XXX on Whiskey Jugs Means Something…

XXX on Whiskey Jugs Means Something…

Did you know that the XXX on old whiskey jugs actually means something? We’re all familiar with these jugs from cartoons and from American mythology. It was a common marking on illegal jugs of moonshine before the Mason jar was patented in 1858. (Since then, moonshine has more commonly been put into jars.) It showed the buyer that the hooch in the jar had been distilled three times. Any illegal, back woods “white lightning” was being distilled in simple pot stills. One run through the still and the moonshiner’s spirit was only about 30% alcohol. The “singlings”, as it was known (commonly called “low wines “), was then run through the same still twice more to raise the alcohol level and strip the distillate of much of its flavor. This is the stuff that curls the...

Old Taylor Distillery Returns…

Old Taylor Distillery is coming back to us! The Old Taylor Distillery was built in 1877 by Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. as his own “personal castle” distillery. The place is practically a medieval fortress! E.H.Taylor not only had plenty of experience in owning and operating distilleries by this time, but he also had toured many European distilleries, as well, and applied that knowledge to Old Taylor’s construction. He was now using rollers instead of mill stones to get more consistent mash. He was using copper mashtuns and made his own barrels -even experimenting with smaller barrels! This was the first distillery to build ricks in warehouses seperating the barrels from one another and allowing the barrels to “breathe”. (instead of stacking them...

Michters/ Bombergers?

  Michter’s was from Pennsylvania but the brand is now owned and bottled in Kentucky by Chatham Imports. Looks like Bomberger’s name is going down to Kentucky with it. It’d be nice to see more pre-Prohibition Pennsylvanian brands return to Pennsylvania. Just saying…a whiskey history as rich as the one we have in Pennsylvania should be preserved. Local Distiller Changes Name and Plans New Distillery – Lititz Record Express Local distiller opts to change name, but plans for new Lititz distillery still on track for 2016. LITITZRECORD.COM...