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The Evan Williams Experience Introduces Square 6

Eight years ago, Heaven Hill opened the Evan Williams Experience, a small artisan distillery on Main Street in Louisville. I love the fact that Heaven Hill has chosen to call this location an “artisan distillery” and not a “craft distillery”.... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Old Crow Bonded 1973

Old Crow Bourbon is not what it used to be. In the early 19th century, James C. Crow came to Kentucky and started making whiskey at the Old Oscar Pepper Distillery. He was the first distiller to apply scientific methods... Continue Reading →

Matt’s Blind Tastings – Old Forester Blind Tasting

For this month’s blind tasting Blake and I decided to go with three Old Forester expressions. Here’s the stats on each: Old Forester 86 (OF86) 86 proof $20-25  Old Forester Whiskey Row Series Bottled-in-Bond (BIB) 100 proof $45-50 Old Forester... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Bluegrass Distillers Bourbons

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Bluegrass Distillers is an artisan distillery that was established in Lexington, Kentucky several years ago, but are moving to Midway, Kentucky this year. They hope to be completely moved to their new... Continue Reading →

Six Bar Owners Who Changed The Bourbon Industry

The Bourbon Industry was starting to change in the 1990s as the slump in sales leveled off and by the first decade of the 21st century, distilleries started to see increased sales. There are many reasons for this change. One... Continue Reading →

Six Square Peg Whiskeys

Rosemary is inventorying our whiskey collection and she has several of what she called “square peg whiskeys” - whiskeys that don’t fit into the round holes of Bourbon or Rye whiskeys. These are whiskeys such as corn whiskey, wheat whiskey... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Middle West Dark Pumpernickel Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The other day, Matt was in Westport Whiskey & Wine and saw this bottle of rye whiskey. He knew we had not reviewed it, so he purchased the bottle and brought it... Continue Reading →

Bourbon And Horses

Many 19th century distillers had herds of cattle, a pig lot and even a chicken coop. The spent mash, or “slop,” from distilling whiskey made good feed for these animals. In fact, if the distiller could prove that a certain... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert

I first met the author of this book, Davin De Kergommeaux, at the Bourbon Affair in 2016. We shared a table, signing books in the tasting room of the Marriott East Hotel. I was impressed with his knowledge of Canadian... Continue Reading →

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