🂡 The Bourbon Newsletter #25 – “So Lex Luthor was behind the Pappy heist all along?”

Bourbon Reading List // bourbonveach

This is the short list of books I recommend as further reading. I picked these five books because all of them are still in print and available in bookstores or on Amazon.

I'm visiting Haymarket Whiskey Bar in Louisville with 150 Bourbons. What should I get? // r/bourbon

"Wow, you must have the liver of the gods." – pentOx

From barrels to bourbon: Inside the Brown-Forman Cooperage // insiderlouisville

Each barrel is made out of 33 stakes, alternating between wide and narrow. After charring, the barrels cool before they are encased with the metal hoops.

Bottom-Shelf Bourbon Brackets 2016, Round 1: Very Old Barton 86 vs. Jim Beam White // bourbonguy

Very Old Barton is a product of the Sazerac company produced out of the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, KY.

Four flavor categories

Bourbon Tasting Workout // bourbonr

Bourbon has sixteen major flavor notes. Sixteen flavors seem like a lot, but we’ll break the down to four categories to make it manageable.

Glassware 101: Choose the Best Glassware to Enjoy Your Bourbon // bourbonbanter

For the sake of brevity, today’s discussion will be limited to five types of glassware: Shot, Rocks, Wine, Glencairn and NEAT. I invite you to partake in a little experiment with me and pour a dram into each type of glass.

Lex Luthor drinks Pappy

Lex Luthor Drinks Pappy // r/bourbon

So Lex Luthor was behind the Pappy heist all along? It all makes sense now. – Nillion

Favorite Alcoholic Beverages of U.S. Presidents // bourbonblog

Ulysses S. Grant. Low tolerance. When he entertained guest at the white house the bill was $1,800 for Champagne alone.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Release Cheat Sheet // bourbonr

Since there are several new releases each year, it can be confusing trying to keep track of each release.

⚑ The Bourbon Newsletter #24 – “It’s just really good whisky, don’t church it up”

“Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink.” – Haruki Murakami

☞ Bourbon Pursuit Episode 040 – Jackie Zykan, Master Bourbon Specialist for Old Forester // bourbonpursuit

There’s alot of weird myths out there about how Woodford is just overpriced Old Forester. …there’s nothing to hide, it’s just really good whisky. You don’t have to church it up. – Jackie Zykan

☞ Noob Question: Rye vs normal bourbon composition // r/bourbon

If a rye bourbon is 51% rye, is it no longer even considered bourbon? So in the case of Bulleit, Bulleit Rye is not bourbon, but just Bulleit is? As far as taste goes, what’s the difference between a rye and a bourbon (supposing I’m correct in that they are different things)?

☞ The Weller Effect // bourbonr

Weller is great bourbon and I’m glad it’s getting recognized as such. The problem is people are starting to pay $100+ for a bottle of W.L. Weller 12. $100!

☞ It’s Back! 2016 Four Roses SBLE // bourbonr

This is exciting news! OESK is in my top 3, if not my favorite, of theFour Roses 10 mash bills. There’s no mention of proof but I’d guess it to be 105-110 range based on other releases.

☞ Bourbon Mash Bill Explained // bourbonr

There are typically three grains in every bourbon mash bill: Corn, Rye or Wheat, and Malted Barley. Each grain percentage will vary based on distillery but generally, distilleries use three types of mash bills…

☞ Bonded Buck Cocktail Recipe // bourbonbanter

Do you know what the difference between ginger beer and ginger ale is? I didn’t, but I did a search and now I do. Ginger beer is brewed and fermented. Ginger ale is carbonated water with ginger flavoring added.

☞ Best Bourbon: The Unbelievable ‘Best Whisky’ Upset in ’16 San Francisco World Spirits Competition // fredminnick

It was Four Roses 2015 Limited Edition Small Batch. Jim Rutledge retired last year, and this was his final creation as Four Roses master distiller. Four Roses also won Best Single Barrel.

☞ Rapper Drake’s Virginia Black American Whiskey // bourbonblog

A few days ago, Drake’s Instagram showcased what he called a “first look” in the photo above. The bottle reads “Virginia Black American Whiskey” at 40 % ABV / 80 proof.

☞ Review: E.H. Taylor Seasoned Wood // bourbonr

Words like “phenomenal” and “best ever” will flow freely. Where do I fall into these two camps? I’m not exactly sure. But, I wanted to try it first before voicing too much of an opinion.