Exploring America's Native Spirit
Exploring America's Native Spirit

Celebrating Made In Kentucky!

I know it has been awhile since I last posted to the blog, but it was for good reason. A week ago today, our first son was born. Last night, I had the opportunity to raise a glass to the men and women who protect our country, my wife, and Adler.

We used a bottle of Derby Edition Woodford Reserve I bought four years ago just prior to our Derby Day wedding in Maysville, KY. I have been saving it specifically for this occasion. Super Saver won the race with Calvin Borel as jockey, but I feel as if I was the ultimate winner on that day. So many great things have happened since.

We had four generations of my family present and I read the toast I wrote while at the hospital thinking about this new life:


Wishes for Adler

I wish for you a wandering soul, that you live and appreciate every moment, but that you always yearn to see and do more.

I wish for you patient diligence, that you may push for what’s beyond your grasp, embracing successes and challenges similarly instead of being frustrated by long journey’s and outcomes that differ from your anticipations.

I wish for you a calm, kind, and giving heart and the opportunity to find those who will need you, that your dreams will be fulfilled by bringing happiness to others.

I wish for you to think quickly and speak slowly, that you can firmly stand on what you believe, but be wise enough to hear differing opinions and grow from them.

Love your mother, she was courageous and made all of this possible. She will be your guide. I will give you my heart and spirit, take what you can to find your way. We love you as our families have loved and cared for us.


Anyway, we toasted an amazing Kentucky made baby, with a great Kentucky made bourbon!


What's in my bar now...

Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star

Ancient Ancient Age 10 Year


Basil Hayden's

Buffalo Trace Single Oak #32

Buffalo Trace Single Oak #59

Buffalo Trace Single Oak #60

Buffalo Trace Single Oak #62


Col. E.H. Taylor Warehouse C Tornado

David Nicholson 1843 BIB

Eagle Rare

Elijah Craig 12 Year

Elmer T Lee

Elmer T Lee Commemorative

Evan Williams SB Bourbon Affair

Ezra Brooks Black Label

Four Roses Small Batch

George T. Stagg 2013

Heaven Hill Gold Label BIB

Heaven Hill White Lable BIB

Henry McKenna 10 Year BIB

Jim Beam Black 8 Year

Jim Beam Choice 5 Year

Kentucky Vintage

Maker's Mark

Maker's Mark 46

Michter's Single Barrell 10 Year

Old Bardstown Estate

Old Fitzgerald BIB

Old Forester

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

Old Grand Dad 86

Old Weller Antique 107

Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year 2013

Spring Mill

Stagg Jr. 2013

Town Branch


Wild Turkey 81

Wild Turkey Tradition 14 Year


Willian Heavenhill 15 Year 2015

Woodford Reserve

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