‘PappyGate’ solved!

Hoooo-eeee. Just when I was getting all sentimental about how there would be no “Justified” tonight, or ever again, we got ourselves a real-life Raylan-and-Boyd-worthy story right here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. That’s right: The Case of the Missing Pappy has … Read More

Stagg auction

Bourbon auction: A gaggle of Stagg

George T. Stagg is one of the most sought-after limited-edition whiskeys from Buffalo Trace Distillery, the king of its annual Antique Collection release. It sells out in minutes. So Stagg fans will be salivating at one of the offerings in … Read More

Japanese bourbon

Kentucky bourbon the Japanese way

The bourbon appreciation group I belong to has offered some wonderful tasting opportunities this past year, but we saved the most unusual one for December: Bourbons available only in Japan (plus a blended whiskey made there). We sampled Early Times … Read More

Bourbon News Straight Up

As expected during National Bourbon Heritage Month, the bourbon news has been pouring in lately. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience opens today: Officials cut the ribbon yesterday on the latest Diageo investment in Kentucky, the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at the … Read More

Take the B(eam) Train

Earlier this week I told you that Jim Beam started making collectible decanters in 1952. I was inspired to research that after stumbling across what might be the motherlode of Beam decanters in Wears Valley, Tenn., just outside of Pigeon … Read More

Happy Pappy Day?

The word went out late Monday: Liquor Barn locations in Louisville would be getting their fall allocations of Pappy on Tuesday. Early yesterday, in temperatures hovering near freezing, the eager faithful stood in line. Someone remarked that it was like Black Friday … Read More

A timeline of Kentucky bourbon

After a year of work with four Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame historians, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association has unveiled an unprecedented bourbon history timeline of pioneers and landmark events.  Lore and legends are a colorful part of bourbon culture, but … Read More

Wines of the apocalypse?

If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all, you’ve heard about The Great Pappy Heist, in which 65 cases of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle rye with a combined value of more … Read More

A fine Collaboration

Edward Lee and Trey Zoeller are longtime friends. One night while they were out having some drinks, they got hungry. They started discussing which wines to pair with their dinner. “Then we said, ‘Why the hell do that? Let’s pair … Read More