Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

Brand History – Ezra Brooks

The Ezra Brooks brand was created by “21” Brands, Inc. This company was founded in 1933 in New York as a distributing company. In 1959, “21” Brands, Inc. decided to take advantage of a shortage of Jack Daniel’s Old No.7,... Continue Reading →

Glassware Review Of The Glencairn Mixing Glass

The first time I experienced the Glencairn mixing glass was about five years ago. I was having a drink with Fred Minnick at the local tavern near his home. He asked me if I tried the new Canadian whisky glass... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Kentucky Par Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Kentucky Par is the end result of a couple of guys having dinner one evening and one of them pulling out an old bottle he found in his father’s desk drawer. He... Continue Reading →

17 Very Good Rye Whiskeys Not Made In Indiana

About six years ago, John Pogue told me that MGP selling barrels of rye to rectifiers was the best and worst thing that has happened to rye whiskey in decades – the best thing because there was an explosive growth... Continue Reading →

Book Review – American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye

Clay Risen is an editor at the New York Times and a very talented drinks writer. I have known Clay for some time. We have served on a few panels together at whiskey events and have had several email correspondence... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Buzzard’s Roost Very Small Batch and Barrel Proof

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Jason Brauner, co-owner of Bourbons Bistro, has had a dream to make his own Bourbon for about two decades. He gathered some other investors together and created the Buzzard’s Roost Rye label... Continue Reading →

John M. Atherton Testimony Before Congress

On July 17, 1888, John M. Atherton, the owner of the Athertonville Distillery, testified before a Congressional committee about the distilling industry and the bonding period for whiskey. There were several interesting questions and answers during this testimony and I... Continue Reading →

Brandy Cocktails Of The 19th Century

Americans have always loved their brandy. Before Prohibition there were over 400 brandy distilleries in Kentucky and a couple of dozen whiskey distilleries that also made brandy. Most of Kentucky’s brandy production was fruit brandy – apple, peach and pear,... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Several years ago I met the team who were putting together a distillery in Colorado and had picked Old Elk as the brand they wanted to produce. The brand had been abandoned... Continue Reading →

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