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Straight Bourbon Book Review

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It was apparent when picking this book up that it was constructed and published using great thought, care, and quality materials. The thickness of the individual pages make for a hefty book, which coincidentally is not far off from a freshly sealed bottle of bourbon, and labeled just as handsomely by the way. The rich hues of browns, oranges, and copper that adorn the cover art all provide a glimpse of what you will see once you start turning the pages.

With sections simply titled Copper, Grains And Mills, and Barrels, Peachee lets us in on what she considers the most important components of our distilling heritage and the process that was, and still is in many instances, used in the distillation of bourbon. She backs it up with spectacular, yet unassuming photos of everything involved, from the initial welding to the finished barrels on their way to the distiller.

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A Reprieve, A Reconnection, And Restoration Of Balance

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I walked out onto the deck, down the stairs, and sat at a well-used cedar table. The bottle of bourbon and accompanying Glencairn in hand signaled an upcoming pour of my favorite, if for no other reason than I felt I was finally gaining ground, catching up, and possibly even starting to make headway and move forward. I say that because I’ve been missing in action from this forum for a while, trying to play catch-up in a situation that I can only describe as trying to swim in a pool of mud.

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Of Dusty Cowboys, Back Room Shenanigans, and Polish Weddings: Shots All Around

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It happens enough that I would say it qualifies as some tradition, a way of closing the deal, showing mutual support, friendship or possibly a partnership. I’m talking about the mutual downing of a classic, small, jigger of bourbon. And when you think about it, it’s been an important and symbolic mainstay in many of our iconic and stereotypical moments.

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Smoked Tri Tip With Bourbon And Peach Glaze

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Ah…bourbon. A great icebreaker in social situations, we can just break out the bottle, give everyone a pour, and sit back relaxing, telling stories, and just having a good time. But bourbon is not satisfied with that single responsibility. No, bourbon can multitask, serving as a brain tickler of sorts, helping unlock those thoughts that seem stuck in your head, unwilling to come out during the light of day.

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More Than Just A Great Pour, Whiskey Has Always Held A Place In Our History And In Our Lives

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A fire was sparked and a whiskey romance was rekindled. But let’s face it, the attraction has always been there, from as long ago as the 1700’s, where, in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, the place of the first permanent settlement west of the Alleghany Mountains, the settlers graced us with the first recorded instance of the use of a simple still. So our love affair with bourbon, scotch, and whiskey shouldn’t be a surprise, as whiskey in one form or another has long been an iconic and integral part of our history.

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Talkin’ Whiskey, History, And Life At Pinckney Bend Distillery

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A trip to a small, unassuming river town on the Lewis and Clark trail, about an hour outside of St Louis MO, in between the popular destinations of Washington and Hermann, led us to an equally unassuming storefront that is home to Pinckney Bend Distilling. Pinckney Bend is a craft distillery launched in 2010 by three beer-brewing friends who happened to also love spirits and wanted to get in on the front end of the curve of craft distilling. And get in they did.

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The Answer Is Whiskey, No Matter The Question

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I really couldn’t tell you when the first time was, and by first time I’m talking about getting that first taste of whiskey. I know I was young, a “little shaver” as they say. It could’ve been around the age of eight, maybe nine, maybe older, and would’ve been at my grandparent’s house. You see, we had a standing family tradition of Sunday Supper at their home, and as many relatives as possible would show up. But at some point during the day, before the big supper, the menfolk ended up seated around a table centrally located in one of those older, country kitchens, embattled in an intense game of cards, usually pinochle. As a little guy, I usually sat near my Dad or wandered around the table, watching and looking at the cards, but not really knowing what I was looking at or how the game was actually played.

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Union Horse Distilling Bourbon Review

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Founded in 2010, Lenexa, KS-based Union Horse Distilling Company (Formerly Dark Horse Distillery) is a family owned and operated, grain to bottle craft distillery featuring award winning small batch, artisanal spirits. From milling locally sourced grains to barreling and bottling, everything is done in-house. Each bottle of their Reunion Straight Rye and Reserve Straight Bourbon is hand numbered and signed by Master Distiller & Co-Founder Patrick Garcia.