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Making a Mark, indeed

Maker’s Mark is known for great bourbon, of course, but it’s also known for its clever marketing, from homespun letters in newspapers and magazines to amusing, eye-catching billboards that capitalize on that red-wax seal. It’s fair to say that Maker’s has become one of the…

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Angel’s share bedevils neighborhood?

Three Louisville distillers are the targets of a federal class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of residents who say the vapors from aging whiskey – the “angel’s share” – are covering their homes and cars with black spots. The defendants, Diageo Americas Supply…

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Single Oak Project: What’s winning?

One year into its Single Oak Project to find the perfect bourbon, Buffalo Trace has released the fifth round of experiments. This round focuses on three variables: the recipe (rye versus wheat); the entry proof (105 versus 125 proof); and the wood grain…

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Bourbon Woman: Marjorie Samuels

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld Maker’s Mark’s right to exclusive use of its distinctive seal of dripping red wax. The decision came in an appeal brought by Diageo North America and Casa Cuervo of Mexico, which had also used…

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Drunk on power?

As an unrepentant lover of puns, I would have noted this piece in The New York Times just for its headline: “The Wrath of Grapes.” It’s a provocative examination of whether a president’s attitude toward the consumption of alcoholic beverages has any bearing on his…

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A full day of drinking bourbon

Louisville freelance writer Dana McMahan spent a whole day drinking along the city’s Urban Bourbon Trail and lived to blog about it. My favorite revelation: President Harry S Truman purportedly started his day with a meal of toast, eggs, bacon, fruit,…

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A toast to the Titanic

Today, April 15, marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and the loss of more than 1,500 lives. The largest ship afloat, the Titanic was also designed to be the most luxurious, and many prominent people…

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‘Great Compromiser’ – but not on this

Today is the birthday of Henry Clay Sr., a great lawyer and orator who represented Kentucky in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served three different terms as Speaker of the House. He was also Secretary of State…

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The craft of bourbon making

In the past year, six new distilleries have joined the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. All of them are micro-distilleries, or craft distillers, meaning they keep fewer than 25,000 barrels of spirits in inventory at any one time. A couple of weekends…

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The red and the blue

Heaven Hill Distilleries released this Red State/Blue State bourbon to create a buzz leading up to the 2012 presidential election. The bourbon in the bottles is the same, but the dueling labels allow you to show your true colors. Politically, Kentucky…

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