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Brown-Forman’s historic King of Kentucky returns—as bourbon

March 21, 2018
Brown-Forman’s historic King of Kentucky returns—as bourbon

Inside a chilly brick-walled warehouse, Brown-Forman executives told a small gathering of spirits journalists that it’s bringing back its King of Kentucky brand, a powerhouse 14-year-old whiskey set for a June release and at a $199 MSRP. I’ll admit it, I’d never heard of King of Kentucky, and except for some whiskey wonks among us, […]

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‘New’ Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond is older, bolder than ever

February 19, 2018
'New' Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond is older, bolder than ever

Anyone like me kicking themselves for not shelving a few Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond (BIB) handles last year? Anyone else gnaw their nails as one of the market’s best bargains disappeared from store shelves thinking, “Oh, they’ll resupply soon, right? Right?” When soon never came, sad filled in the void, but at least it hinted that […]

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Kentucky’s Castle & Key Continues Its Epic Rise From The Rubble

August 30, 2017
Kentucky’s Castle & Key Continues Its Epic Rise From The Rubble

When three partners announced plans to rehab and reopen the legendary Old Taylor Distillery Co. in Millville, Kentucky, they believed they could do it by late 2015. Well, not the whole thing—the multibuilding campus is massive—rather a boutique distillery on the property that once was the most lavishly appointed whiskey distillery America had ever seen. […]

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1792 Barton LE 225th Anniversary Bourbon is a bargain if you can find it

August 9, 2017
1792 Barton LE 225th Anniversary Bourbon is a bargain if you can find it

Earlier this summer, Barton 1792 Distillery released a limited-edition bottle of its namesake 1792 bourbon to celebrate the 225th anniversary of Kentucky joining the United States. I had the rotten luck to be on vacation and miss the press event in Bardstown, but the good folks at Barton made sure a sample was delivered to […]

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Millionaire moments at Churchill Downs now available for regular folk

July 3, 2017
Millionaire moments at Churchill Downs now available for regular folk

Every Louisvillian knows what and where Millionaires’ Row is: the upper-upper deck at Churchill Downs where, as the name implies, where the wealthy gather to eat, drink and wager stacks of cash on unpredictable and pampered steeds. But while locals know of this lofty perch, few have ever been there, including me, until last Friday […]

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Growing Market for ‘Store Picks’ Adds Interest to Whiskey Hunting Market

July 1, 2017
Growing Market for ‘Store Picks’ Adds Interest to Whiskey Hunting Market

Written originally for WhiskeyWash.com. With the American whiskey boom stronger than ever, it’s unlikely people’s lust for anything branded “Pappy,” “Elmer,” “Stagg,” or “Sazerac” will wane soon. Even here in Kentucky, where 95 percent of the world’s bourbon is produced and practically spilling off the shelves, the desire for “a 23” or “this year’s Birthday” […]

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Jefferson’s Zoeller To Repeat History On Riverboat Ride

July 1, 2017
Jefferson’s Zoeller To Repeat History On Riverboat Ride

Written originally for The Bourbon Review. There are those who read about history, those who go see it, and those who set out to reenact it. Count Trey Zoeller among the latter group. On June 6, the owner of Jefferson’s Bourbon and his captain, Ted Gray, pushed away from an Ohio River dock at Louisville, […]

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Chilly Rain Couldn’t Dampen Derby Eve Stitzel-Weller Affair

July 1, 2017
Chilly Rain Couldn't Dampen Derby Eve Stitzel-Weller Affair

Written for The  Bourbon Review. Louisvillians are generally an easy-going lot—until you mess with Kentucky Derby week. In the run-up to the first Saturday in May, we place unrealistically high expectations on truly unpredictable things like fickle and pampered steeds and on-time restaurant reservations. We’re even worse about Derby Week weather, claiming entitlement to a […]

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Nethery plants, harvests and distills her own corn at Jeptha Creed

July 1, 2017
Nethery plants, harvests and distills her own corn at Jeptha Creed

Written for The Bourbon Review magazine Joyce Nethery’s role as a woman master whiskey distiller is unusual enough. But she further breaks the mold since she is often spotted behind the wheel of a large farm tractor pulling a planter. On the farmland behind Jeptha Creed Distillery in Shelbyville, Ky., she’s the person depositing Bloody […]

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Bottoms up! Whisky Live tasting returns to Louisville Saturday

June 7, 2017
Bottoms up! Whisky Live tasting returns to Louisville Saturday

Whisky Live returns to Louisville for its second year, bringing the broadest sampling of international whiskeys to a single tasting ever seen in the Bluegrass. Serving as the closing event for Kentucky Bourbon Affair on Saturday, June 10, this premier tasting event will allow guests to sample world-class Scotches, bourbons and other whiskies from around the […]

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