Bourbon History

Artisan Distilleries And Cigars Along The Mississippi River

Rosemary and I recently took a river cruise from New Orleans to Memphis and we explored some of the new artisan distilleries and cigar shops along the route. These places could easily be explored during a vacation trip to the... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Kentucky Owl Rye

Join us April 4 for the Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm! Kentucky Owl is an old brand created the C.M. Dedman distillery of Harrodsburg, in Mercer County, Kentucky. It was DSP 16 of the 8th District and a rather small... Continue Reading →

A Day At Mount Vernon

This is the 200th post on! Rosemary and I spent a day with Steve Bashore, the Distiller at Mount Vernon while we were visiting Washington D.C. It was Rosemary’s birthday and we wanted to do a special distillery trip... Continue Reading →

Mint Juleps: You’re Doing It Wrong

If you hate mint juleps it’s either because you had a bad experience or you are doing it wrong. I’ve heard them often referred to as “alcoholic mouthwash” and who in their right mind would want to drink that? Historically... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old 55 Bourbon Whiskey

A friend of mine from Indianapolis contacted me and said he found an artisan distillery northwest of the city that was making an interesting Bourbon from 100% sweet corn. mash. He wanted to know if I would like to taste... Continue Reading →

African-Americans And The Bourbon Industry

Researching the African-American involvement in the Bourbon industry before Prohibition is difficult at best. There are not a lot of written sources as enslaved people did not get mentioned much in business documents and if they are mentioned it is... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Bardstown Bottled-in-Bond

Old Bardstown is a brand that dates back to the 1930s. It was a flagship brand for the Willett Distillery when they started distilling at the end of Prohibition. I have had some of that whiskey from an old bottle... Continue Reading →

Life At Eight Miles Per Hour On the Mississippi River

Last November Rosemary received a “Black Friday” offer from the American Queen Steamboat Company that was a “two for one” price on a cruise from New Orleans to Memphis. The American Duchess, the newest boat for the American Queen Steamboat... Continue Reading →

Cigar Experience Getaways

The days are finally getting longer and we’ve even had a few warm ones. But it’s still not warm enough yet, which has me dreaming of tropical climates. Today I was daydreaming about being in a climate where cigars can... Continue Reading →

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