Tippling a pair of Teeling Irish Whiskeys, a light delight

February 6, 2016
Tippling a pair of Teeling Irish Whiskeys, a light delight

A Scotch drinking friend says this to me about bourbon: “It’s too in your face; there’s nothing delicate about it. Scotch is about finding nuances in the spirit.” Despite the obvious fact that he’s not drunk a lot of lower-proof bourbon, some genuine softies that drink like some Scotches, he makes a good point without […]

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Yes, Louisville, we need more pizza options

January 28, 2016
Yes, Louisville, we need more pizza options

Lots of Louisvillians are asking (mostly in social media) lately, “Do we really need another pizza place?” It’s a fair question, but the answer clearly is yes. Fact is no one needs pizza, but we want it badly, and it seems we’re always willing to try just one more variation on that well-worn theme of […]

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UPDATED: Devastating loss in American ham curing is significant, but temporary

January 21, 2016
UPDATED: Devastating loss in American ham curing is significant, but temporary

UPDATED: In the space of six weeks, America nearly lost two of its finest ham curing companies. The voluntary closure of Woodlands Pork in Louisville and the tragic fire at Edwards & Sons in Surry, Va., is a profound setback to the renaissance of American cured hams. The nation’s culinary community, which has supported both […]

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Review: Four Roses ‘15 LE Small Batch delivers abundant fruit and fire

October 23, 2015
Review: Four Roses ‘15 LE Small Batch delivers abundant fruit and fire

“(T)hat bottle of red from the little village you found when you and your first love got lost in Tuscany on that rainy night, was the best bottle of wine the world has ever made. Just don’t try that bottle of wine again sitting alone while watching a Star Trek rerun.” — From, “Proof: The Science of […]

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Review: Bulleit Bourbon

September 21, 2015
Review: Bulleit Bourbon

If you’ve ever met Tom Bulleit, the man behind his namesake bourbon and rye whiskies, you know he personifies the classic Southern gentleman: genteel, charming, funny, engaging and smart. A visit to his office at Louisville’s legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery is akin to a back porch session with an old friend, even when you’re one of […]

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For Four Roses’ new master distiller, it’s all about quality control

September 8, 2015
For Four Roses’ new master distiller, it’s all about quality control

From my story in Business Lexington … When Brent Elliott learned in June that he’d be the next master distiller at Four Roses Bourbon, the news was delivered with about as much ceremony as a dictated memo. His bosses called him to a meeting in which he was told the brand’s veteran master distiller, Jim […]

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A Day at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival

September 3, 2015
A Day at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival

One has to be a misanthrope not to like a good festival. Whether the crowd is blue-collar, blue-blooded or both, assembling a large slice of humanity for the consumption of food and drink as well as socializing is about as good as it gets. Soak it all in something as beloved as bourbon, and you […]

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EXPLORE KENTUCKY’S BREWGRASS TRAIL

August 10, 2015
EXPLORE KENTUCKY’S BREWGRASS TRAIL

By Steve Coomes The Bluegrass Region’s international reputation for bourbon is well earned, but in the past two years, the craft brewing scene has exploded and given the brown liquor a run for its money. The boom began with the creation of Kentucky Ale in 2000, yet for the next 13 years, no one entered […]

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Spirits Academy Class 3: Brandy 

July 28, 2015
Spirits Academy Class 3: Brandy 

I admit to being a brandy novice. I know the basics of how it’s made, where it’s made why it’s so prized. But until I tasted the range we did today in class, I had no idea how much I’ve missed all these years. I’ve written in other blogs about the Southern Wine & Spirits’ Academy […]

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Brown-Forman shows Old Forester some love with a new distillery 

July 24, 2015
Brown-Forman shows Old Forester some love with a new distillery 

Finally, Old Forester bourbon is getting the love it deserves from its owner, Brown-Forman. Over the past two years the historic bourbon has gained three line extensions and a mega-sports sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby. But most significantly, on July 22, its owner threw a party signifying the start of construction of a new $45 […]

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