Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

Eight Books You Should Have When Starting An American Whiskey Library

I am often asked “What books I should I buy when building a library on American whiskey”. I have put together this list of books that are a foundation of a good reference library. They cover history, but also the... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Michter’s Schenk’s And Bomberger’s Whiskeys 2022

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Every year, Michter’s releases their legacy brands of Shenk’s Sour Mash and Bomberger’s Bourbon brands. This year, the Shenk’s Sour Mash was aged in specially toasted French oak barrels whose staves had... Continue Reading →

Patent Warehouses With Barrel Racks

When you look at Sanborn Insurance Maps from the pre-Prohibition era, you often see a distillery warehouses labeled as “Patent Warehouse”. These are warehouses with barrel racks. In 1879, Frederick Stitzel patented the system of barrel racks we see in... Continue Reading →

Whiskey Of The Month September, 2022 – Rare Character ADHD Fishing

Matt and I had a hard time picking this month’s Whiskey of the Month. I had received three samples of the Rare Character whiskeys – all of them are rye whiskeys. This was our favorite of the three and we... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Rare Character Bourbon Pursuit And Trevor’s Liquors Rye Whiskeys

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass I received these bottles from Rare Character. Rare Character whiskeys are single barrel products chosen by different groups and offered through internet sales as well as the people who chose the barrels.... Continue Reading →

Whiskey Tourism In The 21st Century

Distillery tours have changed a lot since I started working in the industry in 1991. In 1991, distillery tours were limited to Maker’s Mark and Wild Turkey, who had visitor centers and offered tours. You could tour the other distilleries,... Continue Reading →

Dueling Grounds Distillery

The other day, on our way home from the Bourbon Cruise on the American Duchess, Rosemary and I stopped at the Dueling Grounds Distillery in Franklin, Kentucky. I had contacted the distillery and they knew we were coming, so the... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Cumberland Falls Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Cumberland Falls Bourbon is produced by Owensboro Distilling at the Green River Distillery. Owensboro Distilling Company is another name for the gift shop at the Green River Distillery. I saw a bottle... Continue Reading →

How Railroads Made The Modern Distilling Industry

When I started working at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, I crossed a railroad track every day going into the distillery. This track had a spur leading up to the distillery building. It was no longer in use, but had been in... Continue Reading →

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