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Five Bottled-in-Bond Bourbons Made In Kentucky

Kentucky distillers are introducing some excellent bonded Bourbons. Bonded whiskey is growing as a category. People are looking for the bonded labels because it is a sign of quality whiskey. Many of the smaller, artisan distilleries are creating bonded whiskey,... Continue Reading →

Artisan Distilleries And Bottled-in-Bond Whiskey

There has been a growth in the number of whiskeys that are being Bottled-in-Bond in the last few years. Most of these whiskeys have come from the smaller artisan distilleries. The category almost died out after the Reagan administration deregulated... Continue Reading →

Five Very Good Bottled-in-Bond Spirits

There have been Bottled-in-Bond spirits in the market for almost 125 years. They suffered a decline in popularity in the 1980s after deregulation of the industry during the Reagan era weakened the regulation by eliminating the tax stamp and most... Continue Reading →

The Fight For Bottled-In-Bond

The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 was the result of a struggle between straight whiskey producers and rectifiers, who purchased bulk whiskey and/or neutral spirits to make whiskey. It was a long struggle with an economic impact on the distilling industry... Continue Reading →

Images of the Past – The Sunny Brook Distillery Booth at the 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis

The 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition held in St. Louis played an important role in American distilling heritage. Yes, many brands, including Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 and I. W. Harper, won gold medals at the Expo, but that is not... Continue Reading →

Bottled-in-Bond In The 21st Century

March 3, 2017 will be the 120th anniversary of the signing of the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. To understand the future of this style of whiskey, we must first understand its past. In the late 19th century there was a... Continue Reading →

History Of Rectifiers Or “Non-Distilling Producers”

There has been a lot of talk about Non-Distilling Producers lately. Consumers feel they are being deceived by this newest generation of rectifiers and people act as if they are a new phenomenon but they are not. People have been... Continue Reading →

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