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Charter Oak Bourbon Advertisement

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Here’s a bourbon advertisement from 1949 for Charter Oak Straight Bourbon Whisky.  While I find that the imagery of the man leaning on the fence with a pipe, accompanied by his dog fits well with the concept of aged bourbon I can’t quite figure out what’s up with the holly leaves and berries by the bottle itself. Anyone care to offer up a guess?      

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Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel | Bourbon Review

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What comes to mind when you think of 18-years old? I suspect that many of you think about pseudo-mature teenagers who are still living off their parents in desperate need of a few more years of growing up and maturation. (If “18-year old” conjured up anything less pure in nature we won’t judge you but please remember this isn’t “that kind” of website.) When talking about the Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon I can tell you that it’s anything but immature. No sir! There’s nothing in this bourbon that screams out “hide your car keys and lock your liquor …

Steve Lewis | Bourbon & Banter Member Spotlight

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The last six months have been an exciting time for Bourbon & Banter. Our Facebook community has grown significantly and we were able to launch our website just a few weeks ago. I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to our success.  Your posts, photos and stories are what B&B is all about. I’d like to launch a new feature for the website starting today – The Bourbon & Banter Member Spotlight. To kick things off I’d like to introduce you to Steve Lewis. Steve has been an active voice in the community for quite a while. When he …

Twitter Showdown: Jameson vs Bushmills

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day everyone! In honor of my Irish roots I’m taking a short detour today to post an Irish Whiskey post. I thought it would be cool to see who’s got Twitter bragging rights between Jameson and Bushmills. I hope you enjoy as you celebrate your own Irish roots. Even if they are the dyed variety out of a bottle. 😉 create infographics with      

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Maker’s Mark Tastes Expensive | Bourbon Advertisement

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It’s Friday. Time to wind down the week and open the bourbon cabinet for a few days and let it air out. No doubt many of you will be enjoying some Maker’s Mark this weekend. I thought this vintage ad would be perfect for you. “It tastes expensive…and is.” Pretty ballsy stuff for the time I imagine. But then again Maker’s was working to fix the reputation of bourbon, and I for one, am damn glad they did. I encourage you to show your thanks by having a glass of Maker’s this weekend and tell them yourself how you feel …

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Four Roses Limited Edition 2011 Bourbon Review

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Fair warning folks, this is my first ever official bourbon review. Or should I say, my first ever bourbon review put down on paper. Because you know darn well that I’ve tasted my fair share of bourbons and haven’t been shy is sharing my opinion verbally. So let’s just call this the first “official” review so we can get on with things.

As I write this review, I’m not entirely sure that the world really needs another person cranking out bourbon reviews. After all, there are plenty of great websites with detailed and methodical reviews telling you more than you’ve ever wanted to know about a specific bourbon. And besides, I don’t have the patience to be detailed and methodical.

#Bourbon On Twitter | An Infographic

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Nothing better than infographics to help tell the story of bourbon. Here’s a quick look at the life of #bourbon on Twitter over the last 30 days. Congrats to @WhiskeyDisks for their strong showing this past month. (You can check out their full website here.) Let’s get these numbers up folks. Please start using #bourbon when posting on Twitter about your adventures with bourbon. And please remember to practice safe tweeting. infographic created with

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My Bourbon Journey

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As I’ve proclaimed elsewhere on this website, I really, really love bourbon. My love for bourbon has resulted in a personal bourbon collection of around 20 different brands, a fantastic Facebook page about Bourbon that is growing in popularity, this website and a growing network of friends around the country who love bourbon as much as I do. Reflecting on all these great things it’s hard to believe that about 4.5 years ago I didn’t even drink bourbon.  In fact, I think that I can tell you that the only bourbon I had consumed up till then was Jim Beam …