If there’s such a thing as bourbon royalty, it’s Pappy Van Winkle. The whiskey is one of the hardest-to-find bottles out there, and it’s cherished worldwide as the ultimate example of quality. But how well do you really know Pappy? We separated fact from fiction and explored the Frankfort, Kentucky distillery and its beloved bourbon. Here are […]
Kentucky ranks almost last in the number of breweries and their economic impact per capita. Hindered until last year by restrictive laws and overshadowed by another alcoholic beverage whose popularity boomed this decade (hint: rhymes with schmurbon), craft brewers in the Bluegrass State were generally betting against the house. However, Kentucky’s craft beer fortune flows […]
Bourbon has seen a lot of change over the past couple of decades. It’s grown into a huge industry with more than 60 distillers across the country. Before all that growth, though, there was Jim Beam. Jim Beam is the No. 1 selling bourbon brand in the world, but that didn’t happen overnight.
When it comes to whiskey, two things are certain: America and Ireland spell it with an “e,” and every other country spells it without. But like every rule, there are exceptions. In America, one notable exception is Marker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky. Maker’s Mark chooses the Scottish way to spell whisky, even though it’s […]
Bourbon and whiskey consumption is on the rise worldwide, and American bottles are outpacing all others to turn $2.9 billion profits. Kentucky’s own Bulleit bourbon is a star-spangled favorite, with its frontier-chic bottle gracing bars and restaurants nationwide. Loaded with more rye and booze than your average bourbon, this homegrown hero packs a serious punch. […]
In a single story about whiskey, you may see it spelled with and without an “e.” It might seem confusing, but whiskey (and whisky) lovers place a deep importance on the spelling of their favorite spirit. Why the difference? It all comes down to location, location, location.
In lyrics, as in life, Toby Keith gets it wrong. The man who crooned about needing whiskey for his men and beer for horses omitted one crucial addition: water. (Mr. Keith also apparently has no women friends, but this is perhaps not a revelation.) Last month, Scientific Reports published a study on the chemical benefits […]
Making one of the world’s great bourbons sounds like a dream job. And it is. But for Brent Elliott, assuming the role of Four Roses Master Distiller in 2015 wasn’t exactly a walk in the clouds. He inherited the reins from Jim Rutledge, an industry legend who worked with the brand for nearly a half […]
Kentucky is usually top of mind when one thinks about bourbon, which is to say all of the time. But America’s spirit is actually produced across the entire continental United States. Those looking to journey beyond the (rightfully) well-reputed Kentucky Bourbon Trail might consider a grander, coast-to-coast bourbon sojourn. The great American bourbon trail, if you will.