Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Olivia Ripy: Working in the Visitor Center

    Olivia Ripy: Working in the Visitor Center

    Olivia Ripy, formerly in charge of the visitor center at Wild Turkey and granddaughter of the distillery’s founder T. B. Ripy, discusses her time working in the Wild Turkey distillery’s Visitor Center at a time when bourbon tourism was just beginning. 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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  • 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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  • Mac Brown (Brown-Forman): Standing by a Product

    Mac Brown (Brown-Forman): Standing by a Product

    J. McCauley “Mac” Brown, Vice President of Brown-Forman Corporation, discusses the vision of the company to produce high-quality products, and a few of the mistakes that have kept them from achieving that goal. 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/27849.

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  • Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): Cooking with Bourbon

    Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): Cooking with Bourbon

    Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Brown-Forman, tells how Brown-Forman has been promoting the use of bourbon in cooking. 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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  • Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): History of Wild Turkey

    Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey): History of Wild Turkey

    Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, discusses the history of the distillery: its early changes in ownership,  how annual turkey hunts led to its present name, and the success of the Wild Turkey brand. 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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  • Olivia Ripy: Cooking with Bourbon

    Olivia Ripy: Cooking with Bourbon

    Olivia Ripy, formerly in charge of the visitor center at Wild Turkey and granddaughter of the distillery’s founder T. B. Ripy, discusses how bourbon can be used in cooking, such as in bread pudding, brownies, and even barbecued hot dogs. 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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  • Al Young (Four Roses): History of the Four Roses Brand

    Al Young (Four Roses): History of the Four Roses Brand

    Al Young, Brand Ambassador of Four Roses, discusses the history of the brand, from its ruin in the U.S. by Seagram’s mixed whiskey of the same name, to its renewed popularity as a bourbon in recent years. 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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  • 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.

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  • Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): Age Claims vs. the Peak of Perfection

    Chris Morris (Brown-Forman): Age Claims vs. the Peak of Perfection

    Chris Morris, Master Distiller at Brown-Forman, explains why bourbon quality should not be measured by age as Scotch is, and he discusses the company’s plans to expand into other types of whiskey. 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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