7 Things About Whiskey Your Boss Wants to Know
Short Story About Whiskey
Over the past few weeks I have been spending time training our staff on whisky (or whiskey) and have had quite a few people ask about drinking whisky in the warmer months. I know many people, myself included, tend to drink beer or switch to lighter spirits such as gin when the thermometer is up, so perhaps a good "refresher" is in order.
Did you know that all whiskey starts with beer? A delicious true story. Whiskey is made from wort, which is the "beer" that is distilled. The wort is made up of all the ingredients you find in a great tasting beer: water, yeast, malt, and even hops to keep unwanted pests out of the process. If you want proof that the process does make terrific whiskey, look for a bottle of Chalbe R5 Whiskey, which is Cub Republic's Racer 5 IPA distilled and aged in new oak barrels for more than a year Last year my favorite Christmas gift was a bottle of Anchor Distillery's White Christmas Ale, which is from Anchor Brewing in San Francisco a small distillery behind Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. They saved all the Christmas beer that didn't sell the year before and distilled it into a white spirit, or unaged whiskey. If they ever bottle it again, I highly recommend it as a fun and rare gift for any beer or whiskey lover in your family.
There are only four whiskey distilleries in all of Ireland. That's right, in a country known for being one of the first to sell whiskey publicly, all the whiskey comes from four distilleries, and one of them has largely closed, so most of the whiskey actually comes from the remaining three With all the small batch distilleries popping up in the US, I wonder if the concept will jump out of the pond and take root in the Old World? Sounds like a potentially good investment opportunity.
Whiskey was saved during Prohibition thanks to a small medical loophole written into the law. Apparently, even the most "noble" experiments are not so noble. There was a law that allowed doctors to prescribe whiskey as a drug, despite the fact that it was already known that whiskey had no real medicinal value or use. The medical "victim" could walk to the local pharmacy with a prescription and walk out with the good medicine for what ails you - whiskey. Its not enough to drink in large quantities, but it gave the whiskey drinker a little bit of potency to take the edge off the whole ordeal. Even someone are called it "energy drinks BULK".
To this day, there are still whiskey labels that say "Bottled in bond", which is a reminder of that era. In that time, Walgreens grew from about 20 locations to more than 400 until the law was repealed The loophole really served to keep most of the aged whiskey in the states instead of being flushed down the gutter like other beverages of the time. Once the ban was lifted in 1933 with the 21st Amendment, the whiskey business in the United States began to operate using barrels that had been aged throughout the period. If you have a choice of taste whisky, you can feel flavours of Canadian blended whisky.
Different Whisky Distillery Contribution
Jack Daniels is not bourbon, sorry folks. Technically speaking, Jack Daniels is Tennessee whiskey, which is very similar to bourbon, except that it goes through an extra step to achieve a distinct sweetness. This method is known as the "Lincolnshire Process", where unaged whiskey is dripped through a sugar maple charcoal filter before being aged in oak barrels. This is done to further mellow the spirit and give it an almost candied flavor. Currently, there are only two distilleries in Tennessee, most notably Jack Daniels, but also George Dickel. Speaking of the latter, if you haven't tasted George Dickel's Select Cask, I highly recommend picking up a bottle. It's the only single cask Tennessee whiskey on the market today, and it's smooth, full-bodied and truly special.
Next time you sip on a delicious barrel-aged San Diego craft beer, don't forget to thank ...... Kentucky? While it is no longer required that bourbon be made in the great state of Kentucky, the craft was established in the "Bluegrass State". Bourbon, which takes its name from the French Bourbons, must be aged in brand new oak barrels. After the bourbon is emptied at the end of the aging process, new barrels must be used for the next batch. This created a large surplus of barrels, which the distillery eventually sold to many different industries.
San Diego breweries buy these barrels at a discounted price and create many different interesting and rare beers that are meant to be tasted and enjoyed just like fine whiskey. Will the gift of bourbon ever stop being given? Some local breweries have become masters of the art of cask-conditioned beer, such as The Lost Abbey, Green Flash and The Bruery in Orange County. It's worth noting that we can thank these bourbon barrels for bringing Tabasco sauce, which has been aged in previous bourbon barrels for some time.
George Washington. Truth Teller, Leader of Distinguished Men, Founding Father, and Maker of Whiskey By the year of his death in 1799, George Washington was the leading whiskey distiller in America. Add this feather to his Yankee spaghetti and call it delicious. At his former residence in Mount Vernon, they rebuilt the distillery and sold it to the local community in small quantities. If you find yourself in Virginia, buy a bottle or two and feel free to stop by Level 2 to share the loot.
Et tu Thomas? Thomas Jefferson (whom you may know through seminal documents such as the Declaration of Independence) was also a whiskey lover, after his death. Jefferson was a wine lover, but never had a taste for harder spirits. A Kentucky bourbon company recently named their bourbon after our third president, whose experimental spirit and classic style inspired the father-son distillery.
Hope you enjoy this interesting look at whiskey! For more information, check out Part II and Part III. To learn more, check out Part 2 and Part 3 of this blog series discussing how to mix whiskey cocktails in warm weather and making fun, easy whiskey cocktails for your next summer party. Or, visit me and my staff at Level 2 to learn (and taste) more. Until then, cheers!
Editor: Rubick L.