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Bourbon Tasting: February 1, 2022

by Chris Perugini

What is Whiskey?

What is Bourbon?

Tonight’s Whiskies

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What is Whiskey?

  • Whiskey is a spirit made from fermented grain that is distilled and matured in oak casks.
  • There are three main ingredients in whiskey: water, grains, and yeast. These ingredients have an influence on flavor, just like beer.
  • Distillation is typically done on a traditional pot still or a column still.  Whisky is most commonly distilled twice.
  • The distilled whiskey is then matured or aged in oak. This is where the spirit picks up flavor and color from the barrel. The inside of the barrel also acts as a charcoal filter and removes unpleasant flavor compounds from the whiskey.

What is bourbon?

Bourbon is a specific style of whiskey unique to the United States.

  • Bourbon must be made of a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
  • Bourbon must be distilled to no more than 160 proof.
  • Bourbon may not enter the barrel at higher than 125 proof.
  • Bourbon must be aged in brand new, charred oak barrels.
  • Bourbon which meets these requirements and has been aged for a minimum of two years, may be called Straight Bourbon.

Tonight’s Whiskies

Old Forester 100 Proof

  • Distillery: Old Forester – Louisville, KY
  • Mashbill: 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
  • Strength: 50% ABV (100 Proof)
  • Tasting Notes: Carmel, cherry, vanilla, light baking spice, white pepper.

Maker’s Mark 101

  • Distillery: Maker’s Mark – Loretto, KY
  • Mashbill: 60% Corn, 26% Red Winter Wheat, 14% Malted Barley
  • Strength: 50.5% ABV (101 Proof)
  • Tasting Notes: Butterscotch, brown sugar, hint of cocoa, nutty, pie crust, vanilla bean.

E.H. Taylor Small Batch

  • Distillery: Buffalo Trace – Frankfort, KY
  • Mashbill: Buffalo Trace Mashbill No. 1 (Undisclosed low rye recipe)
  • Strength: 50% ABV (100 Proof)
  • Tasting Notes: Creamy vanilla, toasted oak, raisins, orange citrus, cinnamon.

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