Bourbon is currently more popular than ever before, and although for the longest time historic Kentucky distilleries have produced the lion’s share of quality whiskey, new “craft” distillers are starting to pop up all over the country. And some of them are making Bourbon so good, they’re giving the traditional producers a run for their […]
Whiskey — or Whisky, depending on how you spell it and what region of the world it’s made in — can be a very confounding thing indeed. There are so many different styles and flavors, blends, single malts, single barrels, small batch, corn, rye, Irish, Scottish, Tennessee; it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. So how […]
Not quite Kentucky Derby time, but then again who’s to say the Mint Julep has to be restricted to some kind of mascot status? Or, for that matter, restricted regionally? Yes, the south is likely the best at the Julep—because they’ve cared the most, and passionately—for years. But considering how simple it is to make, […]
Legally speaking, bourbon can be made anywhere in the U.S. But we’re not gonna talk about that. We want to know why 95% of national bourbon production takes place in one region in northwestern Kentucky. Not trying to invite the wrath of bourbonites (Kentucky-bound and beyond), but what the hell makes the place so special?
Warehouse X doesn’t sound like somewhere you wanna be. Whether you’re talking superhero universe or regular non-spandexed human life, warehouses are generally reserved for angry foreman hauntings and terrible, glow-stick thrusting raves. Another alternative: they never quite named the place, but we’re pretty sure Warehouse X is where they took Mel Gibson’s character in Conspiracy […]
Any bourbon lover, and by this point most bourbon likers, can tell you that bourbon legally has to be aged in a “charred new oak barrel.” (The same goes for “straight whiskey,” “straight Rye,” and “Tennessee whiskey.”) But not every bourbon lover will be able to tell you about char levels.
When a product claims to revolutionize a particular market, especially with some kind of fast-forward effect, a lot of us run to the store, purchase said product, and slather it all over our bodies, friends, and pets. Ask anyone who’s used a “rapid wrinkle repair” cream or tried to “Bulk up!!” or “Lose two dress sizes!!!” […]
Not asking the way Jerry Seinfeld asks what’s the deal with airport peanuts (actually…does he ever do that?). Asking in the way people fairly interested in bourbon, semi-versed in distilling history, and completely out-priced to enter the annual mosh pit Pappy craze, might ask: with a bit of terror, a bit of annoyance, and just […]
There are two kinds of people in this world (or three kinds, including people who try to defend Star Wars Episodes 1 through 3). But among drinkers, there’s the kind who’ve had an Old Fashioned, and those who haven’t. Within those categories are further subdivisions: those who’ve not only had an Old Fashioned cocktail, but […]