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Pre-Prohibition People Of Influence

The 19th century laid the foundation of the modern whiskey industry in the United States. There are certain people in that century who had a large influence on what is being done today in the industry. I thought I would... Continue Reading →

Brand History – Mount Vernon Rye

Mount Vernon Rye is a very old rye whiskey brand that I would love to see revived. I am sure that it would be a hard case to get this brand back on the market since it has been abandoned... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – The Joseph S. Finch Distillery, Schenley, Pennsylvania

In 1856, Joseph S. Finch built a distillery near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By 1911, the distillery was worth between $200,000 and $250,000 in Mida’s Financial Index. In 1892, the Sinclair brothers and their partner Henry Bischoff built a distillery in Schenley,... Continue Reading →

The Fight For Bottled-In-Bond

The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 was the result of a struggle between straight whiskey producers and rectifiers, who purchased bulk whiskey and/or neutral spirits to make whiskey. It was a long struggle with an economic impact on the distilling industry... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – T.W. Bullitt Private Stock Bourbon ca. 1962

T. W. Bullitt was born into a family with a long history in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Bullitt County, Kentucky was named for this family. Their family estate is Oxmoor Farm in eastern Jefferson County and in the family since the... Continue Reading →

Brand History – Ezra Brooks

The Ezra Brooks brand was created by “21” Brands, Inc. This company was founded in 1933 in New York as a distributing company. In 1959, “21” Brands, Inc. decided to take advantage of a shortage of Jack Daniel’s Old No.7,... Continue Reading →

John M. Atherton Testimony Before Congress

On July 17, 1888, John M. Atherton, the owner of the Athertonville Distillery, testified before a Congressional committee about the distilling industry and the bonding period for whiskey. There were several interesting questions and answers during this testimony and I... Continue Reading →

The Modern Farmer-Distiller

In the early 19th century, most distillers were farmer-distillers. They raised their own grain and made whiskey from that grain during the winter season. As the technology improved and the government taxes were imposed, the farmer-distiller became a rare occupation.... Continue Reading →

Dating Old American Whiskey Bottles

I am often asked to look at photographs of old bottles and give my opinion on the bottle’s age. It is not easy to do from photographs because there are many things I look for when I date a bottle.... Continue Reading →

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