June 2013

On the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Scotland and Kentucky go back a long way. Appalachia was the destination for many Scottish (and Irish) emigrants during the lean years of the Highland Clearances, and their cultural influence is still strong here to this day. Listen to some bluegrass hard enough and you’ll hear the Celtic underpinnings in the music.

Of course there’s whiskey, too, which might be a more obvious connection.

Yes, Bourbon is the American spirit, but just like the rest of us Americans it has a lineage from a distant place. Back then, many people made whisky, possibly illicitly, in their homes, and they brought that knowledge with them to the new world. I mean, who can live without whisky. Read more...

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