Bourbon History



Tasting Notes: Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Join us TONIGHT for Sip & Smoke at Oxmoor Farm The Wild Turkey brand was created in the 1940s by Austin Nichols Co. of New York. Austin Nichols was a grocery store... Continue Reading →

Bulleit Distillery, Shelby County, Ky.

Join us Wednesday for Sip & Smoke at Oxmoor Farm Rosemary and I were invited to visit the Bulleit Distillery in Shelby County as part of the soft opening of the new visitor’s experience. The distillery is located a few... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook

Albert Schmid taught classes at the culinary school at Sullivan University in Louisville for many years. He has since moved on to teach in North Carolina but he still loves his Bourbon. The recipes he collected for this book come... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Spirits Of French Lick – “The Wheater”

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Alan Bishop is doing some interesting distilling at the Spirits of French Lick Distillery. In addition to some interesting distilling, Alan is also doing some interesting mingling of whiskey at the Spirits... Continue Reading →

Age Statements

Age statements on whiskey go back to the 19th century. Whiskey was mostly sold by the barrel until the 1880s. The barrel head did not have the information that is not required by the government, so the consumer had to... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Postcard Of Glenmore Distillery

In 1881 R. Monarch and E.P. Millet established the Glenmore Distillery and produced Kentucky Tavern Bourbon in Owensboro, Ky. The brand was successful and by 1892 they had added the brands Kentucky Club, T.J. Monarch, R. Monarch and Glenmore to... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Barrel Bourbon, Batch 17

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The people who bottle Barrel Bourbon purchased bulk whiskey from several distilleries. They are making their name in the industry by doing something pioneered by Evan Kulsveen at Willett back in the... Continue Reading →

Brand History: Old Crow

James C. Crow came to Kentucky in 1838 and started work as a distiller for Oscar Pepper. He spent most of his career as a distiller for Pepper with only a few months working at other distilleries. Crow changed the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Bluegrass, Belles And Bourbon: A Pictorial History Of Whiskey In Kentucky

This is one of the first books I read when I was starting in the industry as archivist at United Distillers, in 1991. It is still one of my favorite books, not because the history is 100% accurate, but because... Continue Reading →

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