This has been an amazing year for an industry that has been lead by a small group of distilleries since the end of Prohibition to an industry now boasting more than 600 distilleries across the United States. The growth has been simply phenomenal and by all indications it’s full steam ahead for 2016.
The following articles received the most activity from our readers in 2015. The stories take us on a journey from understanding barrel sizes to barrel placement in a rackhouse/rickhouse/warehouse to setting the record straight about the difference between bourbon and whisky, it’s all here.
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In an attempt to understand more behind the mysteries of maturation, following is the first of a three-part series exploring the importance of oak, the different casks they’re made into and what really takes place inside them. Read More.
Most large distilleries have several different types of warehouses. Some are wood, or brick, or tin or concrete block. Some are tall while some are short. Read More.
3. Setting the record straight: All bourbon is whisky but not all whisky is bourbon. Got it? [Infographic]
Whether you enjoy your bourbon neat, on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail you need to know that not all whisky is not bourbon. It’s really not too complicated but, there is a legal definition for bourbon that you should know in case you ever get quizzed on a game show. Read More.
In talking with distillers, I’ve learned something that is very useful when looking at bourbon and other American whiskies. The agreed on percentages of what makes up the final flavor of a whiskey is as follows: 10% Yeast Strain, 15% Distillation, 25% Small Grains and 50% Maturation. Read More.
Pus. Yep, pus. Ok, not the most obvious way to open an article on ‘maturation’ but according to the earliest use of the word, it’s in 14th century medieval Latin where we find the birth term maturatio(n-) or maturare to describe a doctors act of “encouraging suppuration” or discharging pus from a boil or wound. Charming. Read More.
To say that this is a ‘Big Deal’ is an understatement. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival basically overtakes the small town of Bardstown, Kentucky for an entire week. Read More.
This is no ordinary release, this trifecta includes 100 barrels, bottled at 100 proof, celebrating 100 years since Frank’s birthday. Read More.
Boone County Distilling, with their tagline “Made by Ghosts – Born in 1833, Reclaimed in 2015” has taken root again within a short drive of the original Petersburg Distillery. Read More.
The folks at Hudson Whiskey, a craft spirits distiller in Tuthilltown, New York know how to tell a story. The story they tell in From Grain to Glass: An American Spirits Renaissance is more like a journey. Read More.
In the world of Lego where ‘everything is awesome’ and everyone from Gandalf to Batman are represented, I can’t help but wonder, where’s the hipster? Read More.