Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

A Look At Straight Bourbon And Single Malt Scotch

I am always asked what the difference is between Bourbon and Scotch whiskeys. The answer I give is always “All Bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is Bourbon”. I follow this with a description of the regulations to make... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye Whiskey

I have been waiting for two years for this release of Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye Whiskey. At Kentucky Peerless Distillery they have been doing a lot of things right with their whiskey. They have excellent control of their fermentation and... Continue Reading →

Summer 2017 Bourbon Reading List

Summer means vacations and for many people that includes a nice quiet evening of reading a book while lounging in the shade with a glass of Bourbon. Whether this is in a tropical setting or by the lake or even... Continue Reading →

Sports and Bourbon

Sports have long been a marketing tool to create interest in your product and whiskey was among the earliest products to do so. Horse racing is one of the earliest sports to have ties to Bourbon. Legend has it the... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot “B”

Julian Van Winkle III introduced Van Winkle Special Reserve in 1991. It was a step in creating interest in older Bourbons that would eventually lead to his Pappy Van Winkle line of Bourbons. This is a Bourbon made with wheat... Continue Reading →

What is High Rye Bourbon?

There are a lot of people out there describing their Bourbon as a “high rye” Bourbon. The problem is there is no legal definition of the term ”high rye”, so just like the term “single barrel” it is left up... Continue Reading →

Bourbon’s Unsung Heroes: Chris Zaborowski And Independent Liquor Store Owners

Westport Whiskey & Wine is a Louisville institution for spirits lovers in the city. It is owned by Chris Zaborowski and his business partner Richard Splan, bur Chris is the more public figure of the two. Chris worked in the... Continue Reading →

100 Proof Blog

Historic Flights at The Silver Dollar is coming up Thursday! In late October 2015 I asked Maggie Kimberl to help me set up a web page and a blog, My first blog post appeared on October 25, 2015. It was... Continue Reading →

Delilah’s: A True Bourbon Treasure

Mike Miller opened Delilah’s in 1993 and it has been open every day since according to their website. And Mike: he once told me that he comes to the bar every day and when it no longer is fun to... Continue Reading →

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