Colonel Craig Duncan

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Colonel Craig Duncan Founder of Whiskey University

Colonel Craig Duncan is lifelong bourbon aficionado with a passion for history. He blends these two interests over an elusive glass of single barrel to form a truly unique and informative bourbon experience that you will never forget.

Duncan is the Advertising Director at The Daily Herald in Columbia, Tennessee; the General Manager of the Advertiser News of Spring Hill; and the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Natchez Trace Media. Craig Duncan was born in February 1962 in Rheiland, Germany on a U. S. Army Base called Landstuhl. He was raised in Odenton and Gaithersburg, Maryland and now resides in Columbia, Tennessee which is in Maury County. He is happily married to his wife of almost 30 years, Melissa Duncan and they have two adult children Miles Duncan and Lexie Duncan.

Craig Duncan was appointed by Governor Paul Patton of Kentucky on October 15th, 2003 as a Kentucky Colonel for being an Ambassador for the Bourbon Industry and espousing the virtues of Bourbon throughout the Commonwealth. On August 15th, 2015 Colonel Duncan had bestowed upon him the same honor and title as a Tennessee Colonel by Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee and was appointed an Aide-de-Camp to the Governor’s office for telling the spreading the Historic stories that made Tennessee Whiskey so famous.

Professor Craig Duncan was one of the three founding members of Whiskey University dating back as far as September of 2009. In May 2012 three guys started hanging out a few times a month and talking about what they learned about Bourbon or Whiskey. Duncan along with Jason Kyle and Ross Osborne started collecting as many brands as they could find from the nine major (at that time) bourbon distilleries in Kentucky. They each started contributing to the collection when they went to a local liquor store or traveled to another state or country. After about three years, the Tenn-tucky Bourbon Bar was conceived. Now with over 800 different brands of whiskey and 470 different brands of bourbons. Now it is one of the largest private collections in the world.

In 2015 Whiskey University began teaching formal classes. In those days it was simply Whiskey 101, Bourbon 201 and the nine major distilleries had a class each. In 2016 Whiskey University began offering Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees based on the number of courses and tasting each member had taken. Ross Osborne was the first student to earn his Bourbon Diploma on January, 12th, 2016 and his on September 28th, 2017. In that same month September 2017, the Bourbon Brigade was formed as informal group of 15 guys that got together on a set two days each month. On May 10th, 2018 Carl Ingrum became the first student at Whiskey University to earn his Bachelor’s Degree, the title of "Certified Master Bourbon Taster" and the rank of Captain in the Bourbon Brigade.

In 2018 Whiskey University began giving credits for taking field trips to Bourbon or Whiskey Distillery, recruiting new members that earned their Bourbon Diploma and teaching a Bourbon Tasting Class of their own.

CraigDuncan is also a:

1.) Maker’s Mark Ambassador

2.) Wild Turkey’s Rare Breed Society Member

3.) Bardstown Whiskey Society


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Appointed "Colonel" by both the Governor of Kentucky and the Governor of Tennessee as an Ambassador to all things within the State.