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"Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish...
Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."
--Proverbs 31, 6-7

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Bourbon is as American as apple pie, bald eagles and cowboys. Early settlers found an ample supply of corn, rye and barley from which they made their "water of life", the translation of the Gaelic word uisgebaugh [WOOZE-ga-bach] which was later anglicized to "whiskey." Frontiersmen pushing into Bourbon County, Kentucky discovered sparkling limestone-filtered springs, abundant oak trees for barrel-making, and arable land on which to raise corn for food and drink.These hardy pioneers of the Bluegrass State developed and perfected the distilling of what we now call bourbon.

As the country expanded westward, whiskey could be found in any respectable saloon, and some not-so-respectable ones as well. Trail-weary cowboys could wash down the trail dust with a touch of "red eye." Although the old westerns portray "red eye" as cheap whiskey it is actually the good stuff. Bourbon does not get its characteristic red tint until it has been properly aged.

Today's premium whiskeys are distilled in small batches in the tradition of those early pioneers. With its rich mahogony color and smoky, woody flavors with hints of vanilla and caramel, bourbon is the only whiskey in the world that can truly be called American.To qualify as straight bourbon whiskey Federal law requires that it:

  • Must contain at least 51percent corn in the fermented grain mash. Most bourbons contain a considerably higher percentage of corn than 51 percent.
  • Must be distilled at no more than 160 proof (80 percent alcohol).
  • Must be aged for a minimum of two years, at no more than 125 proof, in new American white oak barrels that have been charred on the inside. Most bourbons are aged for at least four years.
  • Must be bottled at a minimum of 80 proof.
  • No coloring or flavoring may be added.

Bourbon Cowboy's Favorite Whiskeys

"At certain times, you can actually hear a few Sinatra-like notes from a glass of bourbon, and occasionally, you just might catch the strains of both Joplins (Scott and Janis) or feel the rich, reverberating voice of Casal's cello playing a Beethoven sonota."
--from The Book of Bourbon
Gary & Mardee Haidin Regan


Baker's Bourbon
Jim Beam Distilleries, Clermont and Boston, Kentucky

One of the Jim Beam Small Batch Bourbon Collection
(You can't go wrong with any of them in my opinion). Named for retired Master Distiller Baker Beam of the famous bourbon-making family
I like mine over ice.

Booker's Bourbon
Jim Beam Distilleries, Clermont and Boston, Kentucky

Another of the Jim Beam Small Batch bourbons. Named for Jim's grandson, Master Distiller Emeritus Booker Noe, this whiskey is aged 6-8 years and bottled unfiltered at barrel proof to retain its full flavor.
Thank you Mr. Noe!

Old Ezra Brooks Rare Old Sippin' Whiskey
David Sherman Company, St. Louis, Missouri

A fine whiskey, aged 7 years and bottled at 101 proof.Hints of chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch. Goes well in cocktails or try it over ice.

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I.W. Harper Gold Medal Bourbon
Bernheim Distillery, Louisville, Kentucky

Aged 15 years and bottled at 80 proof. As the bottle states: "It's always a pleasure." I'll take mine on the rocks, please.

Basil Hayden's Bourbon
Jim Beam Distilleries, Clermont and Boston, Kentucky

From the Beam Small Batch Collection, this tasty bourbon is named for one of the Bluegrass State's earliest distillers. The high rye content gives this whiskey an unusual flavor. It is great on the rocks, or with a splash of ginger ale. A likeness of Basil Hayden, by the way, adorns the label on every bottle of another Beam-owned whiskey. You might know him as
Old Grand-Dad!

Knob Creek Bourbon
Jim Beam Distilleries, Clermont and Boston, Kentucky

Yet another of Beam's Small Batch bourbons
"Hand bottled in limited quantities for superior taste and smoothness."
Nice caramel flavor. Excellent over ice!

Maker's Mark
Maker's Mark Distillery, Loretto, Kentucky

Bottled at 90 proof, this wheated whiskey will serve you well over ice or in cocktails.

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Old Crow Bourbon
Jim Beam Distilleries, Clermont and Boston, Kentucky

This whiskey claims this to be "The Original Sour Mash." It is named for Dr.James Crow, hailed as the inventor of the sour mash method, and you can practically taste the history of bourbon-making in every sip.
I'll take mine straight up, on the rocks, or with a splash of ginger ale.

Old Fitzgerald Very Special Bourbon
Bernheim Distillery, Louisville, Kentucky

Distinctive for using wheat rather than rye in it's mashbill. It is aged for 12 years and bottled at 90 proof. Serve chilled or over ice.

Old Grand-Dad 114 Barrel Proof Bourbon
Jim Beam Distilleries, Clermont and Boston, Kentucky

A bust of early whiskey-making pioneer Basil Hayden graces the label of this exquisite, fiery-red and spicy bourbon.
Drink it on ice, or try it with just a splash of ginger ale.

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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon
Wild Turkey Distillery, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

Hand-crafted bourbon bottled at barrel proof under the supervision of Master Distiller Jimmy Russell. Sip it straight or on the rocks.
A bonus for lovers of this whiskey is the Rare Breed Society which you may join for free. Members receive letters from Jimmy Russell, filled with Bluegrass charm and wit, along with announcements and occasional special offers. It is marketing with a "down home" touch, and much more personality than a plain old company newsletter.

Tennessee Whiskeys


Jack Daniel's Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey "Old No. 7"
Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee

Though technically not a bourbon, I do enjoy the sweetness imparted by the Lincoln County Process (though the distillery is actually located in Moore County) and so could not leave this one out. I like it so much, in fact, that I even named the best dawg I ever owned after it, Happy Jack Daniel.
Take it over ice or in a shot glass. Also mixes well with cola or a splash of ginger ale if that's your style.

Gentleman Jack Rare Tenessee Whiskey
Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee

If you enjoy the flavor imparted by the Lincoln County Process as much as I do then you'll love this offering. This whiskey is "charcoal mellowed twice" and then bottled at 80 proof.Perhaps the sweetest whiskey on the market. Enjoy it straight up or over ice.


Bourbon Cowboy's
All-Time #1 Favorite Whiskey

Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon
Ancient Age Distillery, Frankfort, Kentucky

The first single-barrel bourbon on the market (1984).
Named for Albert B. Blanton, son of Benjamin Harrison Blanton, who founded the original O.F.C. Distillery on the present site of the Ancient Age Distillery.The label states "We believe this is the finest bottle of whiskey ever produced, affording you extra flavor, boquet and character."
I concur! Look for the horse & jockey on the top of the bottle.

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