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Bourbon Barons – John M. Atherton

John McDougall Atherton was a prominent distiller in the 19th century. He built several distilleries, including the one in Athertonville, Ky. that later became part of the Seagram distilleries in Kentucky. He was also a leader in promoting education in... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 Tennessee Whiskey, Circa 1985

Jack Daniel’s is the best-selling American whiskey in the world. Johnnie Walker Scotch is the best-selling whisky in the world and Jim Beam is the best-selling Bourbon in the world. This success has caused many changes in the Old No.... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Redemption Wheated Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass I have always liked the whiskeys bottled by Redemption Barrel Selection. They have never claimed to be a distillery and are quite open to the fact that they purchase their whiskeys from... Continue Reading →

Collecting Wild Yeast

In the Taylor diary, written in the first decade of the 19th century, at The Filson Historical Society archive, is this direction for gathering yeast: “The art of making whiskey in the first place, the distiller must be an industrious... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey

I have known Fred Minnick, the author of this book for many years. When he was still an aspiring whiskey writer, he came into the Filson Historical Society, where I worked as an archivist at the time, to look for... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – TX Texas Straight Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass TX Straight Bourbon is made by F&R Distilling Co. of Fort Worth, Texas. The “F&R” stands for Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson, the proprietors of the distillery. I was first exposed to... Continue Reading →

Bourbon Date Night At Home

In these days of Covid 19, it is playing Russian Roulette with your health to go out in public, especially in a crowd. It is a form of attempted suicide for someone of my age and health, so I am... Continue Reading →

The Mint Julep

Springtime in Kentucky means mint juleps. People either love them or hate them. I fall more into the latter category myself. I have had a few good mint juleps, but only rarely. Molly Wellmann made me a very good mint... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Wheelhorse Straight Rye Whiskey

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Wheelhorse Rye is a brand from a new company entering the whiskey market. It is bottled by Ocean State Distillers in Woonsocket, R.I. They have acquired barrels of rye made at the... Continue Reading →

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