Bourbon History

Book Review – The Flowing Bowl: What And When To Drink

This is the latest addition to my library’s cocktail books. It is a modern reprint by The book was originally copyrighted in 1891 by “The Only William” (William Schmidt). There is no indication in the text as to where... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Buzzard’s Roost Finished Rye Whiskeys

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Buzzard’s Roost rye whiskeys are the brain children of Jason Brauner of Bourbons Bistro and a group of other investors. The name comes from Buzzard’s Roost, Kentucky. in Shelby County, where these... Continue Reading →

How Prohibition Came To The United States

On January 16, 1919, the 18th amendment was ratified and went into effect one year later on January 17, 1920.  A century later, the question is, “How did this happen?” There are a lot of factors leading to Prohibition that... Continue Reading →

Hot Drinks

It is January and cold weather is upon us. Hot drinks have always been associated with this time of year so I thought I would look back to see what hot drinks were drunk in the past. I decided to... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Linkumpinch Single Barrel, Cask Strength Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass In December 2019, I reviewed the Linkumpinch two year old Bourbon that I had purchased at the Frazier History Museum. I liked it. It was still young but had many good flavors... Continue Reading →

What Artisan Distillers Can Learn From Kentucky

The Distilling Industry has grown tremendously in the last two decades. In the 1980s and 90s, distilling of whiskey was limited to basically, Kentucky and Tennessee with Seagram having a distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana making whiskey for their blends. Brandy... Continue Reading →

Images of the Past – 1850s Labels

The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, Ky. has a “scrapbook” from a lithographer named Miller from the 1850s. It is really a sample book of his work. There are labels of all types. Miller printed labels for perfumes, jellies and... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Widow Jane The Vaults

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Widow Jane Distillery is an artisan distillery located in Brooklyn, New York. They take their name from the fact that the distillery trucks in water from the Widow Jane mine in upper... Continue Reading →

Mash Bills

A mash bill is the recipe of the amount of grains used to make a beer for whiskey production. In Scotland it ranges from 100% barley malt for single malt whiskey to corn, wheat and malt for grain whiskey. In... Continue Reading →

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