Featured Interview Excerpts

  • 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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  • Baker Beam (Jim Beam): Moonshiners

    Baker Beam (Jim Beam): Moonshiners

    Baker Beam, former distiller at Jim Beam, tells stories of moonshiners of the Prohibition era. 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://kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27828.

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  • Joseph Magliocco (Michter’s): The Bourbon Trail

    Joseph Magliocco (Michter’s): The Bourbon Trail

    Joseph Magliocco, President of Michter’s Distillery, discusses the benefits of the Bourbon Trail and tourism in general to the industry and to the country. 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/28011.

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  • Bill Samuels (Maker’s Mark): Growing the Industry and Community

    Bill Samuels (Maker’s Mark): Growing the Industry and Community

    Bill Samuels, Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark, discusses how bourbon terminology changed as connoisseurship entered the industry in the Bourbon Renaissance, and how that has affected the industry and the state economy. 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://kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27843.

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  • Rob Samuels (Maker’s Mark): Family and Hospitality

    Rob Samuels (Maker’s Mark): Family and Hospitality

    Rob Samuels, COO of Maker’s Mark, discusses family hospitality and connecting with customers. 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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  • Andrea Wilson: Orphan Barrel Program

    Andrea Wilson: Orphan Barrel Program

    Andrea Wilson, former Director of Whiskey Strategies for Diageo North America, discusses Diageo’s “Orphan Barrel” program and the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Company. 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://kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27912.

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  • Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Changes in the Job

    Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Changes in the Job

    Frenchie Sweatt, Plant Administrator for Diageo North America, discusses changes over the years, such as the introduction of computers and a faster-paced corporate culture. 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/27911.

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  • John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): His Greatest Accomplishment

    John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): His Greatest Accomplishment

    John Boswell, former President of Independent Stave Company, names his greatest accomplishment as building a chapel in Salem, Missouri, for his employees. 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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  • Olivia Ripy: Family Ties to the Industry

    Olivia Ripy: Family Ties to the Industry

    Olivia Ripy, formerly in charge of the visitor center at Wild Turkey and granddaughter of the distillery’s founder T. B. Ripy, discusses several family members who work in the family distillery, which is now the Wild Turkey distillery. 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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