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Kelvin Cooperage, Doing Things Differently

Kelvin Cooperage is a growing business making barrels for many distilleries and wineries as well as dealing in used cooperage to Scotland, Ireland and elsewhere. In fact it was while I was talking with Caleb Kilburn at Peerless that he... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye

This is an interesting whiskey. First of all it is a blended whiskey but not in the sense most people think of American blended whiskey. There is no grain neutral spirits in this whiskey. It is a blend of a... Continue Reading →

Bourbon’s Unsung Heroes: Jason Brauner

Thursday April 26th Bourbons Bistro will celebrate its 13th birthday! I first met Jason Brauner and his business partner John Morrison at a class I was teaching as part of an adult education program at Bellarmine University in 2004. They... Continue Reading →

Other Horse Racing Cocktails

Bourbon and horse racing go hand-in-hand, and not just in Kentucky. Most bourbon and horse racing enthusiasts in Kentucky can tell you that the same limestone filtered water that makes bourbon so amazing also contributes to the great strength of... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Hunter’s Select Barrel Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey

This Bourbon is bottled by the Leiper’s Fork Distillery near Franklin, Tennessee. They purchased barrels of Bourbon distilled at a major distillery in Tennessee to create a brand while they are aging their own Bourbon and Tennessee whiskeys. The distillery... Continue Reading →

The Distilling Industry And The Environment

Historically the American Distilling Industry has always had an interest in preserving the environment. There are strong economic reasons why this is so but it does not change the fact that the industry has always been progressive in their thinking... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Michter’s Single Barrel 10yo Bourbon, 2018 Release

Michter’s periodically releases a ten year old Bourbon and this year is the first that they have released since Willie Pratt retired. Andrea Wilson and Pam Heilmann made the selection for this release and I have to say it is... Continue Reading →

Whiskey Taxation, Part Two: The American Civil War And Beyond

In 1861 President Lincoln needed money to pay for troops to put down the rebellion of the Southern States. A whiskey tax was brought back but it was different from the first two periods of taxation discussed in Part One... Continue Reading →

Whiskey And Cigar Pairing: Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art Robusto

The Cigar Every time I think spring is finally here the weather turns cold again. Fortunately there was a long enough break in the rain for me to do another whiskey and cigar pairing study. The subject this go-around is... Continue Reading →

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