“Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business”

Kentucky Educational Television created a documentary featuring interviews with many of the first families of bourbon. These include the Beams, the Noes, the Samuels, the Russells, and the list goes on. To make this documentary KET took over 30 hours of interviews and distilled (no pun intended) it down to about 56 minutes.

If you ever wanted a short history of bourbon and its makers, this is it. I imagine that the Kentucky Distillers Association played a large role in assembling the interviewees as there is one major distillery missing. That would be Buffalo Trace which is owned by Sazerac and which is not a member of the KDA. Nonetheless, this is a good documentary to sit back and watch while sipping on your favorite bourbon. It makes more sense to do this than to brave all the traffic and crowds on Black Friday!

If you would like to hear more interviews in greater depth, the Louis B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky has a page devoted to strictly to bourbon and its history.

4 thoughts on ““Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business””

    1. Obsession? Given I average less than 1-2 drinks per week calling it an obsession may be a little exaggerated. That said, I enjoy good bourbon and I love the history behind it.

    2. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to imply obsession with drinking, just with talking/posting about it. But it seems your interest is in the history of it. I kinda like Junior Johnson stories myself.

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