Bourbon History


Tasting Notes

Developing Your Tasting Skills

I am often asked how I developed my tasting palate and my answer is “practice”.  I was fortunate in that when I worked for United Distillers I had many great teachers. I also was fortunate enough to start when the... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Rock Hill Farms

Rock Hill Farms is a single barrel Bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery. After the success of Blanton’s Single Barrel in the 1980s it was decided that at what is now Buffalo Trace that they would release other expressions of single... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style

This is the third in Brown-Forman’s “Whiskey Row Series” of Old Forester expressions. The first was called Old Forester 1870 and was released at 90 proof since that was the proof the original bottling of the brand in 1870. The... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Grand Dad 114

I have a guest taster with me for this tasting. Matt Kohorst is a talented young musician who plays bass for the band Frederick the Younger. He is fairly new to Bourbon and loves to expand his knowledge and has... Continue Reading →

How To Keep A Bourbon Diary

I have had people who pull out the Bourbon Tasting Notebook and compare my tasting notes in there to tasting notes I have done on other occasions and the results are not the same. This is because every time you... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Forester Signature

Old Forester is the flagship brand of Brown-Forman. It is the brand created by founder George Garvin Brown in 1870. It is the first Bourbon to be sold only by the bottle in the age where most whiskey was sold... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Rip Van Winkle

The Old Rip van Winkle brand dates back to the 19th century when A. W. Balgh & Co. of New York created it in 1871. The brand became one of the brands sold by A. Ph. Stitzel Distillery as medicinal... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old Grand Dad Bonded

When R.B. Hayden decided to distill a Bourbon he wanted to make it to the same quality as his Grand Dad, Basil Hayden. In the late 1890s the brand was acquired by the Wathen family who later sold the brand... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Belle Meade Barrel Finished Bourbons

I am not a big fan of most barrel finished Bourbons or ryes, but there are a few distilleries that are doing them in a way that I like. The big thing for me is that the whiskey has to... Continue Reading →

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