Bourbon History


Flashback Friday

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 →

Book Review – The Flowing Bowl: What And When To Drink

This is the latest addition to my library’s cocktail books. It is a modern reprint by The book was originally copyrighted in 1891 by “The Only William” (William Schmidt). There is no indication in the text as to where... Continue Reading →

Hot Drinks

It is January and cold weather is upon us. Hot drinks have always been associated with this time of year so I thought I would look back to see what hot drinks were drunk in the past. I decided to... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Maker’s Mark ca. 1991

The Samuels family sold the Maker’s Mark Distillery and brand to Hiram Walker in the mid-1980s. There was flavor drift that followed the sale as Hiram Walker took the brand nationwide and to international markets. Before the sale, the brand... Continue Reading →

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