All about Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon is a corn-based American whiskey that is aged and distilled in barrels. The brand is produced in the United States only. Bourbon can be created anywhere in the United States, although it is most closely associated with the American South, specifically Kentucky. Bourbon from the United States must be made up of at least 51% corn and matured in oak barrels.
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Bourbon has no minimum age time but any bottle aged for less than four years should be indicated on the age statement. However, Straight Bourbon must be aged for at least two years.
Bourbon is considered to be a younger whiskey given the short aging period as compared to the other whiskeys. Most of bourbon flavors come from the grains used in its production. The oak barrel used in its maturation imparts color and oaky flavors. Older the Bourbon expressions are darker. Bottled Bourbon must at least contain 40%, distillation to up to 80% ABV and barrel aging done at no more than 62.5% ABV.
The three types of Bourbon whisky are high rye, classic, and high wheat. With hints of baking spice and white or black pepper, rye lends bourbon a more spicy flavor. Wild Turkey 101 Rye and Bulleit 95 Rye are examples of rye bourbon whiskeys.
When compared to rye Bourbon, wheat Bourbon is sweeter and softer. Wheat gives a whiskey sweetness, but it won't be as sweet as one made with corn. Maker's Mark is a good example of wheat bourbon.
Tennessee whisky is technically a bourbon, but must be produced in Tennessee region in the United States and go through the bourbon requirements and an additional process called the Lincoln County Process. Aging in charred oak barrels is the extra step missing while making regular bourbon. Jack Daniels brand is the popular example of Tennessee whisky.
Bourbon Tasting notes
The aromas of caramel, honey, vanilla, and butterscotch hit your nose as soon as you open a bottle of Bourbon. Some flowery and fruity aromas, such as pear, apple, and citrus, may also be detected. Swirl the drink and wait a few seconds before inhaling the fragrances to get a good sense of the amazing flavors. When drunk neat or on the rocks, Bourbon has a smooth taste with wood, caramel, and vanilla undertones, making it more pleasant to the palate.
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