Featured Interview Excerpts

  • Jimmy and Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): A Bad Batch

    Jimmy and Eddie Russell (Wild Turkey): A Bad Batch

    Jimmy Russell and Eddie Russell, Master Distiller and Associate Distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery, tell the story of the one bad batch of bourbon made in Jimmy’s lifetime. 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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  • John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Why Kentucky?

    John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Why Kentucky?

    John Boswell, former President of Independent Stave Company, names good limestone water and climate as the reasons Kentucky is perfect for bourbon production, explaining how temperature fluctuations affect the aging process. 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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  • Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Tastings and Travels

    Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Tastings and Travels

    Parker Beam, Master Distiller of Heaven Hill Distilleries, discusses his travels as a distiller participating in tastings across America. 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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  • Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Signing Bottles

    Parker Beam (Heaven Hill): Signing Bottles

    Parker Beam, Master Distiller of Heaven Hill Distilleries, tells how he began to sign more and more bottles as the role of Master Distiller became more prominent. 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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  • 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.

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  • Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Origin of the Company Name

    Max Shapira (Heaven Hill): Origin of the Company Name

    Max Shapira, President of Heaven Hill, explains how the name “Heaven Hill” came about as a misspelling of the family name “Heavenhill”. 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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  • Mac Brown (Brown-Forman): Family Business

    Mac Brown (Brown-Forman): Family Business

    J. McCauley “Mac” Brown, Vice President of Brown-Forman Corporation, discusses his children, his wife Eileen, and his parents Robinson and Jean McCauley Brown. 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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  • John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Family Business

    John Boswell (Independent Stave Co.): Family Business

    John Boswell, former President of Independent Stave Company, affirms the value of family business and expresses his pride in his and his son Brad’s work. 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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  • 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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