Bourbon History

The Manhattan Cocktail

A couple of years ago, Maggie and Rosemary did a series of blog posts discussing the Manhattan Cocktail titled the “Barefoot Manhattans”. Each blog looked at the different components of the Manhattan as they decided which product should be used... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Carl T Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Huber family first settled in Floyd Knobs, Indiana in the 19th century. They farmed the land, grew grapes and planted fruit trees. They made wine and cider and distilled brandy and... Continue Reading →


In American whiskey, proof is simply twice the alcohol by volume percentage – i.e. 50% alcohol by volume is 100 proof. Legend has it that the term “proof” comes from proving the whiskey by gunpowder. On the frontier, to prove... Continue Reading →

Images Of The Past – Winter 1994 Odd Bins Catalog

In the summer of 1994, I was working as the archivist at United Distillers and was asked to take the artist, Ralph Steadman to the Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark distilleries. Steadman was doing the illustrations for the annual winter... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Still Austin “The Musician” And TX Experimental Series 100% Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass I have a pair of whiskeys from Texas to review. Texas distillers are maturing as an industry and beginning to produce some excellent whiskeys – not just good, but excellent. There are... Continue Reading →

Bill And Mike’s Excellent Adventure – Part Five

Another summer has passed and it is time to taste the four barrels of Bourbon Bill Thomas and I had Kentucky Artisan Distillery (KAD) make for us. The barrels will be three years old on January 4, 2021 but this... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Old Fitzgerald Venetian Decanter

The Old Fitzgerald Venetian Decanter was released in 1966 as a holiday decanter. The whiskey was bottled-in-bond and was made in the spring of 1960 and bottled in the fall of 1966. It was made by the distiller Roy Hawes,... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Green River And Daviess County Bourbons

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Before Prohibition, Owensboro, Kentucky was a major center of distilling in Kentucky. Even after Repeal, there were several distilleries that came back to the region. Two of the distilleries and brands associated... Continue Reading →

Brand History – Green River Whiskey

J.W. McCulloch entered the American whiskey industry as an employee of the Internal Revenue Agency, collecting taxes in the Owensboro, Kentucky region. In the late 19th century, the Owensboro region of Kentucky rivaled Bardstown, Lawrenceburg, Frankfort and Louisville for both... Continue Reading →

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