Kentucky Owl Enters the Premium Rye Market

November 2017 By Michael Pendley | Photography Cheryl Pendley Fresh on the heels of the recently announced expanded release area for Kentucky Owl Bourbon, the Harrodsburg, KY based company has again surprised the whiskey world with the recent release of its first ever Kentucky Owl Rye. Like the bourbon, this rye release consists of a mingling of sourced barrels blended by Dixon Dedman. While it … Continue reading Kentucky Owl Enters the Premium Rye Market

Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2017

September 2017 by Michael Pendley September is Bourbon Heritage Month. To celebrate, the city of Bardstown, KY throws a week-long, bourbon centric party for the entire world. Last year’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival saw approximately 53,000 attendees hailing from 44 States and 14 different countries descend on the small, central KY community for a week of bourbon games, bonfires, food, bourbon tastings, seminars from bourbon experts, … Continue reading Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2017

Early Times Kentucky Whiskey Enters the Bottled in Bond Bourbon Market

September 2017 by Michael Pendley Ask any liquor store manager near a college campus today what their bestselling whiskey is, and chances are high they will answer Early Times Kentucky Whiskey. What makes it so popular among the collegiate crowd? Well, mainly the price, which normally comes in right around $12 per 750ml bottle. But other bottom shelf dwellers share that price range and don’t … Continue reading Early Times Kentucky Whiskey Enters the Bottled in Bond Bourbon Market

Basil & Salt’s Pecan Pie Old Fashioned

August 2017 by Michael Pendley You would be hard pressed to find a more traditional Southern classic dessert than the pecan pie. Around here, we like to add a splash of bourbon to our recipe for extra flavor. So why not combine a classic dessert with a classic cocktail? Meet the Pecan Pie Old Fashioned, a perfect late summer evening sipping cocktail. The drink starts … Continue reading Basil & Salt’s Pecan Pie Old Fashioned

Tasting Notes: Angel’s Envy and Angel’s Envy Rye Finished Whiskeys

August 2017 by Michael Pendley       Lincoln Henderson spent a lifetime in the distilling industry. The man knew whiskey. During his nearly 40-year tenure at Brown-Forman, Lincoln oversaw the development of Gentleman Jack and Woodford Reserve. As Master Distiller, he oversaw countless barrels of whiskey from mash to bottle. When Lincoln retired from Brown-Forman in 2004, making whiskey was still on his mind. … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Angel’s Envy and Angel’s Envy Rye Finished Whiskeys

Around the world with Blanton’s Bourbon

July 2017 by Michael Pendley Even the occasional whiskey drinker is probably familiar with Blanton’s bourbon. Since Elmer T. Lee bottled those first three barrels back in 1984 and named them in honor of his long time boss Col. Albert Blanton, the familiar faceted round bottle with its horse and jockey bottle top has been a fixture on bars and store shelves everywhere. But what … Continue reading Around the world with Blanton’s Bourbon

Craft Spirits Following Same Upward Trajectory As Craft Beer

America has fully embraced craft beer. •  On average, a new brewery opens its doors every single day in the U.S., according to NPR. •  Craft brewers now account for one out of every 10 beers sold in the U.S. •  Higher learning institutions are adding brewing minors, certificates and even four-year programs. “Craft beer completely disrupted what was once believed to be a very … Continue reading Craft Spirits Following Same Upward Trajectory As Craft Beer