to take the lead... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Stagg Jr. Straight Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass In my opinion, this Bourbon has the worst name in the industry. There is nothing “Junior” about this whiskey. It is a fully matured Bourbon, bottled at barrel strength and unfiltered. They... Continue Reading →

Unraveling DSP Numbers

There seems to be some confusion about DSP (Distilled Spirits Producer) Numbers and what they mean. The system has changed in the 150 years or so since it was created by the Federal Government for tax purposes. To best understand... Continue Reading →

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