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Take the B(eam) Train

Earlier this week I told you that Jim Beam started making collectible decanters in 1952. I was inspired to research that after stumbling across what might be the motherlode of Beam decanters in Wears Valley, Tenn., just outside of Pigeon…

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Happy Pappy Day?

The word went out late Monday: Liquor Barn locations in Louisville would be getting their fall allocations of Pappy on Tuesday. Early yesterday, in temperatures hovering near freezing, the eager faithful stood in line. Someone remarked that it was like Black Friday…

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A timeline of Kentucky bourbon

After a year of work with four Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame historians, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association has unveiled an unprecedented bourbon history timeline of pioneers and landmark events.  Lore and legends are a colorful part of bourbon culture, but…

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Wines of the apocalypse?

If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all, you’ve heard about The Great Pappy Heist, in which 65 cases of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle rye with a combined value of more…

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A fine Collaboration

Edward Lee and Trey Zoeller are longtime friends. One night while they were out having some drinks, they got hungry. They started discussing which wines to pair with their dinner. “Then we said, ‘Why the hell do that? Let’s pair…

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A ‘Small Batch’ of bourbon poetry

I was delighted to be asked to write the introduction for “Small Batch: An Anthology of Bourbon Poetry,” just released by Two of Cups Press of Louisville. The Two of Cups is a Tarot card, and if early sales are…

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You’ve got to really screw up to make a bad whiskey. Master distiller Lincoln Henderson (1938-2013), speaking at a taping of “The Moth” earlier this year. As creator of brands such as Woodford Reserve and Angel’s Envy, Mr. Henderson obviously knew a thing…

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The $4,000 bourbon

When I heard about Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Bourbon, I thought it was a joke. “Louisville-based Michter’s Distillery is pleased to announce a very limited release of Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey. … Master Distiller Willie Pratt hand selects sour…

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Bourbon = $$$, and here’s the proof

There’s been a lot of press about “the bourbon boom” over the past few years. Much of it has focused on how many barrels are aging in Kentucky and how many more people are drinking it. But bourbon production also…

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