U.S. whiskey (II)

by Alberto Martínez

In this opportunity we will talk about the American Bourbon types:

Rye Whiskey

Rye Whisky Bourbon can not be called that way unless the grain mass from which proceeds is at least 51% rye instead of corn. A “straight rye” is a rye whiskey that has been aged in charred oak barrels for at least two years. In the past most Canadian whiskey is made with rye and, confusingly, Canadian whiskey is still known as “Rye” in many parts of the United States to this day, although very few reach Canadian whiskey, 51% rye regulations.

The rye whiskey has a prolonged aging and is usually fuller and spicier than bourbon. For this reason, it makes an excellent alternative to Buorbones in the preparation of the famous’ Old-Fashioned “the classic cocktail, perfectly blending delicate complement and bitter orange.

Popular brands include Jim Beam and Wild Turkey, along with the lesser known Winkle and Van, Rittenhouse and Sazerac.

Corn Whiskey

Corn whiskey is, perhaps unsurprisingly, corn whiskey containing more than 80% and is aged in barrels uncalcined unlike Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey. As it is aged in new charred oak barrels for two years can not be called “straight whiskey.” In many ways, the corn whiskey is a throwback to the American whiskey of the past: is produced from grain more garato for immediate consumption, as the first whiskey distilled by Southern farmers as typical in the 18th century.

Many brands of corn whiskey are represented using their traditional agricultural and historical roots, which are sold in earthenware jars presenting old style or, in the case of Georgia Moon, with a label with pride and bragging says “Guaranteed at least thirty days of old ”

Tennessee Whiskey

The most common misconception about American whiskey is that Jack Daniel’s is a Bourbon. In the process of Lincoln County whiskey is filtered through approximately 10 feet of maple charcoal before aging in charred oak barrels. This active filtering process means that the final product can not be called Bourbon. The Lincoln County Process creates a smooth whiskey. Ironically, however, some time after the invention of the process the county boundaries were redrawn and now none of the distilleries that use the process is in Lincoln County.

Single Barrel

The Whiskey Single Barrel (single cask) is a single-barrel bottling (the clue is in the name), which has been specially selected – usually by the master distiller or some specialized fixture company – as a perfect whiskey himself and too good to be used for mixing to create one of the everyday products of the distillery.

These Whiskies are designed to demonstrate the highest expression of a brand – they represent the zenith of a distillery capacity and skill of the master distiller. The disadvantages of a single barrel whiskeys are: on one hand, are inherently very limited production, the realistic maximum is around 500 bottles, so that when you have finished your favorite bottle may not is easily again. Second, for all the reasons stated above, barrel whiskeys may be considered expensive, although there are examples of great affordable prices as available from the likes of Evan Williams and Eagle Rare. In short, for those wishing to try the best we can offer the bourbon whiskey “Single Barrel” is a good place to start, your taste buds will thank you.

Small Batch

As the “Single Barrel” whiskey, “Small Batch” is elitist and exclusive taste: Mix a very small number of exceptional casks (usually no more than 10 barrels, but maybe less), the characteristics of these small lots include for quality and depth of flavor – but has the added advantage of being given greater availability, it is easier to get and cheaper than the “Single Barrel” but generally the price difference is small but there.

The main difference between the Single Barrel whiskeys and small batch is that where individual barrels are a product of pure nature, small batch whiskeys are designed and built by the trained palate experience. The small batch whiskeys are testing the skills of master blenders that make them. To create a small batch whiskey, you should know that barrels to collect in order to achieve the desired end result and then mix them with skill to achieve the perfect balance of flavors, smoothness and power.

For this reason, a good small batch whiskey can sometimes exceed whiskeys “Single” as they are works of art, while individual examples of the barrel could be seen as accidents of nature if you will.

Want to try some of the great American whiskeys? We recommend two of the most exclusive:

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Blanton’s Silver Edition

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Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

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