Bourbon History


Book Reviews

Book Review: Bluegrass, Belles And Bourbon: A Pictorial History Of Whiskey In Kentucky

This is one of the first books I read when I was starting in the industry as archivist at United Distillers, in 1991. It is still one of my favorite books, not because the history is 100% accurate, but because... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide To The Water Of Life

Heather Greene is a very talented whiskey writer and presenter. I met her before this book came out and was impressed with her knowledge of all things whiskey. She started her whiskey career in Scotland as a brand ambassador for... Continue Reading →

Bourbon Whiskey, Our Native Spirit

If you have not met Bernie Lubbers, then you have not been to very many whiskey events in the last decade. Bernie is sent to all of the major events and many of the smaller ones. He is a popular... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Social History Of Bourbon: An Unhurried Account Of Our Star-Spangled American Drink

Join Us May 15 for Sip n Smoke at Oxmoor Farm! This book was published in 1963. The industry was lobbying to get Bourbon recognized as an American product at the time and that probably fueled the interest in the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The King Of The Bootleggers

There is a lot of interest in the Prohibition era bootlegger George Remus. A brand of whiskey has been named for him today and of course an HBO show, Boardwalk Empire, has based one of their main characters on his... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Blood And Whiskey: The Life And Times Of Jack Daniel

This is not a corporate history. Peter Krass is a journalist, not a historian. The book takes a good look at the history of Jack Daniel and his distilling career. He does give due credit to Nearis* Green who as... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Bourbon Companion: A Connoisseur’s Guide

In 1998 Gary and Mardee Regan followed up their first Bourbon book The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskeys with this book. This book is very different from their first one in that though there is a brief... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Story Of Canadian Whisky: 200 Years Of Tradition

The Canadian Whisky tradition is very similar to the whiskey traditions in the United States. The Canadian whisky sold then and now have more in common with Bourbon and Rye whiskeys than the Malt whiskies of Scotland and Ireland. At... Continue Reading →

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 →

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