Colonel Craig Duncan


Appointed "Colonel" by both the Governor of Kentucky and the Governor of Tennessee as an Ambassador to the spread the word about the virtues of Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey.


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 was appointed the same title and honor 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 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 Basic Class & Tasting 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 the first to earn his Associate Degree 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 Thursdays each month. 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.

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 the first quarter of 2019, three members of the Bourbon Brigade earned it highest rank and honor; Carl Ingrum, Ross Osborne and Dale Robinson all finished the requirements for their Masters in Arts Degree, the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and “Senior Chartered Master Bourbon Taster.”

In order to earn their Bachelor’s in Arts Degree the member must teach a Tasting Class of their choice and a Basic Class. In order to earn their Master’s in Arts Degree the member must teach Two Tasting Classes of their choice and a Basic Class.

Colonel Craig Duncan is a:

1.) Kentucky Colonel

2.) Tennessee Colonel, Aide de Camp to Governor

3.) Maker’s Mark Ambassador for Life

4.) Certified Bourbon Steward

5.) Tennessee Squire

6.) Member At Large in Beam Around The World

7.) Wild Turkey’s Rare Breed Society Member

8.) Heaven Hill’s Bardstown Whiskey Society Member

9.) Band of Rebels, Rebel Yell Association

10.) Collector,International Assoc of Jim Beam Clubs