How Do I Love Whiskey? Let Me Count the Ways…

How do I love American Whiskey? Let me count the ways… 1. Bourbon Whiskey. -I almost thought to just leave it at that. -Bourbon was made a distinctly American product in 1964. -Made of at least 51% corn, flavored with either rye or wheat grains, and barley, it is a sweeter robust whiskey and has become huge for collectors and drinkers alike the world over. -Corn is as American as it gets and bourbon flaunts it proudly! 2.Rye Whiskey. -Used to be that when you said you wanted rye, you were getting a Canadian product. Not anymore! Rye is back, baby! -Rye whiskey was the whiskey that George Washington made! -Rye whiskey has its roots in Pennsylvania. Scots-Irish immigrants found that rye grew much more easily in PA soil and adopted the grain in their whiskey...

Scottish Oak barrels for Scotch?

Scottish Oak barrels for Scotch?

Did you know that there are only a couple scotches that have actually been aged in Scottish Oak? Seems like a pretty obvious thing to age your whiskies in locally grown oak. We, thankfully, in the U.S. still have a good supply of American oak (though most good American oak timber is “kept safe” in Nationally preserved forest east of the Mississippi), but it seems the English had a pretty serious naval ship building campaign that made Scottish Oak hard to come by… There is only one working cooperage in the UK and that is Speyside Cooperage located in located in Craigellachie, Aberlour, Scotland. They use American oak to make their casks… About 97% of scotch is aged in used bourbon barrels. Because new charred American oak barrels can only be used once,...