Category: Distillery Trips

Devil John Moonshine & Oak Rum at Barrel House Distillery.

Back when I was at the University of Kentucky in the early-and-mid 90’s, I had a 1979 Chevy Impala.  Despite it being my first car – and sentimentally the favorite car I’ve ever owned – it always needed a lot of mechanical work.  So… Continue Reading “Devil John Moonshine & Oak Rum at Barrel House Distillery.”

Limestone Branch – Craft Distilling, Sugar Shine and Experimentation.

I’ve been to the truly big distilleries where operations are much more akin to a “factory” than what many of us envision when we hear “distillery.”  Some control rooms make these factory operations seem like NASA instead of what the homespun legends would have… Continue Reading “Limestone Branch – Craft Distilling, Sugar Shine and Experimentation.”

Buffalo Trace Private Barrel Selection – Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Weller, Elmer T. Lee and Blanton’s (Whew!)

The rumblings about the demise of the private barrel selection program at Buffalo Trace aren’t quite accurate yet, although it’s certainly true that not all brands are available for private barrels.  Don’t even ask for Weller 12 or Pappy.  But surprisingly, Elmer T. Lee… Continue Reading “Buffalo Trace Private Barrel Selection – Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Weller, Elmer T. Lee and Blanton’s (Whew!)”

The Bulleit Experience – Bulleit Bourbon at Historic Stitzel-Weller.

When the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced last January that one of its “major distillery events” at the inaugural Bourbon Affair included a tour of the Stitzel-Weller distillery in Louisville, I absolutely pounced on the opportunity. The Kentucky Bourbon Affair is a five-day celebration of… Continue Reading “The Bulleit Experience – Bulleit Bourbon at Historic Stitzel-Weller.”

Wild Turkey Private Barrel Selection – Tasting Russell’s Reserve Out of the Barrel in Warehouse A.

Private barrel selection is nothing new for bourbon in general, but it is new for Wild Turkey.  Last week I had the pleasure of selecting a barrel of Russell’s Reserve “Small Batch Single Barrel” (yes, that’s either redundant or self-contradictory).  You’ll find it in… Continue Reading “Wild Turkey Private Barrel Selection – Tasting Russell’s Reserve Out of the Barrel in Warehouse A.”