Bourbon & Rye Whiskey

Know your American Whiskey:

In 1964 the US Congress declared Bourbon Whiskey as “a distinctive product of the United States.” Along with this declaration came a specific definition on what could be called Bourbon:

*It must be produced in the United States.

*It must be 100% natural.

*It must be made from a grain mixture containing at least 51% corn.

*It may not be distilled with an alcohol content exceeding 80% of volume

*It must be aged in new, charred casks made from American white oak

Straight Bourbon meets these requirements and has been aged for at least two years; if matured less than four years, the age must be indicated on the label.

Bourbon that has an age stated on its label must be labeled with the age of the youngest whiskey in the bottle.

Rye Whiskey must meet the same requirements, and be made from at least 51% rye.

Corn Whiskey must be distilled from a minimum of 80% corn.

Blended Whiskey must contain at least 20% whiskey, blended with neutral, 95% grain spirit.

Sour Mash Whiskey is not really a style, but rather a fermenting process. Materials from an older batch of mash is used to start fermentation in the batch currently being made. This process controls the introduction and growth of foreign bacteria and yeasts that are damaging to whiskey, and improves the consistency and quality of the liquor so that every bottle tastes as identical as possible.

Tennessee Whiskey is essentially bourbon, the only differences being that it is filtered in sugar maple charcoal before aging, and may only be produced in that state.

We Recommend:

Buffalo Trace

“Burnished gold in color, this bourbon brings a mélange of aromas to the nose: honey, vanilla, oak, toffee and a suggestion of coriander are all there. The body is big, and on the palate, this becomes a very spicy, masculine whiskey with a complex spicy mustiness and notes of leather, tobacco, overripe oranges and a surprising smokiness not often found in a bourbon.” ~ Wine Enthusiast Magazine A Best Buy.

Knob Creek 9 Year Old

This small batch, 100 proof bourbon has a pre-prohibition look on the label as well as taste style in the bottle. Knob Creek is the name of the stream where Abraham Lincoln spent many of his childhood years. This is an honeyed, old-school sweet bourbon bursting with fruit that is deliciously well-balanced by spicier notes and a distinct touch of vanilla.

 

Blanton’s Single Barrel

This single barrel bourbon has a distinctive squat globe bottle. Only the observant customer will notice that there are different horse and jockey poses on the bottle stopper – eight in all. Marketing aside, this is very fine whiskey, with a toffee-caramel aroma and a lovely jolt of orange zest and burnt sugar on the palate. Multi-layered, with an impressive depth of flavors; nevertheless an accessible choice sure to please both the beginner and long-time bourbon lover.

 

Woodford Reserve

This straight bourbon is unique for two reasons. First, it is the only bourbon distilled three times in pot stills. Second, it enjoys the distinction of being produced from the oldest working distillery in Kentucky. Woodford has a pleasant nose of sweet toffee and vanilla contrasted with smoke. Flavors of sweet spice, nuts, honey and a hint of dried oak meld together nicely on the palate.

 

Bulleit Rye

Using a 95% rye mash, this one is certainly not for the timid of palate. An incredibly spicy, in your face style, with strong tobacco and a little fruit and a touch of cinnamon lingering on the finish. Nevertheless, the flavors are not out of balance and the finish is more than smooth enough to make this a quality sipper.