10 Best Bourbon whiskey of 2020

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Bourbon whiskey guidebook

Bourbon Whiskey – American super spirit for gourmets

Whiskey is available worldwide in different qualities and variations. Even in the spelling there are differences. While z. For example, if the typical Scottish whiskey is written with only a y at the end, American whiskey writes itself with an e in front of the y. Genuine bourbon whiskey comes only from the US, where it must be made. In recent years, bourbon whiskeys from the US are becoming increasingly popular. It’s no coincidence that well-known British whiskey expert Jim Murray each had bourbon whiskeys among the top five whiskeys in his World Whiskey Bible in 2016 and 2017. The following paragraphs inform you about important facts about Bourbon Whiskey.

What’s so special about Bourbon Whiskey?

Bourbon whiskey from the USA has been around since the 19th century. The mash from which bourbon whiskey is made must contain at least 51% corn. Barley and rye or wheat are additional ingredients. The minimum alcoholic strength during firing is 70 to 80% by volume, at the beginning of storage (maturing) at most 62.5%. The finished whiskey must contain at least 40% alcohol. The storage takes place in fresh, inside carburized barrels of American white oak. The wood of the American white oak undergoes a special treatment before being processed into storage barrels. It contains less tannin and causes slower maturation than e.g. in barrels of French oak. The prescribed minimum storage period is two years. However, there are whiskeys that have matured for up to 10 years or more. Important criteria in the production of good bourbon whiskey are limestone-containing, low-iron spring water and, depending on the distillery special mixture of mash (Mash Bill). In addition to yeast culture and distillation processes, it ultimately influences the aroma design of the individual whiskeys.

Bourbon Whiskey – from Kentucky, Tennessee or Virginia

Anyone who speaks of American Bourbon Whiskey automatically thinks of Bourbon County, Kentucky and Tennessee. In fact, here are the largest and most important distilleries.
Only the famous A. Smith Bowman distillery is located in Virginia. Here was z. For example, the Bowman Pioneer Spirit, a bourbon whiskey that was the best in the World Whiskey Award in its 2016 category. Incidentally, all the big whiskey brands have typical bottle shapes, eg. B. oval, edged or long. Kentucky is home to the famous distilleries Tom Bulleit and Jim Beam. Today Bulleit belongs to the Scottish Diageo Group while Jim Beam became part of the Japanese liquor company Suntory.
Bulleit Whiskey is characterized by filtered lime water, high rye content and last aging in old oak barrels. Spicy and light, with a hint of smoky taste, this bourbon presents itself.
The White Label is probably the best known representative of the Jim Beam Whiskey. Gold-colored, with slight oak-vanilla nuance and pleasant sweetness, it is after 4 years of maturity a typical Kentucky Bourbon.
Maker’s Mark offers the Kentucky Straight Bourbon. This distillery uses wheat instead of rye. This creates a particularly mild aroma. The grain is not ground but squeezed. Straight means honest, therefore pure, without additives!
Traditional Bourbons, marketed as Tennessee Whiskeys, are the whiskeys of Jack Daniels of Lynchburg, Tennessee State. They are filtered before being stored by sugar maple charcoal. This gives the mild, sweetish taste. The world-famous Black Label Old No.7 has 43% (in Germany 40%) and an amber-like color. In addition to caramel and vanilla, this whiskey offers subtle nuances of earthiness and a hint of freshness (grass and orange).

Bourbon Whiskey – For connoisseurs the greatest

Those who have discovered and enjoyed a genuine bourbon appreciate this excellent whiskey. Tested in the traditional Nosing glass and occasionally drunk on special occasions with matching whiskey glasses – pure relaxation!

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