Bourbon Whiskey

Kentucky Mint Julep Recipe

A pitcher of mint juleps, ready to serve

By Richard Thomas Like the bourbon that goes into making it or the colonels of legend who supposedly drank it, the mint julep is every bit as much a part of Kentucky culture as horse racing and hot browns. While the term “mint julep” first appeared in 18th Century America and early juleps were made using rum and gin, under ...

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Bourbon Marinade Recipe for Pork

By Richard Thomas With its combination of sweetness and charred smokiness, bourbon was made for pork. That should come as no surprise to any student of Southern culture, since pork was the staple meat Old South. Think about southern hams, southern sausages and the barbecue of North Carolina and Tennessee, or the myriad recipes for pork-flavored soups and stewed greens. ...

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Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Years Old Bourbon Whiskey Review

Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Family Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

By Richard Thomas Rating: A+ Although Pappy Van Winkle has only a middling history as Kentucky bourbon’s go, the label is one of the most rarefied on the market today. As the story goes, Julian P. Van Winkle graduated from Centre College in Kentucky in 1892, went to work for a wholesaler, and gravitated into whiskey-making when he bought the ...

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Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey Review

Maker's Mark Bourbon

By Richard Thomas Rating: C+ It’s hard to understate the importance of Marker’s Mark, because either the revival of interest in premium, craft bourbons would have been much delayed or might not have taken place altogether. “Maker’s” was a small batch bourbon before small batches were in vogue, and thus the trailblazer that achieved real success and international recognition. Maker’s ...

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Noah’s Mill Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey Review

Noah's Mill Small Batch 15 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- Admirers of old fashioned, pre-Prohibition style bourbon love to hear two words in connection with a new bottle of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, namely “cask strength” and “small batch.” Granted, “single barrel” and “cask strength” is even better, but a reasonably priced, no waiting list bottle of cask strength, small batch bourbon is a thing ...

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