Rye Whiskey

Close-Up on Catoctin Creek Distilling Company

By Jake Emen At Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, it’s all about the rye. Founded in 2009, Catoctin Creek is based in Purcellville, Virginia, and is the first distillery to operate in Loudon County since before Prohibition. It’s about an hour outside of Washington D.C. —  an easy drive down 267 West, past Dulles Airport. I recently visited Catoctin Creek and ...

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Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old Rye Whiskey Review

Russell's Reserve Rye

Updated March 14, 2017 By S.D. Peters Average Rating: B From the Austin, Nichols Company Distillery (i.e. Wild Turkey) comes this 6 year old small batch Straight Rye. Bearing the surname of the it’s creators, Austin, Nichols’ Master Distiller Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie, Russell’s Reserve Rye is a welcome addition to the growing number of small batch Ryes ...

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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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Close-Up on Buffalo Trace, Part I

New copper on the Buffalo Trace still

Part 1 of an Interview with Buffalo Trace’s Chris Fletcher, Lead Chemist, and Amy Preske, Public Relations Manager By Richard Thomas During a recent visit to the Buffalo Trace distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, I had the opportunity to have lunch with the distillery’s Lead Chemist, Chris Fletcher, and their Public Relations Manager, Amy Preske, during which I interviewed them at ...

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