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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault


This is the first in a series by Zachary Pearson, Kindred Cocktails Editor. Read them all: Bourbon, Bourbon After the Act, Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't, Making Bourbon, Who Makes My Bourbon, Producer Capsules., Finding the Good Stuff, Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat, Mashbills, Geeky Information and Resources.

Bourbon whiskey has a storied, often apocryphal history, with interesting main characters, complex governmental regulations and a variety of subtypes, each with their own flavor profile. I'll tell a bit of this story, along with some tips for finding and recognizing older or important bottles of Bourbon on liquor store shelves. ;

A lot of foundational stories are only to be taken at face value. And yet there’s a deep history of pioneer families who started out making whiskey as part of the homesteading experience and with enough generations, some of their descendants are still manning stills throughout Kentucky.

While the main focus here will be on Kentucky Bourbon whiskey, much of this information applies to other grain whiskies made in other states as well. Delicious rye whiskey abounds, and a few intrepid people make spirits from wheat or other exotic grains.

So pour a glass of the stuff and sip it as you read.

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Recent Discussion

  • Re Pocket Square, 6 days 7 hours ago yarm commented:

    Reminds me of a Ciociaro for Campari Eeyore's Requiem in Sour format on paper but comes across like a reverse Jasmine Cocktail in the glass. Not sure why this one didn't make the cut for his book.

  • Re Vaseline, 1 week ago lesliec commented:

    Behave yourself, young Craig!

  • Re And to All a Goodnight, 1 week ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Maybe start subbing in mezcal.

  • Re Vaseline, 1 week ago Craig E commented:

    The name "Vaseline" conjures much less appetizing associations in my part of the world!

  • Re Small But Mighty, 1 week ago mlphilli commented:

    This is an amazing cocktail. I'd been trying many different recipes with mezcal & passion fruit, but the crème de cacao balances it in a way that no other variation I've tried manages. I did not have Scrappy's firewater, so I substituted Bitter End mole bitters, which are quite spicy. I toasted to the memory of my pittie mix Loki and to Jack ❤️