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Whiskey in History: James E. Pepper

Old Pepper Distillery in Lexington, KY

By Richard Thomas James E. Pepper was practically born with bourbon in his blood, and for more reason than merely his parents drinking the stuff. His great-grandfather was Elijah Pepper, one of the key figures in the development of bourbon whiskey in the late 18th Century, and one of the very few sometimes pointed to as the inventor of bourbon. ...

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Town Branch Talks Whiskey and Whiskey-Making

Mark Coffman with his vats(Credit: Joana Thomas)

Part II of our Interview with Town Branch Distillery of Lexington, Kentucky By Richard Thomas This continues our interview with Mark Coffman (Engineering Director) and Ken Lee (Master Brewer) of Town Branch Distillery, the first bourbon distillery to operate in Lexington, Kentucky in more than 50 years, and makers of Town Branch Bourbon, Pearse Lyons Reserve, and other whiskey products. ...

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Interview with Town Branch Distillery of Lexington, Kentucky (Part 1)

Coffman with his Forsyth's stills

Interview with Town Branch’s Ken Lee, Brewery Manager, and Mark Coffman, Director of Engineering By Richard Thomas When Alltech expanded it’s brewery by adding Town Branch Distillery, it became the first company to make bourbon in Lexington, Kentucky since the closure of the Old James E. Pepper Distillery in 1958. During a recent visit to this latest addition to the ...

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Upgrading to the Glencairn Glass

By Jake Emen Three years ago, I wanted to buy a new television – it was time for a major upgrade. I waited and waited, did an extensive amount of research and comparison, and eventually snagged a deal with a Black Friday sale. The day I brought it home and turned it on, I instantly realized I was a fool. ...

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White Whiskey: Unfinished Business?

By S.D. Peters A Moonshine Romance “Moonshine” – a word that’s worth a thousand pictures. Whether sepia-toned, awash in cinematic midnight or muddled with shadows, those pictures evoke a giddy infatuation for Appalachia’s hills & hollers or a longing nostalgia for Chicago’s speakeasies in the hearts and minds of those who have never tasted moonshine, never visited Hazard or Harlan ...

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