Articles

  • Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered

    There are certain brands, and personalities, that come in like a house on fire and put the bourbon world on notice that they are going to be a player.  Aaron Chepenik, co-founder and master blender at Nevada H & C Distilling, is one of those people.  From his transparency in explaining exactly what sourced product is going in his blends, to his giveaways, Aaron is one of the more recognizable personalities in the bourbon community.  While he may be the face of Smoke Wagon bourbon, the fact remains that if the product that was being put out by NHCD wasn’t good, there wouldn’t be an Aaron. 
  • Bourbon. It's The Law. by Vince Matal

    The greatest question or discussion you will have when you start discussing your new obsession with bourbon will be, “What is bourbon?”. The simple answer is that bourbon is a type of whiskey.  Therefore, all bourbons are whiskey, not all whiskies are bourbon. Ta-da.
  • Knob Creek 12 by Vince Matal

    In 1992, Jim Beam released Knob Creek, a 9-year age statement bourbon as part of the Jim Beam Small Batch Bourbon Collection. Named after a creek that ran through Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home, Knob Creek (sometimes referred to as just “KC” in the bourbon community) joins Basil Hayden’s Booker’s and Baker’s in the Small Batch Collection.  Tin 2016, Beam announced that due to a shortage of barrels, the standard release would no longer carry the age statement (since changed again in 2020 when Beam again made Knob Creek a 9-year age statement release). 
  • The hallmark of perseverance

    Written by Phoebe Calver There aren’t many things in life that are certain, but one of them is that with every passing day, every minute in fact,...
  • A Long Life

    Written by Ian Wisniewski Bourbon distillers are constantly saying goodbye, not just to bottles but also their barrels which can only be used onc...
  • The final finish

    Written by Peggy Noe Stevens I enjoy a traditional Bourbon. I’m not exactly a purist who insists that you only add water to your amber elixir. Ma...
  • Doing it right

    Written by Maggie Kimberl When it comes to hospitality, the name of the game is serving all guests to their preferences and dietary requirements ...
  • New Year 2021 Barrell Bourbon release

    Barrel Bourbon New Year 2021 is marking the end of a year to remember. With each passing Autumn, Barrell Craft Spirits rounds out the year with t...
  • Restoration Rye marks first for Castle & Key

    Castle & Key Distillery has released its first whiskey expression, Restoration Rye. The name pays homage to the restoration of the historic p...
  • Ezra Brooks 99 joins the family

    The latest addition to its Ezra Brooks portfolio, Luxco has announced the release of the higher-proof Ezra Brooks 99. The brand has upped its fla...
  • MGP Announces First Lead Master Distiller

      MGP has appointed Matt Greeno as lead master distiller. The newly created position at MGP Ingredients Inc will see Matt ensuring consistency of...
  • Eat Your Bourbon

    Many years ago, I attended a soy sauce tasting conducted by Chef Castro at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. This Bourbon Woman was utterl...