From the December 28, 1936, issue of Life.
The Kentucky Tavern brand still exists, owned now by the Sazerac Company, and produced at the Barton Distillery in Bardstown. Apparently there are both 80- and 100-proof bottlings. Sazerac’s site has a brief history of the Glenmore brand.
Exploring the multinational appeal of vermouth…
A Hindu, a Christian, and a Mohammadan walk into a bar. What would Juan Williams do?
No no, it’s not the creepy old dude. It’s the flavour.
Hey, it’s my birthday! Maybe I’ll have a scotch.
As much as I like looking at defunct brands, it’s also fun sometimes to look at those that have survived, and see how much they’ve changed.
I can’t embed the video, so here’s a link to Fred Astaire performing “Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails.” Glenmore, I believe, was another product of the Medley distillery.
A while back, I posted several ads for Green River whiskey. At the time, I mentioned that the brand was defunct, but that the distillery that made it–the Charles Medley Distillery–was again operational. I was wrong, and I was right.
The Medley distillery is again operational, but Green River is no longer defunct. Rob McCulloch–great-grandson of Green River’s founder, John McCulloch–has revived the brand and is again making Green River whiskey, as he noted in a comment on the original post. The Medley distillery is closely linked to three Kentucky distilling families: the Medleys for whom its now named after, the McCullochs, and the Wathens. It’s this latter family that gave its name to another current product of the Medley distillery: Wathen’s Kentucky Bourbon. I believe I’ve seen Wathen’s for sale in Rhode Island, so I’ll have to try a bottle. I’d be interested to know whether the new Green River is a straight bourbon whiskey or a blend. I’d hope for the former.
Meanwhile, here are two ads that didn’t make the cut in the first post: