Bourbon History


Flashback Friday

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 →

Images of the Past – A. Ph. Stitzel Distillery Print

The original of this print is part of the United Distillers archive. They had a collection of prints of the distilleries and buildings that came before the Stitzel-Weller Distillery. This included the original Stitzel Bros. Distillery at 26th and Broadway,... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Frost 8/80 Dry White Whisky

In the early 1970s, there was a movement to make “light” whiskey. The creation of “light beer” had caused a huge growth in the American beer industry and the distilling industry hoped that it would do the same for whiskey.... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Old Fitzgerald Venetian Decanter

The Old Fitzgerald Venetian Decanter was released in 1966 as a holiday decanter. The whiskey was bottled-in-bond and was made in the spring of 1960 and bottled in the fall of 1966. It was made by the distiller Roy Hawes,... Continue Reading →

Images of the Past – George Dickel Cascade Hollow Distillery ca 1960

When the Motlow family decided to sell the Jack Daniel Distillery and brand to Brown-Forman instead of Schenley, Schenley decided to revive the George A. Dickel Cascade Hollow distillery and create a brand named for Dickel. Since “Old No. 7”... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Old Taylor Bourbon Circa 1988

E. H. Taylor, Jr. established the Old Taylor brand in 1887. He had established a new distilling company, E. H. Taylor, Jr. and Sons a few years before after leaving the O.F.C. distillery and fighting a legal battle with the... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – T.W. Bullitt Private Stock Bourbon ca. 1962

T. W. Bullitt was born into a family with a long history in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Bullitt County, Kentucky was named for this family. Their family estate is Oxmoor Farm in eastern Jefferson County and in the family since the... Continue Reading →

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