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Images Of The Past: The Big Three Of Stitzel-Weller

When I was working as North American Archivist for United Distillers, I was visited by a lady who was secretary to Julian Van Winkle Jr. after the war in the late 1940s. She donated to the archive a series of... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: McKenzie Bonded Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Finger Lakes Distillery in New York is one of my favorite distilleries outside of Kentucky. I have yet to taste a product from there that I did not like. I have... Continue Reading →

From My Archive: A Jigger Of Common Sense

In the 1950s Julian P. Van Winkle did a series of advertisements that were folk stories he would tell with a moral that you should drink Old Fitzgerald Bourbon. He later had a collection of these stories published as a... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Bartender’s Bible: 1001 Mixed Drinks And Everything You Need To Know To Set Up Your Bar

This is the very first cocktail book I ever bought. I admit I purchased it because I was impressed by the author, Gary Regan, when I worked with him on The Book of Bourbon. I never regretted getting it because... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Starlight Pear Brandy

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass I visited Ted Huber a couple of years ago and we started tasting barrels in their warehouses at Starlight Distillery. One of the spirits I tasted was a pear brandy that had... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Blogs for 2018

To me, a historian is more than a scholar of history. A historian should make the knowledge learned available to others. History is a growing organism that changes every time new documents or artifacts are found. New information can confirm... Continue Reading →

Maggie’s Favorite Cigar And Cocktail Stories From 2018

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is already over and it’s jarring to start forcing myself to type 2019 in preparation. But 2018 was a great year, and I had some great adventures with Bourbon Veach and Rosemary this year.... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: New Riff Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The New Riff Distillery has released their first Bourbon distilled completely by them. It is a Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon. I picked up a bottle and was going to review it when I was... Continue Reading →

Regulation On Barrel Size

Whiskey is stored in barrels. The old Federal regulations say very little about what type of barrel could be used. In fact, before 1938 there were no regulations on barrels. Distillers made Bourbon and other whiskey using the barrels they... Continue Reading →

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