What is bourbon
credits to jurek_durczak
This past weekend I was talking about Bourbon vs Ryes with a few friends (we were in a house in the Pacific Coast for razor clamming…and bourbon in the evening was a nice complement).
In somewhat a timely coincidence the guys at seriouseats just posted a fantastic primer about Bourbon. You can find it here.
So What is bourbon?
In brief, bourbon is a whiskey, made predominantly from corn and aged in charred oak barrels
or in more legal speaks:
Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn. (Other grains in the mix may include wheat, rye, malted rye, and malted barley, in any combination.)
Aged in new charred-oak barrels.
Distilled to no more than 160 proof, or 80% alcohol by volume (ABV). In practice, most bourbon is distilled out at a lower proof than this.
Entered into the barrel for aging at a proof no higher than 125 (62.5% ABV).
Bottled at no less than 80 proof (40% ABV).
Where is bourbon made?
The other interesting thing is that you might assume that Bourbon is from Kentucky… well, not necessarily. Although the number one producing state is Kentucky (given the abundance of corn and iron-less water) it is also made in other states. There seems to be a distillery even in Washington State (Woodinville Whiskey).
One final interesting fact that the article covers is the fact that most of the bourbons are made with GMO corn. One of the two distillery that do not use GMO corn is Wild Turkey – which happens to be owned by the Campari Group.
Anyway, head over to the seriouseats post to learn more good stuff!
btw… this is what we were drinking in Seabrook.
credits to sidereal
If you are in the market for a bourbon… here’re some ideas.