Bourbon History

Flashback Friday – Frost 8/80 Dry White Whisky

In the early 1970s, there was a movement to make “light” whiskey. The creation of “light beer” had caused a huge growth in the American beer industry and the distilling industry hoped that it would do the same for whiskey.... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Wheel Horse Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass A few months ago, Ocean State Distillers of Woonsocket, R.I., sent me a bottle of their Wheel Horse Rye to sample and I liked it. It was a two-year-old rye contract distilled... Continue Reading →

Age Is Not Everything

Whiskey is like a lot like people – some mature quicker than others. The passage of time is not the only thing that determines how good a whiskey is going to taste. In fact there are six sources of flavor... Continue Reading →

The Stitzel-Weller Challenge

When the Covid 19 Pandemic started in March, my nephew, Matt Kohorst, and I, have been making Youtube videos of our weekly whiskey tastings. It is something to do since we can’t go out to visit distilleries or whiskey bars.... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Historic B. Bird Straight Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Baker-Bird Winery and Distillery is located in Augusta, Kentucky. The back label of this bottle has a timeline showing that Johannes Becker came to America from Germany in 1761 and settled... Continue Reading →

The Medley Factor In The Distilling Industry

In the year 1634, John Medley became one of the English Catholics that came to the new world and settled in Maryland. He brought a still with him from England and settled in the area that became known as Medley... Continue Reading →

Book Review: American Spirit: Wild Turkey Bourbon From Ripy To Russell

David Jennings, the author of this book, is also known to the whiskey world for his blog, Rare Bird 101. He is found in most social media outlets under this title. He writes about Wild Turkey and their products, but... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Porter’s Small Batch Rye 95

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Porter’s Small Batch Rye 95 is distilled in Indiana and bottled by Ogden’s Own Distillery in Utah. It is a 95% rye, 5% malted barley mash bill that was aged for three... Continue Reading →

How Old Is Old Whiskey?

There is a lot of interest in “Extra-Aged” whiskey today. The market is mourning the loss of age statements and consumers are paying high prices for whiskey that still have age statements with double digit numbers. At the same time... Continue Reading →

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