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journalist. This ultimately resulted in me shooting a documentary on bourbon. At that time, there were very few websites and media outlets reporting solely on whiskey. Using video content from the documentary helped my team and I to begin telling the story of the rebirth of bourbon and the craft spirits revolution on BourbonBlog.com. We became the first to report on products like Maker’s 46 and Angel’s Envy bourbon.

Kentucky native Tom Fischer is founder of BourbonBlog.com and co-founder of the first whisk(e)y marketing school and sommelier programme The growth of bourbon has been massive in the last few years. We went from seeing only a few released every month or two, to a bourbon being made in every US state, with new releases happening all the time. I don’t expect it to slow down any time soon, which is good news for all of us. Growing up in Kentucky and near the heart of the Kentucky bourbon producing region, I had relatives that sipped on Kentucky bourbon. I have fond memories of my Uncle Glenn, who enjoyed Yellowstone bourbon while smoking a pipe. One of the decisions that led me to start BourbonBlog. com was an experience I had while sipping Kentucky bourbon in a bar in Bardstown, Kentucky. The bar was called The Bourbon Bar and had hundreds of bourbons and American whiskeys on the wall.

A little over two years ago, I co-founded the first ever whiskey sommelier programme in Austin, Texas. You can learn more about it at www. WhiskyMarketing.org. I worked with a great selection of whiskies on my recent educational tour. It took me to bars and hotels across the globe to teach about American whiskey. I only work with whiskies that I love. I enjoy tasting all whiskey. I am looking for flavours that are balanced and work well together. Additionally, I want to be surprised with new flavours so I don’t feel like I am tasting the same thing over and over. I like to encourage whiskey drinkers to try new categories.

A few people who worked with the Kentucky Bourbon Festival were sitting at the bar that evening and invited me to return to cover the festival as a

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