Jim Beam’s “Small Batch” Collection

Jim Beam’s “Small Batch” Collection

Jim Beam is one of the most famous names in the American whiskey world. The historic roots of the Beam family cover over 200 years in bourbon making, but the Jim Beam brand name actually dates back to 1933 when James Beauregard Beam (Jim Beam) built the family’s Clermont distillery (after Prohibition) near Bardstown. Jim Beam, the great-grandson of the patriarch of the Beam family, Jacob Boehm, was responsible for keeping the Beam’s bourbon legacy alive after Prohibition ended. A second, larger distillery was later built about 9-10 miles away in Boston, KY in 1953. Jim Beam’s grandson, Booker Noe Jr., was responsible for launching Jim Beam’s small batch collection. Blanton’s (created by Elmer T. Lee in 1984 at the George T.Stagg Distillery) had created the first...

Herman Melville’s Rye Whiskey Reference

Herman Melville’s Rye Whiskey Reference

Today is the day that Herman Melville’s Moby Dick was published by New York’s Harper and Brothers in 1851. There is a reference in the book that connects whiskey to the color red, which indicates that aged whiskey was the norm in the mid 1850’s and that readers would make the obvious connection. “That drove the spigot out of him!” cried Stubb. “‘Tis July’s immortal Fourth; all fountains must run wine today! Would now, it were old Orleans whiskey, or old Ohio, or unspeakable old Monongahela! Then, Tashtego, lad, I’d have ye hold a canakin to the jet, and we’d drink round it! Yea, verily, hearts alive, we’d brew choice punch in the spread of his spout-hole there, and from that live punch-bowl quaff the living...

Every Man Deserves His D.E.W.

Every Man Deserves His D.E.W.

Every man deserves his dew…Tullamore Dew, that is. The new Tullamore Dew Distillery opened its doors and began distilling whiskey in Tullamore, County Offaly In Septemebr 2014. This new state of the art facility would replace the old Tullamore Distillery that closed its doors in 1975. Though the Tullamore Distillery functioned until 1975, distillation on the site actually ceased in 1954. Tullamore Distillery was founded in 1829, and for about 150 years was one of the most successful distilleries in Ireland. They produced pure pot still whiskey in a truly impressive production facility. (11 warehouses, 8 graneries, 4 malting barns, and 4 giant pot stills, not to mention about 100 employees) In 1886, Daniel E. Williams became distillery manager. He stayed on...

Midleton Distillery -Old and New

Midleton Distillery is home to the whiskeys we will be tasting this Thursday at Nektar in New Hope. The distillery in use today is not the one founded in 1825 by the three Murphy Brothers. They bought what was once a wool mill in County Cork from Lord Midleton and converted it into what we know as the Old Midleton Distillery. There, The Murphy brothers installed the world’s largest copper pot still with a capacity of 31,618 gallons. They produced a variety of whiskeys, including Cork Distillery Whiskey (now known as Paddy Whiskey) in the 19th century. Today, the old distillery has been converted into a tourist center. The new Midleton Distillery was constructed next to the old distillery in the early 70’s and is home to many of Ireland’s best...

What is the Difference Between a Flavored Whiskey and a Liqueur?

I was just speaking to a bartender that wanted to know the difference between flavored whiskey and liqueur. Hopefully, by now, most of us are aware that Southern Comfort (made so famous by Janis Joplin) is a liqueur, not a whiskey. It is “grain neutral spirit, sugar, and a fruit concentrate in which the dominant fruit is apricot.” (Chuck Cowdery) That means it is basically vodka with flavorings. Flavored whiskey, however, is a different animal. By law (TTB regulations), Flavored Whiskey is described this way- -Whisky flavored with natural flavoring materials, with or without the addition of sugar, bottled at not less than 30% alcohol by volume (60 proof) -The name of the predominant flavor shall appear as part of the class and type designation, e.g.,...