Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy by Fred Minnick

By Fred Minnick

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2015, Men's Journal: top New booklet for Whiskey Lovers

Discover a special and uniquely American spirit: bourbon!
In Bourbon Curious: an easy Tasting advisor for the Savvy Drinker, award-winning whiskey author and Wall road Journal-best-selling writer Fred Minnick debunks bourbon myths, offers distillery construction tools (such as recipes and barrel-entry proofs!) and creates an easy-to-read interactive tasting trip that is helping you decide bourbons in accordance with style personal tastes and bourbon kinds. utilizing an identical tasting rules he bargains in his Kentucky Derby Museum sessions and as a pass judgement on on the San Francisco global Spirits pageant, Minnick's Bourbon Curious cuts to the chase, pushing aside model advertising and judging what is contained in the bottle.

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45 million in bulk whiskey to undisclosed companies, earning a $653,740 profit. These could have been other distillers needing additional whiskey to meet demand or bottlers selling a phony backstory, but offering whiskey stocks to competitors and bottlers is a storied business practice in American whiskey. It still happens today and is how many companies made it through lean times. The interesting difference between the NDPs of yesterday and today is that the contemporary companies hold back on marketing the grains and distilling methods.

Since 2000, the North American grain market has changed significantly. A rapidly shrinking supply of non-GM corn in North America is making it increasingly more difficult to source the quantity of high quality corn required for our bourbons and whiskeys. S. and 58 Part Two Canada is genetically modified. This trend is projected to continue and, in addition to reduced plantings of non-GM corn, we estimate that cross contamination will further reduce the amount of certified non-GM corn available.

And bourbon whiskey is almost certainly named after a Frenchman. Well, kind of. The two going theories about bourbon’s namesake are that it’s either named after Bourbon County in Kentucky or Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Both places were named after the Bourbons, the longtime ruling family of France. ”6 He suggests river travelers may have drunk aged whiskey on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, and that’s where bourbon earned its name. But the sad truth is we’ll likely never definitively know who truly invented bourbon or why he or she named it so.

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