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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

On Nov. 5, 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office by defeating Wendell L. Willkie. Celebrate by drinking an Old Fashioned, which was said to be Roosevelt’s drink of choice in the book “Whiskey, An American Pictorial…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

In light of yesterday (Oct. 28) being the 94th anniversary of the day Congress passed the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, thus beginning Prohibition, here is an interesting fact from Sam K. Cecil’s book, “The Evolution of the…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

The word “speakeasy,” first used to describe an unlicensed saloon around 1890, is the combination of the words speak + easy, from the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

In the early days of whiskey-making, there was little consistency from batch to batch. That changed largely due to the efforts of one Dr. James Christopher Crow, a Scottish immigrant trained in medicine and chemistry who took a job with…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

The first malting house in Kentucky was in Woodford County. There are no longer any malting houses in the state. Corsair Artisan Distillery, which has operations in both Bowling Green, Ky., and Nashville, Tenn., is planning a malt house at…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

A standard bourbon barrel holds about 53 gallons. About 3 gallons of bourbon are immediately absorbed into the wood, and approximately 3 percent is lost to evaporation each year of aging – the so-called “angel’s share.”

Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

I’m going to be featuring a lot of tasting notes on the blog this week, so in today’s Trivia I’m sharing a tip for tasting bourbon: Don’t ”nose” it the way you do wine. You know how you stick your whole nose…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association originally formed in 1880, when 32 distillers met at the Galt House in Louisville and organized to protect bourbon from “needless and obstructive laws and regulations.” One pretty big obstructive law, Prohibition, led to the KDA’s…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

If you threw a party for the whole world, and served only the bourbon that is now aging in barrels in Kentucky, every man, woman and child* on the planet could have four drinks apiece. Source: Colin Blake, creative director…

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Tuesday’s Shot of Bourbon Trivia

If you threw a party for the whole world, and served only the bourbon that is now aging in barrels in Kentucky, every man, woman and child* on the planet could have four drinks apiece.    Source: Colin Blake, creative director for…

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