Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

Book Review: American Spirit: Wild Turkey Bourbon From Ripy To Russell

David Jennings, the author of this book, is also known to the whiskey world for his blog, Rare Bird 101. He is found in most social media outlets under this title. He writes about Wild Turkey and their products, but... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Porter’s Small Batch Rye 95

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Porter’s Small Batch Rye 95 is distilled in Indiana and bottled by Ogden’s Own Distillery in Utah. It is a 95% rye, 5% malted barley mash bill that was aged for three... Continue Reading →

How Old Is Old Whiskey?

There is a lot of interest in “Extra-Aged” whiskey today. The market is mourning the loss of age statements and consumers are paying high prices for whiskey that still have age statements with double digit numbers. At the same time... Continue Reading →

The Manhattan Cocktail

A couple of years ago, Maggie and Rosemary did a series of blog posts discussing the Manhattan Cocktail titled the “Barefoot Manhattans”. Each blog looked at the different components of the Manhattan as they decided which product should be used... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Carl T Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Huber family first settled in Floyd Knobs, Indiana in the 19th century. They farmed the land, grew grapes and planted fruit trees. They made wine and cider and distilled brandy and... Continue Reading →


In American whiskey, proof is simply twice the alcohol by volume percentage – i.e. 50% alcohol by volume is 100 proof. Legend has it that the term “proof” comes from proving the whiskey by gunpowder. On the frontier, to prove... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Winter 1994 Odd Bins Catalog

In the summer of 1994, I was working as the archivist at United Distillers and was asked to take the artist, Ralph Steadman to the Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark distilleries. Steadman was doing the illustrations for the annual winter... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Still Austin “The Musician” And TX Experimental Series 100% Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass I have a pair of whiskeys from Texas to review. Texas distillers are maturing as an industry and beginning to produce some excellent whiskeys – not just good, but excellent. There are... Continue Reading →

Bill And Mike’s Excellent Adventure – Part Five

Another summer has passed and it is time to taste the four barrels of Bourbon Bill Thomas and I had Kentucky Artisan Distillery (KAD) make for us. The barrels will be three years old on January 4, 2021 but this... Continue Reading →

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