Bourbon History


Kentucky’s Great Distilleries

Artisan Distilleries: Neeley Family Distillery

I have met Royce Neeley at a couple of events but did not have a chance to tour his Neeley Family Distillery before now. Rosemary and I had stopped there a few years ago but they were not open and... Continue Reading →

Kentucky’s Great Distilleries – Wild Turkey

The Wild Turkey brand is a relatively new brand. It was created by the Austin-Nichols company in the 1940s. The story goes that one of their executive officers brought a bottle of whiskey with him to a turkey hunt. Everyone... Continue Reading →

Kentucky’s Great Distilleries: Maker’s Mark – Setting The Bar For The 21st Century

Maker’s Mark is now owned by Beam Suntory, but it was the wisdom of its founder T. William Samuels Sr. that made it the iconic brand that it is today. In 1953 he purchased the Burks’ Spring Distillery. His family... Continue Reading →

Kentucky’s Great Distilleries: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers’ Willett Distillery – The Oldest New Distillery

Join us Wednesday for The Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm! Kentucky Bourbon Distillers opened the Willett Distillery six years ago but it was not a new distillery in many ways. The distillery was remodeled and refurbished but it was the... Continue Reading →

Kentucky’s Great Distilleries: Four Roses – Masters of Yeast

After The American Civil War Paul Jones entered the whiskey business as a rectifier in Atlanta, Georgia. He did not own a distillery and purchased his whiskey from a local distillery - The Rose Distillery in Atlanta. Prohibition forced him... Continue Reading →

Kentucky’s Great Distilleries – Brown-Forman

Kentucky is known for its great Bourbon distilleries and Brown-Forman is one of its best. They have a very rich heritage and I have chosen them as the first one in this series because they have an unbroken line of... Continue Reading →

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