Bond. Bottled in Bond.

While scanning the bourbon shelves recently, I noticed several brands identified as “Bottled in Bond” – among them Old Bourbon Hollow, Very Old Barton and Heaven Hill’s Henry McKenna Single Barrel, which carries this nifty embossed tag around its neck….

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Henry McKenna

Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bottled by Heaven Hill Distilleries 10 years old; 100 proof Aroma: Lots of alcohol. Notes of vanilla and spearmint. Taste: Peppery, fiery, a bit oily; some oak and spice; finishes with that “zing” of mint. Verdict:…

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Cool option for a hot night

I don’t limit my bourbon consumption to the colder months of the year, but during a hot spell like the one we’re having in Kentucky, even I think twice about a drink known for its warming qualities. So when I…

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Getting another shot

Last week’s announcement that Michter’s will open a distillery at Eighth and Main streets in downtown Louisville was great news for bourbon lovers, but also for those who love historic architecture. The distillery will be housed in the 1870s-era Fort…

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Angel’s Envy: The devil’s in the details

The Courier-Journal ran a nice profile Sunday of master distiller Lincoln Henderson and his Angel’s Envy, a small-batch bourbon being produced by the Louisville Distilling Co., a new craft distiller founded by Henderson’s son, Wesley. “Angel’s Envy” is a play on one of my favorite bourbon…

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True or not, it’s a good story

It’s said that once when Mark Twain was traveling, a luggage inspector asked whether his suitcase contained anything other than clothing. No, Mr. Twain assured him. Suspicious, the inspector opened the case – and found a fifth of bourbon. “Ah,”…

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