Bourbon History


Book Reviews

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 →

Book Review- Barrel Strength Bourbon: the Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey

Carla Harris Carlton is a talented writer and editor who has worked for the Courier-Journal newspaper here in Louisville, but most people outside of Louisville will know her for her “Bourbon Babe” blog. Her blogs are always fun to read... Continue Reading →

Book Review – How To Be A Bourbon Badass

The author of this book, Linda Ruffenach, is also the founder of “Whisky Chicks”, a group of women who love whiskey of all styles, but particularly Bourbon. This is a very good book for anyone who is just getting started... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle Over Alcohol In Southern Appalachia

The author of this book, Bruce E. Stewart, is a history professor at Appalachian State University and specializes in the history of Appalachia. This book is very well researched and an interesting read, but the author’s tone leaves no doubt... Continue Reading →

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