American Whiskey Convention

American Whiskey Convention

I’m so excited to be a part of the American Whiskey Convention in Philadelphia.  The Dram Devotees of Bucks County will have a booth at the event and we will enjoy every minute of it! The event is designed to celebrate American whiskeys in all stages of production and beyond.  It starts with the farmers and the maltsters.  There will be grain farmers present to explain the importance of sustainable grain agriculture and farming practices within the state.  Pennsylvania actually boasts a malting house with a honest to goodness malting floor!  Deer Creek Malthouse is in Glen Mills, Pa and they are sticklers for grain quality, buying only the healthiest local grains.  They will be there at their own booth amongst local distillers that use their products....

Jim Murray’s World Whisky of the Year for 2016 goes to…

Jim Murray’s World Whisky of the Year for 2016 goes to…

So the news is out that Crown Royal’s Northern Harvest Rye was named the 2016 World Whisky of the Year by renowned whiskey writer Jim Murray. This news will most definitely affect sales for Crown Royal, but it may affect a bit more. Rye whiskey is making a comeback all over North America! Let’s be clear that the term “rye” does not carry the same definition in Canada as it does in the U.S. We know rye whiskey, here in America, to mean that at least 51% of the mashbill is made of rye grains. Original styles of rye whiskey grew out of Pennsylvania and Maryland and were crafted based upon which surplus grains farmers from those regions accumulated after their harvests. In Canada, the original style of whiskey produced there was made of wheat. Early in Canada’s...

Mash Bills in America

Did you know that mash bills are really only used in American whiskey production? American distilleries refer to the proportions of grains used as their “mash bill”. There are quite a few distinct styles of traditional American Whiskeys. Pennsylvania style ryes traditionally carry over 80% rye in their mash bills. Traditional Maryland style ryes are closer to 60% rye, balancing the mash bill with corn and a small amount of malted barley. (George Washington’s original rye whiskey from Mt. Vernon was 60% rye, 35% corn and 5% malted barley.) Bourbon, called “America’a spirit”, is at least 51% corn and is flavored with either rye or wheat grains and a small amount of malted barley. Corn whiskey is at least 80% corn, usually more. These traditional mash bills grew...

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...