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Maker’s Mark And Stephen Rolfe Powell Art Glass

Maker’s Mark and the Samuels family have always had an interest in art. After all, the name “Maker’s Mark” was inspired by the maker’s mark on fine silver. Several years ago, Bill Samuels purchased a collection of 1940s paintings from... Continue Reading →

Age Statements

Age statements on whiskey go back to the 19th century. Whiskey was mostly sold by the barrel until the 1880s. The barrel head did not have the information that is not required by the government, so the consumer had to... Continue Reading →

Jeptha Creed’s Ultimate Tasting Experience

The Jeptha Creed Distillery and Mint Julep Tours have partnered together to create a new Bourbon tasting experience. This experience is only available through Mint Julep Tours in Louisville. Contact Mint Julep Tours to book this experience. Rosemary and I... Continue Reading →

Overproduction Issues In Whiskey

I am always being asked if there is really a Bourbon shortage, and if so then why don’t they make more? There is a short answer and there is a long answer to these questions. The short answer is yes... Continue Reading →

Small Barrels

The proposed changes in regulations include a regulation on barrel size, basically making the 53 gallon barrel a requirement for Bourbon. This was pushed for by the large distilleries and probably the cooperages. Many people say it was a way... Continue Reading →

80 Proof Whiskey

I enjoy my Bourbon and Rye neat. As a result, I don’t care for most American whiskey that is 80 proof. I find them too thin and watery in flavor for my taste. The exception to this for me is... Continue Reading →

Heirloom Corn

Bill Thomas and I recently had some Bourbon made at Kentucky Artisan Distillery with Hickory Cane white corn, an heirloom variety raised by my grandfather as far back as the 1930s. I chose that corn because everyone at his funeral... Continue Reading →

The Internet And The Growth Of Bourbon Sales

Word of mouth is one of the most effective ways to sell a product. If a friend tells you about a good experience with a certain brand of product, you are more likely to try that product than you would... Continue Reading →

The Growing Popularity Of Whiskey Clubs

The internet is a wondrous thing. Twenty years ago it was Bourbon Whiskey discussion forums that slowly added American Rye, Scotch and other whiskeys to their discussion. Then there came Facebook. Discussion forums became less popular because people were getting... Continue Reading →

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