Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

Images Of The Past: Pleasure Ridge Park Distillery Letterhead

When I was working at The Filson Historical Society I cataloged many collections dealing with the distilling industry. My colleagues also kept an eye out for anything they found in the collections they were working on at the time. I... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Guckenheimer Blended Whiskey Circa 1960

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass After I posted my blog on Blended Whiskey, Alan Bishop, the Master Distiller at the Spirits of French Lick Distillery, reposted with some comments about how American Blended Whiskey was horrible and... Continue Reading →

The Internet And The Growth Of Bourbon Sales

Word of mouth is one of the most effective ways to sell a product. If a friend tells you about a good experience with a certain brand of product, you are more likely to try that product than you would... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Classic Bourbon, Tennessee & Rye Whiskey

Before Jim Murray started to write his annual releases of the Whisky Bible, he wrote the book Classic Bourbon, Tennessee & Rye Whiskey. He came to the United Distillers archive to do historical research. It was well researched and a... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Dettling 1867 Single Barrel Straight Alabama Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Seth Dettling of Big Escambia Spirits contacted me and asked if I would like to try his Alabama Bourbon. He told me that he uses full sized 53 gallon cooperage and uses... Continue Reading →

Brand History: Old Forester

In 1870 George Garvin Brown was a pharmaceutical salesman for Henry Chambers and Co. He was selling whiskey to doctors and pharmacies. After hearing complaints about the changing quality of the whiskey the doctors were prescribing to patients, Brown came... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past: The Fairfield Distillery, Bardstown, Ky.

In 1945 Schenley distilleries purchased the Fairfield Distillery in Bardstown, Ky. The distillery was producing the brand “Pride of Nelson” when Schenley purchased the company. The Second World War saw Schenley acquire many smaller distilleries. The fact was that the... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: McKenzie Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass This three-year-old rye whiskey is from the Finger Lakes Distillery in New York State. Once again this whiskey proves that older is not better. At three years old this whiskey is as... Continue Reading →

Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery

Back in 2011 Michter’s announced that they had purchased the Fort Nelson Building on Main Street to create their visitor’s experience and a small distillery in Louisville. On January 31, 2019 it finally opened. It was a long road with... Continue Reading →

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