Bourbon History


Michael R. Veach

Kentucky Bourbon Hall Of Fame Historian and Author.

Flashback Friday – Old Taylor Bourbon Circa 1988

E. H. Taylor, Jr. established the Old Taylor brand in 1887. He had established a new distilling company, E. H. Taylor, Jr. and Sons a few years before after leaving the O.F.C. distillery and fighting a legal battle with the... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Back in the mid-1990s, I went to a tasting of Jim Beam’s new “small batch collection”, hosted by Booker Noe and Paul Pacault. They started with Basil Hayden Bourbon and stated that... Continue Reading →

Pre-Prohibition People Of Influence

The 19th century laid the foundation of the modern whiskey industry in the United States. There are certain people in that century who had a large influence on what is being done today in the industry. I thought I would... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Whisky: The Definitive Guide

When I first entered the spirits industry as archivist for United Distillers at The Stitzel-Weller Distillery, there were very few books that discussed Bourbon and its history. One of the few books available was a book written by the late... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Michter’s 10 Year Old Bourbon And Rye 2020

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Every year, Michter’s releases a 10-year-old version of both their Bourbon and Rye whiskeys. The year 2020 is the first year that this has been done under the supervision of their new... Continue Reading →

Brand History – Mount Vernon Rye

Mount Vernon Rye is a very old rye whiskey brand that I would love to see revived. I am sure that it would be a hard case to get this brand back on the market since it has been abandoned... Continue Reading →

The Finlandia Oaks Lily – The Cocktail Of The Kentucky Oaks?

The Oaks Lily is the official cocktail of the Kentucky Oaks horse race on the Friday before Derby Saturday. With a name like “Kentucky Oaks” you would think it is a good Bourbon cocktail, correct? After all, what better connection... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whiskeys

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass About 7 or 8 years ago, I was a judge at the ADI conference at the Starlight Distillery in Indiana. That is where I met Scott Harris. He and his wife Becky... Continue Reading →

Filtration – One Size Does Not Fit All

Most major distilleries use chill filtration on their flagship whiskeys. Even their “non-chill filtered” whiskeys usually have been filtered with a carbon filtration system. The most economical way of doing this is to decide what works best for your end... Continue Reading →

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