Bourbon History


Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes: Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition, 130th Anniversary

Every year Four Roses comes out with a limited edition Bourbon. This year it is to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the registration of their trademark with the government. The brand itself is much older, but this is the 130th... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Willett Family Estate Rye

I loved spending time with John and Linda Lipman and when they came to Louisville for a visit over the Labor Day weekend. I had them as guest tasters for the Willett rye. Neither of them claim to be expert... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Whiskey Row Shipping Port Bourbon Batch 5

Today I am joined once again by Matt Kohorst. He is becoming my favorite guest taster and his abilities to pick out flavors are improving with every tasting. As my future Nephew-in-law I am looking forward to his continuing improvement... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Michter’s Toasted Barrel Bourbon 2018

This is the first version of the toasted barrel Bourbon released by Michter’s since the retirement of Willie Pratt. Pam Heilmann and Andrea Wilson were in charge of this release and I will say that they did well. I expected... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon

Wild Turkey created this brand to honor Jimmy and Eddie Russell. It originally was a 10yo Bourbon bottled at 101 proof but then Bourbon took off and things started to change. They dropped the proof to 90. They probably did... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Buffalo Trace Bourbon was created in the late 1990s a few years after Sazerac acquired the Ancient Age Distillery. They wanted a premium small batch Bourbon in their portfolio and a new image for the distillery. They changed the name... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Jim Beam Bonded

Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon has been repackaged in the last few years. The bottle I have is one of the first repackaged bottles and they goofed on the label. All Bonded whiskeys have to state on the label the DSP... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Forged Oak Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Forged Oak is one of the Orphan Barrel Series from Diageo. I am not sure why they call it “Forged Oak” The “Oak” part I understand – aged in oak barrels, but not the forged oak. Usually when you think... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: O.K.I. Single Barrel Bourbon

When the New Riff Distillery opened they needed a product to sell until their whiskey was ready. They sourced barrels from Lawrenceburg, Indiana’s MGP Distillery. The owners of New Riff did not try to hide the fact that it is... Continue Reading →

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