Bourbon History


Flashback Friday

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 →

Images Of The Past – Old Joe Perkins Whiskey Advertising

At one time, the Kentucky Bourbon Affair had an event at the Filson Historical Society where Bill Thomas, Jared Hyman and I held an appraisal fair. It was a lot of fun and many interesting items came in for appraisal.... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Bourbon Falls Bourbon

In 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery opened in Bardstown, Ky. It was founded by the five Shapira brothers. They had no experience in the distilling industry and no established brands. They were, however, excellent businessmen with a plan. They would distill... Continue Reading →

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 →

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