Bourbon History

Tasting Notes: Old 55 Bourbon Whiskey

A friend of mine from Indianapolis contacted me and said he found an artisan distillery northwest of the city that was making an interesting Bourbon from 100% sweet corn. mash. He wanted to know if I would like to taste... Continue Reading →

African-Americans And The Bourbon Industry

Researching the African-American involvement in the Bourbon industry before Prohibition is difficult at best. There are not a lot of written sources as enslaved people did not get mentioned much in business documents and if they are mentioned it is... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Bardstown Bottled-in-Bond

Old Bardstown is a brand that dates back to the 1930s. It was a flagship brand for the Willett Distillery when they started distilling at the end of Prohibition. I have had some of that whiskey from an old bottle... Continue Reading →

Life At Eight Miles Per Hour On the Mississippi River

Last November Rosemary received a “Black Friday” offer from the American Queen Steamboat Company that was a “two for one” price on a cruise from New Orleans to Memphis. The American Duchess, the newest boat for the American Queen Steamboat... Continue Reading →

Cigar Experience Getaways

The days are finally getting longer and we’ve even had a few warm ones. But it’s still not warm enough yet, which has me dreaming of tropical climates. Today I was daydreaming about being in a climate where cigars can... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Martell Cordon Bleu Grand Classic Cognac

It has been my theory that Bourbon was created to imitate the French Brandy the people of New Orleans were drinking in the early 19th century. With that in mind I realized that I had not done a Cognac tasting... Continue Reading →

Planning Bourbon Staff Training Trip To Bourbon Country

I was recently hired to accompany group of people from an out of town bar while they were in Kentucky to learn more about Bourbon. It was a fun couple of days and I feel they did learn quite a... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Blade And Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Blade and Bow is a very nice drink of Bourbon despite all of the marketing gimmicks Diageo put into this whiskey. They market that they have used a Solera method of aging of the whiskey. For those unfamiliar with this... Continue Reading →

World War Two And The Distilling Industry

The Second World War had a huge impact on the distilling industry. It was an industry that had just come out of Prohibition in December 1933. It was 1935 before many distilleries were back up and producing whiskey. When the... Continue Reading →

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