Bourbon History


From The Archives

Images Of The Past: Glass Bottle Production In The Mid-19th Century

When we think of whiskey today, we think of bottles of whiskey. This was not always the case. For most of the 19th century, glass bottles were a luxury item, often costing the customer three or four times the cost... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – 1950 Old Forester Christmas Advertisement 

In the year 1950, the whiskey industry in America was just recovering from the hard times of the past. Prohibition ended in 1933, but it was in the middle of the Great Depression and the distillers needed to build their... Continue Reading →

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 – 1947 Old Fitzgerald Advertising Picture

This advertising picture is from 1947. It is an Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond advertisement printed on a panel and made to be either hung on the wall or to stand on top of cases of Old Fitzgerald on display in a... Continue Reading →

American Whiskey Exports In The 1880s

About ten years ago, I was able to purchase a rare book titled Kentucky’s Distilling Interests, published in 1893 by The Kentucky Distillers’ Bureau Co. I had only seen one other copy of the book and that is in the... Continue Reading →

From My Archive – United Distillers Limited Recipe Booklet

Long before Guinness created United Distillers, in the 1990s, there was a company formed in the 1930s named United Distillers Limited (U.D.L.). They date to just after the repeal of Prohibition and they were originally based in Canada and the... Continue Reading →

From My Archive – 1870 Press Release

I have often been asked the question, “What did Bourbon and Rye Whiskeys taste like in the 19th century?” Tasting notes and tasting descriptors for whiskey in the way that they are written today were not written and used in... Continue Reading →

Displaying Your Whiskey Collection

I have a fairly large collection of both whiskey bottles and other items related to whiskey advertising and whiskey history. I am fortunate in that I have the third floor of our old house for my office and whiskey storage.... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Ripy Bros. Distillery 1905

I recently visited Tom Ripy in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. He is related to the Ripy family of distillers that are famous for their distilleries in Anderson County, Kentucky. He was kind enough to let me make a copy of this historic,... Continue Reading →

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