Bourbon History

Book Review – Whisky: The Definitive Guide

When I first entered the spirits industry as archivist for United Distillers at The Stitzel-Weller Distillery, there were very few books that discussed Bourbon and its history. One of the few books available was a book written by the late... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Michter’s 10 Year Old Bourbon And Rye 2020

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Every year, Michter’s releases a 10-year-old version of both their Bourbon and Rye whiskeys. The year 2020 is the first year that this has been done under the supervision of their new... Continue Reading →

Brand History – Mount Vernon Rye

Mount Vernon Rye is a very old rye whiskey brand that I would love to see revived. I am sure that it would be a hard case to get this brand back on the market since it has been abandoned... Continue Reading →

The Finlandia Oaks Lily – The Cocktail Of The Kentucky Oaks?

The Oaks Lily is the official cocktail of the Kentucky Oaks horse race on the Friday before Derby Saturday. With a name like “Kentucky Oaks” you would think it is a good Bourbon cocktail, correct? After all, what better connection... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Whiskeys

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass About 7 or 8 years ago, I was a judge at the ADI conference at the Starlight Distillery in Indiana. That is where I met Scott Harris. He and his wife Becky... Continue Reading →

Filtration – One Size Does Not Fit All

Most major distilleries use chill filtration on their flagship whiskeys. Even their “non-chill filtered” whiskeys usually have been filtered with a carbon filtration system. The most economical way of doing this is to decide what works best for your end... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – The Joseph S. Finch Distillery, Schenley, Pennsylvania

In 1856, Joseph S. Finch built a distillery near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By 1911, the distillery was worth between $200,000 and $250,000 in Mida’s Financial Index. In 1892, the Sinclair brothers and their partner Henry Bischoff built a distillery in Schenley,... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Fern Creek Single Barrel Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Fern Creek Bourbon is a revival of an old label by Owen Powell and his Drink Bourbon Co. of Louisville, Ky. Fern Creek is a neighborhood on the south side of Louisville.... Continue Reading →

The Fight For Bottled-In-Bond

The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 was the result of a struggle between straight whiskey producers and rectifiers, who purchased bulk whiskey and/or neutral spirits to make whiskey. It was a long struggle with an economic impact on the distilling industry... Continue Reading →

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