Bourbon History


Book Reviews

Book Review – Before Prohibition: Distilleries in Nelson County, Kentucky 1880-1920

Join us next week for Sip & Smoke at Oxmoor Farm! Dixie Hibbs is a woman of many talents. She served a term as Mayor of Bardstown, but politics are not her real passion – she loves the history of... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Maker’s Mark: My Autobiography

I have known Bill Samuels, Jr. for over twenty years. I have always respected him for being what I consider a generous “World Ambassador for Bourbon”. I have never heard him say anything negative about other brands or distilleries. He... Continue Reading →

Book Review – But Always Fine Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle And The Story Of Old Fitzgerald

I was still working for United Distillers when Sally Van Winkle Campbell started to research this book. Sally enlisted the aid of her friend and local historian, the late Sam Thomas, to help her do the research and the pair... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America

I have known Brian Haara for several years and I have always respected his knowledge of the law in regard to the distilling industry. I was quite pleased when I found out that he also had a love of history.... Continue Reading →

Book Review – The Joy Of Mixology By Gary Regan

Gary Regan is one of my favorite writers. Regan has been in the business for many decades and has become a well-respected writer on both spirits and cocktails. I think one of the reasons he has such respect is that... Continue Reading →

Book Review – American Still Life

F. Paul Pacult is a very talented spirits writer, but not a historian. He was hired by Beam’s marketing department to write this book and he has done an excellent job of marketing the Beam brands. The book has historical... Continue Reading →

Book Review – The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book

This is a collaboration of two of Louisville’s most talented women in the liquor industry. The late Joy Perrine had one of the best palates I have ever seen. She could take one whiff of the aroma and a sip... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Louisville Encyclopedia

Back in the early 1990s The University Press of Kentucky assembled a team to write an encyclopedia about the city of Louisville. They hired freelance writers, graduate students and experts in particular subjects to write the articles. I was asked... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook

Albert Schmid taught classes at the culinary school at Sullivan University in Louisville for many years. He has since moved on to teach in North Carolina but he still loves his Bourbon. The recipes he collected for this book come... Continue Reading →

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