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...

Barrel Shortage Effect

Barrel Shortage Effect

The barrel shortage is affecting our American whiskey… There are just about 27 cooperages in America…http://www.acia.net/membership.html The demand for good aged American white oak is such that most staves are not aged, as they once were, in the open, but kiln dried. Open-air drying (as compared to the more rapid kiln drying) decreases the possibility of barrel leakage, and leaches more tannins from the wood, resulting in a softer, finer finish to the whiskey. Most cooperages won’t even answer the consumer anymore how long the staves have cured. Wine makers often scoff at the quality of “whiskey barrels” and distillers often have no room to complain because they are trapped. Either you get what you get or you get nothing. There is an...