Bourbon History

Book Review: The Louisville Encyclopedia

Back in the early 1990s The University Press of Kentucky assembled a team to write an encyclopedia about the city of Louisville. They hired freelance writers, graduate students and experts in particular subjects to write the articles. I was asked... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Ezra 101

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass When I worked at United Distillers, one of my favorite products in the Glenmore portfolio was the Ezra Brooks 101. Glenmore had acquired the Medley Distillery and the brand just a few... Continue Reading →

Bourbon’s Unsung Heroes: Gary Crunkleton

If you have ever met Gary Crunkleton, then you know why he is a great bar owner. He is very friendly, extremely knowledgeable about the spirits industry, and hires, trains and retains staff that also possess these qualities. His accomplishments... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Old Taylor Distillery Office

This image of the Old Taylor Distillery office was taken in the early 20th century. It is an interesting image in that it shows people visiting the distillery. Edmond Haynes Taylor, Jr. was a pioneer in Bourbon tourism. He believed... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Wild Turkey brand was created in the 1940s by Austin Nichols Co. of New York. Austin Nichols was a grocery store that had become a spirits company at the end of... Continue Reading →

Bulleit Distillery, Shelby County, Ky.

Rosemary and I were invited to visit the Bulleit Distillery in Shelby County as part of the soft opening of the new visitor’s experience. The distillery is located a few miles from Shelbyville on a country road in an idyllic... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook

Albert Schmid taught classes at the culinary school at Sullivan University in Louisville for many years. He has since moved on to teach in North Carolina but he still loves his Bourbon. The recipes he collected for this book come... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Spirits Of French Lick – “The Wheater”

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Alan Bishop is doing some interesting distilling at the Spirits of French Lick Distillery. In addition to some interesting distilling, Alan is also doing some interesting mingling of whiskey at the Spirits... Continue Reading →

Age Statements

Age statements on whiskey go back to the 19th century. Whiskey was mostly sold by the barrel until the 1880s. The barrel head did not have the information that is not required by the government, so the consumer had to... Continue Reading →

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