Category History

1792 Small Batch Bourbon Review

1792 Small Batch 70-1
1792 Small Batch Bourbon is distilled at the the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, KY. It is the flagship bourbon of the 1792 line and is made from a high rye recipe. The Barton 1792 Distillery also just happens to be the oldest operating distillery in Bardstown. Read our 1792 Small Batch Bourbon review to learn more!

Tuesday Tidbit: TerrePURE, Terressentia and OZ Tyler

TerrePURE process - OZ Tyler - Tuesday Tidbit
So what's TerrePURE and what does it have to do with bourbon? Well, the TerrePURE process was developed by the Terressentia Corporation back around 2007. The process purifies alcoholic beverages using ultrasonic energy and oxidation. Few details have been revealed except to say that it could remove unwanted congeners (byproducts of fermentation) as well as convert some fatty acids to more flavorful esters. This process would overall "purify" a spirit and make it more flavorful.

Jodie Filiatreau Chats with Bourbon Obsessed

Jodie Filiatreau chats with Bourbon Obsessed
Join us as we chat with Jodie Filiatreau, Artisanal Distiller at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1981 a young Jodie Filiatreau strode into the offices of the Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY. Acting on the advice of his uncle, the 20 year old headed straight for the office of Max Shapira, then Vice-President of Heaven Hill. Max was not in charge of hiring and Jodie had no appointment, nonetheless, he introduced himself and inquired about work at the distillery. Max listened to his appeal and sent him off to Human Resources. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Bottled in Bond Act: Fun Facts

Marlin & Barrel Bottled in Bond Rum
I know many of you are familiar with the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897. But what you might not be familiar with is that it doesn't only apply to whiskey. It applies to any distilled spirit, including fruit brandy, which is specifically named in the original act. The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 was essentially the first consumer protection act. It ensured the purity and identity of the spirit that was being purchased; something that was sorely needed at the time.

The Untold Story from Castle & Key

The Untold Story of Kentucky Whiskey by Castle & Key Review
This whiskey, The Untold Story Of Kentucky Whiskey from Castle & Key Distillery, is a special one. Released by Castle & Key Distillery in partnership with the Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild, it is dedicated to uncovering and telling stories from generations past. The series honors African American contributions to the distilling industry, contributions which are many but which have not been widely recognized or discussed. This whiskey is also a step towards the future as well. It was donated by Castle & Key and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Castle & Key Scholarship Fund. This release, Chapter 1, will be the first release of a series of annual "Chapters", each telling part of the story, right on the bottle. Check out the photos to read it.

George Remus Single Barrel Bourbon Review

George Remus Single Barrel Review
Have you heard of George Remus bourbon? I didn't think so. Have you heard of MGP? The company that produces the bourbon that shows up in some of your favorite brands? Well, the folks at MGP decided that they would take some of that bourbon and bottle it up and sell it themselves. One version is this George Remus Single Barrel Bourbon. You know what? It's pretty good!

Elijah Craig – Father of Bourbon?

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, Elijah Craig 18 & Elijah Craig 23
Elijah Craig is purported to be the "Father of Bourbon" according to the folks at Heaven Hill Distillery. They credit him with being the first to put his whiskey into charred barrels, although the exact details are unclear. His barrels may have been burnt in a fire and used anyway, with the resultant whiskey receiving a favorable reception.

Camp Nelson National Cemetery & Wild Turkey Warehouses

Camp Nelson was established in 1863. It served as a hospital and a maintenance and supply station for the US Army. A portion of the land has been used as a cemetery since 1863, and by 1866, 1180 people were buried there. Following the Civil War the cemetery was used to reinter Union dead who had been buried elsewhere in Kentucky. Camp Nelson also had another very important role. According to the National Parks Service website: "Initially established as a Union army supply depot and hospital, Camp Nelson was one of the largest recruitment and training centers for African American soldiers during the Civil War, and served as a refugee camp for their wives and children. The warehouses overlooking the cemetery also have a long history. They have been used by the Kentucky River Distillery, the Canada Dry Distillery (yes, the same Canada Dry that makes ginger ale), Seagrams to store Four Roses Bourbon, and now by Wild Turkey.