Bourbon History

Tasting Notes: I. W. Harper 15 Year

Isaac Wolfe Bernheim created this brand of Bourbon by combining his initials with the name “Harper”. He wanted a brand with his name on it but knew that “Bernheim” was too German-Jewish to appeal to the whole market. He saw... Continue Reading →

To Source Or Not To Source, That Is The Question

I am frequently asked for advice from people who want to start up distilleries and create a brand. One of the big questions is about whether they should source their whiskey to create a brand. My answer depends upon their... Continue Reading →

Cigar Wrappers

When you are just starting out in cigars it’s common to think you can tell everything you need to know about a cigar by its wrapper. As with most things in life it’s actually a lot more complicated than that. ... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Grand Dad 114

I have a guest taster with me for this tasting. Matt Kohorst is a talented young musician who plays bass for the band Frederick the Younger. He is fairly new to Bourbon and loves to expand his knowledge and has... Continue Reading →

How To Keep A Bourbon Diary

I have had people who pull out the Bourbon Tasting Notebook and compare my tasting notes in there to tasting notes I have done on other occasions and the results are not the same. This is because every time you... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Michter’s Barrel Strength Toasted Barrel Finish Rye

I love the Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon and I was excited when they released this rye finished in the same manner. I am doubly excited because they decided to release the rye at barrel strength as well as toasted... Continue Reading →

Kentucky’s Great Distilleries: Heaven Hill – The Keepers Of Heritage

Heaven Hill is a family owned distillery that opened in Bardstown, Kentucky at the end of Prohibition. The company had been found in 1935 by the five Shapira brothers who hired Joe L. Beam to be their first distiller. It... Continue Reading →

Barefoot Manhattans: French Vermouths

Typically Italian Vermouth is thought to be sweet and French Vermouth is thought to be dry. But I can tell you from my short research that you can get both kinds from both regions. For a standard Manhattan you want... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Colonel E.H. Taylor Rye Bottled-in-Bond

Edmund H. Taylor Jr. was an important figure in American whiskey history. He was a motivating force in the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. He worked hard to separate the straight whiskey distillers from the rectifiers who were more than often... Continue Reading →

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