Recently, the trend in the bourbon industry has been to make higher and higher proof whiskeys. Similar to the dreadnaught arms race leading to World War 1 with bigger and faster battleships, consumers have been attracted to higher proofs and faster whisky. But is that always a good thing? Does bourbon have to be at … Continue reading PROOF IT TO ME
Alexander Hamilton hated whiskey. Okay that’s not technically true. While the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 can trace its roots to my boy Hammy, there’s no proof he hated the liquid gold that is whiskey. He just wanted to tax it. Afterall - people like whiskey. Whiskey is sinful. And the nation needed money. Which all … Continue reading Hamilton’s not throwing away his shot…unless it’s whiskey
You’ve heard me mention it more than once – the phrase “bottled in bond”. But what does that really mean? Why is it so important? And where did it all begin? YOU’LL GO BLIND DRINKING THAT! In bourbon’s early days, you literally could go blind – or worse – from drinking the spirit that was … Continue reading WHAT’S BOTTLED-IN-BOND
With the current billion-dollar bourbon boom, it’s no wonder the Kentucky Bourbon Trail has been experiencing a record number of visitors. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail launched back in 1999 - the same year that Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace hit theaters, soccer star David Beckham married Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham, Backstreet Boys’ … Continue reading WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL
Walk into any of your favorite shopping sites for bourbon and you'll see a dizzying array of words on a label. Here are some of the most common words you may see: ABV: Abbreviation for alcohol by volume. An ABV of 40 indicates that the bottle you're holding contains 40% alcohol. Multiply this by two … Continue reading STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT BOURBON
I was recently at a corporate event for work. After nine hours on my feet, my "tires" were screaming for a little relief. As I walked to the pop-up bar station, I asked the server, "Do you have any bourbon?" He quickly responded, "We have Jack Daniels. Do you want that?" I ended up settling … Continue reading DO YOU HAVE ANY BOURBON? WE HAVE JACK DANIELS.