Bourbon History

Reviving Old Labels

When I started as an archivist at United Distillers, one of the purposes for the archive was to use it to support the heritage of the brands produced by U.D. The other main purpose was to use the history to... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past: Bernheim Distillery Bottling House And Warehouses Post Card

Postcards are an interesting look at distilling heritage. Most people think of postcards as a picture of an exotic place you send to friends while you are on vacation. Manufacturing plants are not what comes to mind when sending a... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Lee W. Sinclair 4 Grain Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Alan Bishop, the distiller at Spirits of French Lick Distillery, is a big proponent of the Indiana distilling heritage, but also of Hoosier heritage as a whole. Lee W. Sinclair was the... Continue Reading →

The Six Sources Of Flavor In Whiskey

I have heard many people, distillers and consumers alike, state that whiskey gets over 70% of its flavor from the barrel. This is true with real old whiskey. In fact, I have blind tasted twenty-year-old Bourbon against a rye of... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Story Of Canadian Whisky: 200 Years Of Tradition

The Canadian Whisky tradition is very similar to the whiskey traditions in the United States. The Canadian whisky sold then and now have more in common with Bourbon and Rye whiskeys than the Malt whiskies of Scotland and Ireland. At... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaboration Series, Phifer Pavitt Reserve Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Rosemary and I were recently invited to the Bardstown Bourbon Company Distillery for the release of their newest product – The Phifer Pavitt Reserve Bourbon. Suzanne Phifer Pavitt is a vintner on... Continue Reading →

Heirloom Corn

Bill Thomas and I recently had some Bourbon made at Kentucky Artisan Distillery with Hickory Cane white corn, an heirloom variety raised by my grandfather as far back as the 1930s. I chose that corn because everyone at his funeral... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past: Pleasure Ridge Park Distillery Letterhead

When I was working at The Filson Historical Society I cataloged many collections dealing with the distilling industry. My colleagues also kept an eye out for anything they found in the collections they were working on at the time. I... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Guckenheimer Blended Whiskey Circa 1960

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass After I posted my blog on Blended Whiskey, Alan Bishop, the Master Distiller at the Spirits of French Lick Distillery, reposted with some comments about how American Blended Whiskey was horrible and... Continue Reading →

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