History's Bourbonic Mysteries

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History's Bourbonic Mysteries

Unread postby bunghole » Fri Mar 04, 2005 12:55 pm

When Dr. James Crow died - Did his once famous mashbill die with him? Any good scientist would keep a notebook - Did Dr. Crow?

If his Bourbon was so good (and history suggests that it was) why isn't someone somewhere today distilling Bourbon to Dr. Crow's formula?

OK! Who has it! Fess Up!

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Unread postby bourbonv » Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:56 pm

Linn,
There is some historical record that Crow's recipe was handed down to the next generation of distillers. I know I saw a letter from James E Pepper at the Getz Museum that stated that Pepper assured the recipient that the distiller at the Old Crow distillery learned to make whiskey from Crow and was making it the same way as Crow did. If there were records from Crow, I fear they ended up in the dumpster when Beam cleaned out the distillery. That is how the Pepper letter made it to the Getz Museum - an employee saw the records being tossed in the dumpster and recued them for the Museum.

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Unread postby bunghole » Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:22 pm

You're on the trail of a remarkable discovery Professor Veach! I hope the new artifacts of which you are now in charge reveal the truth of the matter.

God Speed

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Unread postby gillmang » Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:56 pm

Chuck's book has a full-length late 1800's recipe for a bourbon mash and distillation. I'll bet that is the same, or very close.

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Unread postby cowdery » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:48 pm

The recipe, which begins on p. 112, is supposedly Dr. Crow's recipe and the explanation given as to how it came to be in the hands of the person who made it public is pretty reasonable and convincing.
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Unread postby bunghole » Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:58 pm

gillmang wrote:Chuck's book has a full-length late 1800's recipe for a bourbon mash and distillation. I'll bet that is the same, or very close.

Gary


Yeah Gary - That's all 'horn swaggle' to me! :sleepy1:

I am sure this recipe is being distilled today, but I have no proof.

Perhaps George T. Stagg had some knowlege. Oh but he is also dead.

How about Albert B. Blanton? Dead.

How about Elmer T. Lee? Still Alive.

Does BT#2 = Old Crow?

Yes I think so.

Flame On.

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