Touring Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve Distillery

By Richard Thomas For decades now I have had the pleasure of either showing friends and assorted visitors around my native Bluegrass, or at least offering advice on such things when I am not there to do it in person. When it comes to bourbon distilleries, I usually ask a simple question: “Do you have a favorite brand, and you ...

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Four Scotch Distillery Revivals

Glen Keith Stillhouse

By Richard Thomas Lately the mainstream news seems to have been on a see-saw when it comes to Scotch whisky. On the uptick, it reports on how large and valuable the whisky industry is (such as it did during the September 2014 independence referendum) or on how the value of rare, collectible bottles of the stuff is at an all-time ...

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Buffalo Trace Distillery Got A Facelift

Buffalo Trace Warehouse and Water Tower

The Seat Of Blanton’s, Pappy And Stagg Offers A Revamped Look For Visitors By Richard Thomas Perched on a scenic spot on the banks of the Kentucky River, Buffalo Trace Distillery is one of the big draws of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Last year the Frankfort distillery saw over 123,000 visitors, a 26% increase over the previous year. Part of ...

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Touring Scapa Distillery

Scapa Distillery

By Richard Thomas Even before Publius Aelius Hadrianus, better known simply as Hadrian, decided to keep his legionaries busy by erecting a wall clear across the neck of Britain, Scotland has been synonymous with “remote.” Much of it became less so over time, first as the mainstream of Europe shifted north and then with unification with England, but even today ...

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Touring The Glenlivet

The Glenlivet Distillery

By Richard Thomas Diehard whisky fans aren’t the only people who find themselves enjoying a vacation in the Speyside region, located as it is between Aberdeen and Inverness. The area is a gorgeous example of the Scottish landscape, one that includes Cairngorms National Park. Yet it’s hard to imagine visiting Speyside without seeing a distillery or two, and therein lies ...

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