What happens when you chase both a woman and your dream of opening a distillery? You go down the Rabbit Hole! And that is exactly what happened to Kaveh Zamanian. After 20 years as a very successful psychoanalyst in Chicago, Kaveh left behind his practice and the Windy City to follow his wife, Heather, back to her native hometown of Louisville, KY. It was then that Kaveh fell in love with Kentucky’s greatest exports and America’s native spirit.
Recently five good buddies and I made our annual pilgrimage from Louisville, KY to the mountains of western North Carolina for our Fall weekend of The Man Trip Trinity: unabated football watching, bourbon drinking, and consumption of grilled dead animals. As has been the tradition with this retreat, one night is designated for our official bourbon tasting event. Every year, in order to drink curious we mix up the genre of bourbon; each guy will then provide a bottle that fits the descriptor. This year’s parameter for the six bottles?
At the stroke of midnight on January 17, 1920, it became a federal crime to manufacture, transport, and sell intoxicating liquors in the United States. The passage of the 18th Amendment and the subsequent Volstead Act shuttered many distilleries and put them out of business; many permanently. One of the few distilleries that had enough juice already aging in warehouses to receive one of six permits* granted for the purpose of supplying medicinal whiskey was Louisville, Ky.-based Brown-Forman, producer of Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky. For Old Forester, receiving the permit ensured that the label started in 1870 would continue in perpetuity.
Now that we are enveloped in the throws of summer and barbecue season is well underway, it is time to re-open discussions about what adult drinks of choice will complement the fare coming off the grill and keep you cool on the those hot, humid evenings on the back patio.
Lately, I have been finding respite from the sultry conditions in the form of the Kentucky Mule (since we are not reading the website Vodka and Banter, there is no need to even bring up a Moscow Mule). What about the Mint Julep one might ask? Even for a hardened Louisvillian, the julep is an acquired taste that tends to disappear in popularity after the Derby has been run.
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Woodford Reserve’s latest Master’s Collection expression, its 10th such annual release, is the 1838 Style White Corn. With a limited release of only 30,000 bottles worldwide, the WRMC hit shelves in select markets in November 2015. Master Distiller Chris Morris, via Woodford Reserve, says the 1838 Style White Corn is meant to pay homage to Oscar Pepper and James Crow, who used the more readily available white corn in their mashbill. Pepper and Crow worked their magic over 160 years ago at the same location in Versailles, Kentucky, where Woodford Reserve is distilled today. 1838 Style White Corn uses the …
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