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Five Distilleries Doing Barrel Finished Whiskeys Right

I am a firm believer that the standard of a finished whiskey should not hide the flavor of the whiskey behind the finishing flavor. A finish flavor should complement the whiskey, not overpower it. Too many whiskeys finished in another... Continue Reading →

A Level Playing Field

I was discussing Texas whiskeys with Matt the other day and he asked “Was Texas known for making whiskey a century ago?” My answer was “No, not nationally.” This led to a discussion as to why they are doing so... Continue Reading →

Six Square Peg Whiskeys

Rosemary is inventorying our whiskey collection and she has several of what she called “square peg whiskeys” - whiskeys that don’t fit into the round holes of Bourbon or Rye whiskeys. These are whiskeys such as corn whiskey, wheat whiskey... Continue Reading →

The Next Big Spirit

I recently saw an article stating that Rum is going to be the “Next Big Spirit”. Writers are always looking for the next big trend in spirits, expecting a phenomenal growth spurt like Bourbon’s growth over the past decade. I... Continue Reading →

What Food Should I Serve At A Bourbon Tasting?

This is probably the question I get asked more than any other when people are putting together a Bourbon tasting for friends. I have covered it some in my blogs on Pairing Bourbon With Food and Hosting a Bourbon Tasting.... Continue Reading →

Regulation On Barrel Size

Whiskey is stored in barrels. The old Federal regulations say very little about what type of barrel could be used. In fact, before 1938 there were no regulations on barrels. Distillers made Bourbon and other whiskey using the barrels they... Continue Reading →

A Look At Single Barrel Whiskey

With the shortage of aged Bourbon in the correct age range, many distilleries are cutting back on the number of single barrel picks they are allowing customers to make. They are still bottling their own single barrel offerings, but cutting... Continue Reading →

Could Corn Whiskey Be The Next Rye?

Corn Whiskey has a great potential to be popular but distillers seem to be ignoring it. Not all but most distillers are pigeon-holing this whiskey into an ageless product that should only be used as a substitute for vodka in... Continue Reading →

A SHOT of Kentucky Bourbon, Whiskey and Brandy Distilling Heritage

  A SHOT of Kentucky Bourbon, Whiskey, and Brandy Distilling Heritage Kentucky distilling heritage starts with both whiskey and brandy distillation. When the earliest settlers came to Kentucky in the 1700’s, their stills were an important part of the journey’s... Continue Reading →

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