• Andrea Wilson: Aging and Barrel Science

    Andrea Wilson: Aging and Barrel Science

    Andrea Wilson, former Director of Whiskey Strategies for Diageo North America, explains how Kentucky’s climate effects bourbon aging, and why the process of aging is the most fascinating of all for her. 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. Share

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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. Share

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  • Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): What Makes Good Bourbon?

    Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): What Makes Good Bourbon?

    Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Brown-Forman, explains that good bourbon comes only from perfection in the five sources of flavor: the grain recipe, water purity, fermentation, distillation, and maturation or aging. He also discusses the qualities of good bourbon in the present resurgence of cocktail 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/27842. Share

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  • Edwin Foote: Making Bourbon

    Edwin Foote: Making Bourbon

    Edwin “Ed” Foote, retired Master Distiller for the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, discusses the process of making bourbon and explains that attention to detail is crucial at every step. 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/27913. Share

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  • Edwin Foote: Changes in the Process

    Edwin Foote: Changes in the Process

    Edwin “Ed” Foote, retired Master Distiller for the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, discusses a few of the ways in which the process of making bourbon has evolved, such as in the specific yeasts used by distilleries and the modern-day ability to control the fermentation temperature. 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/27913. Share

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  • Fred Noe (Jim Beam): What Makes Good Bourbon?

    Fred Noe (Jim Beam): What Makes Good Bourbon?

    Fred Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam, discusses what makes good bourbon, particularly aging and the strength at bottling. 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. Share

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  • Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Plant Administrator

    Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Plant Administrator

    Frenchie Sweatt, Plant Administrator for Diageo North America, explains what knowledge she tries to pass on to the younger management and employees at the plant, such as the importance of accurate record-keeping concerning the age of particular barrels and batches. 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. Share

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  • Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): What Makes Good Bourbon?

    Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): What Makes Good Bourbon?

    Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, explains that the key to making a great bourbon is to have great ingredients. 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. Share

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  • Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): The Myth of Age

    Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): The Myth of Age

    Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, discusses how age does not mean the same for bourbon as it does for certain other drinks such as Scotch. 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. Share

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