Bourbon History


Book Reviews

Book Review – Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert

I first met the author of this book, Davin De Kergommeaux, at the Bourbon Affair in 2016. We shared a table, signing books in the tasting room of the Marriott East Hotel. I was impressed with his knowledge of Canadian... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, And Rebirth Of An American Whiskey

I have known Fred Minnick for many years now and consider him a friend as well as a colleague. I met him not long after he came to Louisville and started to write about Bourbon and other American whiskeys. I... Continue Reading →

Book Review – The Ideal Bartender

Tom Bullock was an African-American bartender who worked at the Pendennis Club in Louisville in the 1890s. He is often credited with creating the Pendennis Club’s version of the Old Fashioned cocktail with muddled fruit. There are a couple of... Continue Reading →

Book Review – The Flowing Bowl: What And When To Drink

This is the latest addition to my library’s cocktail books. It is a modern reprint by The book was originally copyrighted in 1891 by “The Only William” (William Schmidt). There is no indication in the text as to where... Continue Reading →

Book Review – A Long Stride: The Story Of The World’s No.1 Scotch Whisky

I have known Nicholas Morgan since he hired me in 1991 to work on putting together an archive at the Old Fitzgerald Distillery. He was working with United Distillers to create archives for all of their products but he was... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Pappyland: A Story Of Family, Fine Bourbon, And The Things That Last

I first met Julian Van Winkle III in the early 1990s. He called me and asked if he could videotape the presentation I was giving to the Beargrass Creek and St. Matthews Historical Society on the history of distilling in... Continue Reading →

Book Review: American Spirit: Wild Turkey Bourbon From Ripy To Russell

David Jennings, the author of this book, is also known to the whiskey world for his blog, Rare Bird 101. He is found in most social media outlets under this title. He writes about Wild Turkey and their products, but... Continue Reading →

Book Review – The Whiskey Merchant’s Diary

Dr. Linda A. Fisher was working on the historical spread of diseases such as cholera in 19th century America when she found this diary in St. Louis in 1993. She became enthralled by the quality of the information found in... 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 →

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