The new Review

The fall issue of The Bourbon Review is out. Be sure to check out my story about the rise of the craft distilling movement across the country, as well as an interview with Trey Zoeller of Jefferson’s Bourbon and some great…

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A thought worth pondering, borrowed from my friends at Buffalo Trace.

Willett Distillery joins the KDA

The Willett Distillery in Bardstown, Ky., is the newest member of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, making it the 14th member and the eighth craft distiller to join. Willett has a long history in Kentucky distilling, although not all of it…

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Travels in Bourbon Country

With nearly a quarter of the year left, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour has already set a record: As of Sept. 30, 13,173 people have toured all six distilleries on the trail and submitted completed passports, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today….

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Jim Beam’s new visitors center

Today is the official grand opening of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, the new visitors center at the Clermont, Ky., distillery. But the Stillhouse has been open for a few weeks, and I stopped by on one of my trips to…

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Scene from the Kentucky Bourbon Festival: The handiwork of Independent Stave Co. of Lebanon, Ky.

A Rare Breed, indeed

Making bourbon was once largely a skill that was handed down from generation to generation. But only a few distilleries today carry on that family tradition. One of them is Wild Turkey, where master distiller Jimmy Russell (above) and his…

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Four stars for Four Roses

Four Roses Distillery had quite a set-up at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival Gala on Saturday night in Bardstown. Here, I’m enjoying a glass of Four Roses Single Barrel while standing next to a sculpture that captured the brand’s iconic blooms in…

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New Four Roses Visitors Center

As promised, here are some photos from the Sept. 10 grand opening of the new Visitors Center at Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Ky. Above, master distiller Jim Rutledge and Kentucky Department of Tourism Commissioner Michael Mangeot cut the ribbon – or…

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To celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month – and master distiller Jimmy Russell’s 58th year (!) with the company – Wild Turkey sent along this handy infographic about our native spirit.