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Bourbon

Discussion in 'The Connoisseur' started by John in Covina, May 23, 2012.

  1. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    Evan Williams costs $12 a throw; Maker's Mark, my preference sells at $25; Bulleit and Wild Turkey are excellent.
    Have meant to try Buffalo Trace since seeing an ad in Kenneland or Blood Horse.
     
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  2. Frunobulax

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    Well, you never can tell. Perhaps I'll give it a go.


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  3. redlinerobert

    redlinerobert One of the Regulars

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    Did someone say... bourbon? I've been collecting for close to 20 years. Primarily tequila and bourbons, some cognacs as well. My personal collection. Hirsch, Lock Stock and Barrel, Pappy Van Winkle, to name a few... whiskey.jpg
     
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  4. Hurricane Jack

    Hurricane Jack I'll Lock Up

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  5. Naliao

    Naliao New in Town

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    Makers, jack and Jim are all gross

    Grab Wild Turkey, Bulliet, or Buffalo Trace for affordable, great bourbons
     
  6. LuvMyMan

    LuvMyMan Vendor

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    Not much a bourbon drinker, but scotch yes.....however, the best bourbon is what you just poured in the glass to shoot right down!
     
  7. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    My plebian palate agrees with Makers Mark and several lesser brands. Christmas gifts have included Wild Turkey and Bulleit, both excellent.
     
  8. Hurricane Jack

    Hurricane Jack I'll Lock Up

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    Know why they all come in square bottles? So the empties won't roll around on the floorboard of your pickup truck.
     
  9. Naliao

    Naliao New in Town

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    Honestly the best Bourbon is the one that you like

    I just get aggressive about it because i was born and raised in Kentucky in the heart of Bourbon land
     
  10. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    Is Bourbon so called because The Scottish have some intellectual right over the word whisky? I notice that Irish whisky gets around such copyright by spelling whisky thus: "Whiskey."
     
  11. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    Until recently, "Bourbon" in the USA had to be mede within the confines of the state of Kentucky (or Commonwealth for the pedants). The same process, used in Ohio or Tennessee, was called "Whiskey." Now, from what I understand, due to mergers, buyouts, etc. It's hard to determine where a company is located and the term is a bit more relaxed.

    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, please.


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  12. Hurricane Jack

    Hurricane Jack I'll Lock Up

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    Technically to be called Bourbon all that is required is that it be distilled from 51% corn. State of origin does not factor in. Jack Daniel's is different; it is a Bourbon but to be called Tennessee whiskey it must be distilled from 80% corn. The Bourbon name never referred to product only distilled in Kentucky.

    The latest battle for a protected legal definition is Colorado Whiskey or some prefer it be called Rocky Mountain Whiskey, lead primarily by Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey. It must be distilled from 64% corn, 32% rye, 4% malted barley, & Rocky Mountain spring water. Besides Stranahan's the category includes Tin Cup Whiskey & only one or two others at this point.

    Don't ask me how I know this.
     
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  13. 1mach1

    1mach1

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    Why not? I'll bet there's a good story there. That is, if you can remember.

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  14. Frunobulax

    Frunobulax

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    The point is, you know it! I was mistaken, but am I correct in saying that, at least originally, most Bourbon's have hailed from Kentucky?
     
  15. BobHufford

    BobHufford I'll Lock Up

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    Is there a requirement for it to be aged so long in wooden barrels before it can be named something other than white whiskey (moonshine)?

    We age our bourbons in large metal containers around here...

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  16. Hurricane Jack

    Hurricane Jack I'll Lock Up

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    I just have several financial investments in the liquor industry.

    Certainly from Kentucky & Tennessee, primarily.
     
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  17. Hurricane Jack

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    Is that pic taken down on the farm? LOL!

    Any whiskey bottled without an age statement is going to be casks of various ages blended together.
     
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  18. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

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    It must be aged in new, charred oak barrels.
     
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  19. GHT

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    This needs explaining. Having done the tour of the Jack Daniels distillery, it was explained that America's food laws are very strict and a barrel cannot be reused.
    Jack Daniels, like other companies, dismantled the barrels and sold them to Scottish whisky companies, where, under UK law, used barrels are permitted.
    So if the cooper barrels cannot be reused why can the first container, the large tank that catches the clear liquor, be used over and over again?
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  20. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

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    GHT, the one time use of the barrel has nothing to do with food laws. U. S. Regulations state that for a whiskey to be called Bourbon or a "straight" whiskey, it must be aged in new, charred, white oak barrels.

    The large catch tank is just used to catch the distilled spirit and has nothing to do with the aging process.

    On a side note: I sold industrial supplies for four years and lived in Tullahoma, TN, about 15 miles from Jack Daniels. JD was a customer of mine that I called on weekly. Beautiful place. George Dickel distillery is also nearby and was a customer as well. I actually prefer Dickel white label.
     
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