Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

Tasting Notes: Yellowstone Limited Edition 2018

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass This is the final version of an experiment Steve Beam has been doing by finishing some Yellowstone whiskey in wine barrels. This experiment started in 2016 when Steve put some Bourbon in... Continue Reading →

The Lincoln County Process

Tennessee whiskey is different from Bourbon because they filter the new make whiskey through the “Lincoln County Process”. This “Process” is a tall vat of sugar maple charcoal that filters out some of the vegetable oils and other compounds and... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America’s Newfound Sovereignty

The Whiskey Rebellion played an important role in America’s history. It was the first Constitutional Crisis, it was the first Government Cover-up. It also helped create the centralized government we have today. This book is the best book on the... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye

Dad’s Hat rye gets its name from the owner, who when trying to decide what to name his whiskey saw his dad’s hat on a table. That is the story I recall from meeting him at a dinner in Washington... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Bourbon Bars

There are many lists of the best Whiskey Bars in the United States. I always take them with a grain of salt because bars, like Bourbon, are all a matter of personal tastes. However, many people have asked me about... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Limestone Branch Experimental Collection Bourbon

Limestone Branch Distillery is one of my favorite artisan distilleries. They have a rich heritage being founded by Steve and Paul Beam. Not only is the Beam family tradition in their DNA but also the Dant family is part of... Continue Reading →

Winter Reading List 2018

It is getting to be that time of the year when people are looking for a good book to read while sitting next to a fire on a cold, winter’s night. It may be something they received as a holiday... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Book Of Bourbon And Other Fine American Whiskeys

When Gary and Mardee Regan were working on this book, I was  the North American archivist at United Distillers. They came to the archives to gather history on the brands and the distillers that made the whiskey. I helped them... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Forester 1910

This is the latest release of the Old Forester “Whiskey Row” series. It is different from the other versions in this series because they deeply charred a second barrel and finished the Bourbon in this second barrel. It is described... Continue Reading →

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