Whiskey

Ability to Distinguish Whisky from Brandy

This is the second part of a write up on a persons ability to distinguish one spirit from another. Part one was Malt vs Blended whisky and this part is brandy vs whiskey. In the first research paper it was concluded that an inexperienced whisky drinker could not distinguish between a single malt or blended scotch. Also, experienced… [Continue]

Old Unopened Bottles of Whiskey

It seems people are finding lots of old bottles of whisky that are still sealed and are wondering whether they are still good and what the value of the bottle would be. For the most part any bottle of unsealed high proof spirit should be safe, as we’ve seen by the sales of very old scotch whiskies. As for the value of these old bottles it will depend on the type of spirit and the stated age… [Continue]

Bourbon

Here is an interesting article from the New Haven Register (August 18,1880) about how bourbon was made. It discuss both sweet mash and sour mash methods of making bourbon. It also lists a couple of laws I had never heard of before including the maximum amount of time for bourbon mash fermenting. I've transcribed the article, and back in 1880, it seems run on sentences were common.

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Woodford Reserve 1838 Sweet Mash

Bourbon is a whiskey with a long history of tradition and craftsmanship. Very few spirits, let alone other whiskies, have bourbons well defined production specifications. The laws, on bourbon production, create a very flavourful spirit, but with such well defined specifications some companies loose interest in creativity. Not Woodford Reserve, and their Master Distiller Chris Morris. For the past… [Continue]

Maker’s Mark Bourbon

Makers Mark BourbonOne of my favorite bourbons is Maker's… [Continue]

A Story About Whisky

whiskey ice The subject of whisky is one of those topics that can go on forever. There are magazines and websites dedicated to just one particular whisky region, there are zealots who defend their brand with the same heart one would defend a country. Then there are… [Continue]

Irish Mermaid Cocktail

Creating a good cocktail is tough, making it popular is even tougher. There are currently thousands of very talented bartenders around the world who take their profession seriously. Many have honed their skills so they can mix high proof spirits with bitter components to make a worthwhile cocktail, which is no easy task. Once you have a good cocktail, how do you make it popular? That's actually… [Continue]

Bourbon Ads

Digging through old photo archives can lead you to some interesting discoveries. In this case I found a couple of interesting bourbon ads. The first is a trading card, printed for Big Spring whiskey, sometime between 1880 and 1920. What makes it interesting is that the subject is a naked woman. The second is for "Belle of Nelson Old fashion Home Made Sour Mash Whiskey" (1883) which depicts a Turkish… [Continue]

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