Jim Knudsen

Sr. Contributor

Jim Knudsen has lived in every region of the United States, traveled the world, and always enjoyed spirits along the way. While he has sampled local spirits in 50 countries on 6 continents, he always comes home to bourbon. Jim is an accomplished global sales and marketing executive, with a degree in Physics from Michigan State University and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College. Growing up in Michigan, in a household rich with the experience of enjoying drink. He now lives in Georgia with his wife Karen, the love of his life, his personal editor, and style consultant. When not drinking bourbon he likes to golf, reading, and enjoys professional football and boxing. Actually, these are more often enjoyed while drinking bourbon. His four great kids, with families of their own, have blessed him with 6 grandchildren. While coming to bourbon late in life, he is working diligently to catch up.

Breweries, Distilleries
& Wineries Toured

Fun Facts

Has crossed the Arctic Circle, Tropic of Cancer, Equator, Tropic of Capricorn, International Date Line, and the Prime Meridian.

Was named one of 25 Movers and Shakers in North America (2017).

Has consumed spirits on 6 continents.

Had a physical encounter with future hall of fame boxer Bernard Hopkins.

Named inventor on 5 US patents.

Worked as a lifeguard/swimming instructor in High School, the best job I will ever have.

Desert Island Whiskey

Blanton’s Gold

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Bourbon

Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Beefeater Gin (sorry Pops)

“I don’t drink anything stronger than pop, …fortunately, Pop will drink just about anything.”Jim Knudsen