⚑ 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.

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