Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Father, Mentor

    Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Father, Mentor

    Max Shapira, President of Heaven Hill, discusses working under the mentorship of his father Ed Shapira. 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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  • Brad Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Jimmy Russell

    Brad Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Jimmy Russell

    Brad Boswell, President and fourth-generation cooper of Independent Stave Company, tells a story about Jimmy Russell and how wide a Master Distiller’s fame can spread. 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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  • Joseph Magliocco (Michter’s): Mixology

    Joseph Magliocco (Michter’s): Mixology

    Joseph Magliocco, President of Michter’s Distillery, discusses his experience bar tending in the 1970s, as well as the role of innovative bartenders in bringing about the Bourbon Renaissance. 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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  • Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): Yeast

    Craig Beam (Heaven Hill): Yeast

    Craig Beam, Master Distiller at Heaven Hill Distilleries, discusses the specific yeast that is used at Heaven Hill. 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/27682.

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  • Rob Samuels (Maker’s Mark): His Grandparents

    Rob Samuels (Maker’s Mark): His Grandparents

    Rob Samuels, COO of Maker’s Mark, discusses the legacy of his grandfather Bill Samuels, Sr., and his grandmother Marge Samuels. 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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  • Brad and John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Lessons in Flavor

    Brad and John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Lessons in Flavor

    Brad and John Boswell, President and former President of Independent Stave Company, discuss Brad’s specialty in flavor. 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/28008.

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  • Jimmy and Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): Eddie’s Early Days

    Jimmy and Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): Eddie’s Early Days

    Jimmy Russell and Eddie Russell, Master Distiller and Associate Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, reflect on Eddie’s start in the industry. 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/27815.

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  • Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Maintaining Quality despite Growing Demand

    Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Maintaining Quality despite Growing Demand

    Parker Beam, Master Distiller of Heaven Hill Distilleries, discusses the important role of master distillers in maintaining the quality of bourbon while keeping up with growing demand. 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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  • Andrea Wilson: The Bourbon Community

    Andrea Wilson: The Bourbon Community

    Andrea Wilson, former Director of Whiskey Strategies for Diageo North America, discusses the bourbon community as a community of passionate artisans working together to make an excellent product. 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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