Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): The Bourbon Trail

    Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): The Bourbon Trail

    Eddie Russell, Associate Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, discusses The Bourbon Trail and how it benefits the company by informing customers about the product and 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/27813.

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  • Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Her Role

    Frenchie Sweatt (Diageo): Her Role

    Frenchie Sweatt, Plant Administrator for Diageo North America, discusses the role she and others played in the various stages of the plant’s history. 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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  • Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): Rebuilding a Brand

    Jim Rutledge (Four Roses): Rebuilding a Brand

    Jim Rutledge, Master Distiller at Four Roses, explains how in recent years Four Roses bourbon became well-known once again in 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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  • Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): Expansion

    Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): Expansion

    Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Brown-Forman, gives a glimpse into the Bourbon Renaissance with recollections of the rise of Woodford Reserve, and he explains the company’s future plans for further expansion. 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.

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  • Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): The End of Prohibition, the Birth of a Brand

    Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): The End of Prohibition, the Birth of a Brand

    Max Shapira, President of Heaven Hill, tells of how his father started the business and created the Old Heaven Hill brand in 1934 soon after the repeal of Prohibition and at the height of the Great Depression, and how the brand soon became the number-one selling bourbon in 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/27845.

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  • Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Legacy and Reflection

    Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): Legacy and Reflection

    Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, expresses his pride in his son Eddie and his appreciation of seeing people enjoying the various brands of Wild Turkey 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://kentuckyoralhistory.org/interviews/27814.

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  • Brad Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Booker and Fred Noe

    Brad Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Booker and Fred Noe

    Brad Boswell, President and fourth-generation cooper of Independent Stave Company, shares memories of Booker Noe and his son Fred, now Master Distiller at Jim Beam. 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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  • Al Young (Four Roses): Working with the Master Distillers

    Al Young (Four Roses): Working with the Master Distillers

    Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses, discusses his duties in the distillery working with several of the successive Master Distillers. 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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  • Dace Stubbs (Brown-Forman): Family and Community

    Dace Stubbs (Brown-Forman): Family and Community

    Dace Stubbs, member of the Brown-Forman board of directors, discusses family friends and memories of industry leaders. 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/27847.

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