Is It Whiskey or Bourbon? Set the arugument aside this Father’s Day.
What is whiskey?
Whiskey is distilled from a fermented blend of grains, commonly corn, barley, rye, and wheat–that blend is what distillers call a mash bill. Depending on what ratio of grains comprises the mash bill is part of how the resulting liquid is either categorized whiskey or bourbon.
What is considered a bourbon?
For a whiskey to be called a bourbon, it first by law has to have a mash bill with at least 51 percent corn. Depending on how much of the remaining bill is wheat or rye is the reason why we have wheated bourbon (typically mellower and softer) and rye bourbon (a spicier taste). The mash must also be distilled at 160 proof or less, put into the barrel at 125 proof or less. After the mash bill criteria is met, next is the the barrel aging process.
Additionally by law, bourbon has to be aged in a charred white oak barrell, and a new one at that. This stipulation caused problems for many major distillers during the bourbon boom of the past 10 years when there was a massive shortage of new barrels for the unexpected increased demand. The last criteria for bourbon: it has to be made in the U.S.A.
3 Incredible Bourbons and Whiskeys For Your Father’s Day Gift This Year
FROM THE MAKERS OF JACK DANIEL'S:
Charcoal mellowing is at the heart of what separates Tennessee Whiskey from bourbons. Jack insisted that every drop of whiskey should be slowly trickled through ten feet of sugar maple charcoal, a process which takes three to five days to complete. The charcoal acts as a filter, removing impurities and bitterness, mellowing the whiskey so its natural flavor shines.
For Gentleman Jack, a second charcoal-mellowing process after maturation known as double mellowing, is meant to hone the whiskey into a subtly-sophisticated offering. The result of this double-mellowing is the exceptionally smooth, well-balanced and refined whiskey of Gentleman Jack.
TASTE: nuttiness with hints of pepper, brown sugar, maple, cinnamon and a light fruitiness
WHAT IS ANGEL’S ENVY?
Angel’s Envy is a “Kentucky Straight Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels”. So what does that mean?
A “straight” bourbon must be aged for at least 2 years, and must have an age statement on the label if it’s aged less than 4 years. The whiskey is typically aged between 4 to 6 years in new, charred 53-gallon American white oak barrels. Next, the bourbon is blended to meet our ideal flavor profile.
DOUBLE MATURATION, OR “FINISHING”
Aging in two different types of barrels is called double maturation. In the final stage of production, the bourbon sits for up to six additional months in 60-gallon Port barrels from Portugal. It’s blended again in batches of 8 – 12 barrels at a time. There’s no set time for this final finishing process.
TASTE: Vanilla, ripe fruit, maple syrup, toast and bitter chocolate
Made in Kentucky, Enjoyed Worldwide
In 2013, Buffalo Trace Distillery added its most cherished distinction yet – National Historic Landmark. After taking more than 200 years to achieve, the Distillery joined this elite group of the most influential places in North America. This award, more important than any others, is for the Distillery, its people, its builders, its visionaries, its preservers and its protectors.
Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years. Every barrel is discriminately selected to offer consistent flavor but with a seemingly individual personality. Eagle Rare is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience.
TASTE: bold, dry and delicate with notes of candied almonds and very rich cocoa