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Book Review – Bourbon Desserts

For many years, when people thought of cooking with Bourbon, they thought of desserts. That has changed in the last two decades or so, but Bourbon still works well in something sweet for dessert. Here is a book that is... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection Wheated Bourbon With Proof Adjusted in the Barrel

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass I usually don’t like to review one off whiskeys since most people will never get to try the few bottles making it into the market. I am making an exception here because... Continue Reading →

From My Archive – 1930s Fortune Magazine Articles

When Prohibition came to an end, American distilleries were at a huge disadvantage in the spirits market. It is very similar to what the smaller artisan distilleries are facing in the 21st century – there were big companies with plenty... Continue Reading →

The Whiskey Sour – A Summer Classic Cocktail

During the warm, summer season, people like a drink that is refreshing – a little sweet, a little sour and cold. The whiskey sour fills this need in all three ways. It is a little sweet but has the tartness... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Chocolate Malted Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Every year, Chris Morris releases a new expression of whiskeys made at the Woodford Reserve Distillery called the “Master’s Collection”. These are different types of whiskey produced by altering one or more... Continue Reading →

Tasting Variables

People always ask me why I do my tastings with dried cranberries, pecans and a cigar. I do this because of the ephemeral nature of tasting whiskey. There are a lot of variables that have an effect on the flavor... Continue Reading →

Images of the Past – The Sunny Brook Distillery Booth at the 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis

The 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition held in St. Louis played an important role in American distilling heritage. Yes, many brands, including Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 and I. W. Harper, won gold medals at the Expo, but that is not... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Conviction Double Oak 1929 Straight Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass This is the latest release from Southern Grace Distillery in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Their distillers are the very talented Thomas Thacker and Sebastian Correa, but this whiskey was also one of... Continue Reading →

Bourbon Barons – John M. Atherton

John McDougall Atherton was a prominent distiller in the 19th century. He built several distilleries, including the one in Athertonville, Ky. that later became part of the Seagram distilleries in Kentucky. He was also a leader in promoting education in... Continue Reading →

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