Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

Tasting Notes: Old Rip Van Winkle

The Old Rip van Winkle brand dates back to the 19th century when A. W. Balgh & Co. of New York created it in 1871. The brand became one of the brands sold by A. Ph. Stitzel Distillery as medicinal... Continue Reading →

Doing Business During Prohibition

Bourbon Country Institute Happening Saturday!  There was a legal spirits business during prohibition. There were six companies that applied for the license to sell “medicinal alcohol” during the great dry spell of the United States. These six companies were: American... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Grand Dad Bonded

When R.B. Hayden decided to distill a Bourbon he wanted to make it to the same quality as his Grand Dad, Basil Hayden. In the late 1890s the brand was acquired by the Wathen family who later sold the brand... Continue Reading →

Master Distillers

I am not a big fan of the term “Master Distiller”. It seems to me that it is being used so much that it is more of a show title without much meaning. To me it takes more than owning... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Belle Meade Barrel Finished Bourbons

I am not a big fan of most barrel finished Bourbons or ryes, but there are a few distilleries that are doing them in a way that I like. The big thing for me is that the whiskey has to... Continue Reading →

Volare Ristorante: Italian Food And Bourbon

When you think of Bourbon you always think of Italian food, right? Maybe you should when you are looking for something to eat in Louisville, Kentucky. There is a fantastic Bourbon selection and great Italian food all under one roof.... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Michter’s Barrel Strength Bourbon

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair saw Michter’s release their very first barrel strength Bourbon. They had done a barrel strength rye in the past, but never a Bourbon. It was released with much fanfare with people from the Kentucky Bourbon Affair... Continue Reading →

Black Market Pappy Or A River Cruise: Which Is The Best Value?

Tickets Are On Sale For The August Bourbon Country Institute At Westport Whiskey & Wine! There are people who would not think twice about spending two grand on a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon on the secondary market but... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Heaven Hill 6 Year Old Bonded

I love to see a Bourbon that can only be found in Kentucky. When visitors come to Louisville and ask me what they should take home with them, I always recommend the Heaven Hill 6yo Bottled-in-Bond. It is an inexpensive... Continue Reading →

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