Bourbon Tasting

Bourbons are booming! Those big Kentucky distilleries that hung on through the 70’s are finally reaping their reward for their patience- The distillers themselves hung on financially and the whiskey waited patiently in its barrels. Where were you 10 years ago when that bottle of Booker’s was being barreled? What troubles did Jim Rutledge, the distiller emeritus at Four Roses Distillery, go through to bring us the good stuff that until 10 years ago was only available in Japan? What’s a non-distiller producer? What’s the difference between a single barrel bourbon and small batch? All the questions and many more we will discuss and answer together. Let’s taste 5 bourbons together- 1. Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey 2. 1792 Small Batch...

Why So Defensive About Sourced Whiskey?

Why So Defensive About Sourced Whiskey?

I was asked at the Dram Devotee’s Whistle Pig tasting on Thursday, “Why do you sound so defensive when you are speaking about sourced whiskey?” It must be true that I sound defensive or it wouldn’t have been noted by one of my guests.  I can tell you that a lot of my defensiveness stems from the commentary that I read on the internet.  I suppose I do feel the need to defend those companies that source their bourbons and ryes, but also manage to put out a consistently great product. I’ve seen all the lists of sourced whiskeys from LDI/MGP (Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana/Midwest Grain Products).  (For those that have not seen the list, you can find information here- (http://recenteats.blogspot.com/p/the-complete-list-of-american-whiskey.html.) There is a lot...

Jefferson’s Whiskey?

Jefferson’s Whiskey?

Thomas Jefferson may have a whiskey named after him, but maybe not for the reasons you think… When the Jefferson’s brand of whiskey was launched in 1997, the brand said that Trey Zoeller chose the name Jefferson’s “because the bourbon was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s curiosity, experimental spirit and good taste.” When Reid Mitenbuler (author of Bourbon Empire) asked Zoeller admitted, “I had no marketing budget. I simply wanted a recognizable face associated with history and tradition.” Even if the whiskey wasn’t thoughtfully named after Jefferson, the history of his association with and his connection to whiskey is interesting… After the Revolutionary War, the country (the government) needed revenue to pull itself out of...