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RECENT COCKTAILS: OCTOBER 4, 2020
Bourbon, Cynar, Bitters, Herbal liqueur, Coffee bean, Demerara syrup, Lemon peel
SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
Bourbon, Rye, Aperol, Peychaud's Bitters, Maraschino Liqueur, Bitters, Absinthe, Honey syrup, Orange peel, Lemon peel
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
Rye, Sweet vermouth, Fernet Branca, Bitters, Simple syrup, Lemon peel
AUGUST 29, 2020
Prosecco, Yuzu Sake, Flavored vodka, Elderflower liqueur, Soda water, Aloe vera liqueur, Mint
Yuzu Sake, Aromatized wine, Swedish Punsch, Gin, Lime juice
AUGUST 8, 2020
Bourbon, Curaçao, Falernum, Bitters, Grapefruit juice, Lemon juice, Grapefruit peel
AUGUST 5, 2020
Bourbon, Swedish Punsch, Aromatized wine, Falernum, Lemon juice
JULY 20, 2020
Gin, Flavored vodka, Dry vermouth, Aloe vera liqueur, Salt Solution, Lemon peel
JUNE 6, 2020
Aromatized wine, Gin, Absinthe, Aperitivo Nonino, Lime juice
MAY 29, 2020
Bourbon, Rye, Falernum, Bitters, Lemon peel

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

Who Makes My Bourbon?

This is the fifth in a series on Bourbon by Zach Pearson. Read them all: Bourbon, Bourbon After the Act, Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't, Making Bourbon, Who Makes My Bourbon, Producer Capsules., Finding the Good Stuff, Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat, Mashbills, Geeky Information and Resources.

About a year ago, GQ exerpted this great picture from David Haskell's The Kings County Distiller Guide to Urban Moonshining. Click the image on the left to see the detail. It’s pretty easy to see from this that there are really only thirteen major Bourbon producers in the United States. These 13 distilleries are owned by only nine companies.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You can’t walk into a liquor store and not see an entire 50 foot shelf of Bourbons with names you’ve never heard of. Some of them are even local. All of them have great stories on the back about how this particular Bourbon was the favorite of Ulysses S. Grant or Al Capone or was made by some hill-William from a secret family recipe only recently rediscovered inside a hollow log in Possum Lick, Kentucky. Like the Templeton Rye label to the left. Click it to expand and read it.

Recent Additions

  • High Horse — Añejo rum, Kirschwasser, Cherry Liqueur, Sweet vermouth, Bitters, Brandied cherry
  • Electric Circus — Gin, Melon liqueur, Genepy, Bitters, Lemon juice, Lemon peel
  • Monkey Business — Gin, Sweet vermouth, Crème de Banane, Fernet Branca, Orange peel
  • (the) UNREP — Brandy, Crème de Violette, Lemon bitters, Dragonfruit
  • Sassburger — Blanco tequila, Strega, Ginger liqueur, Meyer lemon juice

Recent Discussion

  • Re The Cableknit, 9 hours ago jensck commented:

    Seriously strange. Maybe it's because I used a different coffee liqueur (Tempus Fugit), but I'm not sure these flavors work together.

  • Re String Theory, 11 hours ago stirred commented:

    Good winter vibes. Same vein as Left Hand and Black Lodge. Add to rotation.

  • Re Last Word, 1 day ago Craig E commented:

    Abigail Gullo makes a Last Laugh by straining this into a champagne flute and topping with cava, with a lime twist.

  • Re The Smoked 45, 1 day 18 hours ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Quite sweet - dropped Cointreau to 0.5 oz

  • Re Tolkien, 2 days 11 hours ago lesliec commented:

    It's good you guys aren't just Tolkien in your sleep.