Tag Archives: old whiskey

Get the facts Jack.

Some Facts About Jack Daniel’s Fact: Jack Daniel was a real person. Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel was born in September 1846, one of thirteen children, to Calaway Daniel and Lucinda Cook. Jack Daniel’s grandfather, Joseph “Job” Daniel emigrated from Wales, as did his Scottish wife, to the United States. Jack died in 1911 from blood poisoning. The […]

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The Men Behind Bourbon.

These are the names that make up bourbon’s illustrious pedigree. Evan Williams is considered Kentucky’s first distiller, according to legend, Williams set up his stills on the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville in 1783. Rev. Elijah Craig was a late-1700s Baptist preacher, teacher and distiller, often (but erroneously) credited as the inventor of […]

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Jameson 5-Star Back From The Grave.

A hidden cache of Irish Whiskey is unearthed. This case of Jameson was discovered in the 1990’s after being hidden underground at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado since about 1919. The bottles were in their original wooden case wrapped with straw and paper, bearing the name of the US importer. Some of the whiskey had evaporated over […]

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Tennessee Moonshine in a Mason Jar

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine When Tennessee state law recently changed to allow the distillation of spirits, one family saw an opportunity to showcase the art of superior mountain-made moonshine. The Ole Smoky Distillery is the product of the hard work and experience of  a Tennessee family that has made moonshine in the mountains for the […]

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Brooklyn’s Whiskey War

The Whiskey War of 1869 From 1866 through 1868, New York City newspapers were full of reports of seized distilleries.  In 1867 alone, the government collected only $21,618 from Brooklyn distillers, when in fact the volume of liquor they produced should have yielded $1,225,000 in duties. The dispute between distillers and the government turned into […]

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Mail-Order Moonshine

“Good Whiskey, 40 Cents Per Quart” Check out this vintage flyer from The Casper Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Twenty quarts of “Mountain Dew” Moonshine for $12, plus a $4 rebate if ordered before Christmas. I remember as a young boy, hemming and hawing over the purchase of Sea Monkey eggs in the back of […]

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What Would You Do For Some Jameson?

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Hipster Moonshine

Kings County Distillery Moonshining and micro-distilleries are fast becoming the new coffee roasters and microbreweries of today. One of these micro-distilleries is the New York based, Kings County Distillery. These guys are NYC’s first legal whiskey operation since Prohibition. Paying homage to the co-founders’ bootlegging forefathers, they cook up organic New York corn (plus a touch of […]

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How old do you like your whisky?

Shackleton’s Whisky Dug Up in Antarctica Crates of whisky were unearthed recently beneath an Antarctic hut used by the explorer Ernest Shackleton over a century ago. Richard Paterson, a master blender for Whyte & Mackay, which supplied the Shackleton expedition with 25 crates of Mackinlay’s “Rare and Old” whisky, described the unearthing of the bottles […]

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“No officer, I haven’t been drinking. Just some personal grooming, that’s all.”

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