Bourbon History


Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday – J.W. Dant Bottled-in-Bond 1977

J.W. Dant first started distilling whiskey in 1836 on a still he made from a hollowed out log. His whiskey became popular and he soon was able to purchase a copper still and eventually grew to become a well-known distiller... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – H. McKenna Advertising Cards Ca. 1900

Before Prohibition, there were no regulations for advertising whiskey. This led to many forms of advertising that people today would consider shocking. These advertising cards for H. McKenna Whisky, made by the firm that handled their whiskey in Boston, Mass.... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Old Crow Bonded 1973

Old Crow Bourbon is not what it used to be. In the early 19th century, James C. Crow came to Kentucky and started making whiskey at the Old Oscar Pepper Distillery. He was the first distiller to apply scientific methods... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Peter Cooper Rye Bar Decanter

This bar decanter dates from the first decade of the twentieth century. Peter Cooper Rye was a product of the rectifying company of Dreyfuss, Weil & Co. of Paducah, Kentucky. Paducah, Kentucky has a rich heritage in the spirits industry.... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Tom Moore Circa 1970

Tom Moore was a distiller active in the late 19th century. He was involved in several Nelson County, Kentucky distilleries, including at least one with Ben Mattingly at the Mattingly and Moore Distillery. Tom Moore’s most lasting distillery was the... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Mammoth Cave Bar Decanters

When I was archivist for United Distillers, the collection contained many bar decanters from various brands. One of my favorite brands of these decanters were the Mammoth Cave Whiskey decanters. They have a full color illustration of the cave entrance... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Yellowstone Bottled-in-Bond Spring 1965 – Fall 1971

When this half pint bottle of Yellowstone Bourbon was bottled, Yellowstone was becoming the best-selling Bourbon in Louisville /Jefferson County, Kentucky. At the time, the brand was owned by Glenmore Distilleries and was made, aged and bottled in Louisville. The... Continue Reading →

Pre-Prohibition Applejack Cocktails

The term “applejack” is hard to define. I have read or heard several different definitions. One source says apple jack is made by freeze distillation – the process of taking hard apple cider and sitting it outside on a sub-freezing... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – I.W. Harper Bottled-in-Bond 1979

I.W. Harper is a brand that has been around since the 19th century. The brand became one of Schenley Distillers flagship brands and was distributed to more than a hundred foreign markets in the 1960s and grew very popular in... Continue Reading →

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