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Tax Stamps

The use of tax stamps in America started with the British during colonial America, when they required a special stamp to be used on certain goods to show that the taxes had been paid or to add an additional tax... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Bonded Beam Bourbon Circa 1970

The tax stamp on this glass decanter of Bonded Beam is missing. I know that it is a legitimate bottle because it was part of a collection of old bottles Rosemary received from a friend and the bottle was given... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Baker’s Single Barrel Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Baker’s label is one of the original small batch Bourbons introduced by Jim Beam Distilleries in the 1990s. It is named for Baker Beam, who worked at the distillery at that... Continue Reading →

Six Very Good Rye Whiskeys Not Made In Kentucky

When I started as North American Archivist for United Distillers in 1992, there were very few distilleries outside of the State of Kentucky. Now there are several hundred distilleries not located in Kentucky and many of them are making excellent... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Moonshiners and Prohibitionists: The Battle Over Alcohol In Southern Appalachia

The author of this book, Bruce E. Stewart, is a history professor at Appalachian State University and specializes in the history of Appalachia. This book is very well researched and an interesting read, but the author’s tone leaves no doubt... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Bomberger’s Declaration Bourbon 2016 And 2019

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass When Chatham Imports acquired the Michter’s brand, they also acquired its heritage, and that included the Bomberger name. Michter’s does a limited release Bourbon under the Bomberger name and issued these expressions... Continue Reading →

North Carolina Artisan Distilleries

This past November, I was invited by Ken Bernardo to be part of a fundraising event in the memory of his father who died of heart disease, for the American Heart Association in Charlotte, North Carolina. I flew in early... Continue Reading →

Eggnog: A Holiday Classic Cocktail

December is the month that people drink eggnog at holiday parties and dinners. There is a long tradition of drinking eggnog in America that starts back in the 1760s. The drink probably evolved from an English drink called a “posset”... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Linkumpinch Straight Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Back in the 1820s, Sandford Duncan’s Linkumpinch Farm in Simpson County, Kentucky, was the place to hold duels in southern Kentucky. The area soon became known as the “Dueling Grounds.” Today it... Continue Reading →

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