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A Tale Of Two Rectifiers Part One

In the 1990s, both Julian Van Winkle and Even Kulsveen were operating each of their businesses with a rectifier license. This allowed them to sell whiskey without owning a working distillery. Both had warehouses at a distillery in which where... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – The Old Quaker Distillery, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

This image from the October 1938 issue of the Schenley newsletter, Remarks of Merit. It is an edited photograph of the Old Quaker Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana that has been altered so as not to show the Seagram Distillery located... Continue Reading →

Matt’s Knob Creek Blind Tasting

Knob Creek 9 year $30-40 Knob Creek 12 year $60-70 Knob Creek 15 year $100-110 All 100 proof Produced by Beam Suntory For this blind tasting, I decided to go with Knob Creek 9, 12 and 15 year old. This... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Five Brothers Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Five Brothers Bourbon is Heaven Hill’s newest release. It is a label that honors the five Shapira brothers who founded Heaven Hill Distillery. It is made from five different ages of Bourbon... Continue Reading →

From My Archive – Remarks Of Merit 1938-39

Schenley Distilleries created a newsletter for their employees. It started at their corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1937. I am fortunate enough to have the bound volume of the newsletter Remarks Of Merit from January 1938 and January 1939.... Continue Reading →

Six of My Favorite Rye Whiskeys Made By Kentucky Distillers

Kentucky distillers saved the American Rye whiskey category from oblivion.  During the 1970s as the Pennsylvania and Maryland distilleries were closing and everyone considered Canadian whisky as “rye whiskey”, Kentucky distilleries picked up many of the brands that were made... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Maker’s Mark Private Selection Black Bourbon Society 2021 Selection

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Several years ago, Samara B. Davis and her friends created the Black Bourbon Society. She and her co-founders love Bourbon and wanted to spread this love with like minds in the African-American... Continue Reading →

Proof Adjustments For Bottling Whiskey

Reducing the proof of whiskey to bottle proof is an interesting subject. People talk about filtration, but not many people talk about the water added to adjust the proof. Most big distilleries simply dump the whiskey from the barrels into... Continue Reading →

Book Review – The Savoy Cocktail Book

Prohibition in the United States drove many talented bartenders overseas to make a living. The result of this migration of talent is that cocktails became very popular in Europe. This led to a huge boost to the cocktail culture in... Continue Reading →

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