Here come new whiskey flavors
While not as pronounced as pineapple gin, bourbon aged in maple and wine barrels instead of oak creates spicier, richer varieties.
Bourbon whiskey doesn't play that game. It's not the tarted-up top-shelf celebrity that pineapple gin and whipped cream vodka are. Centuries of tradition provide its flavor. Generations of appreciators make up its entourage.
Bourbon isn't partied with, it's contemplated and enjoyed. That said, Scientific American notes that modern, more experimental distillers are studying the wood in whiskey barrels to see just how much they can toy with bourbon's flavor.
Just about the only simple portion of a bourbon's life is when it's poured into the glass. First it has to sit in American white oak barrels that are cooked, toasted and seasoned to leach a bit of coconut flavor into the mix.
Once distilled, whiskey enters those charred oak barrels to age. Chemical interactions within the barrel gives the whiskey flavors of vanilla, caramel, spice, toast, smoke, coconut, coffee and mocha. Vapor and barometric pressure push the liquid deep inside the wood, bringing out more intense flavor notes, which makes it a really good idea to stack the barrels of the good stuff as high as you can in your multistory warehouse.
Distillers like Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, Ky., and Brown-Forman (BF.A)-owned Woodford Reserve have started messing with the chemistry within those barrels a bit to create new flavors. We're not talking about cheap gimmickry like blueberry whiskey, but enhanced notes of chocolate, nut and dark cherry that Woodford Reserve achieved by aging its 2012 "Four Wood" whiskey in maple barrels that once held fortified wine.
When both Brooklyn hipsters and heritage-minded Southerners feel like "experimenting" with whiskey, they bust out the stills and start making moonshine. But bourbon experimentation is both frowned upon and actively discouraged. Beam's (BEAM) Maker's Mark got a pass when it spiced up its Maker's 46 whiskey by putting it in French oak wine barrels. However, when the company tinkered with Maker's Mark's alcohol content in February, its followers didn't show any appreciation.
According to the Distilled Spirits Council trade association, whiskey made up a whopping 70% of the $1.5 billion in liquor the group estimates the U.S. exported in 2012. That's triple the nation's beer exports and $250 million more than its overseas wine shipments. While that supports distillers who don't want to mess with success, it has also provided Buffalo Trace with motivation to perform more than 1,500 barrel-aging experiments since 1987.
Jack Daniels is not a Bourbon Whiskey. In fact Jack Daniels is almost in a class of it's own.
. It should come as no surprise that Tennessee Whiskey MUST be produced in the state of Tennessee, and is always filtered through Sugar Maple Charcoal. Tennessee Whiskey was officially recognised as its own form of Whiskey in 1941.
The key requirements for a Whiskey to be classified as a bourbon.
The grain mixture of which Bourbon is made must contain ATLEAST 51% Corn.
Bourbon must be produced at no more than 160 proof (U.S) (80% alcohol by volume)
Bourbon must be stored at no more than 125 Proof (U.S) (62.5% alcohol by volume)
and it MUST be stored in NEW Charred Oak Containers.
Don't mess with bourbon or scotch. I'm a scotch drinker and wouldn't appreciate any tampering with my single malt or black label.
Screw with vodka all you want....who care's its a neutral spirit. Leave the standards alone please!
In no small way, Scotch is a flavored Whiskey. Before it is distilled the barley Scotch is made from is toasted over a peat fire. The distinctive flavor of Scotch is from the smoke.
While I love Crown Royal, it's not a bourbon. Neither is Jack Daniels; another BLENDED whiskey. Makers Mark is good though if you truly want a fine BOURBON, some call 'slow sippin' bourbon, try Basil Hayden's or Four Roses. Now that's fine liquor !
If you want some flavored 'whiskey', you can distil any fruit and have that particular flavor alcohol. Raspberries, strawberries', bananas' make fine whiskeys which actually are more akin to fortified wine-with a hell of lot more 'kick'.
The best drink of any kind...Is what you like or prefer..?
Don't sell out to a Fad.
Doesn't even have to be alcohol...
I think the best Bourbon is Woodford Reserve, Jefferson Reserve is good, too I use 4 Roses to make a Mint Julep when I watch the Kentucky Derby,
I have both a 16 year old and a 21 year old Islay single malt Scotch.. I drink them neat with water on the side.
Best Vodka is Pearl from Canada. Best gin is Bombay Sapphire. I use anchovy stuffed olives in my martinis.
I worked as a bartender in college. A few of us know what s really superb.
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