The Most Expensive Whiskeys In America

July 7th, 2013 |

When Bill Samuels Sr. sold the family distillery in 1943, one might think the bourbon business would be over for the Kentucky gentleman, but Samuels had no intention of getting out of the whiskey game entirely.  What Samuels knew, directstartv.com/localchannels/Virginia/R/Rustburg/, and what the rest of America would catch up to decades later, is that whiskey needed a facelift, if not a complete reworking as a product.  Back in the 40′s and 50′s, well frankly any time before the small batch bourbon revolution, whiskey was seen as a mere means to an end, not something to be enjoyed along the way.  The taste was sharp, biting and downright nasty, but much to the chagrin of Samuels and other forward thinking whiskey enthusiasts, this is how the general public enjoyed their whiskey.  Whiskey was for men, and not just regular men, manly men, a form of punishment to close out a day of hard work. Samuels, and probably a few others, had an idea in mind, “Why can’t whiskey taste good?”  In 1953, Samuels set up shop in Loretto, KY, finally having found the perfect size distillery with which to carry out his whiskey reinvention operation.  Allegedly taking a match to his family’s 170-year-old whiskey recipe (Samuels was a 6th generation whiskey distiller, after all), he set out to tinker with the age old whiskey-making process.  A full 5 years later, Samuels emerged with the first bottle of what would become Maker’s Mark whiskey, with its top dipped in the now patented red wax seal. Read More »

Bourbon, Scotch, and Whiskey: How To Tell The Difference

May 15th, 2013 |

Bourbon, Scotch, and Whiskey are often talked about as if they are the same thing. But they actually are different, and there are some things that make them different.

Whiskey

Bourbon is actually a type of whiskey and is classified as such.
Bourbon Whiskey is an alcohol made in America.
Bourbon Whiskey got its name from Bourbon, Kentucky, which is where it has been made for many years.
Bourbon Whiskey is first noted in records beginning in the 1700s.
Corn is the main ingredient.
The aging process will Read More »

How To Properly Serve Whiskey To Guests

March 21st, 2013 |

When you have acquired a fantastic single malt whiskey, you know that the real pleasure is in drinking it. However, do you know how to make sure that you can serve whiskey to your guests creatively? Poor serving can actually ruin the experience, so consider the ways that you can serve this amazing alcohol.

First, some experts would say that the only way to serve whiskey is straight, that is, with no additives at all. This is the easiest way to serve whiskey, but it also makes for a very powerful beverage.I was looking for more information Read More »

Barley, Corn, And Rye, Oh My! Different Whiskey Grains

June 12th, 2012 |

Most types of whiskey contain a special blend of grains to give it that robust strong flavor. A blended whiskey means that it contains the same formula as a single malt and a grain whiskey. A single malt is a grain whiskey that uses only one type of grain such as maize, barley, or rye. These different grains produce different flavors and they can also be blended together.

Maize or corn mixed into whiskey gives it a somewhat sweet and mild taste and is the perfect choice for first Read More »

What Types Of Wood Are Used When Aging Whiskey?

August 20th, 2011 |

Wood is one of the most important ingredients utilized in the making of whiskey. Wood contributes 50 to 80 of the flavor and aromas of whiskey.The wooden barrels in which whiskey is aged in add some of the most desirable characterisitcs of whiskey. The wood adds color, flavor and depth to the spirit. For whiskey to mature properly Oak is the best choice of wood for aging. Although there are hundreds of Oak varieties only a few work well for maturation of spirits. In America the perfect cask Oak would be White Read More »

Whiskey Versus Whisky: What Is The Difference?

July 12th, 2011 |

The age-old question of whiskey vs. whisky ought to have a simple answer. Unfortunately, this conundrum isn’t as straightforward as the drink. Anyone who loves the drink will tell you that Scots make whisky, and everyone else just makes whiskey. The problem is that many distillers choose to be reckless with their spellings, and now they’ve gone and confused everyone. The difference between the two is not a mere convention of local language or preference; if it were, far fewer whisky lovers would be offended when the NY Times chose to publish Read More »

The Importance Of Aging Whiskey In Wooden Barrels

June 30th, 2011 |

Without being finished with the barrel aging process, whiskey simply isn’t whiskey. When the clear, sour, and highly potent unfinished liquor separates from the mash and is technically drinkable, it’s still raw and unappealing to all but the most devout alcohol fanatic! The wooden barrels that whiskey ages in for months to years add some of the most notable characteristics of the drink itself. Most notable of these characteristics are coloring, flavoring, and depth of taste.

Tannins from the wood, Read More »

Alcohol Producers in Texas

May 26th, 2011 |

Texas is a hotbed for all things flavorful, but did you know the Lone Star State has tons of distilleries and alcohol manufacturers? Companies here don’t just include Just energy and BP, they encompass liquor producers as well so take a tour with us of some of Texas’ best alcohol plants…
Tito’s Handmade Vodka: One of the licensed distilleries in Texas is becoming world known for its smooth flavor and clean taste. A geologist turned alcohol maker is responsible for Tito’s and Texas Read More »

Whiskey’s Origin As The “Water Of Life”

May 1st, 2011 |

I always thought whiskey was invented by moon-shiners in Tennessee, but in reality it was invented hundreds of years before the colonization of America. With that said, the Gaelic or Scottish word “usquebaugh” literally translates into “Water of Life,” this Gaelic word when sounded out phonetically sounded like “usky” which later was translated into “whisky” by the English. And if you are interested in investing in this particular water of life, Diageo (ticker symbol: DEO) is your stock, which also claims the Smirnoff Vodka and Guinness brands. Ironically, the stock is traded Read More »

The Top Five Must Try Scotch Whiskies

April 16th, 2011 |

The only way to find the best Scotch Whisky for you, is to try each one of them. Tasting the different Scotch Whiskies, will be a unique experience, because no two taste the same. The Scottish had a unique way of making their whiskey, using moss, by using this recipe, that’s how these whiskies simply got named ‘Scotch Whisky’, making them less sweet.

However there is nothing simple about making whisky, this is the most refined spirit to this day. It was initially used for health reasons, or medicines for slowing aging, calming pain, and later Read More »