Episode #093 – Interview with Bourbon Historian Michael Veach

There are a few times when our podcast has allowed us the opportunity to meet someone we’ve followed and admired for a number of years, whether it’s an author, a distiller, or a bartender. To close our group of episodes during Bourbon Heritage Month, we were able to record one of those conversations for this week’s episode, a conversation with Michael Veach, one of bourbon’s foremost historians and a legend in Bourbon Country.

Michael Veach was inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2006.  He’s written and contributed to five books and is the foremost authority on bourbon history.  In addition to this, he is the former Filson Historical Society Bourbon Historian.  Michael has provided bourbon history education in many different forms over the years. He owns his own bourbon consulting company, Bourbon VeachLLC (and maintains a blog for his company, BourbonVeach.com.

In this week’s episode, we talk a little about:

  • “Master Distillers” and other (true) roles in the making of Bourbon
  • President Taft’s greatest contribution to society (or maybe just to Whiskey)
  • How Bourbon was shaped by many different influences, from large distillers to moonshiners, to blenders, and today’s craft distillers
  • Why definitions matter within Whiskey and Bourbon

Some of Mike’s books:

“Here’s to women’s kisses,

and to whiskey, amber clear;
not as sweet as a woman’s kiss,
but damn sight more sincere.”
“What butter and whiskey won’t cure, there is no cure for.”
– Irish Saying