Bourbon History


Book Reviews

Book Review: Classic Bourbon, Tennessee & Rye Whiskey

Before Jim Murray started to write his annual releases of the Whisky Bible, he wrote the book Classic Bourbon, Tennessee & Rye Whiskey. He came to the United Distillers archive to do historical research. It was well researched and a... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Gentleman’s Companion, Volumes 1&2

I was gifted this set of books from Gary Regan. They are two books that Gary considers classics for the food and cocktail student and I agree with his assessment of the books. The author, Charles H. Baker, Jr. was... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Whiskey: An American Pictorial History

Book Review: Whiskey: An American Pictorial HistoryOscar Getz was the owner of the Barton Distillery when he started collecting whiskey memorabilia. He turned this collection into an exhibit at the distillery. When he retired and sold the distillery he took... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Bartender’s Bible: 1001 Mixed Drinks And Everything You Need To Know To Set Up Your Bar

This is the very first cocktail book I ever bought. I admit I purchased it because I was impressed by the author, Gary Regan, when I worked with him on The Book of Bourbon. I never regretted getting it because... Continue Reading →

Book Review: How Dry We Were: Prohibition Revisited

This book is one of my favorite books on Prohibition. Henry Lee was a feature writer for the New York Daily News when he wrote this book in 1963. He wrote this book from a combination of research and personal... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America’s Newfound Sovereignty

The Whiskey Rebellion played an important role in America’s history. It was the first Constitutional Crisis, it was the first Government Cover-up. It also helped create the centralized government we have today. This book is the best book on the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Book Of Bourbon And Other Fine American Whiskeys

When Gary and Mardee Regan were working on this book, I was  the North American archivist at United Distillers. They came to the archives to gather history on the brands and the distillers that made the whiskey. I helped them... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Nothing Better In The Market

This is a corporate history commissioned by Brown-Forman for their centennial celebration in 1970. The hired John Ed Pearce, a local journalist, to write the book and allowed him access to private family papers and interviews with family members. The... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Evolution of the Bourbon Whiskey Industry in Kentucky

Sam Cecil was the retired Master Distiller from Maker’s Mark and in his 70s when he wrote this book. I liked Sam and learned something from him every time I talked with him. I will say he inspired me to... Continue Reading →

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