Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Rob Samuels (Makers Mark): Becoming Involved in the Family Business

    Rob Samuels (Makers Mark): Becoming Involved in the Family Business

    Rob Samuels, COO of Maker’s Mark, discusses his first time at the distillery, his early career outside of Kentucky, and how he came to join the Maker’s Mark team. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27844.

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  • Al Young (Four Roses): History of the Distillery

    Al Young (Four Roses): History of the Distillery

    Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses, discusses the history of the distillery from the early 1900’s through the present. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27886.

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  • Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): Bringing Premium to Kentucky

    Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): Bringing Premium to Kentucky

    Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, tells of how premium brands were created so that Four Roses bourbon would be set apart from Seagram’s previous Four Roses blended whiskey, and he discusses the company’s efforts to bring their internationally successful bourbon back to Kentucky. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27885.

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  • Campbell Brown (Brown-Forman):  Competition and Friendship

    Campbell Brown (Brown-Forman): Competition and Friendship

    Campbell Brown, Vice President and Director of Brown-Forman Corporation’s Midwest and Canada divisions, explains that bourbon community, although competitive, is very friendly and fosters excellence among its many members. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27848.

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  • Fred Noe (Jim Beam): Early Life

    Fred Noe (Jim Beam): Early Life

    Fred Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam, discusses his early life in his hometown of Bardstown, KY, which years ago was the home of many bourbon families. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27827.

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  • Al Young (Four Roses): Advertisement History

    Al Young (Four Roses): Advertisement History

    Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses, discusses some of the historic Four Roses advertisement signs. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27886.

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  • Al Young (Four Roses): International Popularity

    Al Young (Four Roses): International Popularity

    Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses, discusses the international popularity of the brand. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27886.

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  • Olivia Ripy: Cooking with Bourbon

    Olivia Ripy: Cooking with Bourbon

    Olivia Ripy, formerly in charge of the visitor center at Wild Turkey and granddaughter of the distillery’s founder T. B. Ripy, discusses how bourbon can be used in cooking, such as in bread pudding, brownies, and even barbecued hot dogs. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27889.

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  • Olivia Ripy: The Bourbon Festival

    Olivia Ripy: The Bourbon Festival

    Olivia Ripy, formerly in charge of the visitor center at Wild Turkey and granddaughter of the distillery’s founder T. B. Ripy, tells of the first time she attended the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. This interview is from the Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries. Watch the full interview: http://www.kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27889.

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