Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

Book Review- Barrel Strength Bourbon: the Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey

Carla Harris Carlton is a talented writer and editor who has worked for the Courier-Journal newspaper here in Louisville, but most people outside of Louisville will know her for her “Bourbon Babe” blog. Her blogs are always fun to read... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Russell’s Reserve Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Russell’s Reserve is a fairly recent brand extension for Wild Turkey. The brand was created in the year 2000. The original Wild Turkey 101 had lost its 8 year age statement and... Continue Reading →

Doc’s Bourbon Room

Doc’s Bourbon Room is the latest addition to Louisville’s Bourbon Bar scene. Actually, it is more than just a Bourbon Bar, it is a whiskey bar. They have about a thousand Bourbons on the menu, but there are over a... Continue Reading →

Whiskey Cocktails of the 1880s

The cocktail culture of today, has its roots in the 19th century. I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the whiskey cocktails of the 1880s to see how they compare to today’s whiskey cocktails. I have... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Remus Repeal Reserve Bourbon is named for George Remus, “The King of the Bootleggers” of the early days of Prohibition. It is made in Lawrenceburg, Indiana by the MGP distillery. There is... Continue Reading →

Amber Colored American Whiskey

Most bottles of Bourbon and Rye dating from back in the 1950s and 60s, had a rich, red, amber color. This includes younger whiskey - 4-year-old bonded products such as Old Fitzgerald, Old Grand-Dad and Old Forester. Today’s versions of... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Seagram Distillery, Louisville, Kentucky Postcard

After the repeal of Prohibition, Seagram built a distillery in Louisville. This distillery was on the southern boundary of the city on Seventh Street Road. The city limits ended not far from where they built this distillery at the time.... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Boone County Small Batch Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Boone County Distillery traces its roots back to 1833 and the Petersburg Distillery in Boone County, Kentucky. The modern distillery was opened in 2015 in Independence, Kentucky. They use their heritage... Continue Reading →

The Evolution Of The Still

The one piece of equipment that defines the distilling industry is the still. The still has been around for a long time. There are two very interesting papers written on the subject of distillation that discuss the origin of distillation.... Continue Reading →

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