Bourbon History



Brand History – Golden Wedding Rye

Golden Wedding Rye is a brand with a long history. It was created by Joseph S. Finch, who buit a distillery near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1856. He registered the trademark, Golden Wedding Rye with Mida’s Criteria, stating it had been... Continue Reading →

History Of Park And Tilford

The Park and Tilford Company was established in 1840 when Joseph Park and John Mason Tilford opened a retail store in New York City. The specialized in imported goods, perfumes and liquors. Park was a clergyman from Washington County, New... Continue Reading →

From My Archive – Remarks Of Merit 1938-39

Schenley Distilleries created a newsletter for their employees. It started at their corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1937. I am fortunate enough to have the bound volume of the newsletter Remarks Of Merit from January 1938 and January 1939.... 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 →

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 →

Images Of The Past – The Joseph S. Finch Distillery, Schenley, Pennsylvania

In 1856, Joseph S. Finch built a distillery near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By 1911, the distillery was worth between $200,000 and $250,000 in Mida’s Financial Index. In 1892, the Sinclair brothers and their partner Henry Bischoff built a distillery in Schenley,... Continue Reading →

From My Archive: The Wilken Family Home Cooking Album

The Wilken Family were the distillers for Schenley’s Lawrenceburg, Indiana distillery in the 1930s and 40s. This distillery was next to the former Seagram distillery that is now MPG Ingredients, Inc. It closed in the late 1980s and the last... Continue Reading →

From My Archive: Schenley And Aging Whiskey

I have a copy of a 1945 booklet given to the sales force at Schenley in 1945. It is titled “Know What You Sell – Tell What You Know” and was an educational booklet on Blended Whiskey. In 1945 Blended... Continue Reading →

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