Whiskey: The American Guide
The Quick Whiskey Guide
Planning to socialize or entertain but not sure of your bourbon or rye? Should you have it with a splash of water or on the rocks? What is a whiskey sour? (see photo). And if you are wondering just how much corn is used in these whiskeys, below is a quick guide to American whiskeys and how to enjoy them.
The Q and A list of American Whiskeys:
Where are these whiskeys made in the US?
Most are made in Kentucky and Tennessee. Kentucky is the home of Jim Beam whiskey and Tennessee is the home of Jack Daniel's. These two states are home to seven companies but newer companies are popping up in such places like Stranahan's in Colorado.
What are the government standards for these whiskeys?
- they must be at least 80 proof when they are bottled
- they must be made from grain mash
- they must be aged in oak barrels, unless it is corn whiskey
What are the 4 popular types of whiskey?
- Tennessee whiskey - made in the state from a minimum of 51% corn, then filtered through sugar-maple charcoal
- Bourbon - made from at least 51% corn
- Rye - rye whiskey is made from at least 51% rye grain
- Blended - has only 20% straight whiskey
What is single malt whiskey?
Single malt whiskey is made from 100% malted barley
How is bourbon aged?
Bourbon is aged in newly charred American oak barrels - usually for a minimum of 2 years. .
Note: Bourbon is uniquely recognized as "America's native spirit" by a 1964 act of Congress. It was first created in Kentucky where more than 95% of the world's bourbon is still produced.
What are the 3 ways to enjoy whiskey?
- With a splash of water - to open up the flavors of this high alcohol drink
- On the rocks - means to add ice cubes
- In a cocktail - A whiskey sour is a popular cocktail. Made with bourbon - it also contains orange juice. lemon juice, sugar, ice cubes - shaken vigorously, and garnished with orange slices and a cherry.
For more information about other beverages, see links below:
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