Bourbon History

Images of the Past – Old Fitzgerald Advertisement circa 1957

Bourbon distillers have a long tradition of using imagery of Southern hospitality to sell their brands. Several brands have used versions of the Kentucky Colonel, pastoral scenes with horses grazing, race tracks and other romanticized images of Kentucky in their... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – J.W. Dant Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass J.W. Dant Bourbon has a long history. Joseph W. Dant started making whiskey in 1836. The story is he could not afford a fancy copper still, so he started making his whiskey... Continue Reading →

The Whiskey Ring

When you visit a distillery built before 1984, you are often walking over pipes and lines that seem to be in the way of foot traffic. You might ask why are these lines here? Why were they not placed under... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Old Overholt Rye circa 1979

Old Overholt is a Pennsylvania rye whiskey that dates back into the early 19th century. Mida’s Registry of Trademarks shows the trademark in use since 1810. It has been a popular rye whiskey since its inception. During Prohibition, the brand... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass I like the whiskeys being produced at the Smooth Ambler Distillery in Maxwelton, West Virginia. John Little, one of the founders, makes some great whiskey, but he also sources great whiskey. John... Continue Reading →

Bourbon Destination Louisville

Back in the 1990s, no one thought of Louisville as a Bourbon tourism destination. When the Courier-Journal published an article on the best Bourbon bar in America in the mid-1990s, the bar was Delilah’s in Chicago. Even when Bourbon tourism... Continue Reading →

Book Review- Barrel Strength Bourbon: the Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey

Carla Harris Carlton is a talented writer and editor who has worked for the Courier-Journal newspaper here in Louisville, but most people outside of Louisville will know her for her “Bourbon Babe” blog. Her blogs are always fun to read... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Russell’s Reserve Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Russell’s Reserve is a fairly recent brand extension for Wild Turkey. The brand was created in the year 2000. The original Wild Turkey 101 had lost its 8 year age statement and... Continue Reading →

Doc’s Bourbon Room

Doc’s Bourbon Room is the latest addition to Louisville’s Bourbon Bar scene. Actually, it is more than just a Bourbon Bar, it is a whiskey bar. They have about a thousand Bourbons on the menu, but there are over a... Continue Reading →

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