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A History Of Melrose Rye Whiskey

Melrose Rye was a brand of Maryland Rye Whiskey. It has a very interesting heritage and the brand has been revived by J.W. Kelly & Co. of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It all started with the Goldsborough family who first settled in... Continue Reading →

Images of the Past – J. Swigert Taylor Distillery Warehouse Receipt

In the early 1870s, Edmund H. Taylor, Jr. purchased a small distillery in Woodford County, Kentucky and placed his eldest son, Jacob Swigert Taylor in charge of the production. They named the distillery for Jacob Swigert Taylor. The distillery was... Continue Reading →

Tasting with Matt and Mike – Brough Brothers Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass The Yarbrough brothers, Victor (CEO), Bryson (COO), and Chris (CMO) became part of Kentucky distilling history in the year 2020 by founding the first African-American owned distillery in Kentucky – Brough Brothers... Continue Reading →

Schenley Distillers Corporation – The Forgotten Giant Part Two

After the war, Schenley continued to grow. Between the end of the war and 1950, Schenley become the distributor for Kahlua in the United States; acquired the Pebbleford Distillery in Ekron, Kentucky; 50% of Dowling Bros. Distillery in Burgin, Kentucky;... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – I.W. Harper Bottled-in-Bond 1979

I.W. Harper is a brand that has been around since the 19th century. The brand became one of Schenley Distillers flagship brands and was distributed to more than a hundred foreign markets in the 1960s and grew very popular in... Continue Reading →

Tasting With Mike And Matt – Ezra Brooks Distiller’s Collection Single Barrel

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Ezra Brooks is a brand that was created in the 1960s as an imitation of Jack Daniel Black Label. It has passed through several hands over the years and is now part... Continue Reading →

Schenley Distillers Corporation – The Forgotten Giant Part One

When Prohibition went into effect in January, 1920, Lewis Rosenstiel and some other investors created the Cincinnati Distributing Corporation to distribute medicinal spirits. Rosenstiel had worked in the Bourbon industry as the superintendent of the Susquemac Distillery in northern Kentucky... Continue Reading →

Six Artisan Distilleries In Kentucky To Watch

There are six artisan distilleries outside of Louisville that everyone should be watching. They are making very good whiskeys that will only get better as each distillery matures and they increase the number of barrels in their warehouses, leading to... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Rebel Distiller’s Collection

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass he brand Rebel Yell was created by Charlie Farnsley in the late 1940s. Farnsley was a Kentucky politician who would become mayor of Louisville and the nephew of Alex T. Farnsley, one... Continue Reading →

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