Bourbon History

Images Of The Past – Ella Offut Pepper – A Love Story

When you visit the James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky, you will see these two images hanging on the wall of their history room. Ella Offut Pepper was married to James E. Pepper and they were devoted to each... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Jack Daniels Single Barrel Tennessee Rye

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Jack Daniels Distillery is world famous for their Tennessee Whiskey. Their whiskey is the largest brand of American whiskey in the world with only Johnny Walker selling more bottles of whiskey than... Continue Reading →

Lexington, Kentucky Distilleries – Barrel House Distillery

During my recent visit to Lexington to tour some distilleries, I toured the Barrel House Distillery. Barrel House Distillery was founded in the winter of 2008 by Jeff Wiseman and Pete Wright. Like most artisan distilleries that do not want... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – George Dickel No. 12 ca. 1966

When Schenley Distilleries failed in their attempt to purchase the Jack Daniel Distillery and brand in the 1950s, they decided to rebuild the pre-Prohibition Cascade Hollow Distillery and make George Dickel Tennessee Whisky for themselves. I have written a brand... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste New Riff Malted Rye Bottled-in-Bond

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The New Riff Distillery has gained a reputation for making some very interesting whiskeys. This latest expression is no exception. It is a 100% malted rye whiskey that has been aged six... Continue Reading →

Lexington Kentucky Distilleries – James E. Pepper

Recently, Rosemary and I travelled to Lexington, Kentucky to visit some distilleries. The one distillery that was top on my list to visit was James E. Pepper. I say this because during my days at United Distillers, I dealt with... Continue Reading →

A Stitzel-Weller Holiday

The year 1965 saw some change at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery. Julian Van Winkle had passed away in February and Julian Jr. was now in charge of the company. Old Fitzgerald Prime was introduced at 86.8 proof, the first Old Fitzgerald... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Restoration Rye Batches Two And Three

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass About a year ago, Castle & Key Distillery released their first whiskey – Restoration Rye. This year they have released more of this rye whiskey –Batches Two and Three. Both are good,... Continue Reading →

Lexington, Kentucky Distilleries – Town Branch Distillery

I recently visited several of Lexington. Kentucky’s distilleries. I started with the Town Branch Distillery. Town Branch is the distillery started by Alltech in 2008. I was given the tour by their Master Distiller Mark Coffman. The history, according to... Continue Reading →

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