Ten Not-So-Obvious People Who Changed the Course of Bourbon History

Posted on April 11, 2019

FLAVIAR – April 2019

When you think of people who had an impact on the course of Bourbon history, you probably think about Jim Rutledge, Jimmy Russell, Booker Noe, and other well-known Bourbon figures.

While they certainly had a hand in Bourbon’s current success, there are many less-than-obvious folks who had just as much impact on the Bourbon industry throughout history, though they may not be the first to come to mind.


Before she founded The Bourbon Women, Peggy Noe Stevens became the first ever female Master Bourbon Taster in the Bourbon Industry.

There have always been women working in the Bourbon Industry, but Stevens became the first to achieve such a high rank, shattering the glass ceiling so that people like Marianne Barnes and Pam Heilmann could rise through the ranks.

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