Unearthing Whiskey’s Women (via LEO Weekly)

fred minnick - whiskey womenYeah, this is a beer blog, but if you live in Kentucky and you like cocktails, there’s a fair chance you also like bourbon. This is the cover story I wrote for this week’s edition of LEO Weekly about local bourbon writer and Wall Street Journal best-seller Fred Minnick and his new book, “Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey.” Enjoy.

Fred Minnick, clad in a blazer and signature ascot, holds up the glass of bourbon and peers through it.

“What you have in this glass,” he says, “is something that no other category of spirits does. They’re using new barrels every time; it’s all American. Most of it is made here in Kentucky. And it’s just got …”

He trails off for a moment, gathers his thoughts and continues, bringing the glass of caramel-brown bourbon back down to eye level.

“I mean, what’s not to love about it?”

He sniffs the bourbon deeply, and then takes a small sip.

“It has this sweet caramel, praline; it’s smooth,” he says. “There are so many good characteristics about bourbon that anybody who likes a distilled product, I feel like I could sell them on it.”

Minnick’s rise in the world of bourbon as a writer, author and all-around authority has a lot to do with his enthusiasm and energy, and not just when it comes to bourbon specifically. Minnick is always animated, has an infectious laugh like a sinister clown who has decided to turn good, and he often wears an impish grin that makes him come forth like a happy, precocious kid. …

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Confessions of a Kentuckian Who Doesn’t Like Bourbon

Blogging about bourbon this time around at TheAlcoholProfessor.com, although beer is very much in the conversation:

When you tell strangers you’re from Kentucky, they usually make two immediate assumptions: That you love horse racing, and that you drink bourbon.

Horse racing is OK, but I have a confession to make: I’m a Kentuckian who has never liked bourbon.

This is not to say I don’t appreciate good bourbon; I am a craft beer enthusiast, and I’ve got a pretty good palate for wine, too, so I understand the enthusiasm for complex flavors. But bourbon and my palate have never become friends. And on the bourbon-and-horse-racing point, I’ll just say this: The mint julep is one of the most awful concoctions I’ve ever tasted.

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