Bourbon History

Six New Bottled-in-Bond Whiskeys From Outside Of Kentucky

Bottled-in-Bond was created to set straight whiskey apart from rectified whiskey. It set a minimum standard of quality that requires the whiskey had to be 1) Made at one distillery, 2) Made in the same season, 3) Aged at least... Continue Reading →

Whiskey Of The Month June 2022 – Neeley Family Single Barrel Bourbon

When Matt and I were walking around the tasting event at the New Orleans Bourbon Festival, Royce Neeley came up to us and said “I have something for you to taste.” He pulled a sample bottle of his four year... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Ben Holladay Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The McCormick Distillery in Weston, Missouri has added a new brand name and distillery called Ben Holladay and started making Bourbon again for the first time in about thirty years. In the... Continue Reading →

Fort Nelson Fellowship Master Class

I get invited to many whiskey events, but Michter’s recently held one that I thought was an exceptionally good program. Michter’s hosted the Fort Nelson Fellowship Master Class and invited four bar managers from the Four Seasons Hotels from around... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Kentucky Bourbon & Tennessee Whiskey

I found this book to be an interesting combination of travel guide, cocktail recipes and history. Author Stephanie Stewart-Howard quotes me a few times and, for the most part, gets it correct. She does say that I gave the Nelson... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Maker’s Mark Master Distiller And Master of Maturation Select Bottles

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass There has been a long debate between the Distillers and the warehouse leader about who has a more vital role in making whiskey. Lincoln Henderson always said that you have to get... Continue Reading →

Drinks To Be Paired With Smoked Meats

Summer is the time to pull out the smoker and fix some ribs or pulled pork or brisket. So the question is, “What do I drink with this food?” Smoked cocktails are the rage today and if done right, they... Continue Reading →

Image Of The Past – McCormick Distillery Painting

Distilleries like to have images of their distillery hanging in their business offices. Many times it is an old photograph or two, but sometimes distilleries commission artists to paint an image of their distillery. These paintings are often “cleaned up”... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Michter’s Barrel Strength Bourbon From Fort Nelson

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The other day, Rosemary and I were invited to Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery for a gathering of the local press and whiskey writers. Michter’s was celebrating the fact that the COVID vaccine... Continue Reading →

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