Monthly Archives: July 2013

Bourbon Master Distiller Passes at Buffalo Trace

Bourbon Master Distiller Passes at Buffalo Trace

A longtime Kentucky bourbon maker who’s credited with helping spark the industry’s comeback has been laid to rest. Elmer T. Lee died in Frankfort at the age of 93. Lee was the master distiller emeritus at Buffalo Trace Distillery. His most notable contribution to the bourbon industry came in 1984, when he introduced Blanton’s, a single-barrel brand of bourbon. The introduction sparked a trend toward small-batch bourbons that revived the industry.

Elmer T. Lee, a master distiller whose bottling of a premium brand of bourbon in 1984 was widely credited with raising bourbon’s cachet with liquor connoisseurs and helping to reverse a long slump in Kentucky’s signature industry.
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Posted by on July 25, 2013 in In The News


Virgin Atlantic’s Perfect London lounge


I find myself in the best airline lounge on the planet after a full day of work in London. Thankfully they have a full bar and very capable bar tenders. This “Perfect” Manhattan ( recipe below) was the perfect ending to a English business trip and the best launch to a flight back to New York.


2 ounces bourbon whiskey
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
2 dashes Angostura or orange bitters
Maraschino cherry with a small piece lemon peel for garnish

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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in Uncategorized



Cocktails in Florida


Had a nice meal with friends in Florida. How fantastic is it that a simple bourbon based drink can catch up you to the happiness level that preceded your arrival?

This is a basic Manhattan on the rocks (not my normal fare, but a local bartender concoction made with Woodford Reserve)

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Posted by on July 7, 2013 in With Friends