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Images Of The Past – W.L. Weller & Sons Letterhead 1895

Letterheads often have interesting images. They are often the only image available to a researcher of an old distillery. They can also be deceiving. In this case there is an image of a distillery on the W.L. Weller & Sons... Continue Reading →

Bourbon Barons: Julian P. Van Winkle

Julian P. Van Winkle was a Bourbon Baron that bridged the periods from pre-Prohibition to post-Prohibition. Julian Van Winkle was born in Danville, Ky. in the year 1874, into a family that was not invested in the whiskey business. He... Continue Reading →

Brand History: Old Crow

James C. Crow came to Kentucky in 1838 and started work as a distiller for Oscar Pepper. He spent most of his career as a distiller for Pepper with only a few months working at other distilleries. Crow changed the... Continue Reading →

The Thompson Legacy In Kentucky Bourbon

On April 5, 2019 James “Buddy” Thompson passed away. He was the last Thompson to be Chairman of the Board at Glenmore Distilleries. Buddy was a very intelligent man who loved aviation, computers and other modern innovations. He was the... Continue Reading →

Brand History: Yellowstone Bourbon

Yellowstone Bourbon was first bottled in 1872 by J.B. Dant at his Cold Springs distillery near Gethsemane, Ky. J. B. Dant was the son of J.W.Dant, one of the many sons of J.W. that entered into the distilling industry. J.... Continue Reading →

Brand History: Old Forester

In 1870 George Garvin Brown was a pharmaceutical salesman for Henry Chambers and Co. He was selling whiskey to doctors and pharmacies. After hearing complaints about the changing quality of the whiskey the doctors were prescribing to patients, Brown came... Continue Reading →

Brand History: Old Charter

In the year 1867 Adam and Ben Chapeze built a distillery at Chapeze, Ky. These two brothers were the children of Henri Chapiers, a French Hugenot  and a surgeon during the American revolution who settled in Kentucky after the war.... Continue Reading →

Brand History – Old Fitzgerald

Old Fitzgerald is an old Brand dating back to 1870 When S.C. Herbst, a rectifier based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin registered the trademark “Jno. E. Fitzgerald”. There are many stories told as to how he created the brand but they are... Continue Reading →

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