Author: Julia Lehman

Parker Beam: A gentleman with bourbon in his veins

Sad news from the Kentucky bourbon world. Parker Beam, Master Distiller Emeritus, Heaven Hill, passed away after a long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” Heaven Hill today announced Parker died last night. Parker went public with a diagnosis of the debilitating, disease in 2013. It strikes some 6,000…

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Master Distiller “Top Shelf Pick”!

Hey, Whatcha Drinkin’ There? Ever wonder what Master Distillers of bourbon and American whiskey labels drink when they’re not working? We aim to find out in what will be a long term (possibly never-ending?) project! Every month we’re now featuring a “Top Shelf Pick” from Master Distillers around the country and zeroing in on a…

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Elijah Craig 12 yr

Elijah Craig, named for a reverend who lived in Virginia. He kept a warehouse where he stored barrels and one day experienced a devastating fire. In a “happy accident,” he used charred casks regardless and found they imparted a complexity, depth of character and a wonderful flavor profile with the release of both char and sugars into…

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Colorado Gold

From micro-distiller newcomer hailing from Cedaredge, Colorado, this is “old school” bourbon, with a molasses nose, spicy black tea and brown sugar taste that brings vanilla, oaken and dark cherry to the finish. Awarded the Gold Medal at San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2013. The “gold rush” continues.

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Cyrus Noble Small Batch

Picán, the “Westernmost Point on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail,” shares a bit of the western part of the trail with Cyrus Noble. Hailing from San Francisco and with roots back to the Gold Rush days, Cyrus Noble was in part created by the storied Haas family ⎯ a last name synonymous with iconic Levi jeans (invented…

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