Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage by Michael R. Veach

I attended the book release party in Louisville tonight for Mike Veach’s new book, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Invitation to Mike Veach's book release party

 My collection of personalized bourbon history books is growing.

Personalize book Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage 

Look for my book review next week in Ace Weekly!

In the meantime, here’s a review of the book launch party. 🙂

One of the special things about Mike Veach is that he leaves a trail of rare, unique and specialty bourbons in his wake. He opened two ‘very special’ bottles for the launch party – a 1918 Old Crow and a 1955-56 Old Fitzgerald. (It may be no surprise that the history of both brands are covered at least in part in his book.)

I was fortune it enough to get to try both. (I stood next to Mike with an empty glass and begged.)

The Old Fitz is surprising like the better bourbons of today. It’s a little rougher around the edges but still qualifies are ‘bourbon smooth.’ The corn is obvious, and the traditional notes of vanilla and caramel are right up front. There’s a hint of spiciness but not too much. It was very pleasant and it was apparent why the brand was so popular in its day.

The Old Crow was night and day different than the modern bourbons. Because it pre-dated filtering, it had a very high content of oils and congeners (flavor molecules) that get removed from today’s bourbons. This gave it a slightly greasy and very rough-and-tumble mouth feel. It was actually smoother than the Old Fitzgerald due to the oil content. It had a muskiness to it but no unpleasantly so. Ice would have really fought the oils, but it was quite drinkable neat.

And this is part of the reason Mike Veach has a (literal) following. You never know what he’ll open next.

PS – someone asked him how he comes up with the old and rare bourbons. “People give them to me,” he said …

** UPDATE ** link to the book review for Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage by Michael R. Veach :

http://www.aceweekly.com/2013/03/books-kentucky-bourbon-whiskey-an-american-heritage/

Prep for Culinary Cocktail Class –
Fall Flavors

Tim prepping for the next day’s “Art of Culinary Cocktails – Flavors of Fall” class.
Mmm bourbon caramel dipped apples.

Woodford Reserve Blackberry Manhattan

Just whipped this up at the request of Seth Thompson of the Bourbon Review to promote our upcoming Summer Cocktails Class.

Woodford Reserve Blackberry Manhattan

By Tim Knittel Published: July 3, 2012

  • Yield: 1 Servings
  • Prep: 1 min

Just whipped this up at the request of Seth Thompson of the Bourbon Review to promote our upcoming Summer Cocktails Class. [recipe]

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Stir over ice, strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino-soaked blackberry.

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