Bourbon History


Flashback Friday

Images Of The Past – King Black Label Blended Whiskey

Most people today will recognize the “King” brand as being a limited release Bourbon from Brown-Forman, but that is not the origin of the label. The brand dates back to the post-Prohibition era as a blended whiskey in Brown-Forman’s portfolio. ... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Early Map Of Louisville

When Heaven Hill’s Evan Williams Bourbon Heritage Center released their Square Six Bourbon, they included an old map of Louisville showing the “Square Six” area where Evan Williams had his distillery in the 18th century. I like old maps and... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Ella Offut Pepper – A Love Story

When you visit the James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky, you will see these two images hanging on the wall of their history room. Ella Offut Pepper was married to James E. Pepper and they were devoted to each... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – George Dickel No. 12 ca. 1966

When Schenley Distilleries failed in their attempt to purchase the Jack Daniel Distillery and brand in the 1950s, they decided to rebuild the pre-Prohibition Cascade Hollow Distillery and make George Dickel Tennessee Whisky for themselves. I have written a brand... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – T. W. Samuels Bourbon ca 1970

The brand, T.W. Samuels, is the brand created by Bill Samuels’ family. According to the 1900 Mida’s Register of Trademarks, it was first used in 1844. It is an old and respected brand, but during World War II, Bill’s father... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Eagle Rare 101 ca. 1976

Eagle Rare 101 is a brand created by Seagram back in the 1970s when they decided to get back in the domestic Bourbon market. They had been selling Four Roses in the overseas markets of Europe and Asia, but Seagram... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Whiskey Production In Kentucky

Before Prohibition, Louisville was the home to a very prestigious industry magazine, The Wine and Spirits Bulletin. The Louisville Free Public Library has a collection of these magazines and this image comes from one of the early editions in that... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Cream Of Kentucky Bourbon Circa 1965

Cream of Kentucky is a brand that Schenley acquired when they acquired the Geo. T. Stagg Distillery during Prohibition. The brand dates back to 1891 when the Edel Bros. of Richmond, Virginia trademarked “Kentucky Cream” and “Cream of Kentucky”. They... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Cabin Still ca. 1975

Cabin Still is a brand with a long history. It was created by W. L. Weller & Sons in the 1890s. It was a flagship brand for the firm, along with Mammoth Cave. Cabin Still was a brand created while... Continue Reading →

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