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Evan Williams Introduces Square 6 Rye Whiskey

The other day, Rosemary and I visited the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience where they were introducing the new Square 6 “High Rye” Rye Whiskey. They are calling it “High Rye” because they are using more rye grain in the mash... Continue Reading →

Bourbon’s Unsung Heroes – Lisa Roper Wicker

When Widow Jane Distillery opened in Brooklyn, New York, I thought the whiskey they were bottling was average at best. Then the distillery and brand were sold to Samson and Surrey and they hired Lisa Roper Wicker as their president... Continue Reading →

Distilleries That Made Bourbons That Impressed Me In 2021

The year 2021 has been a productive year for the Bourbon industry. There have been many Bourbons that I liked quite a bit. Some of them came from the established Kentucky distilleries, but many of them have been made by... Continue Reading →

Mike And Matt Taste Five Brothers Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Five Brothers Bourbon is Heaven Hill’s newest release. It is a label that honors the five Shapira brothers who founded Heaven Hill Distillery. It is made from five different ages of Bourbon... Continue Reading →

Flashback Friday – Bourbon Falls Bourbon

In 1935, Heaven Hill Distillery opened in Bardstown, Ky. It was founded by the five Shapira brothers. They had no experience in the distilling industry and no established brands. They were, however, excellent businessmen with a plan. They would distill... Continue Reading →

Heaven Hill Opens Their Expanded Visitor’s Center

Heaven Hill has had a Visitor’s Center in Bardstown for over a decade. It has always had an interesting museum, a gift shop and one of the nicest tasting rooms in the industry. The late Harry Shapira was instrumental in... Continue Reading →

Brand History – Henry McKenna

The Henry McKenna brand has grown in popularity since the 10 year old bonded Bourbon was named a best buy a couple of years ago. The brand was created by Irish immigrant, Henry McKenna. Henry McKenna was born in Ireland... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes – Heaven Hill Select Stock Finished in a Cognac Barrel

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass This bottle was purchased at the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown, Kentucky. It is a barrel selection for the gift shop. According to the government regulations, finished whiskeys cannot have... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Evan Williams Red Label

Evan Williams is Heaven Hill’s flagship brand. The Black Label is their largest selling Bourbon and they have several extensions of the brand including a Bottled-in-Bond and a 12 years old Red Label. They are all excellent whiskeys. The brand... Continue Reading →

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