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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 →

Book Review – American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye

Clay Risen is an editor at the New York Times and a very talented drinks writer. I have known Clay for some time. We have served on a few panels together at whiskey events and have had several email correspondence... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon?

I have known Susan Reigler for over 25 years. I first met her when she was a restaurant reviewer and spirits writer for the Courier-Journal newspaper here in Louisville and I have respected her writing ever since. I have known... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Bourbon Desserts

For many years, when people thought of cooking with Bourbon, they thought of desserts. That has changed in the last two decades or so, but Bourbon still works well in something sweet for dessert. Here is a book that is... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey

I have known Fred Minnick, the author of this book for many years. When he was still an aspiring whiskey writer, he came into the Filson Historical Society, where I worked as an archivist at the time, to look for... Continue Reading →

Book Review – New Classic Cocktails

I first met Gary and Mardee Regan when they were working on their Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskeys book in the early 1990s. In 1996 they came back to the United Distillers Archive while they were working... Continue Reading →

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