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Rectifiers In The 19th Century

I was recently asked if rectifiers deserved the bad reputation they had in the 19th century. The answer is “yes and no”. There were rectifiers that simply purchased whiskey from distilleries and married the barrels to make their own flavor... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Bourbon Is My Comfort Food: The Bourbon Women Guide To Fantastic Cocktails At Home

I have known the author, Heather Wibbels, for some time. She has been part of Bourbon Women for many years and has competed in their “Not Your Pink Drink” cocktail competition since its inception. She won this competition several times... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Great Jones Bourbons

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Rosemary and I were in New York last March and we visited the Great Jones Distillery in Manhattan. I took the tour and Rosemary went to the bar to try some cocktails.... Continue Reading →

Distilling In Colonial America

Alcohol has always played an important role in American culture. In 1620, when the pilgrims settled in America, their ranks included a brewer and they brought beer with them. In 1640, Cornelius Toun distilled the first recorded brandy in New... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – King Black Label Blended Whiskey

Most people today will recognize the “King” brand as being a limited release Bourbon from Brown-Forman, but that is not the origin of the label. The brand dates back to the post-Prohibition era as a blended whiskey in Brown-Forman’s portfolio. ... Continue Reading →

RYE WHISKEY BLIND CHALLENGE 2K22

THE BOTTLES: OLD FORESTER RYE PROOF: 100 NO AGE STATEMENT PRICE: $20-25 Oldforester.com HARD TRUTH RYE Blended and Bottled in Brown County, Indiana PROOF: 100 AGED 4 YEARS PRICE: $30-45 hardtruthdistilling.com LUCA MARIANO SINGLE BARREL RYE PROOF: 103 AGED 5+... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste The Untold Story Of Whiskey Chapter One

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass This is a whiskey developed at Castle & Key in cooperation with the Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild in Lexington. It is a whiskey that is a blend of Bourbon and rye whiskeys... Continue Reading →

Watch Hill Proper – Louisville’s Newest Whiskey Destination

About a year ago, Josh Howes and Tommy Craggs contacted me about a new business venture they were creating. I met with them on my porch, having a few Bourbons and listening to them talk about their desire to create... Continue Reading →

Great Jones Distillery

The Great Jones Distilling Company is the first distillery to open in Manhattan in over a century. It is located at 686 Broadway in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. It has been distilling for less than a year, but they... Continue Reading →

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