Who IS BOURBON SCOUT?
My first taste of bourbon whiskey was a shot of Maker's Mark, "borrowed" from my parents' liquor cabinet in suburban Washington, D.C...I could have gone for the Absolut or the Bacardi, but the distinctive red wax seal and the amber glow caught my eye in 1999 like they still do today.
Since that first gulp of Maker's, which admittedly sucked for me, I've tasted everything from new age Old Crow (not that there's anything wrong with that) to Pappy Van Winkle. My interest in America's Native Spirit really sparked on a trip to Lexington, Kentucky and a visit to the Woodford Reserve Distillery. The authenticity of the process continues to amaze me and you simply cannot beat the warm, familiar sensation of fine bourbon in your belly.
Since then, I've scavenged the country for limited edition and antique American whiskeys; I've received epic bottles as gifts; I've developed my preferences- for taste and for marketing schemes. I've recently invested more time and energy in researching brand histories- with a focus on military veterans in the whiskey industry, past and present. My first book, Bourbon & Bullets (Potomac Books, 2018) will be on shelves soon!
We're John and Will. Brothers-in-law and brothers-in-bourbon. We started this blog in 2015 to preserve our whiskey drinking experiences for ourselves, our family, friends, and others and to meet people who make and/or love American whiskey as much as we do.
Everything reviewed on our blog comes from our personal collections. All of the photographs are ours, unless it's clearly stated otherwise.
Process Manager by day, bourbon drinker by night. Hailing from central North Carolina, I moved to Richmond, VA in 2010 and currently work a desk job at a Fortune 250 company. I am passionate about all things sports, adventure, and booze!
Four years ago I could not have told you the difference between a Pappy 15 and Kentucky Gentleman. With a liquid diet of Busch Ice and $9 handles of vodka in college and my early twenties, I really didn’t have a whole lot of whiskey experience other than a few shitty bourbons I’d throw in some eggnog at Christmas. Then I got a job, developed decent taste, and felt the urge to share about it.
Fortunately for me, my entire extended family comes from Lexington, KY and most of us share a similar interest in Bluegrass whiskey. Add that to the ever-growing bourbon loving spirit of my brother-in-law, John, I had a perfect recipe for diving head first into the American whiskey world. While I am far from an expert, I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about, tasting, and reviewing many different bourbons and whiskeys over the last few years. It’s a truly fascinating industry.