Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

Mike And Matt Taste Two Rabbit Hole Whiskeys

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Rabbit Hole Distillery in Louisville has been distilling long enough to release whiskeys that they have distilled themselves. Before now, their whiskey had been contract-distilled at the New Riff distillery. These... Continue Reading →

Heaven Hill Opens Their Expanded Visitor’s Center

Heaven Hill has had a Visitor’s Center in Bardstown for over a decade. It has always had an interesting museum, a gift shop and one of the nicest tasting rooms in the industry. The late Harry Shapira was instrumental in... Continue Reading →

Summer Fruit Cocktails

Summer is quickly approaching and the summer fruits are ripening. June is the time of making trips to Huber’s Winery and Orchard to get fresh strawberries and the annual visit from the Georgia-based peach truck. Blackberries and raspberries will quickly... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Angel’s Envy Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Lincoln Henderson was one of my Bourbon heroes, so when he and his son, Wes, started Angel’s Envy, I knew it would be a good product. Lincoln was a believer that a... Continue Reading →

Ripy Family And Anderson County Distilling

 The Ripy Family and Anderson County, Kentucky distilling heritage are deeply entwined.  The Ripy family was involved with many of the distilleries in Anderson County and owned a mansion on the Lawrenceburg “whiskey row” of houses that is now a... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Making Whiskey At Mount Vernon

At the turn of the 21st century, archeological work at Mount Vernon, the home of our first President, George Washington, uncovered evidence of his distillery. With funding and help from DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the United States), the distilling... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Old StoneHammer Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass I was in the Kroger Spirits Shop on Bardstown Road the other day and saw this Bourbon. The clerk told me it was a special label just for Kroger. It has a... Continue Reading →

The Industrial Revolution And Kentucky Distilleries

Many historians are saying that the term “Industrial Revolution” is an outdated term. Technology has continuously evolved since the middle ages with the introduction of machines such as the water mill and clocks so, the proper term should be “technological... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – J.W. Dant Bottled-in-Bond 1977

J.W. Dant first started distilling whiskey in 1836 on a still he made from a hollowed out log. His whiskey became popular and he soon was able to purchase a copper still and eventually grew to become a well-known distiller... Continue Reading →

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