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A History Of Melrose Rye Whiskey

Melrose Rye was a brand of Maryland Rye Whiskey. It has a very interesting heritage and the brand has been revived by J.W. Kelly & Co. of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It all started with the Goldsborough family who first settled in... Continue Reading →

Images of the Past – J. Swigert Taylor Distillery Warehouse Receipt

In the early 1870s, Edmund H. Taylor, Jr. purchased a small distillery in Woodford County, Kentucky and placed his eldest son, Jacob Swigert Taylor in charge of the production. They named the distillery for Jacob Swigert Taylor. The distillery was... Continue Reading →

Schenley Distillers Corporation – The Forgotten Giant Part Two

After the war, Schenley continued to grow. Between the end of the war and 1950, Schenley become the distributor for Kahlua in the United States; acquired the Pebbleford Distillery in Ekron, Kentucky; 50% of Dowling Bros. Distillery in Burgin, Kentucky;... Continue Reading →

Schenley Distillers Corporation – The Forgotten Giant Part One

When Prohibition went into effect in January, 1920, Lewis Rosenstiel and some other investors created the Cincinnati Distributing Corporation to distribute medicinal spirits. Rosenstiel had worked in the Bourbon industry as the superintendent of the Susquemac Distillery in northern Kentucky... Continue Reading →

Whiskey On The American Frontier

Whiskey played an important role in frontier life in America. This remained true for the most part, as the American frontier moved westward through the 18th and 19th centuries. It was the improvement of technology and the American economy that... Continue Reading →

How Prohibition Came To The United States

On January 16, 1919, the 18th amendment was ratified and went into effect one year later on January 17, 1920.  A century later, the question is, “How did this happen?” There are a lot of factors leading to Prohibition that... Continue Reading →

Bourbon Documentaries And Oral History

There are many documentaries that have been made about Bourbon in the last 30 years. These films can be considered a source of oral history, and a couple of them were made just for that purpose with their content composed... Continue Reading →

Contract Distilling

Contract distilling has been around since the birth of the distilling industry in America. In the earliest days it was simply getting a distiller to make whiskey out of your excess corn when you did not own a still yourself.... Continue Reading →

The Medley Factor In The Distilling Industry

In the year 1634, John Medley became one of the English Catholics that came to the new world and settled in Maryland. He brought a still with him from England and settled in the area that became known as Medley... Continue Reading →

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