Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Thomas Ripy: World Bourbon

    Thomas Ripy: World Bourbon

    Thomas Ripy, great-grandson of the Tyrone, KY, distiller T. B. Ripy, discusses the growth of international bourbon markets. 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/27888.

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  • Thomas Ripy: What Makes Good Bourbon?

    Thomas Ripy: What Makes Good Bourbon?

    Thomas Ripy, great-grandson of the Tyrone, KY, distiller T. B. Ripy, discusses what makes good bourbon: the good limestone water, traditions of distilling among many of the settlers, and an abundance of corn. 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/27888.

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  • John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Teaching His Son

    John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Teaching His Son

    John Boswell, former President of Independent Stave Company, tells of how he taught the business to his son Brad. 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/28010.

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  • Brad Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Making Barrels

    Brad Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Making Barrels

    Brad Boswell, President and fourth-generation cooper of Independent Stave Company, explains the process of making barrels and how barrels affect the flavor of bourbon. 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/28009.

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  • Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Family-Owned Business

    Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Family-Owned Business

    Max Shapira, President of Heaven Hill, discusses the advantages of a family-owned business. 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/27845.

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  • Rob Samuels (Maker’s Mark): The Mark of a Master Craftsman

    Rob Samuels (Maker’s Mark): The Mark of a Master Craftsman

    Rob Samuels, COO of Maker’s Mark, explains the origin of the brand name and the of the mark blown into every glass and printed on each label. 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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  • Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Signing Bottles

    Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Signing Bottles

    Parker Beam, Master Distiller of Heaven Hill Distilleries, tells how he began to sign more and more bottles as the role of Master Distiller became more prominent. 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/27680.

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  • Fred Noe (Jim Beam): Why Kentucky?

    Fred Noe (Jim Beam): Why Kentucky?

    Fred Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam, discusses why Kentucky is best suited for making bourbon. 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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  • Campbell Brown (Brown-Forman): Jack Daniels

    Campbell Brown (Brown-Forman): Jack Daniels

    Campbell Brown, Vice President and Director of Brown-Forman Corporation’s Midwest and Canada divisions, discusses the challenges of marketing the now international brand Jack Daniels. 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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