Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

A History Of Bourbon Tourism

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is fond of using the term “Bourbonism” to refer to the growing interest in Bourbon tourism. Today this is not just the visits to the distilleries to see where Bourbon is made, but also the connected... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Four Roses Small Batch 2017 Limited Edition – Al Young 50th Anniversary

I like Four Roses products. The Yellow Label is my favorite with a cigar and the Single Barrel and Small Batch expressions are also very good pours. I look forward to all of their limited edition releases, but especially this... Continue Reading →

The Miller House Bar In Owensboro

Owensboro is a Kentucky city that is steeped in Bourbon Heritage. It is still the home of Glenmore Distillery which does not distill but employs many people in the aging warehouses and bottling facility owned by Sazerac. On the other... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Tom’s Foolery Bonded Bourbon

I first met Tom Herbruck when I went to Cleveland to do one of my Bourbon classes in 2014. He had invited me out to visit his distillery and I knew that at that time he had purchased the old... Continue Reading →

The History Of Filtration Of Bourbon

Modern Bourbons are filtered to remove unwanted vegetable oils and other particles that can cause “flocking” in cold weather or when the Bourbon is poured over ice. Flocking is simply the condensation of these oils that will give the whiskey... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: James E. Pepper Rye

James E. Pepper was a 19th century distiller that was a marketing pioneer. He used the slogan “Born with the Republic” and claimed that his grandfather Elijah Pepper started distilling in Versailles in 1776. The fact is his grandfather started... Continue Reading →

Maysville And Paducah: Two Kentucky River Towns Rich With Bourbon History

Maysville and Paducah are two river towns on the Ohio River that are rich in Bourbon History. Both are beginning to use that heritage to attract more tourism and both have some exciting plans on the table. I thought I... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: I. W. Harper 15 Year

Isaac Wolfe Bernheim created this brand of Bourbon by combining his initials with the name “Harper”. He wanted a brand with his name on it but knew that “Bernheim” was too German-Jewish to appeal to the whole market. He saw... Continue Reading →

To Source Or Not To Source, That Is The Question

I am frequently asked for advice from people who want to start up distilleries and create a brand. One of the big questions is about whether they should source their whiskey to create a brand. My answer depends upon their... Continue Reading →

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