Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

The Hot Toddy – A Winter Classic

As winter weather becomes colder, many people will turn to a Hot Toddy to warm those snowy evenings or to ease the symptoms of a cold.  There has always been a tradition of drinking a hot toddy when a person... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Liberty Pole Spirits Rye Whiskey

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Liberty Pole Spirits Rye is made no by the Mingo Creek Craft Distillers, LLC of Washington, Pennsylvania. It takes its name from the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s tradition of planting the... Continue Reading →

The Whiskey Rebellion of 1791-1794 Part One: Pennsylvania

The Whiskey Rebellion was the first constitutional crisis in the United States. To understand the rebellion, you must first understand the background as to why it happened, you have to understand why the whiskey tax was so important to the... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Old Crow Distillery Postcard

This postcard of the Old Crow Distillery is from the middle of the 20th century, circa 1960. It is an aerial view of the distillery that sits along Glenn’s Creek in Woodford County, Kentucky. It is just down the road... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Three Chord Amplify Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass This whiskey is bottled by Steel Bending Spirits in Jackson, Michigan. One of the owners of this company is Neil Giraldo, the husband of Pat Benatar, thus the musical theme to the... Continue Reading →

Tax Stamps

The use of tax stamps in America started with the British during colonial America, when they required a special stamp to be used on certain goods to show that the taxes had been paid or to add an additional tax... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Bonded Beam Bourbon Circa 1970

The tax stamp on this glass decanter of Bonded Beam is missing. I know that it is a legitimate bottle because it was part of a collection of old bottles Rosemary received from a friend and the bottle was given... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Baker’s Single Barrel Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Baker’s label is one of the original small batch Bourbons introduced by Jim Beam Distilleries in the 1990s. It is named for Baker Beam, who worked at the distillery at that... Continue Reading →

Six Very Good Rye Whiskeys Not Made In Kentucky

When I started as North American Archivist for United Distillers in 1992, there were very few distilleries outside of the State of Kentucky. Now there are several hundred distilleries not located in Kentucky and many of them are making excellent... Continue Reading →

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