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Mayor and Cynthia Bourbon District

Louisville creates official Bourbon District

In my new book, “Barrel Strength Bourbon: The Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey,” I document the tremendous strides that Louisville has taken over the past five or so years to reclaim and celebrate the city’s place in Kentucky bourbon history….

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bottle

I Dream of… Jim Beam?

In 1964, the Jim Beam Christmas edition decanter sold for $5.99. On April 28, one of those bottles is expected to bring at least $100,000 at auction. The contents of this bottle made it extra-special, and we’re not talking about…

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michters-lineup

Who was ‘Michter’?

When I first heard the name “Michter’s” a few years ago, I assumed it was a Dutch surname. I knew that the brand name had originated in Pennsylvania in the mid-1970s at a distillery that went bankrupt in 1990, and…

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Negroni

The Negroni/Boulevardier/Americano

The Negroni is a classic cocktail featuring just three ingredients: gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, a bright red apéritif with a bittersweet taste. If gin’s not your thing, substitute bourbon or rye whiskey and you’ll have a Boulevardier. Or leave out…

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They work the line

As you may know (and if you don’t, you should), it was Maker’s Mark matriarch Marge Samuels who came up with the idea to seal each bottle with red wax, thereby giving the brand the distinctive packaging that’s immediately recognized…

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Kentucky Mule

Why is this called a ‘Moscow Mule’?

Sharing the recipe for the Kentucky Mule, a bourbon variation of the vodka-based Moscow Mule, got me wondering about that cocktail’s name. The “Moscow” part seems pretty obvious, since Russians are always portrayed as drinking that spirit from birth, but…

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Julep cup Wakefield-Searce

A history of julep cups

It’s Kentucky Derby week in Louisville, Ky., which means we’re hearing a lot about mint juleps. Contents aside, what makes this drink stand out is the distinctive cup in which it is traditionally served. Wakefield-Searce Galleries in Shelbyville, Ky., has…

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The return of I.W. Harper

Diageo is bringing the I.W. Harper brand back to the U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years this month (it has been available only in Asia) with the release of I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and…

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