I haven't been following this thread since I don't drink a lot of bourbon (usually Knob or Maker's in a flask when backpacking - everything tastes great then). So, I don't know if someone has already posted about the book on bourbon's renaissance that came out recently called Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey.
I scrolled back a few pages and didn't see anything, but there was an article about it today. Some interesting facts from the book are covered in just the short article - those who really like bourbon might be interested in the book.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/0 ... paign=news
The article starts out like this, "Craft bourbon, like craft beer, is in the midst of a boom: In the past 15 years, the number of distilleries in the U.S. has surged from just a handful to around 600.
Why are Americans buying more bourbon? According to author Reid Mitenbuler, one reason is that we're being seduced by clever bottles and throwback labels. Along with enticing branding, some of these bottles of "craft bourbon" boast hefty price tags."
Somebody else is going to have to watch the door for me now. Make sure to keep the riff-raff out. Outcast (RIP)