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Summer 2017 Bourbon Reading List

Summer means vacations and for many people that includes a nice quiet evening of reading a book while lounging in the shade with a glass of Bourbon. Whether this is in a tropical setting or by the lake or even... Continue Reading →

What is High Rye Bourbon?

There are a lot of people out there describing their Bourbon as a “high rye” Bourbon. The problem is there is no legal definition of the term ”high rye”, so just like the term “single barrel” it is left up... Continue Reading →

Bourbon’s Unsung Heroes: Chris Zaborowski And Independent Liquor Store Owners

Westport Whiskey & Wine is a Louisville institution for spirits lovers in the city. It is owned by Chris Zaborowski and his business partner Richard Splan, bur Chris is the more public figure of the two. Chris worked in the... Continue Reading →

100 Proof Blog

In late October 2015 I asked Maggie Kimberl to help me set up a web page and a blog, My first blog post appeared on October 25, 2015. It was written because one of the questions I was frequently asked... Continue Reading →

Bourbon’s Unsung Heroes: Sean and Lisa Higgins

I first met Sean Higgins in 2008. He and his wife Lisa had just started a new company called Mint Julep Tours and he wanted to meet me for a drink at Jockey Silks at the Galt House. Their new... Continue Reading →

YES Michael, this bottle is open….

A BRAND NEW ADDITION FOR THE BOURBON CABINET Anyone who has shared a Bourbon tasting or two with Michael and me has heard him say “We drink my bourbon, and Renae keeps hers” and sometimes that is true! However, what... Continue Reading →

Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Rye – New 2016 Release

According to many, Michter’s Master Distiller Willie Pratt is often known as Dr. No. He does not release a product until he feels it has achieved the best flavor profile and is ready to be released. It may or may not... Continue Reading →

Bourbon Regulations and Innovation

Bourbon has some of the tightest regulations defining the category of any whiskey but this does not need to stop innovation within these regulations. The regulations state that Bourbon has to be 51% corn, distilled at no higher than 160... Continue Reading →

Bourbon’s Unsung Heroes – Al Young and Plant Managers

When I first met Al Young I was a new archivist for United Distillers and he was the Plant Manager at Four Roses under Master Distiller Ova Haney. He would come to hear me speak on Bourbon History whenever he... Continue Reading →

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