Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

The Van Winkle Factor in the Bourbon Industry

The Van Winkle Family have never been distillers. They have never held a job where they made the mash or ran the still to make their living, however they still had a huge impact on the industry and Bourbon as... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon

Wild Turkey created this brand to honor Jimmy and Eddie Russell. It originally was a 10yo Bourbon bottled at 101 proof but then Bourbon took off and things started to change. They dropped the proof to 90. They probably did... Continue Reading →

Pioneer Distillers: Elijah Craig

Elijah Craig is credited with being the inventor of Bourbon in 1789, but as you may know I don’t believe that to be a true claim. There is no evidence that supports the claim earlier than the 1870s when he... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Book of Classic American Whiskeys

Mark Waymack and James Harris were the first people over twenty years ago to decide that American Whiskey would be a good subject for a book. I first met them when they were writing this book and they came to... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Buffalo Trace Bourbon was created in the late 1990s a few years after Sazerac acquired the Ancient Age Distillery. They wanted a premium small batch Bourbon in their portfolio and a new image for the distillery. They changed the name... Continue Reading →

Brand History – Old Fitzgerald

Old Fitzgerald is an old Brand dating back to 1870 When S.C. Herbst, a rectifier based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin registered the trademark “Jno. E. Fitzgerald”. There are many stories told as to how he created the brand but they are... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Jim Beam Bonded

Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon has been repackaged in the last few years. The bottle I have is one of the first repackaged bottles and they goofed on the label. All Bonded whiskeys have to state on the label the DSP... Continue Reading →

Kentucky’s Great Distilleries – Wild Turkey

The Wild Turkey brand is a relatively new brand. It was created by the Austin-Nichols company in the 1940s. The story goes that one of their executive officers brought a bottle of whiskey with him to a turkey hunt. Everyone... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Dictionary Of The History Of The American Brewing And Distilling Industry

My library has many great books that are useful resources on the history and appreciation of American Whiskey. I thought it might be useful to have reviews of these books so others could look for and add them to their... Continue Reading →

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