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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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  • Snow Pack — Cachaça, Herbal liqueur, Grapefruit bitters, Crème de Pamplemousse, Orange juice
  • The Creature That Drank Sheboygan — Cognac, Blended Scotch, Maraschino Liqueur, Bual Madeira, Peach liqueur, Orange bitters, Bitters, Orange peel
  • Minerva — Gin, Amontillado Sherry, Triple sec, RinQuinQuin a la Peche, Orange bitters

Recent Discussion

  • Re Raleigh, 3 hours 32 minutes ago Craig E commented:

    You're right, in fact it's in Old Waldorf Bar Days from 1931 too. So clearly the creator and year fields here need fixing. Anyone have the 12 Bottle book to see if there is more accurate source info given there?

  • Re Raleigh, 7 hours 54 minutes ago Hugh commented:

    This appears in the 1935 Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book

  • Re Gnashing Mule, 1 day ago plandll commented:

    I found original proportions yielded a sweeter drink than I prefer.
    i added 1 oz lime instead of 0.5oz, to make it more to my liking

  • Re Dunderhead, 2 days ago ckmitchell commented:

    Very tasty

  • Re Urbano, 2 days ago Shawn C commented:

    Is there a particular brand or recipe for the fennel bitters?